Voices from Russia

Saturday, 13 January 2018

13 January 2018. V V Putin on Russians and “Ukrainians”

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The post-1991 “Ukraine” is a fictive and notional entity with no real existence in the real world. The Soviets merged three very different major regions… Malorossiya, Novorossiya, and Galicia into a fanciful “Ukrainian SSR”. This is not to mention the Crimea, which was never “Ukrainian” at all, but was only made part of the Ukrainian SSR in 1954 by the drunkard Khrushchyov. Another region with a separate and distinct history is Podkarpatskaya Krai… which never was part of Galicia or Little Russia (it was part of Hungary, not Austria, in the Dual Monarchy; it was never under Polish occupation, as were Galicia and Malorossiya). There’s no unified “Ukrainian” nationality nor is there a “Ukrainian” language… the modern construct called “Ukrainian” comes from the Galician subdialect, which is a creole mixing elements of Polish and Russian. Most people in Malorossiya speak Surzhik, a dialect that mixes Russian and “Ukrainian” elements… it’s distinct from so-called “Ukrainian”. In Novorossiya and the Crimea, the language is Russian, and that’s that. That’s why the Crimea and Novorossiya were strongholds of the Party of Regions prior to the coup, as they opposed Ukrainian Nationalism and Galician cultural imperialism. Rusins have their own dialect (distinct from that of Galicia) written in the Latin, not the Cyrillic, alphabet.

In short, there’s no “Ukrainian” language or people per se. “Ukrainian” isn’t a nationality… it’s an ideology… a vicious fascist ideology of the most feral sort. The world will be safer when it breathes its last. By the way… “Ukrainians” would revert to what they truly are… Great Russians, Little Russians, and Galicians (along with Rusins in Podkarpatskaya Krai and some Tatars in the Crimea). They’d be what they always were… separate and distinct peoples, worthy of respect and dignity.

BMD

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Want to Try Some Russian Wine?

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Russia is home to historic wineries although few bottles end up on tables in the west. However, with exports beginning to flow out, there’s an increasing chance that people in the wider world will come to know and love Russian wine as much as many locals do.

Among the most storied wineries in Russia is Massandra in the Crimean city of Yalta on the Black Sea. Knyaz Lev Golitsyn first opened the winery in 1894. Like much private property in Russia, the Soviets nationalised the winery. However, unlike many wine producers in the USSR, the Massandra vineyards remained open even during Gorbachyov’s war on drinking in the late 1980s. Today, Massandra looks to export more wine in spite of threats from the Ukrainian régime, who whine about everything from a recent auction of Massandra’s valuable vintage bottles to the fact the winery still operates. However, that didn’t stop President Putin and his friend former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from sharing a bottle of wine said to be worth 90,000 USD (5.1 million Roubles. 613,000 Renminbi. 5.8 million INR. 122,000 CAD. 121,000 AUD. 80,000 Euros. 70,000 UK Pounds).

Recently, the Alma Valley Winery, a younger Crimean winery, won top awards at an Italian wine festival. Crimean wine country is a popular destination for people throughout Russia. You can book a visit to Massandra by visiting their website or getting in touch on +7 (3654) 35-24-38 or office@massandra.su. To visit the Alma Valley Winery, contact them via their website or ring them up on +7 36554–9–19–79. Alternatively, you can send them an email at, office@alma-valley.ru.

4 June 2017

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http://russiafeed.com/want-to-try-some-russian-wine/

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Ukrops To Tighten Border Control with the Crimea

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Dear Friends!

Today, I talked to a very serious guy from Kiev. We only had a short chat, but we clearly hashed out the situation in Kherson and the state of affairs concerning border controls with the Russian Federation in the Crimea. The Ukrainian state authorities, notably, the SNBOU, are setting out guidelines and plans to create obstacles for Ukrainian citizens to visit the Crimea on holiday. More than once, I’ve observed that delays at the border are artificial, without need or cause. You see, many Ukrainian citizens visited the Crimea on holiday and liked it. When they got back home, they told all their family and friends about the true situation there, about its development, the new buildings, the investment in infrastructure, the tourist facilities, and so much more. They saw that there was no hunger or food shortage there, the utility tariffs are lower than in the Ukraine, and that there wasn’t any hatred directed towards Ukrainian citizens.

Starting on 1 June, the Kherson Oblast OGA*, the SBU, and the border service will harass Ukrainian citizens going to the Crimea, using whatever means possible to prevent their exit. I know that the border service at Chongar, Chaplinku, and Kalanchak repeatedly begged for assistance from the authorities. However, the top leadership in the Ukraine refused to help them; it wouldn’t deploy the needed personnel, it declined to give proper technical support, it turned down adding additional sanitary facilities and medical points. The Ukrainian authorities even reduced their funding! The visits of our people to the Crimea during the May holidays very much undermined the junta’s information blockade. In future, the Ukrainian authorities will try different methods to uphold it.

  • OGA: Oblast State Administration

In particular, they plan to use terrorist bands such as the Azov and Pravy Sektor (along with supposed “Islamist” elements), as well as spreading disinformation about fictitious terrorist groups. They plan to spread black propaganda about possible terrorist attacks in the Crimea to intimidate people into not going there on holiday. I must say that Poroshenko, Groisman, Turchinov, and Gritsak are ready to fight to the end, even if they destroy our people in the process. The most horrid thing is that they wish to tear up our fraternal ties. Spread this information as far as you can. The truth will always come out in the end.

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

28 May 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Donetsk Greeks Celebrated Greek Independence Day with Dances and Concerts

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Today, members of the Donetsk Fyodor Stambulzhi Greek Society celebrated their past on the eve of the national holiday of their historical homeland… Greek Independence Day. Greek opera singer Medea Yasonidi, a Donbass native, attended the festive event. They held the festivities in the Electro-Technical School in Donetsk, beginning with a class in Greek dancing for all ages, with the Greek Folk Ensembles Panair and Terpsikhora taking part. Then, Yelena Prodan, the chairman of the Donetsk Greek Society, addressed the assembly, touching on the topic of the Greek War of Liberation against the Ottoman yoke in 1821-29:

Greeks around the world celebrate Independence Day, or Day of the Greek Revival, in honour of the heroes of the war of independence on 25 March.

Yasonidi added:

It pleases me that, in spite of the hostilities, the Donetsk Greek society carries on.

Yasonidi graduated conservatory in Donetsk, and now gives classes at the State Academic Philharmonic. She plans to give further classes at the Sergei Prokofiev Donetsk State Music Academy. Today’s celebration involved more than two hundred people, including those taking part in Greek and Russian musical numbers, as well as a large tea party.

The Donetsk Greek Society began in 1990, named after its first chairman, the prominent local Greek Fyodor Stambulzhi (1953-2003), and has about 1,200 members. The Society has Greek youth and women’s groups, along with sponsoring folk ensembles. It started a Greek Sunday School and helped start Greek language courses in a number of secondary schools. The Donetsk Greek Society maintains close ties with Greek associations in Moscow, St Petersburg, and Krasnodar, and participates in folk festivals in different parts of Russia. During the hostilities, they’ve received humanitarian assistance from other Greek Associations in Russia.

The history of the Greek community of the Azov region dates back to the 1770s, when more than 30,000 Greeks, Armenians, and Georgians emigrated from the Crimea. At the request of Metropolitan St Ignaty Gozadinos of Gothhia and Kafa, who feared the complete destruction of his flock in the Crimean Khanate, the Russian Empire gave the Crimean Christians resettlement assistance. The tsar allocated the Crimean Greeks land on the northern coast of the Sea of Azov near Pavlovsk, which became Mariupol in 1978. The Greek settlements in 1980 numbered about two dozen villages around the Sea of Azov. At the time of the DNR’s declaration of independence and the outbreak of war in the Donbass, there were more than 90,000 descendants of Greek immigrants, the vast majority of them living around the Sea of Azov.

26 March 2017

DAN Donetsk News Agency

https://dan-news.info/culture-ru/doneckie-greki-otmetili-nacionalnyj-prazdnik-tancami-i-koncertom-samodeyatelnyx-kollektivov.html

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