Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

20 November 2013. Looking Back…Looking Forward…

00 Moscow. Crowd at Manezh. 19.11.13

Looking back… line at the Manezh for an exhibition on the Romanov Dynasty


Vals Yunkerov… a song of the White Armymen of character and honour


Irakli Toidze. The Mother-Motherland Calls! 1941

The Mother-Motherland Calls!

Irakli Toidze



My Army… “Our Great October is with us, the song of Red fighters as well, the first day of war and the victory salute, and the fate of our fallen fathers, you, my army, you are always on guard, you are my love and my destiny”(the song proper doesn’t begin until 0:20 of the vid). There was character amongst Reds, as well…


00 Stalingrad. Mother Motherland Calls. 07.02.13

The spirit of the Great Victory lives! The Mother-Motherland Calls statue on Mamayev Kurgan on the Stalingrad battlefield


Looking forward… a new commie pop song… Communists, Forward! (with English subtitles)… “The people are ready for the final fight!”


These things AREN’T unrelated. As Comrade Zyuganov said on Red Square and President Putin said at Valdai, Russian History is an indivisible and unified whole… we can’t remove parts of it to suit our childish and self-centred fancies. Kievan Rus is ours… Medieval Muscovy is ours… the Tsardom of Russia is ours… Imperial Russia is ours… the USSR is ours… it’s ALL ours. That’s why Comrade Zyuganov went to the exhibition at the Manezh on the Romanovs and went away moved. Remember, those who attack the Soviet legacy have agendas… most of them sold out to the West years ago (especially, one who lives in the District‘s chi-chi suburb of Takoma Park, I’d say).

It’s ALL ours… or, NONE of it is ours. I say, “I’ll take it all, the bitter with the sweet”… it’s all MY RUSSIA… and the wind is blowing “leftwards” (don’t forget, HH is friends with the Castro brothers (and here), NOT with the Bush clan)… fancy that…




Saturday, 31 August 2013

31 August 2013. Memorial Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul. Prokhorovka Museum Reserve. Kursk RF

00 Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul. Kursk. Prokhorovka. 31.08.13


To go with the post below, I found an image of the Memorial Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul on the Kursk Battlefield at the Prokhorovka Museum Reserve. It’s dedicated to all the Red Army soldiers who died in the Battle of Kursk, which was the last strategic offensive of the Wehrmacht in the VOV. It was completed in 1994-95, Ponder this… the Komsomoltsy light candles in church (and remember our history)… the pro-Western greedsters lay on the beach (and stash their money in Western banks… none dare call them traitors). I know which group is which… and, to be frank, so do you…


31 August 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… “Thanks, Grandpa, for the Victory!”

00a Kursk anniversary. KPRF. 31.08.13


00aa Kursk anniversary. KPRF. 31.08.13


The Komsomoltsy marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk. In Russia, the commies are the patriotic people (nowadays, most of ’em are believers), whilst the pro-WesternFree Market” sorts are selfish godless anti-patriots (just like their American analogues). That is, as a member of the Russian diaspora in the USA, I’d be proud to stand tall with Gennady Andreyevich… and I’d avoid greedster pigs like Prokhorov (and their diaspora enablers like Potapov). Don’t forget, after ’91, slinking stinkers like Potapov thrust a knife into the back of the Mother Church by sending over “missionaries” to disrupt the Church in the Motherland (and ordained questionable sorts such as Valentin Rusantsov and Agafangel Pashkovsky as bishops). The Komsomoltsy stood tall in defence of the Churches and clergy when they were attacked by American-financed mobs (whilst Potapov badmouthed Patriarch Aleksei at Georgetown U… there are witnesses). I know who I want to associate with. Do you?


Friday, 30 August 2013

Nadezhda Popova, World War II “Night Witch” Dies at 91

00 Dmitri Medvedev. Nadezhda Popova. Night Witch. 2009. 30.08.13


The Wehrmacht called them “Night Witches” because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch‘s broomstick. The Russian women pilots of those planes, onetime-crop-dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” received an Iron Cross.

These young heroines, all volunteers, most in their teens and early 20s, became legends in World War II, but they’re largely forgotten now. Flying only in the dark, they had no parachutes, guns, radios, or radar, only maps and compasses. If tracer bullets hit them, their planes would burn like sheets of paper. Their uniforms were hand-me-downs from male pilots. Their faces froze in the open cockpits. Each night, the 40 or so two-woman crews flew eight or more missions… sometimes, as many as 18. Nadezhda Popova, one of the first volunteers… who herself flew 852 missions… said in an interview for David Stahel’s book Operation Typhoon: Hitler’s March on Moscow, October 1941, published this year, “Almost every time we had to sail through a wall of enemy fire”.

Ms Popova, who died at 91 on 8 July in Moscow, was inspired both by patriotism and by a desire for revenge. Her brother was killed shortly after the Germans swept into the USSR in June 1941; the Nazis commandeered their home as a Gestapo police station. In Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II (2007), Amy Goodpaster Strebe quotes Ms Popova as recalling the “smiling faces of the Nazi pilots” as they strafed crowds, gunning down fleeing women and children. However, Ms Popova, who rose to become deputy commander of what was formally known as the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, said she was mostly just doing a job that needed doing. She said in a 2010 interview with RIA-Novosti, “We bombed, we killed; it was all a part of war. We had an enemy in front of us, and we had to prove that we were stronger and more prepared”.

As the war began, Moscow barred women from combat, and Ms Popova was turned down when she first tried to enlist as a pilot. She told Albert Axell, the author of Russia’s Heroes: 1941-45 (2001). “No one in the armed services wanted to give women the freedom to die”. In spite of this, on 8 October 1941, Stalin issued an order to deploy three regiments of female pilots, one of which became the Night Witches. Clearly, the ranks of Russian pilots needed bolstering; in addition, some pointed up, heroic women made good propaganda. The lobbying of Marina Raskova, who set several flying records, who became the first commander of the women’s units, helped greatly.

Nadezhda Vasilyevna Popova was born in Shabanovka in the RSFSR on 27 December 1921. The daughter of a railwayman, she grew up near Donetsk in the Ukraine, so, Ukrainian President Yanukovich announced her death. Growing up, Ms Popova told Ms Strebe, “I was a very lively, energetic, wild kind of person. I loved to tango, fox trot, but I was bored. I wanted something different”. At 15, Ms Popova joined a flying club, of which there were as many as 150 in the USSR. More than one-quarter of the pilots trained in the clubs were women. After graduating from pilot school, she became a flight instructor.

Her delight at her acceptance into the 588th Night Bomber Regiment gave way to steely seriousness after her first sortie, in which a Soviet plane was destroyed, killing two friends. She dropped her bombs on the dots of light below. She told Russian Life magazine in 2003, “I was ordered to fly another mission immediately. It was the best thing to keep me from thinking about it”. Ms Popova became adept at her unit’s tactics. Planes flew in formations of three. Two would go in as decoys to attract searchlights, and then separate in opposite directions and twist wildly to avoid the antiaircraft guns. The third would sneak to the target through the darkness. Then, they’d switch places until each of the three dropped the single bomb carried beneath each wing.

Ms Popova told Mr Axell that the pilots’ skill prompted the Germans to spread rumours that the Russian women were given special injections and pills to “give us a feline’s perfect vision at night. Of course, this was nonsense”. The Po-2 biplanes flown by the Night Witches had an advantage over the faster, deadlier German Messerschmitts… their maximum speed was lower than the German planes’ stall speed, making them hard to shoot down. The Po-2s were also exceptionally manoeuvrable. Still, Ms Popova was shot down several times, although she was never hurt badly.

Once, after being downed, she found herself in a horde of retreating troops and civilians. In the crowd was a wounded fighter pilot, Semyon Kharlamov, reading Quietly Flows the Don, Mikhail Sholokhov‘s epic Soviet novel. They struck up a conversation, and she read him some poetry. They eventually separated, but saw each other again several times during the war. At war’s end, they met at the Reichstag in Berlin and scribbled their names on its wall. They soon married. Mr Kharlamov died in 1990. Ms Popova, who lived in Moscow and worked as a flight instructor after World War II, is survived by her son, Aleksandr, a general in the Belarusian Air Force. Ms Popova was a Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour. She received the Gold Star {the author is confused here… the Gold Star is merely the medal for the title Hero of the Soviet Union: editor}, the Order of Lenin, and the Order of the Red Star. Ms Popova said in 2010, “I sometimes stare into the blackness and close my eyes. I can still imagine myself as a young girl, up there in my little bomber. I ask myself, ‘Nadia, how did you do it?’”

14 July 2013

Douglas Martin

New York Times


Editor’s Note:

Let the above put all naysayers to shame. Women can fight in war as well as men can… history proves it. Ask the Germans attacked by the Night Witches and those harassed by female partisans and snipers… they’ll tell you the truth. As for the “Family Values” sorts and their closed-minded bloviations, the less said the better…


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