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Monday, 31 August 2015

Russia Sends Specialised Medicine for Neonates to DNR

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Today, DNR Advisor on Children’s Rights Ya V Chepikova told us:

The Commissioner for Children’s Rights in St Petersburg has found it possible to deliver surfactants for neonates (used to treat respiratory distress syndrome, the cost in Russia is more than 20,000 Roubles (1,915 Renminbi. 19,940 INR. 300 USD. 399 CAD. 423 AUD. 267 Euros. 195 UK Pounds) per pack). We have 120 packages ready to ship. Now, the only question concerns transportation, as it needs special storage conditions. The Russian Federation responded very quickly to our request… we received a positive answer from St Petersburg three days after a DNR representative put in a query. As you can see, Russia once again responded to our request, and very quickly.

In June 2015, the Ukraine blocked any medical supplies for neonates from going to the DNR. Chepikova pointed up that some charities and the Russian Federation provided help after the blockade.

31 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency



If the junta is blocking medical shipments to the Peoples Republics through its territory, well, we Orthodox should respond. The ROCOR Fund for Assistance and any other Orthodox group should put any sort of aid for any group in junta-occupied territory on hold. If the Uniate and schismo pigs want to hurt children, maybe, we can’t stop them, but we can halt all shipments to them.


If the ROCOR Fund for Assistance continues to send aid to the junta (as they’ve done in the recent past), they prove themselves traitors to Orthodoxy and the enemies of Holy Rus. We may not be able to do much, but we can see to it that no one under the junta gets aid (for to send anyone aid is to help the illegitimate putschist junta).


It’s sad that this happened, but people such as Potapov have too much influence in our circles here in the diaspora. There are also those who live in the past, who tell themselves, “Most Russians are anti-communist (that is, pro-USA)”… that’s not only false, it’s a slap in the face to our compatriots and coreligionists. If you hear anyone talking like that, know that they’re either dupes or active collaborators with the Anglo persecutors of Holy Rus (that’s true of Potapov, Paffhausen, Webster, Dreher, and some figures at Jordanville).

Our people hang on the cross. At the very least, we shouldn’t help their persecutors in any way. What does that tell you about people such as Vassa Larina, Jonas Paffhausen, John Jillions, and Freddie M-G who suck up to the Uniate persecutors of the Holy Church? Yes… what does it tell you, and what does it tell you about their character, in particular? I stand for our compatriots and coreligionists. Anyone who schmoozes with Uniates, does not, and they make their stand public. Do ponder that…


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Donetsk National Technical University Wonks Use 3D Printer to Circumvent Blockade

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Aleksei Sotnikov, head of research at Donetsk National Technical University (DonNTU), told us that young scientists at the university used their 3D-printing centre to manufacture parts for laboratory equipment, saying, “Today, DonNTU isn’t only the oldest regional higher education institute, but also the largest research centre. The university has a variety of departments and laboratories where research scientists and students do studies. We need to update some of these laboratories, but that’s hard to do in the context of the blockade. Therefore, we came up with the idea of ​​creating our own stuff using 3D-printing to make plastic parts and components for scientific equipment”.

Pavel Rozkaryaka, head of the DonNTU Electric Drive and Industrial Plant Automation Department, noted, “Some of the mechanisms are unique, and to order them is almost impossible, so, 3D-printing is a technological fix for that. Firstly, you draw a three-dimensional model of the future product on the computer. Then, you transfer it to the 3D-printer, using G-code principles, representing a machine with numerical control. The work requires difficult precise adjustments, but in the end, you create a unique item in a relatively short time. Using such methods, laboratory staff have already restored a robotic arm idled due to breakage. One of the most important tasks of the DonNTU 3D-printing centre is to avoid annoying downtime for our scientific equipment. However, we’d fulfil orders from other universities and establishments, such as workshops producing medical prostheses”.

Although the DonNTU university 3D-printing centre isn’t officially open, it’s already fulfilling orders. The university had sufficient resources to open it without any additional investment in special equipment. DonNTU expects that the centre will be completely online and operational within the next six months.

23 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Saturday, 22 August 2015

DNR Officials Noticed Deterioration of Ukrainian Products Due to Blockade

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DNR officials determined that deterioration in Ukrainian goods is due to the economic blockade of the Donbass. DNR Economic Development Minister Yevgeniya Samokhina told us, “At the moment, food trucks lie idle at Ukrainian checkpoints for 7 to 14 hours. Food is stored in inappropriate conditions, so, it quickly deteriorates. If the truck had come to the DNR immediately, well, there’d be no problems with the quality of the goods”. The DNR Sanitary and Epidemiological Service (SES) chief physician Sergei Bondarenko reported, “It’s extremely difficult to track products in the Ukraine due to the blockade and to see if local doctors have checked its quality. People have increasingly entered hospital with food poisoning due to spoiled food, often caused by foods sold at natural markets. It’s possible that some of these tainted items came into the DNR from the Ukraine”.

Meanwhile, people in war-torn Gorlovka found original uses for a number of Ukrainian products. For example, people only buy Roshen candy (owned by junta strongman P A Poroshenko) as gag gifts or as spoofs. Gorlovka resident Yelena Prikhodko told us, “We have a lot of Roshen candy in the shops, but nobody buys it. Why should we give money to Poroshenko? Let those jumpers on the Maidan smack on those dubious sweets. Now, we only buy Roshen candy as a spoof or a reproof. If you give someone Roshen candy, they immediately see it as a “black mark”… a sign that they did something wrong. Therefore, they hasten to correct the mistake or apologise”. In general, according to Gorlovka homies, almost no Ukrainian products are on offer in the shops. Local businessman Nikita Barinov said to us, “Ukraine goods became unprofitable in Gorlovka because of corruption at the Ukrainian checkpoints. To bring in 100 kilos of sugar, I needed to bribe the Ukrainian cops 10,000 Grivnya (31,060 Roubles. 2,874 Renminbi. 29,800 INR. 450 USD. 594 CAD. 615 AUD. 395 Euros. 287 UK Pounds). For that kind of money, I could bring in hundreds of kilos of sugar from Russia. Therefore, now, we only bring in goods from friendly countries”.

The junta transport blockade of the Donbass began on 21 January 2015. In March, the Ukrainian State Border Service of Ukraine stopped traffic of vehicles with food into the DNR and LNR. A full transport blockade began 18 June; all traffic in and out of the Peoples Republics to junta-controlled areas stopped. On 26 June, the junta relaxed the blockade; private cars could cross the border, but only on the Kharkov and Mariupol motorways. However, on 17 August, the junta closed the corridors through Maiorsk and Zaitsevo, which carried half of remaining traffic flow.

22 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency      


Monday, 10 August 2015

European Dairy Industry in Crisis Due to Russian Food Embargo

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European dairy farmers are facing their most serious economic crisis in decades, largely because of the continuing sanctions war between the EU and Russia. In a recent report on the subject, Radio Sweden explained that most expect the current Russian embargo of European agricultural products to lead to a new wave of lowering milk prices in the near future. It noted, “The current crisis is [already] regarded as one of the most serious in the last 40 years”, noting that with global milk prices already falling to a 30 year low, the current price of 2.65 krona (20 Roubles. 2 Renminbi. 20 INR. 0.30 USD. 0.41 AUD. 0.40 CAD. 0.28 Euro. 0.20 UK Pound) is well-below the 3.60 krona (27 Roubles. 2.50 Renminbi. 27 INR. 0.41 USD. 0.56 AUD. 0.54 CAD. 0.38 Euro. 0.27 UK Pound) minimum necessary for Swedish dairy farmers to make ends meet. Meanwhile, subsidies to Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods have fallen by 1.09 krona (8 Roubles. 0.75 Renminbi. 8 INR. 0.12 USD. 0.17 AUD. 0.16 CAD. 0.11 Euro. 0.08 UK Pound) over the past year. Färanäs-area dairy farmer Tore Engström told Radio Sweden, “We can’t remember when we last experienced such a deep crisis, and no one knows when it will end”.

The Association of Swedish Farmers thinks that if someone doesn’t deal with the situation in the next six months, many of Sweden’s 4,200 private dairy farmers may simply begin go bankrupt, with 4 out of 5 already suffering serious economic difficulties. Association chairman Jonas Carlsberg told Radio Sweden that according to the data of his colleagues from Denmark, “86 percent of Danish milk producers face a critical situation. I can add that a similar situation exists in Sweden as well”. Radio Sweden noted that much of the hit to producer prices has been the result of the continuing sanctions war between Europe and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis. Carlsberg complained, “The idea that farmers must pay for political decisions is fundamentally wrong. We’re waiting for decisive actions by policymakers”.  For its part, the Swedish government promised to look into the matter later this month, with EU agriculture ministers promising to do the same in early September.

Czechs, Germans, and Balts Feeling the Pinch Too

Like their Swedish counterparts, Czech dairy farmers too felt the pinch of the embargo, forced to look for new places to dump the 500 tonnes of butter and 1,500 tonnes of powdered milk that once went to the Russian market. German dairy farmers are also struggling, losing a market for 126,000 tons of cheese, according to Thorsten Sehm, the head of the Federal Union of German Milk Producers. Sehm told RIA Novosti that whilst only 1.26 million tons of Germany’s 29 million tons worth of milk went to Russia prior to the embargo, “In any market, once the supply exceeds demand, it leads to drastic changes”. So far, in Germany, Sehm noted that this led to a drop in prices to rates lower than “the crisis years of 2012 and 2009”. German Farmers’ Union spokesman Michael Lohse Lohse complained about commercial effects of political decisions, noting that for his organisation’s part, “we call on the authorities of our country to find opportunities for deepening [trade relations] with Russia”.

The Baltic States seem to be hit worst of all, with their close economic ties with Russia prior to the embargo and difficulties in finding alternative markets leading to a situation where their entire dairy industry is now on the verge of collapse. In Estonia, the sanctions war resulted in a decline in a 30 percent decline in producer prices, with Estonian milk exports falling by 17 percent in the first quarter of 2015 alone. Latvia’s dairy industry suffered a similar decline, with Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs noting that he’d appeal to the EU for additional funds to save the dairy industry from total paralysis, warning that farmers are on the verge of destroying their livestock and liquidating their farms. Latvian Association of Milk Producers Chairperson Ieva Alpa Eisenberg noted that Latvian farmers “have plunged into despair, because we don’t know when the situation will improve. One doesn’t know whether one can climb a little bit further into debt, and whether one will be able to pay it back”. He noted that the present crisis is the worst the country faced in over 15 years. In Lithuania, dairy farmers join the rest of the agricultural sector, which has faced a 30 percent decline in exports in mid-2015, compared with a year earlier. Agriculture Minister Virginija Baltraitiene noted that she’d ask EU Commissioner for Agriculture for 32 million Euros (2.25 billion Roubles. 217.6 million Renminbi. 2.24 billion INR. 35 million USD. 47.6 million AUD. 46 million CAD. 22.6 million UK Pounds) to help save the industry. Local experts warn that Lithuania may have to reduce dairy production by 50 percent in the near future.

Global Factors

This spring, the EU lifted national quotas on milk production, with each country now able to increase dairy production at will, resulting in growing production and a glut in the market. This exacerbated the crisis in the loss of exports to Russia. Furthermore, China significantly reduced its purchase of powdered milk from EU sources, which only deepens the crisis. German Farmers’ Union spokesman Lohse explained, “Of the 10 cent drop in milk prices, 2-3 cents are the result of the Russian embargo, with the rest resulting from other factors. These include the decline in exports to China… as well as general overproduction of milk in the EU”. Federal Union of German Milk Producers chairman Sehm complained that local politicians “aren’t undertaking any efforts to create an appropriate regulatory environment for the milk market”, adding that the same problem exists in France, Spain, and Italy, and in other EU countries.

In August 2014, Russia introduced an embargo on several categories of food products from the EU, the USA, Canada, Australia, and Norway, in response to the anti-Russian sanctions introduced earlier by these countries over the Ukrainian Civil War. This June, the Russian government decided to extend the embargo until August 2016, responding to the EU’s extension of sanctions.

10 August 2015

Sputnik International


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