Voices from Russia

Monday, 21 July 2014

21 July 2014. Pause a Moment… Помним и скорбим… Remember and Mourn

00 Boeing 777 crash site. Donetsk NR. 21.07.14


It’s best that we not put up any new reports on the crash until we get some real intel. For now, it’s sufficient to know that 298 lives ended… 298 lives just slammed to a stop. One of my friends at the Centre said:

I don’t think that this was a deliberate shootdown. It could’ve been a terrorist attack completely unrelated to the civil war in Novorossiya (do recall the other missing Malaysia Airlines craft) or it was incompetence on the part of an untrained Galician missile crew. One of the costs of replacing professional officers with the politically reliable is that the chances of such a stupid accident increased exponentially. Again, I don’t believe that this was deliberate… however, the poor sods on the airliner are just as dead. Remember them…

I agree with this assessment. Remember the dead… say a prayer for them, pause a moment in silence. Look at the above image… the men gathering the bodies were battle-hardened opolchenietsy and tough miners… but you can see that he’s ready to upchuck… violently. This was a tragedy… it’s nothing to be made into a political football. The stench of death and decay is nothing to politicise. President Putin is correct… we should reserve judgement until the facts are in. Do note that the Russian government did so… the Uniate junta did NOT. Which of the two do you think was the responsible party? I don’t think that’s rocket science…

Eternal Memory… 

Вечная память...

Shed a tear for those lost…



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

West’s Fight against Russian Exports: From Visa Denial to War



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) characterised the recent scandal with the denial of British visas to more than half of the Russian delegation to FIA (Farnborough International Airshow) as “clearly unfriendly”. Employees of the Russian companies hit by the denial… Rostekhnologii and United Aviation Corporation (OAK)… also voiced suspicions that the UK authorities’ move might be a part of unfair competition schemes used against Russian industry by the USA and some EU countries.

The UK government provided a very short explanation about why they denied visas to top Russian managers… V V Artyakov, deputy CEO of Rostekhnologii and his colleague S V Chemezov, a member of the board of directors of the Russian weapons’ exporter Rosoboronexport… to come to the Farnborough expo. a spokesman for the Foreign Office said, “Due to Russian actions in the Ukraine, no representatives of the Russian government were issued Her Majesty’s Government’s invitations to the FIA”. Chemezov was on the list of persons hit by American “personalised” sanctions in spring 2014, but one can’t find his name in similar lists of Russian citizens compiled by the EU and the UK. It isn’t immediately clear why the “representatives of the Russian government” happened to include not only 5 of 17 members of Rosoboronexport’s delegation, but also more than one-third of the representatives of the United Aviation Corporation (OAK)… which constructs civilian aircraft, including the famous Superjet 100, a passenger plane designed by the famous Sukhoi aircraft construction bureau. Izvestiya quoted an OAK source as saying, “Russian companies participated in Farnborough airshows since 1984 (the height of the Cold War), and Russian aviation professionals can’t remember a single case of similar treatment”.

However, is this the first such case of unfair competition made easier by presumably “morally motivated” sanctions? No. Such sanctions were commonplace during the Cold War, but after its end, these sanctions just became more hypocritical… the West never abandoned them. Konstantin Makiyenko, an expert of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, said, “All NATO member states except Greece enforce an unofficial ban on Russian arms exports. In other markets, such as the Indian or the Middle Eastern markets, the USA and their allies tried to push the Russian arms exporters out by using legal, and sometimes illegal, means”. Russia’s military-technical coöperation with Iraq is a good example of this kind of “silent war” against Russian military technologies. Back in autumn 2012, news about a 4.2 billion USD (145 billion Roubles. 4.55 billion CAD. 4.5 billion AUD. 3.1 billion Euros. 2.45 billion UK Pounds) arms deal, sealed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President V V Putin during al-Maliki’s visit to Moscow intrigued the entire Middle East. It was the biggest deal since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein by a British-American invasion in 2003, and included 30 Mi-28N helicopter gunships and 42 Pantsir-S1 mobile air defence SAM/AA gun systems. At the time, Kommersant reported that the countries agreed to launch negotiations on Iraq purchasing Russian MiG-29M/M2 fighters.

However, already in November 2012, the Western media launched a real PR war against the deal. The Voice of America reported that Iraq cancelled the deal due to “apparent graft and corruption”. The Obama administration in Washington didn’t make a secret out of its desire to foil the deal, which could threaten the near-monopoly of American weapons on the Iraqi arms market. Yelena Suponina, an expert on the Middle East at the Russian Institute for Strategic Research, said, “Ultimately, the deal went through, but it was significantly lower than reported initially. The final amount was about 2-2.5 billion USD (68.9-86.1 billion Roubles. 2.15-2.7 billion CAD. 2.13-2.67 billion AUD. 1.48-1.85 billion Euros. 1.17-1.5 billion UK Pounds), the deal came into force in spring 2013, but the Obama administration, of course, did everything within its power to leave Iraq without Russian weapons”.

Ironically, this stratagem of the US government worked against American national interests… in 2014, the Iraqi government found itself almost defenceless against the onslaught of Sunni religious extremists from the Islāmic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). ISIS pumped up its muscle in Syria, thanks to Western aid to the armed insurgency against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. As is well known, neither the USA nor the EU saw anything illegal in supplying weapons to Syrian insurgents, however, many of these weapons ending up in the hands of ISIS Islamists. Recently, Moscow had to rush 25 Su-25 aircraft to the Iraqi government in Baghdad; this was the only way that the Iraqi government, whose pilots are accustomed to flying Soviet-made aircraft, could muster any air force at all to fight against the ISIS aggression. This time, the US government didn’t object… its disastrous actions taught it a hard lesson. F A Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs, said, “The situation in Syria and Iraq indicates a total defeat of the policy of both George W Bush and Barack Obama in these two countries”.

However, even Russia’s arms deals with Iraq, sabotaged by the West, by far weren’t the first examples of unfair competition by the USA and the EU. Even some Western media, which haven’t yet lost their pretence at objectivity, admit it. Back in 1997, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported, “The Russian state-controlled arms exporter Rosvooruzheniye (Rosvor) wanted to open an office in the USA, in a bid to take part in competition for delivering the best equipment for UN missions. This is logical, since UN headquarters is in New York City. However, the USA couldn’t let the 500 million USD (17.2 billion Roubles. 539 million CAD. 534 million AUD. 370 million Euros. 292 million UK Pounds) business of supplying UN missions out of their hands. So, Washington just rejected Rosvor’s bid to open a small office in NYC”.

After this, the USA and the EU continued to lecture Russia on the need to separate business from politics (tell that to the aviation professionals who couldn’t meet their Russian colleagues in Farnborough). We also hear a lot about the need to be humane (from the authors of interventions in Iraq and Libya, who now condone the junta air raids against Lugansk and Donetsk) and about the need to respect democratically elected governments (this comes from people who justified the use of Molotov cocktails during the toppling of internationally recognised Ukrainian President V F Yanukovich earlier this year).

Great Western values… and no hypocrisy!

15 July 2014

Dmitri Babich

Rossiya Segodnya



In view of the verified enormities and atrocities committed by the Uniate junta, including shelling of Russia (with baldfaced lies denying it… don’t forget the Uniate cry of “Knife the Moskali!”), the British barring of Russian professionals is very odd, indeed. In fact, it’s worse than Kafkaesque or Jabberwockian. It’s an utter rejection of the real world in favour of a crackbrained notional construct that only exists in the fevered and objectively disordered minds of the Western Establishment. I’d say that the Queen of Hearts was quite grounded, in comparison. “Off with their heads”, indeed!


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

7 May 2014. The Revival Will NOT be Televised… Putin Bans “Mat” (Russian Taboo Words) in Mass Media

00 Veliretskoe procession. 26.04.14

Religious procession in Russia… now, that’s a crowd…


00 st petersburg. detention centre nr 5. 07.05.14

Orthodox services at Detention Centre nr 5 in St Petersburg… as you can see, the revival’s in full swing… why are you surprised that it’s showing fruit in the law, too?


Recently, the Russian government passed a law that American “Evangelicals” (as usual) didn’t get straight. Firstly, Russia passed a law banning public defamation of religion and religious believers. Then, it passed a law banning “homosexual propaganda” (suborning of minors by homosexuals). Now, it’s passed a law banning “mat” in the media. In Russian, there are three levels of language. Firstly, there’s standard literary Russian. Then, there’s colloquial Russian, which is far more earthy than American English is (it includes words that some Americans consider profanity such as “shit”, “piss”, and “ass/arse”). Finally, there’s “mat”, which isn’t acceptable in most situations (although it’s widely and vigorously used, especially, by men). Russian people are as straightforward as the French are… shit is shit, didn’t you know that? You don’t use euphemisms, you ask for the “toilet”, upfront and without cloying doubletalk. What this means is that no one can use the third level of Russian (which many Russians call “second-storey words”) in the cinema, on TV, in mass magazines, and in newspapers. NO “MAT” ALLOWED! One can use “vulgar” language, but the law bans the BIG FOUR (хуй, пизда, ебать, and блядь) or their derivatives. By the way, these words were under restriction earlier, the new law merely widens the ban, thus, it’s not so much a new restriction, as it’s a refinement and expansion of an earlier one.

You can see the pattern, don’t you? Russia wants to protect kids until they grow up enough to deal with the adult world. What’s so wrong with that?

The Revival will NOT be televised, the revival will be LIVE.

Click here for an ITAR-TASS article on the new law… be aware that “foul language” refers to “Mat” as defined above.


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Sunday, 17 November 2013

A Reflection on the 96th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution

00 Lenin and Red Banner. 16.11.13


On this day in 1917, a new era in the development of mankind began. The Revolution not only gave us new politics, new goals, and a new state. Firstly, it gave us a new relationship between people. There was something that wasn‘t there before… now, each person was an individual, who had the right to a decent life on an equal basis with everyone else. The USSR was an exemplar; it had a huge impact on other countries. After that, at least, most countries modified their social policy. We celebrate the anniversary of the Great October Revolution in difficult times. Industry in our country is in a state of collapse. Utility rates rise at a catastrophic pace. The current government’s incompetent policies led to shrinkage in the Russian government budget; social spending was the first to go under the knife. People lost hard-earned pensions, and on top of that, the state imposed limitations on the consumption of electricity and water.

However, today, we continue the covenant forged by generations of Soviet people, who confronted the exploitation of man by man, widespread poverty, and pervasive illiteracy, who created a great power with advanced science, high culture and saved mankind from fascism. Moreover, today, it’s impossible to forget the high ideals that the Soviet government sought. Moreover, clearly, the world has taken a turn to the left. I greet you warmly on the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution! Russia needs a new course, a new politics. We must do everything to put our country back on the path of progress, creativity, and justice… the path of socialism!

7 November 2013

Valery Rashkin

Deputy Chairman of the TsK KPRF, First Secretary of the KPRF Moscow City Committee

KPRF Official Website


Editor’s Note:

Red October didn’t happen for nought. Imperial Russia had gross inequalities and injustice (much like the contemporary USA). The Church paid dearly for its cosseting of the Black Hundreds, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia (although, truth be told, many clergy didn’t support such… some fought the Black Hundreds ferociously). The early Reds burned out the rot in the Church… in the homeland, but not in the diaspora. There are all too many spiritual (and literal) descendants of the Black Hundreds here in the West (who believe in crank fairy tales such as “The Betrayal of the Cossacks”… they were collaborators in the Waffen-SS, not heroes)… you need only look in Takoma Park MD and amongst some in Jordanville… the “wheat and the tares”, indeed!

If I had to choose between V I Lenin or George W Bush, there’s no hestitation on my part! Lenin, for all his faults (and they weren’t minor), was a personally-modest man who wanted to do good for the commonweal… GWB was a smarmy, greedy, and grasping man who only wanted to fatten his own wealth (and that of his cronies). Do note that there are prominent churchmen and laity who prefer Bush to Lenin… they’re our modern Black Hundreds (and our shame)… the waving of “Pro-Life” placards doesn’t wipe out such evil…


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