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Sunday, 19 March 2017



According to astute librarians at Harvard University, your very own Russia Insider is corrupting America’s youth and we should consider it a gateway drug to exposing yourself to new ideas that might actually challenge your worldview. Who knows? It’s college… anything can happen. When we were in college, students strapped boxed wine to their bellies to use as makeshift alcohol udders. So, thinking outside the box is the logical next step, we suppose. However, honestly, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and stay far, far away from that vile internet URL, “russia-insider.com”.

Our friend Stephen Lendman (who also happens to be a Harvard graduate) was the first to come across their amazing list of excellent news and commentary resources. Therefore, we tip our hat to him. Actually, we’re very grateful to Harvard for the shout-out, because it provided a good excuse for us to comment on two important world issues. For one, we often use a literary device called “metaphor”. Here are two recent examples of Russia Insider publishing “clickbait” fake news:

  • Mark Zuckerberg has Stroke After Russian Insider Posts Harmless Cartoon
  • German Foreign Minister Throws Merkel Under the Volkswagen

We just did some fact-checking… Mark Zuckerberg did not have a stroke! Angela Merkel is unharmed and in good health, aside from the bruises she received last night from her Dresden dominatrix. We’re very thankful that Harvard University protected its children from these outrageous transparent lies, and Russia Insider should be ashamed for trying to bring some levity to a rather unfortunate situation (The Year 2017).

Anyone who “warns”, “advises”, “suggests”, or “threatens” someone against reading something is deeply fearful and pathologically insecure. Unfortunately, Harvard University isn’t the only institution that has issued a fatwa against Russia Insider. “So it goes”. However, we’d like to take this opportunity to invite everyone… including the impressionable young people at Harvard… to make up their own minds about what they should read. We know it’s a radical concept, but Russia insider feels very strongly about exposing ourselves and our readers to new ideas… even ideas that sometimes we don’t agree with at all. As we wrote not long ago:

Over the last two years, Russia Insider has been home to articles, videos, and opinion pieces by people and organisations that span the entire political spectrum. We opened our doors to straight-up Bolsheviks, White Russian monarchists, progressives, alt-righters, hippies, neoliberals, ultranationalists, etc. etc. etc. As a result, we probably offend no less than 25 percent of our readership every day. Trust us; it’s good for you. There was a time… not so long ago… when people were actually capable of encountering ideas they didn’t like without melting into a blob of self-righteous sadness.

We don’t have training in matters related to psychology, but when we see someone screaming about what people shouldn’t read, we immediately think:

There’s someone who’s scared shitless.

The End

16 March 2017

Russian Insider



Monday, 16 September 2013

16 September 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 9-13 September 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 9-13 September 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 9-13 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin



In the above cartoon, in the original title, Yolkin used a non-standard word, триумфаторы (triumfatory), which isn’t the standard word for “victor”, which is победитель (pobeditel), or for “champion”, which is защитник (zashchitnik). Ergo, to keep the somewhat tongue-in-cheek pompous flavour of the title, I chose a similarly non-standard English word, “overcomer” to translate it. After all, “triumpher” doesn’t sound good at all, and I don’t think that it’s good English in any case.

The American righties are going to make much of Roizman’s victory, as he’s a political ally of the greedster slug Prokhorov (thank God, the Civic Platform pro-West collaborators won NO seats in the RF Gosduma, and they only have six seats in regional dumas out of 3,787 available seats). Let’s tell the truth… he only got 30 percent of the vote in a multi-candidate race… yet, Navalny’s pukes aren’t calling for a second round in this election! The zapadniki are charlatans and fraudsters… just like their Western Corporate sponsors and paymasters, I’d say…

By the way, the so-called “Ig Nobel Prizes” are a product of Harvard, Radcliffe, and MIT… all bastions of the American Establishment. As I say, shitbirds of a feather flock together. That is, it’s a not-so-subtle attack on Aleksandr Grigoryevich… take it with a BLOCK of salt… caveat lector!



Sergei Yolkin looked at the “champions” of the week… Mayor Sobyanin won re-election in Moscow and Yekaterinburg elected Yevgeni Roizman as Mayor, and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko received the Ig Nobel Peace Prize.

13 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin



Wednesday, 17 October 2012

US Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate said There Isn’t Any Democracy in the USA


Police arrested Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running-mate, Cheri Honkala, after they tried to enter the site of last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Stein’s campaign website says that local police arrested the presidential candidate and her vice-presidential nominee when they tried to enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead NY. The two were protesting against the exclusion of all but the two major political parties from taking part in the debate.

The Long Island Report observed, “Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, along with her running-mate Cheri Honkala, attempted to gain access to the debate hall. Hofstra representatives denied Stein entrance to the campus because she didn’t have credentials”. Eventually police barricaded the entrance. Stein told the police and crowd that gathered to watch her demonstration, “If you’ve done the work to get on the ballot, if you’re on the ballot and could actually win the Electoral College by being on the ballot in enough states, then, you deserve to be in the election and you deserve to be heard”.

A video posted on YouTube shows police officers ushering Stein and Honkala away after they apparently tried to stage a sit-in. The arrest came after an announcement by the Green Party that the candidates would make an “Occupy the Commission on Presidential Debates” action on the night of the debate. Stein told The Philadelphia Weekly by phone as she headed to the debate site, “This is a great day for democracy. It’s a great day for the politics of courage”. She said they attempted their performance because fighting the exclusion of this debate is a “push-back against the stranglehold of the economic élite… and, especially, of this forum”.

The candidates claim that the Commission on Presidential Debates is an unfair entity formed by Democratic and Republican leaders designed to exclude any opposition. Jill Stein is the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. A Harvard-educated physician, she also stood for election for Governor of Massachusetts in both 2002 and 2010. A staple of her campaign is the “Green New Deal“, a plan to recharge the USA by giving “every American willing and able to work” a job on renewable energy projects in the country. American leftist icon Noam Chomsky, and acclaimed journalist and harsh critic of unregulated capitalism Chris Hedges back her candidacy.

17 October 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

If anything like this had happened during the Russian or Belarusian elections, the American media would be caterwauling… as would Foggy Bottom and Langley. However, it didn’t happen in Russia or Belarus… it happened in the USA. The American media was silent. None dare call it complicity, cowardice, and selling-out. It DOES put a new face on Willard Romney’s boasts and threats, doesn’t it?


Saturday, 1 September 2012

Romney is Another Obama… The Only Difference is that He’s a Mormon


Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination. His final speech on the last day at the Republican National Convention in Tampa FL met with a storm of applause. As one watched the convention, it was easy to get the impression that Romney was already president. The question of whether America is ready to elect its first Mormon president is still open. It happens in politics, just like in business, that a product becomes more popular due to the scale of its advertisement. However, the advertisement doesn’t change the product’s quality. This is Romney’s main problem. Even Romney’s rather unusual “confessional orientation” doesn’t matter as much. Why not elect a president from the ranks of the LDS movement? After all, four years ago, America elected its first Afro-American President, Barack Obama.

Sergei Mikheyev, the director general of the Centre for Political Status, said, “The fact that Romney’s a Mormon will play a certain role in the election, but this role won’t be decisive. The religious views of the voters themselves are likely to have an influence on their choice. Let’s be frank, the Mormons’ reputation is a bit tatty, but at the same time, there are many undisclosed Mormons amongst famous and influential people in the USA. In any case, America is a country of sects, although they wear many different visages. That’s why America, where everything intermingles, turning into an undreamt of mélange, may elect a Mormon as president”.

Romney’s main problem is that he’s a “hard sell” to most Americans. He can be inconsistent, and very few people are able to discern where one Romney, the moderate centrist, ends, and the next one, the radical rightwinger, begins. Hardly anyone notices a fascinating fact. Just before the last day of the RNC in Tampa, the American press published an opinion poll of likely Republican voters, which revealed an interesting fact… Romney’s one of the most unpopular GOP candidates in the past 30 years! Even George W Bush was better “liked”. Bush, by the way, didn’t receive an invitation to the RNC in Tampa; he had to be satisfied with an “appearance” via a video link. It was too problematical for them to claim the legacy of the last Republican President. The Democrats, by the way, at their convention, will give much attention to Bill Clinton.

Compared to Paul Ryan, the favourite of the Radical Rightwing Tea Party and “conservatives”, Mitt appeared quite “moderate” at the convention. On the one hand, Ryan’s candidacy will attract Teabaggers, but on the other hand, it greatly disappoints moderates and “independents”, who may stay home on Election Day. Romney needs all the help that he can get in this election campaign, but his ratings numbers are abysmal. His “approval” numbers run from 15 percent all the way up to 40 percent. It’s been a struggle for him to get even that. In the end, if we average out the polls, they show that Obama beats Romney by anywhere from 1 to 8 percent. If we factor in that the contenders for the White House in the last four elections were separated by a difference of 1 to 6 percent (Obama’s margin in 2008), then, it appears that Romney may have a slight chance to win 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

However, looking at the Republican Romney-Ryan ticket, the “friends of Barack” should be satisfied… the facts are such that the chances of Obama’s re-election aren’t decreasing, but increasing. Unless the economy collapses, which is unlikely, it looks like he’ll be lucky again. It’ll be a replay of 2008, where he had the luck of being matched with John McCain, an unelectable old codger. This time, it’ll be a somewhat different kind of luck. Lucky for them, the Republican economic programme is so confused that it resembles a mushy concoction, a problematical mixture of unrelated ideas and programmes. On the one hand, they promise to cut taxes, reduce government, and boost spending on defence, on the other, they promise no cuts in Social Security and Medicare. How they could reconcile this on the basis of the current tax base, it’s difficult to understand. Nevertheless, the current election is all about the economy, jobs, and money in your wallet.

Many see Romney as a moderate conservative. When one takes into account that the American South is an especially-rabid hotbed of the Radical Right, as shown by its support for the so-called Tea Party movement, and that it’s the Baptist Bible Belt” of America, where Mormons are thought of as worse than heretics or schismatics, it’s not so simple for him. If you averaged all the polls amongst American Christian believers {that is Radical American Sectarians, in real terms: editor}, it turns out that a quarter to a third of them aren’t ready to accept a Mormon in the White House. Whilst Mormons claim to be Christians, outside of their sect, members of the LDS movement still face a prejudiced and/or suspicious attitude. Mitt Romney isn’t just a simple rank-and-file Mormon… he’s former “clergy” of the LDS movement, the head of a ward (parish). I must say that Mormon “clergy” are more like businessmen than real clergy. Later, he became a bishop, the head of a stake (this includes several dozen wards).

Mitt shows signs of flexibility and political consideration. However, his Democratic rivals and opponents believe that he’s notorious for waffling, concealment, distortion, and God knows what else. For example, David Axelrod, who was the chief architect of Barack Obama’s victory in 2008, who’s now one of the leading lights in his current election campaign, called Mitt a “charlatan”, saying, “He takes two positions on every issue, one more moderate, and the other on the Far Right, but that doesn’t make you a centrist. It makes you a charlatan”. Amazingly, even fellow Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry claimed (prior to Romney winning the GOP nomination), “[Mitt’s] a buzzard, a Fibber, and differs very little from Obama in his gutter ideology”. Indeed, everywhere, Mitt seems to say exactly what he thinks people want to hear. He’s a furious Tory in one state, a moderate in another, and politically malleable in a third. However, any road, he’s still a Mormon.

The only trouble is that he doesn’t present any real alternative to the Obama’s economic course. This delights Obama’s camp, for it makes it easier for Obama to compete against Romney. As Professor Viktor Kremenyuk, deputy director of the Institute of the USA and Canada, said, “Romney doesn’t have much chance of winning. It isn’t because he’s a bad candidate, but because it’s difficult to defeat a sitting president, who has powerful administrative resources at his disposal. To do this, he should be someone outstanding, but Romney isn’t that. I think the strategy of the Republicans is only to give a formal opposition in this election; they’re focusing on seriously preparing for the next election, when Obama’s second term expires”.

Romney’s a graduate of Harvard Business School; he’s a lawyer, businessman, and politician, a very wealthy man, the head of Bain Capital, a major investment firm. In 2002, he was head of the Winter Olympics Organising Committee in Salt Lake City UT. He managed to eliminate waste in collected funds, and instead of a projected shortfall of 375 million USD (12.1 billion Roubles. 300 million Euros. 235 million UK Pounds), the Games gained a profit of almost the same amount. Mitt and his wife invested in about a million dollars of their own funds in the Games. When Romney was the governor of Massachusetts in 2003-07, he conducted an economic policy that was similar to Obama’s current economic policy. When he took office, the state treasury had a shortfall of 600 million USD (19.4 billion Roubles. 477 Euros. 378 million UK Pounds) to meet current outlays, and there was an estimated deficit of 3 billion USD (97 billion Roubles. 2.4 billion Euros. 1.9 billion  UK Pounds) for the following year. Yet, he raised taxation over expenditures by almost 700 million USD (22.7 billion Roubles. 556 million  Euros. 440 million UK Pounds). He solved his budget problems by closing tax loopholes for corporations, increased excise duties on petrol, and introduced higher fees for driving licences, gun licences, and marriage licences, and so on. By the way, his state was the first one to introduce a mandate that all citizens obtain health insurance. Obama was only able to do something similar on the national level after three years. In general, everything or most of the things that Romney did in Massachusetts, the Obama administration is doing now. Does America really need a second Obama, with the only difference is that he’s a Mormon?

31 August 2012

Andrei Fedyashin

Voice of Russia World Service


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