Voices from Russia

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sharp Price Rises for Bread in Kiev

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As of today, sale prices for some baked goods rose in Kiev by 25 to 30 percent. Kievkhleb stated that bread prices went up “due to the rapid depreciation of the grivnya and exchange rate fluctuations, which caused a significant rise in price of flour, sugar, oil, electricity, and gas, which led to an increase in the cost of production”. This is the third price increase for baked goods this year. The last price increases were on 18 February, when they went up 10-12 percent. Now, better-quality bread that sold for 5.95 grivnya (17 Roubles. 1.75 Renminbi. 18 INR. 0.28 USD. 0.35 CAD. 0.36 AUD. 0.26 Euros. 0.19 UK Pounds) six weeks ago now sells for 8.58 grivnya (25 Roubles. 2.50 Renminbi. 25 INR. 0.40 USD. 0.51 CAD. 0.52 AUD. 0.38 Euros. 0.27 UK Pounds). Average-quality breads rose 2.34 grivnya (7 Roubles. 0.70 Renminbi. 7 INR. 0.11 USD. 0.13 CAD. 0.14 AUD. 0.10 Euros. 0.07 UK Pounds) to 7.20 grivnya (20 Roubles. 2 Renminbi. 21 INR. 0.34 USD. 0.42 CAD. 0.44 AUD. 0.32 Euros. 0.23 UK Pounds). The new price increase doesn’t apply to bread sold at discount for social welfare, which one can purchase online in specialty stores. Increases in bread prices affect all segments of the population, especially pensioners, as the Ukrainian government slashed benefits, pensions, and public salaries per IMF diktat. The average monthly pension now stands at 1,000 grivnya (2,830 Roubles. 290 Renminbi. 2,900 INR. 47 USD. 59 CAD. 61 AUD. 44 Euros. 32 UK Pounds) per month, but the cost of bread rose by 30 to 40 percent so far.

12 March 2015




Prices are going up… wages/pensions stagnate or fall. Note well that the Rabbit, Choco, Turdchinov, Klichko, Avakov, Denisenko, and Shevchuk all refuse to cut their profligate lifestyles. Actual exchange rates are about double the above rates, that is, if you want 1 USD, you have to pay 50 grivnya to get it. That means that the average pension is really worth 20 USD (1,220 Roubles. 125 Renminbi. 1,250 INR. 26 CAD. 26 AUD. 19 Euros. 13.50 UK Pounds) a month… that’s not even Third World wages! This is the end result of 24 years of Galician Uniate Consciousness… the richest portion of the USSR is now lower than Somalia is… and the USA LAUGHS. I call that EVIL… I’m NOT alone…


Monday, 2 March 2015

Junta Defrauds Seniors… Takes Bread Out of the Mouths of Pensioners to Line the Banksters’ Pockets

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On Monday, a media release on the Verkhovnaya Rada website said that it passed a law restricting payment of pensions to working pensioners until 2016. It also cancelled payment of special pensions for working members of parliament, judges, and state employees. The law stipulates that working pensioners would receive 85 percent of their current pensions, but not less than the minimum wage for those who lost ability to work. To date, the minimum wage in the Ukraine is about 949 grivnya per month (2,240 Roubles. 225 Renminbi. 2,220 INR. 36 USD. 45 CAD. 46 AUD. 32 Euros. 23.50 UK Pounds). According to Ukrainian “Prime Minister” A P Yatsenyuk, reducing pensions wouldn’t affect working pensioners whose pension is less than 1,500 grivnya (3,540 Roubles. 356 Renminbi. 3,500 INR. 57 USD. 71 CAD. 73 AUD. 51 Euros. 37 UK Pounds). The IMF demanded this “reform” before it’d grant a new loan to the Ukraine.

2 March 2015

Sputnik International



All hail the banksters! All hail the oligarchs! All hail to the Almighty Dollar, the Ruler of All! This is what the Anglo Americans support. This is what John McCain slobbers over. This is what Shevchuk and Denisenko bless. Potapov and Paffhausen give a hearty amen to this. Any questions?


Sunday, 25 January 2015

American Expert: The Ukraine Might Fall… Galicia and Novorossiya Might Arise

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Eric Naiman, a partner at the American investment company Capital Times, thought that a Ukrainian default would presage the final stage of the country’s disintegration. Naiman believed that if negotiations are unsuccessful, Kiev would announce default, then, the West wouldn’t provide it any new financial assistance, saying during a roundtable in Kiev, “Would the Ukraine fall apart if it declared default? Immediately, the various regions would fight over the budget. Well-off areas would say that they don’t want to send money to Kiev. The so-called ‘separatism’ in the East seems a cakewalk compared to what could happen”. Naiman said that there are many risks; the Ukraine may not receive much aid from the West, even under present conditions. For example, if the coalition in the Verkhovnaya Rada collapses, the IMF might suspend its aid to the country. Naiman summed up, “I don’t envy the politicians… the people might hang them up on the lampposts. Unfortunately, the Ukraine might cease to exist as a state. You’d see new states such as Galicia and Novorossiya, which have been only dreams for so long”.

24 January 2015



Saturday, 10 January 2015

Russia Might Require Kiev to Pony Up 3 Billion USD to Pay Off Debt Earlier

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A Russian government source told us, “The situation emerging in the Ukrainian economy and financial outlook suggests that a number of parameters used to grant the Ukraine a Russian bond issue are now moot. In these circumstances, it’s likely that Russia would demand an early repayment of the 3 billion USD (188.7 billion Roubles. 18.64 billion Renminbi. 189.62 billion INR. 3.54 billion CAD. 3.72 billion AUD. 2.54 billion Euros. 1.98 billion UK Pounds) debt owed us from the Ukraine in the near future”. Earlier, sources familiar with negotiations on economic assistance to the Ukraine said that Russia could offer to defer the repayment of Ukrainian Eurobonds for 3 billion USD from the end of 2015 until at least the end of International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, which would last several years. Otherwise, international financial institutions might be reluctant to allow the Ukraine to make new loans. As one source familiar with the negotiations between Kiev and the IMF told us, in 2015, the Ukraine has to pay out 6.5 billion USD (408.86 billion Roubles. 40.38 billion Renminbi. 410.84 billion INR. 7.68 billion CAD. 8.04 billion AUD. 5.48 billion Euros. 4.3 billion UK Pounds), of which almost half represents debt to the Russian Federation. Only 1.5 billion USD (94.35 billion Roubles. 9.32 billion Renminbi. 94.81 billion INR. 1.77 billion CAD. 1.86 billion AUD. 1.27 billion Euros. 990 million UK Pounds) of it represents payments to the IMF. It turns out that if financial institutions in Europe and America raise funds for the Ukraine, the lion’s share of such government money from these countries would have to go to Russia to repay earlier loans.

The Ukraine has a serious political crisis that affects its economy and the public sector, in fact, the country is on the verge of default. The authorities want to improve their situation in re foreign borrowing. The IMF started a two-year credit programme for the Ukraine of 17.1 billion USD (1.076 trillion Roubles. 106.24 billion Renminbi. 1.08 trillion INR. 20.22 billion CAD. 21.16 billion AUD. 14.42 billion Euros. 11.3 billion UK Pounds). Of this amount, Kiev received 4.6 billion USD (289.36 billion Roubles. 28.58 billion Renminbi. 290.74 billion INR. 5.44 billion CAD. 5.7 billion AUD. 3.88 billion Euros. 3.04 billion UK Pounds) in 2014; the remaining funds should come in 2015. Kiev also got financial assistance from the World Bank, EBRD, the European Investment Bank, and a number of foreign sources. Overall, in 2014, the Ukraine received financial assistance amounting to about 9 billion USD (566.1 billion Roubles. 55.92 billion Renminbi. 568.86 billion INR. 10.62 billion CAD. 11.16 billion AUD. 7.62 billion Euros. 5.94 billion UK Pounds). In this case, the total national debt in 11 months amounted to 69.3 billion USD (4.36 trillion Roubles. 430.54 billion Renminbi. 4.38 trillion INR. 81.92 billion CAD. 85.74 billion AUD. 58.48 billion Euros. 45.84 billion UK Pounds).

In 2013, Russia decided to invest up to 15 billion USD (943.5 billion Roubles. 93.2 billion Renminbi. 948.1 billion INR. 17.7 billion CAD. 18.6 billion AUD. 12.7 billion Euros. 9.9 billion UK Pounds) in Eurobonds for the Ukraine. Russia sent the initial tranche of 3 billion USD, with a maturity of two years (coupon rate of 5 percent per annum coupon, with payments every six months). However, the Ukraine didn’t receive the remaining 12 billion USD (754.8 billion Roubles. 74.56 billion Renminbi. 758.46 billion INR. 14.16 billion CAD. 14.88 billion AUD. 10.16 billion Euros. 7.92 billion UK Pounds), as the Russian government judged that the change of government in the Ukraine was illegitimate.

10 January 2015

Rossiya Segodnya


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