Voices from Russia

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Russia Plans to Erect Memorial to Cold War Soldiers in Moscow

00 Soviet soldier in Afganistan. 16.02.14

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On Tuesday, Frantz Klintsevich, deputy head of the RF Gosduma Defence Committee said that a memorial commemorating Soviet soldiers who died in conflicts around the world during the Cold War era will be built in Victory Park (Park Pobedy) in Moscow. The memorial will form an architectural ensemble around an existing monument honouring Soviet soldiers who died during the Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979-89). He said, “It’ll be a beautiful composition with sculptures and bas-reliefs depicting certain historical events”. Stone tablets with the names of about 10,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in hotspots all over the world will line the alley leading to the memorial. Klintsevich said that plans call for completing the monument by summer, noting, “We’ll start preliminary excavation in the near future, probably in March. We’ve already begun engraving the names on the memorial tablets”. According to official statistics, the USSR was in over 30 conflicts in some 29 countries; besides Afghanistan, Soviet troops fought in Angola (and here), Ethiopia, Yemen, and Nigeria. Some 15,000 Soviet troops died in Afghanistan alone, before the Soviet withdrawal in February 1989.

12 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140212/187431812/Russia-Plans-to-Erect-Cold-War-Soldier-Memorial-in-Moscow.html

Editor’s Note:

America has no one to blame but themselves for the al-Qaeda militants. Because of the sick, all-absorbing, and twisted Russophobic hatred of Zbigniew Brzeziński, the USA aided the most feral Islamist elements in the Soviet-Afghan War. Zbig was the “godfather” of al-Qaeda… he thought that any anti-Russian group was good. Such evil elements helped to deform American élite opinion on the USSR (and, later, Russia). Should I also mention that Joe Biden‘s mentor was a pro-Ustaša Croat Catholic priest? You can see why the Orthosphere gets fucked by the American media, government, and One Percent. It’s our God-given duty to stand against this demonic shit. Thank God, I’m NOT alone…

BMD

 

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Gosduma Condemns Western Interference in the Ukraine… More Violence in Kiev

00 Kiev. riots 01. 22.01.14

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Editor’s Note:

The West’s attempted coup is a failure. If anything, it’s ruined any possibility of the Ukraine joining the EU in future. The West gambled… and it failed. It repeated the Orangie playbook, forgetting that Yanukovich was the victim of that. It escalated it, only leading to a rebuff from Ukrainian government security forces. Viktor Fyodorovich isn’t going to give in to Western interference, not with Russian aid forthcoming. The American grand grasp at world hegemony has failed… but it’ll take some time for that to register. Kiev WAS “a bridge too far”…

BMD

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On Wednesday, as rioters battled police in Kiev, Gosduma deputies passed a resolution slamming foreign politicians for interfering in the Ukraine’s deepening political crisis. Increasingly, violence in Kiev escalates, with rioters intensifying anti-government activity in response to the Rada passing legislation curbing the present protests. A Gosduma resolution proposed by Speaker Sergei Naryshkin urging foreign politicians to not interfere in Ukrainian internal affairs passed, with 388 out of 450 deputies supporting it. It read, “The Gosduma urges Western political circles to stop meddling in the internal affairs of the sovereign Ukraine in violation of international law and to stop contributing to the further escalation of conflict”. The deputies called on the Ukrainian opposition to refrain from violence, halt the standoff, and seek constructive dialogue with the authorities. For their part, Ukrainian opposition elements accuse the authorities of escalating violence by spurning genuine high-level dialogue and by its use of rough tactics in attempting to stem the riots. The resolution came in the wake of remarks by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov describing the situation in the Ukraine as “spinning out of control”, demanding that the West stop “artificially undermining” the government. Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, the American Embassy responded to the sharp escalation in unrest this week by announcing that it’d revoke the visas of several Ukrainian officials it said were responsible for the violence. The embassy statement didn’t name the officials affected.

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On Wednesday, the Ukrainian government deployed an APC and more police in their latest push to clear the centre of Kiev of anti-government rioters. In the morning, unrest in Kiev took a turn for the worse with news that at least three people died in clashes with police as the violence that erupted this week showed little immediate sign of diminishing. In recent days, the situation in the Ukraine is increasingly ugly, with rioters intensifying anti-government agitation in response to legislation curbing the present protests. Rioters in helmets, many of them wielding sticks and shields, some of them throwing Molotov cocktails, engaged in pitched battles with police for much of the day on Grushevsky Street, which flanks the Cabinet of Ministers building and Rada building. Police fired what appeared to be rubber bullets and stun grenades at the crowd. By mid-afternoon, police managed to break through makeshift barricades and chased rioters down the street. At least one APC was onsite to clear away debris, although eyewitnesses in Kiev wrote on Twitter that they’d seen other APCs in the city. Acrid smoke shrouded the entire area between the opposing lines after rioters set piles of auto tyres alight.

On the nearby Maidan, the focal point for almost two months of peaceful rallies, opposition figures delivered fiery speeches calling for more people to come to Kiev to join the protest. As the standoff on the street looked to be worsening, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s office said that a meeting was to take place between top government officials and opposition leaders to find a way out of the political crisis. The AP cited a doctor amongst the rioters as saying that at least three people died during clashes with police. According to media reports, one 22-year-old activist died after plummeting from the 13-metre-high colonnade of a Kiev stadium. Reports from the AP and anti-government agitators said that another two protesters were shot dead. The Prokuratura confirmed at least two deaths. The MVDU said that it was opening a homicide investigation into the deaths. On Wednesday, a court approved the arrest of the first 10 of some 50 riot suspects held by police. As a further sign of its resolution, the government decided to lift its ban on police using water cannons in subzero conditions. The temperature in Kiev on Wednesday stood at around -9 degrees (16 degrees Fahrenheit).

The escalation in violence drew voluble international commentary. European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso expressed shock over Wednesday’s deaths and urged the authorities to take steps to cool down the crisis, saying, “We deplore in strongest possible terms the use of force and violence, and call on all sides to immediately refrain from it, and start taking steps that would help de-escalate the situation”.

22 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140122/186803450/Russian-Lawmakers-Condemn-Wests-Role-in-Ukraine.html

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140122/186797588/Ukrainian-Opposition-Claims-First-Deaths-Among-Protesters.html

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Friday, 3 January 2014

3 January 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 2-6 December 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 2-6 December 2013. 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 2-6 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Look carefully at the middle “panel”, and look at the central (and highest) dome of St Basil Cathedral. Yolkin makes it seem as though the building has a sardonic smile as the Vuitton pavilion stamps off the Square. Another Yolkin “visual pun”…

The “golden pistol” is in reference to a fight two RF Gosduma deputies had in an office, and a gun “fell out” of a deputy’s pocket or he brandished it. Now, everyone says that it was all a big misunderstanding. However, the Speaker did say that he wouldn’t tolerate fights, as they do in the Ukrainian Rada. Martin Van Buren (“the Little Magician”) would’ve been at home (American congressmen of his day carried canes, swords, daggers, and pistols into the chamber, besides chewing tobacco and spitting into spittoons in the midst of debate)…

BMD

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Sergei Yolkin looks at the Ukrainians on the Maidan, the taking down of the Louis Vuitton pavilion on Red Square, and how a golden pistol dropped from a deputy’s pocket during a fight.

6 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131206/982531999.html

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Patriarch Kirill Awards Flamboyant Crooner Iosif Kobzon Top Award

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00 Order of Glory and Honour (MP). 22.12.13

Order of Glory and Honour, the second-highest award of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias

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The theme from the famous series Seventeen Moments of Spring… perhaps, his most famous song

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On Wednesday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias presented crooner Iosif Kobzon, Russia’s answer to Frank Sinatra, with a top award for his public service, adding to the flamboyant now-lawmaker’s already glittering array of decorations. Patriarch Kirill awarded Kobzon, whom the Americans denied a visa in the past for alleged links to organised crime figures, the Order of Glory and Honour (Second Degree) for his work in “developing national culture and the moral and patriotic education of his contemporaries”. Kobzon, who turned 76 in September, was a hit singer in the days of the USSR, but officially ended his touring career in 1997 after being becoming an RF Gosduma deputy. He has dozens of awards and honours, both from Russia and from other former Soviet republics, largely for his contributions to culture and music.

18 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131218/185687572/Russian-Orthodox-Church-Gives-Flamboyant-Crooner-Top-Award.html

Editor’s Note:

The REAL reason that the Americans denied Iosif Davydovich a visa was that he pissed off the American Jewish lobby (for what, one doesn’t know… Kobzon’s a Jew himself!) and that he refused to cut off his childhood friends (Frank Sinatra did the same, getting the same nasty treatment from the usual lot of bluenoses). Besides which, he was (and is) an unrepentant Leftist who hates American-style crapitalism. Of course, since everyone knows that the Amerikantsy are childish, self-centred, violent, and vindictive, it doesn’t surprise one to find out that they refused him a visa in 1995 and 2012 for refusing to kiss their ass at high noon. Note well that HH LOVES giving awards to LEFTISTS… he doesn’t give awards to rightwing slimers. It doesn’t matter how many Pro-Life placards you wave, HH knows that the Republicans and their ilk in other countries are evil, and that their policies are anti-Christian and inhuman, so, he refuses to recognise them (we should do likewise, I say). I’d say that we should follow HH… NOT Potapov, Whiteford, Kishkovsky, Paffhausen, and Reardon. After all, one of these things is NOT like the other…

Everybody knows that Iosif Davydovich is a truly decent person and a mensch in the highest sense of the term (he came up in the hardscrabble Donbass and he hasn’t forgotten his roots). Russians give him big-time respect for putting his money where his mouth is… he’s spent tons of his personal money to help the poor and unfortunate, including aiding many orphanages throughout the country. He doesn’t stick his money in the Cayman Islands… hmm… whom do you respect? Do you respect Iosif Davydovich or do you respect Wet Willy Romney (they’re mutually-exclusive)? I say, give me Iosif Davydovich… what about you?

BMD

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