Voices from Russia

Friday, 1 June 2018

Pardon Me, Buddy

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On Thursday, following his recent pardon of conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, US President Donald Trump informed reporters aboard Air Force One that he’s “seriously thinking” of exercising his power to benefit both lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Critics believe Trump’s motivation for pardoning these particular public figures is to send a message to the US Department of Justice and the FBI amid as Robert Mueller continues his special counsel investigation. Considering that former FBI Director James Comey had ties to both Stewart and Blagojevich’s past cases in some way, suspicions were raised even further when it became clear Trump knew little about the individuals he’s thinking of pardoning. Trump claimed on Thursday:

[Martha Stewart] used to be my biggest fan in the world… before I became a politician.

While Trump is correct about her not being a fan of his politics (as evidenced by her vocal support for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election), to claim that she was even a fan prior to 2016 appears to be a stretch, considering this 2007 video. In the case of Blagojevich, Trump concocted his own facts related to the former governor in the same 31 May remarks. Possibly mixing up years with actual corruption charges, Trump added four years to Blagojevich’s actual 14-year sentence saying:

Eighteen years is, I think, really unfair.

Either Trump is doing his former Celebrity Apprentice stars a solid, or there’s something strange behind his pardon party.

1 June 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/cartoons/201806011064993299-trump-pardon-party-stewart-blagojevich/

Saturday, 30 September 2017

30 September 2017. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… Yet Another Invader in the Dustbin

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The Anglo Americans are fond of shouting about how “powerful” and “exceptional” they are. I’d note that Russia has a history of defeating “stronger” states. 1242 was the defeat of the Teutonic Knights… 1612 was the defeat of the Poles in Moscow… 1709 was the defeat of King Karl of Sweden at Poltava… 1812 was the defeat of Napoleon and his disastrous retreat from Russia… 1945 was the defeat of the German fascists. Russia (and the USSR before it) always prepared for an American sneak attack. Firstly, this is how all Western attacks on Holy Rus started. Secondly, Russians are close students of history and they note that Anglo Americans are brazen and mendacious liars who never keep their word (as the Anglo history of dealing with Native Americans showed).

What held true in 1242 still holds true… “Those who march on Russia with sword in hand, by that sword shall they die”. I hope that Anglo hubris doesn’t lead to war… God alone knows if we’d survive.

BMD

Friday, 24 March 2017

24 March 2017. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… I Only Wanted You to Simulate Sabotage!

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Near Kharkov, the largest Ukrainian military warehouse complex burned to the ground; 138,000 tonnes of ammunition exploded. No one saw who did it… no one knows how much is left. However, Kiev already announced that the warehouse catastrophe occurred due to sabotage.

23 March 2017

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

15 March 2017. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… The Future of the EU

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EU member-states are gradually coming to the idea that any future union wouldn’t be a monolithic organisation, with all members equally integrated into one common European space. The ending of the latest EU summit showed that although most European leaders aren’t pleased with the distinction, almost all understand that the only possible future EU is “a Europe on different levels” or “a variable-geometry Europe”. Behind those beautiful expressions is a simple principle… each EU country would determine how far each country integrates into the larger community, with participation or non-participation in any EU programme or entity based on how far it coincides with their particular national interests.

14 March 2017

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury

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