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Friday, 10 April 2015

Farewell, LAZ! They’ll Pack Mushrooms and Berries in the Factory Shops

00 LAZ Lvov Auto Plant. Galicia. ukraine. 09.04.15


As of today, the Lvov Automobile Plant (LAZ), which as late as 2012 produced buses for Euro 2012, stands completely gutted. The flagship enterprise of Lvov is in ruins and is up for sale. Journalists got inside the former LAZ and found nothing of value inside its buildings. In the shops, there is no sign of any equipment, the walls deteriorate, the windows shattered, even the floor doesn’t lack damage. The building itself is on offer at auction. LAZ, founded in 1945, during its existence built more than 365,000 autobuses. In 2001, it went into private hands. Then, production volume reached 14,600 units per year, not including producing automatic transmissions supplied to other enterprises. However, the private owner wasn’t able to support the plant properly; ergo, the LAZ got into debt, reduced staff, sold property, and went into bankruptcy. For over a year, the LAZ didn’t show up in statistical reports of Ukravtoproma and Auto-Consulting; in 2013 the LAZ’s owner promised to present a whole range of “Bus of the Future”, but beyond words, it was a bust.

According to the information on the website “City Transport Group”, which owns the LAZ plant, production continues in Dneprodzerzhinsk in Zaporozhe Oblast. However, no one’s heard anything from there; the last update of the site appeared at the beginning of last year, connected with the sale of 2013 model-year buses 2013. What caused the LAZ collapse just didn’t make the news. For several years, the Lvov Oblast OGA* tried to nationalise the plant. For quite some time, whispers had it that the owner artificially sunk the LAZ into bankruptcy, so people thought it should go back under state ownership. However, there’s no longer any sense to do anything. The seized property of the former LAZ, they’re up for sale at auction, due on 15 April, by 11 April, interested parties should submit applications. The asking price for the former LAZ shop premises (total area: 19,821 square metres/2 hectares (213,351 square feet/4.9 acres)) is 29,742,150 Grivnya (66.7 million Roubles. 7.9 million Renminbi. 79 million INR. 1.27 million USD. 1.6 million CAD. 1.66 million AUD. 1.2 million Euros. 868,000 UK Pounds). By the way, insider information says that a Polish investor wants to buy the empty factory to install a sorting plant for packaging blueberries, mushrooms, and blackberries.

  • OGA: Oblast State Administration: administrative apparat of an oblast

8 April 2015




This is why “investors” and “entrepreneurs” are the vilest of human beings… worse than paedophiles, murderers, rapists, and child abusers are. Those low inhuman scummers generally don’t hurt large numbers. What they do is enormously horrific and horridly scarring to the victims and those close to them… but it only affects a relatively small number at most (sorts like Chikatilo are rare, thank God, more are like Storheim, who only abused a few). Investors and entrepreneurs hurt THOUSANDS for the sake of filthy lucre. They destroy the livelihood of whole towns in their insatiable lust for money and power. You can see that all over the Northeastern USA… where investors and entrepreneurs left towns to rot so that they could fatten their bankrolls. That’s why what Serge Schmemann, Rod Dreher, and Sofia Kishkovskaya do is evil… they’re shills for the moneyed class. That’s why Paffhausen and his ilk are evil… they suck up to the moneyed class and to their Libertarian enablers. That’s why what Potapov does is evil… he’s a willing propagandist for the political whores of the Affluent Effluent.

Remember what Scripture says… The love of money is the root of all evil. It doesn’t say, Lust is the root of all evil. I seem to see a difference. Reflect on that, this Holy Friday.



Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Pushilin Sez that the DNR Won’t be an Economic Basket Case After It Restores War Damage

01f Chusovskoy Steel Mill


Vice Chairman of the DNR People’s Soviet D V Pushilin said, “In the past, in large part, the industrial output of our region went to Russia and other countries of the TS EvrAsES. In any case, a signing of an economic agreement with the EU would’ve smashed our economy. In principle, our region is economically self-sufficient. If we carry out modernisation of our industry, we’d be able to restart the full production cycle. If we’re able to re-negotiate export documents for our machine-building enterprises, we won’t have any problem at all”. Now, the problem lies in negotiating customs and export agreements, as 80 percent of industrial enterprises are ready to resume production. Part of the recovery of the Novorossiyan economy is because it exported coal to Iran and North Africa through the Russian port of Taganrog. Pushilin said that this demand for coal was because “the USSR built their power and steel plants. Coal mined in the Donbass was part of the processing chain”. Pushilin pointed up that this means that the DNR won’t need any subsidies after it completes reconstruction. Actually, he made it clear that it has never required such aid.

7 April 2015

Russkaya Vesna



The Galician Uniate nationalists want the Donbass because the “Ukraine” is Somalia without it. Actually, Uniate policies have made the junta-misruled Ukraine a dependent colony of the West as there is no way that the Novorossiyan industry could exist under an EU economic régime. All that Germany wants is cheap labour anyway (just as it did under the Nazis, all that Germany wants is underpaid and overworked “inferior” slaves from the Ukraine… the Uniates are willing to be their enforcers… JUST AS THEY WERE UNDER THE NAZIS). So, you can see the folly of the Banderovtsy… they need Novorossiya to subsidise the bandura-strumming khokhols of Galicia, but with their accession to the EU, it destroys the Novorossiyan economy. However… Tyagnibok et al would get mucho gelt for being the West’s bully-boys… that’s all that matters to them.


The Ukraine Took “Honourable Mention” Second Place in the World in Terms of Inflation

01 money down toilet


Steve Hanke, professor at Johns Hopkins University, wrote in Forbes magazine that the real level of inflation in the Ukraine is 111 percent. All that one needs to assess real inflation is the simple application of standard time-tested economic theory (in this case, purchasing power parity). Hanke used that to estimate the current annual inflation in the Ukraine. The calculations used data from black market currency transactions collected during the last 12 months as part of a joint research project on forex problems at the Cato Institute and Johns Hopkins University. These shocking figures are positive only in the fact that inflation decreased compared with estimates made on 24 February… those calculations showed Ukrainian inflation running at 272 percent. Thanks to Washington Post columnist Matt O’Brien, this assessment received much attention. He agreed with the calculations of the author in his blog Wonk Blog in the online edition. Venezuela took first place in this list; it had the dubious honour of the country with the highest inflation. According to the author’s estimates, the estimated annual inflation there is 252 percent. Now, in addition to Venezuela, there is only one state in the world with three-digit inflation… the Ukraine, where annual inflation is 111 percent. This is much larger than the “official” 34.5 percent rate is. The recently approved expansion of IMF financing and restructuring of Ukrainian public debt, negotiations on which only started, rest on erroneous data. Hanke noted that since the programmes and negotiations start with false assumptions, this invariably leads to a flop.

6 April 2015

Russkaya Vesna


Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Ukraine Faces Collapse in Foreign Trade

00 ukrainian money. 21.03.15


Ukrainskaya Pravda reported that a serious reduction in Ukrainian export volumes reflected the poor economic situation. Ukrainian foreign trade turnover fell by one-third for January 2015, but the junta hasn’t worked out a strategic plan to support exporting companies. According to official Ukrainian foreign trade statistics for 2014, the volume of exports fell by 22 percent. Ukrainskaya Pravda stated, “Statistics in January 2015 were set to confirm or refute expert assessments about the collapse of Ukrainian exports to the EU. In fact, statistics turned out to be much worse!” The latest data show that Ukrainian exports to the EU in January 2015 dropped by 31 percent compared with January 2014. The decrease of Ukrainian exports to the SNG and Russia was even more apparent, reaching 54.9 percent and 60.3 percent, respectively. Anna Derevyanko, Executive Director of the European Business Association, said that export growth requires a stable and predictable economic policy, which now doesn’t exist.

18 March 2015

Sputnik International


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