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Monday, 29 January 2018

Kremlin sez Putin Congratulated Zeman on Re-Election

Zeman won because many Czechs, like these demonstrators, are anti-American to the bone. CNN doesn’t mention that, do they?

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On Saturday, official Kremlin sources said that President V V Putin congratulated Miloš  Zeman on being re-elected as President of the Czech Republic:

In his congratulatory message, the head of Russian state underlined that the results of the latest election showed Zeman’s high authority as an experienced and responsible politician who put the Czech people’s interests and aspirations into life. President Putin pointed up that Russia highly praises Zeman’s principled stance in favour of friendly Russian-Czech relations and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields. President Putin confirmed our readiness to continue constructive joint work on bilateral and global agenda and wished Zeman health, well-being, and new success in his state duties.

Earlier on Saturday, Zeman won re-election as President of the Czech Republic in a run-off. He took 51.36 percent of the vote; his opponent, Jiří Drahoš, the former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, had 48.63 percent of the vote. Voter turnout was 66.6 percent.

27 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/world/987229

Editor:

The USA wanted Zeman out. They failed. It looks like the “sole superpower” isn’t what it claims itself to be…

BMD

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Reburial of Red Army Heroes in Czechia with Full Military Honours

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At the Red Army cemetery in the Czech town of Hlučín (Moravian-Silesian Kraj), the remains of two Soviet pilots… G S Rogachko and Ye I Slyusarenko… received burial with full military honours. This cemetery is one of the largest burial places of Soviet soldiers in Czechia; it has the remains of 3,895 Red Army soldiers. Until now, records had the pilots as “missing”.

In August 2015, Czech searchers located the crash site of a Soviet Yakovlev Yak-9 fighter (s/n 5315374), shot down on 15 April 1945, near Zabreg (near Hlučín). In the wreckage, they found the remains of its 25-year-old pilot, Guards Lieutenant Yevgeni Ivanovich Slyusarenko. The searchers identified the Soviet fighter plane and its pilot through the serial numbers of the engine and aircraft, along with documents from TsAMO in the Russian Federation. In September 2015, in Petrovice u Karviné, searchers found and recovered the wreckage of another Soviet fighter, an American-built Bell P-39 Q-25 Airacobra (s/n 44-32665), shot down by German anti-aircraft guns, which crashed into a swamp near the railroad tracks. The shootdown of the American fighter, received from the USA under Lend-Lease, occurred on 13 April 1945. Russian documents identified the pilot as 27-year-old Senior Lieutenant Grigori Sergeyevich Rogachko, deputy commander of a squadron of 268 Fighter Regiment of 310 Fighter Aviation Division of the VVS-RKKA PVO. At the crash site, searchers found not only remnants of the aircraft, but also the remains of the pilot and some of his personal effects. According to documents, Guards Lieutenant Ye I Slyusarenko, born in Kiev in 1920, received his call to service from the Petrovsky RVK in 1939; Senior Lieutenant G S Rogachko came from Grodovka (Donetsk Oblast), being born in 1918.

The honour guard at the ceremony were members of a military history re-enactment group. They wore VOV-era uniforms and laid wreaths at the burial-place. We were able to establish the names of the pilots due to preserved documents and anthropological forensics, with participation from the Minoborony Rossii office for maintaining military memorials in Czechia. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Ostrava Aleš Zedník noted:

Today, thanks to hardworking researchers, we bid farewell, not to unknown heroes, but to heroes known to many in Moravia and Silesia by their names and by their podvigs*. Thus, instead of the dry phrase “didn’t return from combat mission”, we shed light on their all-too-human fate.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

A N Budaev (Consul General of the Russian Federation in Brno), Aleš Zedník (Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Ostrava),  P Pašek (Mayor of Hlučín), I V Shchepin (Military Attaché of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic), V V Konnov (head of the Minoborony Rossii office for maintaining military memorials in Czechia), Russian Orthodox church representatives, ordinary Russians, and members of Czech veterans and public organisations attended the burial ceremony. Fr Nikolaj, pastor of the Orthodox parish in Ostrava, served Pannikhida.

28 August 2016

Minoborony Rossii

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Podkarpatskaya Created Inter-Nationality Assembly

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Krajina reported that on 9 April, in Mukačevo at the Rusin Dom, the Inter-Nationality (Межнациональной) Assembly of Podkarpatskaya held its first meeting. The founders of the Assembly were prominent public figures of the Rusin, Magyar, and Romanian communities of Podkarpatskaya, including representatives of the Coordinating Council of Rusin Organisations and the Union of Romanians in Podkarpatskaya Transcarpathia. For the first time in many years in Podkarpatskaya, an association represented civic activists from different nationalities. Representatives of various organisations, well-known local politicians, historians, healthcare workers, educators, and business-owners, expressed their willingness to undertake joint efforts for regional development. The main purpose of the 500 Assembly delegates was to call for a united effort of Rusin, Magyar, and Romanian community leaders and activists to protect their rights, freedoms, and interests. The Assembly also wants to organise work for the conservation and enhancement of the cultural and historical heritage and traditional values ​​of the nationality groups in Podkarpatskaya. Its activities will address the needs of more than 1 million people in Podkarpatskaya, of the various nationalities living in the region, affecting some 90 percent of the total population.

The founding meeting elected Co-Chairmen of the Assembly… Ladislav Letsovich, Head of the Coordination Council of Rusin Organisations, Olga Gajdos, Deputy Head of Mukačevo district branch of the Society of Hungarian Culture in Podkarpatskaya (KMKS), and Ivan Miklovda, Deputy Head of the Union of Romanians in Podkarpatskaya. Practical leadership in the Assembly will come from a Directorate and a Council of 35 prominent activists.

Ladislav Letsovich emphasised that the residents of Podkarpatskaya aren’t separatists and extremists by creating this Assembly. They wish to preserve a unified and independent Ukraine {in a pig’s arse… that’s for public consumption: editor}. The Assembly will act strictly according to the present Ukrainian Constitution and laws. However, he noted that within this legal framework, the Assembly intends to achieve through dialogue with the authorities the official recognition of the 1991 referendum in Podkarpatskaya, in which more than 78 percent of those voting voted for an autonomous status for the region. To achieve these goals, the Assembly adopted a Memorandum and Resolution. The Assembly wants the text of these documents used in the work of the State Constitutional Commission to amend the Basic Law of the Ukraine.

Olga Gajdos emphasised that to achieve its goal, it’d be important for the Assembly to get support from political and social elements in Hungary, Romania, Czechia, Slovakia, Serbia, and the USA, i.e.,  countries that have close ties with Podkarpatskaya nationalities. In turn, Ivan Miklovda stated that the Assembly should be able to exert influence on election campaigns at different levels, to ensure electing who’d look after the aims and interests of the various ethnic groups. He also gave assurances that the Romanian community supported the Assembly and would do its utmost to achieve its goals.

The main activities of the Assembly will be holding conferences, “roundtables”, festivals, relevant educational efforts, outreach, advocacy, and publication, as well as participation in elections at local and regional levels.

9 April 2015

From-ua.com

http://from-ua.com/news/344891-v-zakarpate-sozdana-mezhnacionalnaya-assambleya.html

Friday, 27 March 2015

Ripe for the Nuthouse: Have the Ukraine’s Leaders Completely Lost It?

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Czech political analyst and journalist Tereza Spencerová said in an interview on the website Parlamentnílisty.cz that the Ukraine per se is no more; the “government” of P A Poroshenko and A P Yatsenyuk has little impact on the affairs of state, noting, “To stay in power and on the receiving end of the billions of dollars expected to flow in from the West, they need to bide for time, that’s why they make all kinds of deceitful and self-assured statements… one just shouldn’t take these people seriously because they’ll eventually do exactly what they’re told to do from the outside. They’re pitiable and weak politicians running a bankrupt country, beefing up an army they have neither the money nor people to keep, and threatening Russia with full-blown war, which they hope to win. We need to institutionalise the Kiev leadership; if the West continues to support them, the situation will keep going downhill”. Spencerová pointed up that what really matters now is whether the hawks in the US Congress on the one side, or the doves in Paris and Berlin on the other, will eventually prevail. In the end, Spencerová believed that since Merkel and Hollande staked the future of their political clout on the Minsk accords, they wouldn’t let Poroshenko or anybody else ruin their image, reputation, and business ties with Russia.

27 March 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150325/1019990263.html

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