Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

1.7 Million People to Take Part in May Day Trades Union Gatherings in Russia

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On Wednesday, Mikhail Shmakov, chairman of the Federation of Independent Trades Unions of Russia (FNPR), said that 1.7 million people would take part in May Day trades union gatherings in Russia. He pointed up that more than 1,000 cities and towns across Russia would hold rallies and marches to mark International Workers’ Day. Shmakov told us that the holiday began in 1889, to pay tribute to Chicago workers striking for an eight-hour day. He said that more than 80,000 people would take part in May Day celebrations in Moscow, which will include a large-scale rally of the FNPR, which will include members of United Russia and the all-Russia People’s Front. The KPRF, LDPR, A Just Russia, and various public organisations will hold their own May Day actions.

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Kamchatka Krai will hold the first Spring and Labour Day celebrations in Russia. The central square of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia’s easternmost city, will be the open-air venue for the festivities. A festive holiday programme will feature performances of amateur art groups and the city’s brass band. Moscow will host a large-scale procession of the FNPR, with participation by United Russia members, along with the all-Russia People’s Front. The KPRF, LDPR, A Just Russia, and various social movements will hold similar Labour Day events. Over a million and a half people intend to participate in May Day trades union events in Russia.

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Today, President Vladimir Putin will award the first people with the re-established Hero of Labour order. The ceremony will be at the Constantine Palace near St Petersburg. He will grant this distinction to five Russians “for outstanding performance in state, public, and economic activities”. Valery Gergiev, the outstanding conductor and art-director of the Mariinsky Theatre is one of the recipients. The Maestro trained a galaxy of world-class artists; much of his work is dedicated to supporting music ensembles and talented Russian artists. Vladimir Putin signed the decree on the re-establishment of this award on 29 March 2013. Now, the Hero of Labour is the second-highest mark of state recognition, after the Hero of Russia.

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Today, in St Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin said, “We need to make good work respected again, as this is the only way we can make Russia great”. He said this when he congratulated the first recipients of the reinstated Soviet-era title of Hero of Labour. Putin told the first five winners of the much-coveted award, “This country is proud to have people like you”. Amongst the first recipients were Valery Gergiev, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, tractor driver Vladimir Melnik, prominent neurosurgeon Alexander Konovalov, and Rosatom metal worker Konstantin Chumanov. Chumanov said that Rosatom was now one of the world’s very best such companies, boasting a full portfolio of nuclear reactor orders. Mentioning the post-Fukushima safety level at existing nuclear power plants everywhere, President Putin said nuclear safety at Russian NPPs was second to none.

1 May 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_01/1-7-mln-people-to-take-part-in-May-Day-trade-union-demonstrations-in-Russia/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_01/Spring-and-Labor-Day-in-Russia/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_01/Russia-s-President-Putin-awards-honorable-distinctions-to-Heroes-of-Labor/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_01/Putin-awards-insignia-of-distinction-to-the-first-Heroes-of-Labor/

Editor’s Note:

The title Hero of Labour is a Stalin-era title. You can have President Putin’s attitude to the Stalin era or you can have Victor Potapov’s attitude to the Stalin era. Most Russians (both at home and here in the diaspora) agree with President Putin, NOT Langley’s stooge Potapov… I wonder why…

BMD

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

May Day Labour Day Holiday in Greece Moved to 7 May to Help Struggling Store Owners

00 Unknown  Artist. 1 May. The Day of International Labour Solidarity. 1980s

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The Labour Ministry agreed that the May Day Labour Day holiday would be on Tuesday, 7 May. The change came after a request by store owners, who feared that they’d lose vital business if May Day were on 1 May, which is also the Wednesday before Orthodox Easter. Traders hope that they’d see an upturn in the number of customers visiting their shops ahead of the Easter holidays. Therefore, the holiday would be on a day when stores would close anyway, due to the Easter break. Only businesses that work on Sundays or during public holidays would be able to operate normally on 7 May.

8 April 2013

Kathimerini

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite2_1_08/04/2013_492490

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

2 May 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. May Day in the Soviet Time: “This Day was like a Second Easter!”

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When I was a little girl in the Ukraine, we always loved this day! Balloons and bands, with red, red, red everywhere! Flowers and festival foods! No one worked. It was, with 7 November and 9 May, the biggest holidays! Dancing! Even in our town’s little streets. We also remembered people in other lands, who didn’t have what we had, who had to labour too hard to make others rich. How sad. I miss those days. I really do! No one was rich, but no one was poor. We were all were friends. We were secure. I miss that feeling. Even with people from other republics and lands who were so different from us in our little town. Dark people. Yellow people. Muslims, too. We didn’t fight like now. We were friendly. Such people were even welcome in your home!

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I was always Christian. Yet, it’s funny. In the Soviet times, we supposedly had godless attitudes, but we all loved, or at least liked, each other. Then, came Yeltsin and crosses went up and the domes were made golden again. Then, people began to fight. To hate. I remember agitators coming to us from Germany, from America, with old ideas. People who ran away in 1945. My parents didn’t like them. However, before that, this day was like a second Easter! It was a beautiful, joyful, glowing happy day! We had a big dinner! Well. That’s my memory of May Day in my long-gone motherland!

“Nina”

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Editor’s Note:

Do note this:

I remember agitators coming to us from Germany, from America, with old ideas. People who ran away in 1945. My parents didn’t like them.

Let’s not be coy… two main groups flooded into the Ukraine after the fall of the USSR… there were Galician Uniate die-hards who’d retreated with the Nazis, as they’d been the filthiest of collaborators. Then, there were ROCOR people sent to the Ukraine by Vitaly Ustinov… they, too, had collaborated with the Nazis (many were Vlasovtsy and KONR turncoats). They had allied themselves with the Western special services in their unreasoning hatred for communism; in their desire to get revenge for imagined slights, they raised their hands against their own… there’s no form of human scum lower than that is.

That’s why the Ukraine’s the lowest of the major European successor states of the USSR. “Nationalists” sold their motherland to foreign “investors” for a song… they praised collaborationist traitors… they denigrated true VOV heroes and treated them like dirt. That’s why I oppose the ROCOR hardline rejectionists (and all the rightwing pond-scum brought to the former USSR by the Americans). They’re not only full of oddbod religious opinions, they’re full of crank political notions, they defend traitors and deceit… Vladyki Laurus wanted to heal the wounds that they caused, but they wanted to inflict even more.

The world can be a nasty place, can’t it? However, I won’t stand with traitors and collaborators, or with those who justify them. They’ve done enough damage… they’ve hurt too many “Ninas”. It’s time to bind up the wounds, to realise what we truly are… Russian Orthodox Christians… of one faith, one blood, one naroda, one Church… and end all the separatism. Then, we can link hands in all good friendship with people of good will, no matter what their race, creed, or nationality…

That’s what we Russian Orthodox Christians in the diaspora owe the “Ninas” of this world…

BMD

2 May 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. The KPU Marched in Kiev for May Day… Those Aren’t Old Age Pensioners, Pardner…

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“Our choice is socialism

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In Soviet times, May Day was a holiday, indeed. This day has a rich historical background … it was a memorial of an event in a Chicago strike, when police shot workers fighting for their rights. In fact, that began a struggle for the fair treatment of working people, for an 8-hour workday, and for satisfactory labour standards to ameliorate the terrible lot of female workers.

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If we talk about our reality, the USSR’s political system really proved that struggle brings concrete results. For example, in the 1930s, there were worldwide problems with unemployment. However, we avoided mass unemployment in that period. Moreover, people had the right to choose what kind of school to go to, whether to attend a vocational school or college, learn a profession, to do the things that they wanted to do. People exercised their rights; they grew up… that gave May Day a completely different meaning… it was a celebration of our achievements! We built kindergartens, hospitals, schools, and apartment complexes, we formed labour teams determined to go forward. People were proud of their accomplishments and happy to go to the May Day parade. Now, with our contemporary problems… the attitude to this holiday has changed.

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Today, in fact, May Day’s taken on another meaning… it’s a day of solidarity of the workers of all countries in the struggle for their rights. That is, we support the workers in Europe, in the USA, and in other countries, for we all face the same problems… low wages, high prices, and so on. To date, it’s clear that another priority is safe working conditions, and we must stand up for all of our rights, the unions must stand up against not only economic but also political problems. The KPU believes that we can solve our complex political and economic problems. If the government supports the workers’ demands, the owners must comply with them! Today, we must unite and consolidate our efforts, clearly define our goals, and strengthen the role of unions. If they’re silent, it’s difficult to execute organised protests and to defend our key positions.

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We have weak unions as we remain in a Soviet mentality. People received benefits, the government was good to them… they got vouchers, tours, kindergartens, apartments, pioneer camps, and palaces of sport and culture … who needed a real union if the enterprise fired no one? What about now? We say that we love freedom and that we’re hard-working, but does this freedom give us anything? People are afraid to take time off from work; the boss will stop their pay. Therefore, they’re silent. We must give a political impetus to affairs, to form in people an attitude that things are worth fighting for. Today, the labour movement’s under the owner’s thumb. It isn’t coincidental that, in fact, the new Labour Code gives rights only to the employer, not the working man. However, the unions are silent because they’re afraid of a backlash from the owners. It’s a vicious circle. Today, can an independent union lead even a dozen people into the streets? Essentially, the unions agreed to the new Labour Code because the employers actually have direct control of many of them. In minor details, the code mollifies workers, but in fact, it only benefits the employer. Therefore, I’m against the new Labour Code! From the standpoint of protecting the rights of labouring people, the Soviet code was the best one.

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Of course, my favourite holidays are May Day and the November holiday. In the Soviet times, a large number of people then took part in them. My mom always got me new clothes for these events. However, it wasn’t because of directives from the top… it was just nice for people to experience an atmosphere of unity, good humour, and optimism. We did everything from the heart… we were always proud of 23 February (Red Army Day). We knew what this day meant since the war touched almost everyone. Nevertheless, despite the difficult post-war times, we had the best military technology, our pilots went into space, and we invented the first nuclear-powered icebreaker. Then, many boys wanted to be soldiers and astronauts. Yet, the “holiday” that really had inner meaning for me was my mother’s birthday. I really loved her; I always waited for that day, looking to do something nice for her. For May Day, I wish all of you, firstly, happiness! I hope that your family life’s sunny and comfortable, with good health for you and for your parents, and may your kids always bring you joy! Well, if I can say anything in relation to May Day, I want to emphasise that you just can’t sit around and wait for better times, because there isn’t a victory without a struggle!

1 May 2012

Pyotr Simonenko

KPU.ua

Official Website of the KPU

 http://www.kpu.ua/petr-simonenko-bez-borby-net-pobedy/

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Editor’s Note:

The Ukraine’s collapsed economically due to American interference in the country… the so-called Galician Uniate diaspora has been the worst actor in this. The Galician Uniates are similar to the Batista Cubans… many of them are extremist rightwingers (mostly supporters of Neocon Republicans), who peddled the cheap spiritual vodka of “nationalism” to disguise the fact that they were in the pay of American multinationals (they were benefitting, so, they followed orders to rape the country for the benefit of the McMansion dwellers in the USA). The Ukraine hit its nadir point during the time of Yushchenko… it’s starting to climb back out of the hole, to the level of Russia, Byelorussia, and Kazakhstan. Before it can get back on its feet, the Ukraine has to kick out all the Galician Uniate loudmouths from abroad and strictly limit the Uniates and their activities (they’re mostly Langley assets… they can’t be trusted at all as they’re anti-patriots).

Orthodox Christians in the diaspora should take some of Mr Simonenko’s words to heart:

“You just can’t sit around and wait for better times, because there isn’t a victory without a struggle”.

Indeed, if we’re going to have a united Russian Orthodox Church in the diaspora, it’s not going to be pleasant or nice in the immediate near term. There are those who benefit from the current arrangements, and there are those (such as Peterson and Paffhausen) who’d have no place in a legitimate Church. They won’t “go quietly into that dark night”. The worst is yet to come, I fear…

BMD

A Word to the wise on Wikipedia:

Wikipedia’s basically pro-Western in its coverage of the post-Soviet space and China… that’s “objective” in their eyes. In particular, I’m told that one of the Wikipedia editors is a fanatic Galician Uniate, so, be suspect of ANYTHING on the post-Soviet space, as it passes through their hands. EVERY source has its slant… I’m pro-Russian, pro-Orthodox, and pro-Leftist. There! I’m honest about it… unlike Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, SVS, Orthowiki, and Wikipedia. Trust me, even slanted sources have their uses, once you know their biases.

What can you do about the bias? Pass the jug and reflect on the fact that the world hasn’t stopped being crank in the last 24. It’s certainly more healthy than pointless controversy and argument, isn’t it? Just remember… biases in the open are biases defanged. Again… I don’t claim to be “objective”… NO ONE IS. However, I DO have a passion for the truth that’s missing in many… you can take that to the bank. Be careful… there be dragons out there…

BMD

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