Voices from Russia

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Ethiopians, the Kefir Vendor, and the End of the War in the Eastern Ukraine


This afternoon, I met two guys from Ethiopia who have lived in Donetsk for more than 30 years. They invited me to share a cappuccino in the Don Cafe, a cool spot not far from the Orthodox church on Artyoma Avenue (the main artery of this city). Here, we have many foreigners that came to Donetsk from developing countries in the Soviet time to get a free education, an education that their countries weren’t able to provide them. Some of them remained here since they found a job and their “half an orange” or a better environment than the countries where they came from. The Ethiopians told me that they went today to the central market to buy cottage cheese and kefir from a lady who imports those products from the Ukraine. She crosses the border very often with her trade. The lady told them that today at the checkpoint the Ukrainian soldiers were unusually polite and kind with her. They told her that the war would end before the end of April. They told her they hate Poroshenko and they respect Putin. After checking her documents, they allowed her to cross the border with a smile. This story comes from the particular experience of a lady who sells milk, kefir, and cheese in the Donetsk central market. She isn’t a “political analyst” or an “expert”. However, I’ve heard this rumour lately many times from local people here… that the war will end in a couple of months or so. I think that the common people are wiser and know better what is going on than any “expert”, politician, bureaucrat, or journo-mercenary working for the mainstream media.

12 March 2017

Miguel Puertas


Sunday, 12 February 2017

12 February 2017. From the Russian Web… A Very Good Morning!



The original image isn’t Russian… but it’s all over the RuNet with its greeting. I “Englished” it and put it in the opposite  corner. I DO wish you a very good morning…

Oh, if you call them “cookies” or “biscuits” does tell people what part of the Anglosphere that you hail from…


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Sputnik International Presents… Moscow Kicks Off Winter Season with Opening of Colourful Skating Rinks


A fireworks display at the opening of the skating rink at the VDNKh exhibition centre



The VDNKh rink can accommodate about five thousand people; its area is almost 70,000 square metres (753,474 square feet) (7 hectares: 17.3 acres).



At the VDNKh rink, the largest in Russia, the decorations have an “Arctic” theme, with figures of Northern animals and imitations of the Northern Lights.



Fireworks display at the VDNKh rink opening; DUNDU, a famous German light theatre, provided a fantastic Momentum of Lights performance that spectacularly climaxed the celebration



Theatrical performance at the opening of the skating rink in the Ermitazh Garden



Visitors took pictures at the Ermitazh Garden rink opening



The Serebryany Lyod (Silver Ice) skating rink opened at Izmailovsky Park; on opening day, it gave all comers free admission, which was true at many other municipal skating rinks as well



Skaters at the Lyod (Ice) skating rink in Sokolniki Park


Winter season officially started in Moscow… massive festivities celebrated the opening of the outdoor skating rinks at the city’s main parks. A beautiful light show took place at VDNKh’s skating rink, which was the largest ice rink in Europe for the third year in a row. Those who attended the opening show of the Ermitazh Garden’s skating rink enjoyed a Venetian carnival. Due to the unique technology used to create it, the Lyod skating rink at Sokolniki Park is one of the most colourful and modern rinks in Moscow as its artificial ice doesn’t depend on the weather.

28 November 2016

Sputnik International


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Winter is On Its Way in the Ukraine



Eventually, you know that the weather will take its toll. Today, in Kherson and Nikolayev, the average outdoor temperatures are 3 to 8 degrees (38 to 47 degrees Fahrenheit)… apartments usually have a heat level of 16 to 18 degrees (61 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit). I received information about cutbacks in the heating season, so people are starting large-scale installations of electric heaters. The money to purchase gas, coal, and oil is missing and there’s nothing budgeted for public utility services. People are well aware that the winter will be very hard; today, nobody knows how they’re going to get heat. Yesterday, sources sent me photos where you can see signs on the Kherson-Nikolayev motorway reading, “Putin warm-up”. I’ve gotten intel about the heat problem in almost all Ukrainian cities. Kherson and Nikolayev aren’t ready for the cold season. Today, thieving officials with no scrap of leadership ability run our cities.

23 November 2016

Aleksei Zhuravko


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