Voices from Russia

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Pyro in Kiev Sez That Oppos “Hired” Him to Torch Cars… Yanukovich Ends Sick-Out… Authorities in Simferopol Call for Druzhinniki to Aid Cops

00 Kiev Riots. 02.02.14

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A statement posted on the MVDU website reported that police arrested a Georgian on suspicion of torching cars in Kiev. When the cops grilled him, the perp said that oppositionists occupying the House of Trade Unions “hired” him for the job. The MVDU stated, “According to the detainee, whilst searching for work in the capital, he met with a man who offered him cash to burn cars, promising him 600 gryvnia (2,540 Roubles. 72 USD. 80 CAD. 82 AUD. 54 Euros. 44 UK Pounds). To seal the deal, they went to the House of Trade Unions on the fifth floor, where masked men met them. They gave the detainee a list of cars to torch, money, and petrol”. Earlier reports noted that arsonists torched more than 20 cars over the past few days in Kiev. Saturday night, cops arrested the 26-year-old Georgian in a Kiev neighbourhood when he and another guy tried to set fire to a car. The cops discovered that one of the cars torched belonged to a relative of a judge who ordered the arrest of rioters.

2 February 2014

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A statement posted online by the Presidential Administration said that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich would return to work on Monday after a stay at the hospital due to acute respiratory illness. Aleksandr Ordа, Deputy Head of the State Administration of Medical Affairs, said, “After going through the necessary treatment, the Ukrainian President feels good, his health is satisfactory. On Monday, Yanukovich plans to return to work”. Earlier, the Presidential Administration website reported that Yanukovich went on sick leave due to acute respiratory illness accompanied by high fever.

2 February 2014

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On Friday, citing Mayor Viktor Ageyev, UNN reported that the Simferopol Municipal Soviet is forming a people’s druzhina to help the law enforcement organs. Mayor Ageyev said, “A people’s druzhina might be useful to aid the police in keeping order in Simferopol”. He added that any druzhinniki raised would be volunteers.

31 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/world/20140202/992636535.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140202/992634783.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140131/992394803.html

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

16 June 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Price of Resistance

00 Sergei Yolkin. The Price of Resistance. 2013

The Price of Resistance

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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St Petersburg has reintroduced the Soviet-era practise of дружинники (druzhinniki). That’s a tough word to “English”. Literally, it’s “companions”… they’re ordinary sorts who patrol the streets to supplement beat cops. I guess that the only way to say it would be “civilian street patrols”, but it loses a great deal of the flavour of the Russian original, which implies that the druzhinniki are a group of mates familiar with one another, who’re patrolling their neighbourhood to ensure its safety.

By the way, these aren’t huge fines… 500 Roubles is 16.75 USD (11.75 Euros. 10 UK Pounds), and 300 Roubles is 9.50 USD (7 Euros. 6 UK Pounds). I can see why Yolkin doubts whether they’ll be effective at all.

BMD

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The St Petersburg Municipal Duma introduced fines for resisting civilian street patrolsSergei Yolkin wonders how that’ll scare off those who’d resist them.

6 June 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130606/941794180.html

Thursday, 23 August 2012

23 August 2012. All the Kafuffle Over “Orthodox Druzhinniki” Overblown and Without Warrant

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Editor’s Foreword:

A contact at the Centre sent me the Russian original as a “cut n’ paste”; I have no URL for verification.

BMD

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Ivan Otrakovsky, the head of the Orthodox lay group Holy Rus, told the BBC Russian Service that Orthodox druzhinniki are protecting Christian sites and clergy in Moscow. He said that the squads are volunteers, having the task of dealing with “aggressive actions against the clergy” and “blasphemous acts against holy things”. Today, there are seven mobile teams in Moscow; they patrol the city, mainly in the evening. If, for instance, the Orthodox druzhinniki see someone drawing graffiti on a church mocking a priest, they’d “take steps to detain the suspect and bring in the cops”. If the perp caught in the act tried to escape, then, they’d “keep the hooligan in custody, but wouldn’t use violence”. In such situations, Otrakovsky said that the druzhinniki would avoid fights and arguments, “as Orthodox men are very composed and determined”. He said that such squads should arise all over Russia, noting, “Orthodox must defend their faith. We have no personal enemies, only enemies of the faith”.

21 August 2012

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All the brouhaha in the Western media and in zapadniki circles in Moscow is unwarranted. At present, these groups contain about 100 individuals all told, who patrol cemeteries, church properties, and near priests’ homes at night. This is no “widespread Orthodox Inquisition”, as the godless nihilist Ksenia Sobchak put it.

Reflect on what the following tells you. Both US Republicans and Democrats support Ksenia Sobchak and the godless Moscow moneygrubbers (you know, the Vanil Restoran crowd, where Dickie Wood used to hang out with the oligarchs). On the other hand, Fr Vsevolod Chaplin thinks that the Orthodox druzhinniki are a good idea, and has said so publicly. Western Liberalism (both “Tea Party libertarianism” and “academic-liberal licentiousness”) is godless and without merit… after all, “goodness” means nothing to people in the USA anymore… “legality” trumps all.

In the West, both “conservatives” and “liberals” are, despite their often vehement public utterances, atheistic votaries in all but name… the “conservative” worships the Almighty Dollar, the “liberal” worships the Almighty Zeitgeist. Both worship the Almighty Self. The worst are those who mouth adherence to Christianity… those are the foulest blossoms of evil in our day. Compare Franklin Graham to Billy Graham… I rest my case.

There is much more to morality, character, and goodness than just ranting for the illegalisation of abortion or for the pampering of the rich… ponder that, if you will.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 23 August 2012

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