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Friday, 24 April 2015

Gazprom Dismissed Locksmith Who was Fan of the Azov Battalion

00 gazprom ukie locksmith. russia. ukraine. 24.04.15


Gazprom fired Moscow locksmith Grigori Krasnik after REN TV journalist Valentin Trushnin turned him over to the cops. The reporter posted on Facebook that he noticed the logo of the Azov Battalion in Krasnik’s wallet, so, he decided to report him into the police. Trushin, who had recently returned from Novorossiya, wrote, “I caught a live Banderovets*! Where do you think that I did so? Right here at home! Standing right in front of me in the queue at the shop, wearing Gazpom overalls, buying a “one-and-a-half”* of beer. I noted that he had an Azov Battalion logo in his wallet. I accosted him outside, and I asked him, ‘Are you a follower of the Azov Battalion?’ The guy cocked an attitude at me, saying, ‘Yeah, I’m a follower, so what?’ I let him know, ‘Nothing… but understand that I’m turning you over to the cops’… and I did so”. Trushin went on to say that Krasnik wasn’t a member of Azov, “but his soul belonged with them”.

  • Banderovets: Galician Uniate nationalist fanatic, follower of the terrorist murderer S A Bandera
  • Полторашку (poltarashku): literally, “one-and-a-half”, in this case, a 1.5 litre (50 US fluid ounces) bottle. It’s as much a part of colloquial Russian as “six” for “six-pack of beer” is part of American colloquial English or a “slab” is “a case of 24 cans of beer” in Australian colloquial English. A One-and-a-Half is 25 percent larger than an American “40” (40-ounce bottle of beer/malt liquor, Thus, “Get nice with a 40 of Mickey’s”).

As of the time of writing, Gazprom called REN TV on the day of the incident, saying that locksmith Grigori Krasnik called the company’s head of emergency dispatch and denied involvement in the incident, saying that he wanted to debunk his detractors. Then, he said that the young man on the photo in the wallet isn’t his picture. However, on the following day Krasnik admitted that Trushin hadn’t lied and had posted the truth on the social network. Gazprom released the following statement, “Grigori Krasnik admitted that Trushin told the truth. Recognising that giving false information undermined his credibility, Krasnik expressed a willingness to leave his job. We terminated his employment on his request”.

23 April 2015




Thursday, 19 February 2015

Ukrainian Economy in the Shitter… The Truth About Russian Gas Shipments to Novorossiya

00 gas pipeline. russia. 19.02.15


A brief article published by The Financial Times suggested that fresh data published on Wednesday provided a new testimony to the depth of the abyss that the Ukrainian economy was rolling into, noting, “The Ukrainian economy is in tatters. New data out today underscores the extent of the Ukraine’s economic carnage”. Specifically, it said that industrial production collapsed by nearly one-fifth just in January, and was now down 21.3 percent versus the same period of 2014. The FT wrote, “Economists ‘only’ expected a 15 percent month-on-month contraction in industrial production. Disrupted transportation infrastructure, rocketing energy costs, and fuel shortages clobbered industrial production, along with a collapsing currency and outright civil war in the Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartlands (sic). […] This is just the latest grim data point for the Ukrainian economy, which the IMF estimates shrank by about 7.5 percent last year. The last quarter was particularly grim, with GDP contracting a staggering 15.2 percent from a year ago”. FT said that unless the recent cease-fire holds and Kiev receives hefty slugs of western aid soon, 2015 might prove almost as gloomy.


On Thursday, citing Magyar Minister-President Viktor Orbán, Bloomberg reported that Hungary wouldn’t resell Russian natural gas to the Ukraine. Orbán also said that Hungary wouldn’t support the EU’s initiative to create an energy union, saying, “The plan would require involving the EU in bilateral relationships. For us, this would be abdicating our sovereignty”. Hungary is also going to sign a new gas deal with Gazprom, which would stipulate Russian natural gas supplies for five years, and Gazprom is ready to increase gas storage volumes in Hungary. Currently, Hungary pays 260 USD (16,094 Roubles. 1,625 Renminbi. 16,152 INR. 325 CAD. 332 AUD. 228 Euros. 168 UK Pounds) per 1,000 cubic metres of gas compared with an estimated 270 USD (16,714 Roubles. 1,688 Renminbi. 16,772 INR. 338 CAD. 345 AUD. 237 Euros. 175 UK Pounds) average in Europe. Experts polled by TASS said that Gazprom might agree to Hungary’s proposal to sign a short-term gas deal along with extending a contract on Russian natural gas supplies to Hungary, which expires in 2015. A source close to Gazprom told TASS that the negotiations on extending Gazprom’s gas contract with Hungary are now at an initial stage; they’d take into account the wishes of both parties, as well as the parameters agreed during President V V Putin’s visit to Hungary. During Putin’s visit to Budapest on 17 February, the sides agreed that it was possible to give up the “take or pay” principle in gas supplies and reduce the volume of obligatory gas intake under the contracts.


On Thursday, Gazprom CEO A B Miller said, “In line with currently-acting sale and purchase agreements between Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy, starting from 16.00 MSK (05.00 PST. 08.00 EST. 13.00 UTC. 23.00 AEST) 19 February 2015 Gazprom will supply 12 million cubic metres of gas a day to the Ukraine, via gas measuring units at Prokhorovka and Platovo”. Earlier, Chairman of the RF Government D A Medvedev gave orders to provide assistance to Debaltsevo and other places in Novorossiya facing a humanitarian crisis. Medvedev said, “There’s still another problem about gas supplies… by decision of the Ukrainian authorities, in any case, by a decision that hasn’t yet been cancelled, and as a result of their actions, gas isn’t supplied to many populated areas [in Novorossiya]. Despite the need for gas supplies, this isn’t taking place. I’d like the Energy Ministry to prepare proposals jointly with Gazprom on providing humanitarian aid gas supplies for the needs of these regions, unless someone takes urgent measures for their provision with gas using the customary scheme”. Meanwhile, Medvedev aide Natalia Timakova said, “Gazprom will supply gas to [Novorossiya] as humanitarian aid on a commercial basis. We’re determining the sources of financing”. A source familiar with the situation said financing would most likely involve a loan.


On Thursday, I V Plotnitsky, Chairman of the LNR Government, told the media that Russian gas has started flowing to the LNR and DNR, saying, “The gas is flowing, everything’s fine. No problems at the moment”. As Kiev discontinued gas supplies to the region, without emergency supplies, neither the LNR nor the DNR had enough gas to last until Friday morning.

19 February 2015


Sputnik International





Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Junta No Longer Popular with Kievans

00 Sergei Korsun. Klichko gives his answer to the people of Kiev. 14.08.14


Until recently, most Kiev residents were glad that the Ukraine broke off relations with Russia; they thought that they’d live better than before and that they wouldn’t need Russian gas supplies. They supported Poroshenko and they expected to get aid from the EU and the USA. However, there’s no aid on the way and prices are on the rise. Then, Gazprom shut off the gas because the Ukies didn’t pay their bills. What happened? They cut off the hot water in Kiev. Mayor Vitaly Klichko didn’t solve the problem… he didn’t even promise to do anything about it. On the contrary, he told everyone that they had to suffer, he told them to insulate their apartments, or they’d be cold this coming winter. There was a wild rush on the shops… people rushed out to buy boilers and heaters. Sergei Pavlov, a heating specialist at one of the stores noted, “We sold a year’s worth of merchandise in a week! We don’t have anything left in the warehouses”. The situation was much the same at other stores.

Nevertheless, the fact that the authorities turned off the Central Heating Plant (TETs) hot water supply won’t save anyone anything. People are just heating up pans of water on their home gas stoves. Dmitri Marunich, co-chairman of Energy Strategies, noted, “This is even more expensive in the end. If you heat water on home stoves, the efficiency is 50 percent, whilst its 80 percent if you do it at a TETs”. This winter, everyone expects that Kiev, a city with three million residents, will have a full-blown energy crisis. Yuri Bondar, former head of the Kiev Gorsoviet Commission on Housing (ZhKKh), warned, “The city will have to go into austerity mode regarding the gas supply. People will turn on heaters and boilers, which’d overload the electrical network. This’d cause local and rolling blackouts. After all, the electrical supply system is in poor condition, substations are working at 90-105 percent capacity, whilst 75 percent is a more acceptable limit”.

Ukrainian gas reserves could last until the end of the year. Previously, experts believed that supplies would run out at the beginning of autumn, but the shutdown of businesses gave the authorities “a hand”… as enterprises are idle, it was possible to save fuel. In addition, the authorities reduced by one-third the gas allotments for those businesses still in operation. No one knows exactly how much coal is in national reserves. According to various estimates, the thermal power plants have 2.3 million tons of coal in their stockpiles. This isn’t enough for the need. If in the war in the Donbass doesn’t end in the near future, there’ll be none left.

It looks like the people of Kiev may have to head back to the Maidan to overthrow another government.

15 August 2014

Anna Chaikina

Komsomolskaya Pravda



VVP is playing a waiting game. The people of Kiev are finding out what it’s like to live under Galician Uniate hillbilly fascist “Consciousness”… and they don’t like it one bit. What is Poroshenko and his puppeteer Darlin’ Yuliya to do? Have you noted that Yuliya’s been MIA, hasn’t she? Where is she? I think that she’s skipped Dodge, and that she stole a good chunk o’ change in the process.

There are four takeaways from this. Firstly, VVP expects Novorossiya to hold out. This will fuck up Poroshenko. Secondly, January and February will be horrendous in Kiev. There won’t be heat, let alone no hot water. Thirdly, the junta told the people to go to hell… Klichko acted like a typical Republican… “Insulate your apartments or suffer! Oh… we’re going to cut your salary so that can’t buy it. You’re no good and you’re improvident”. In other words, “Let ‘em eat cake!” Lastly… business is at a halt without Russian trade, and the EU and the USA need nothing that the Ukraine produces. Without Russia, the Ukraine is nothing but a vast slum and staging area for NATO forces. The EU/USA never intended to help the Ukraine, they only intended to help themselves. The Galician Uniates are finding out that the West isn’t going to help… not now, not next week, not when VVP finally does move in Novorossiya. I think that VVP is waiting for a countercoup. That’s not without the realm of possibility.

I hadn’t posted much on the war lately as none of the things that I saw came up to my standards (the junta is particularly snarky, nothing that it says is truthful or grounded in reality). However, this is a fact… the junta’s clock is ticking down… and the USA and the EU don’t have the means to help it. It’s a dead duck… the only question is WHEN it’s going down, not IF it’s going down. God help the poor suffering people of Novorossiya, Podkarpatskaya Rus, Malorossiya, and the Lvovshchina… the UGKTs, schismatics, and sectarians want to drag them down into the abyss with them. I fear the worst…


Friday, 8 August 2014

Kiev Turns Off Hot Water amidst Fears of Winter Gas Shortage


Winter 2015: Those Moskali aren’t Freezing!

A Shabunov



Kiev turned off hot water throughout the city in an attempt to save gas for the winter months. The Ukrainian government is unsure how long this will affect people, or whether the measure would be enough to ensure winter heating. Utility company Kievenergo cut gas supplies to all thermal power plants supplying hot water to households, adding that it was due to an order from the Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining, saying, “All thermal power plants had their gas supply cut as of 4 August”. General Director Aleksandr Fomenko said that they needed the move to save gas for the cold winter ahead. ITAR-TASS reported that Kiev has about 1.2 billion cubic metres of gas for heating. Head of utilities in Kiev, Dmitri Novitsky, noted that it isn’t enough to keep up gas supplies gas during winter months, “If we don’t start saving gas now, then, we’ll have big problems this winter”.

On Monday, Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klichko said that they’d turn off all hot water provided by municipal boilers to Soviet-built apartment buildings until at least October, saying, “We’re obliged to renounce hot water to save gas supplies for the winter. We hope for the understanding of Kievans”. The utilities usually turn off the hot water in all older apartment buildings for pipe cleaning during the summer months. However, many think that this shutdown will last well into the fall and there are no guarantees that it’d be enough to ensure a stable gas supply during the winter months. Other cities across the Ukraine plan to follow Kiev’s moves. Those most affected by the shutdown would be millions of working-class class families living in Soviet-built apartments that depend solely on centralised energy supplies. Local media reported that 60 percent of Kiev is already without hot water and cautioned that the shutdown might translate into deep discontent for Kiev citizens. Following the announcement of the shutdown, consumers reportedly rushed out to buy electric-powered boilers for their energy needs.

The Kiev city administration is reportedly considering three future possibilities:

  • a complete shutdown
  • supplying hot water at lower temperature
  • switching to a scheduled hot water supply

However, the administration is already seeing signs that efforts at saving might not be enough to ensure proper heating in the winter months. Meanwhile, utility rates surged in the Ukraine in the last three months, in light of the gas shortage. The cost of gas rose 40 percent. Other measures considered include starting school early in August to shorten the study period during the winter months. Another option is making Saturday a school day and using the extra days to prolong the winter break. Thus far, the Ukraine has enough gas to last only until December. Concerns about a gas shortage became pressing when Russia stopped supplying gas to the Ukraine after the latter refused to pay its gas debt. Then, Russia put the Ukraine on a prepayment plan. The move followed Moscow’s decision to raise the price of gas.

8 August 2014



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