Voices from Russia

Sunday, 16 August 2015

16 August 2015. Translated Russian Demot… These Sanctions Really Aren’t Bad at All

00 russian demot siege of leningrad 160815


Thursday, 18 June 2015

91-year-old Toktogonov Altybasarova Died … She Mothered 150 Children Evacuated From Besieged Leningrad

00 Toktogon Altybasarova. Kyrgyzstan. 180615


Toktogon Altybasarova, a kolkhoznitsa* who became a substitute mom for 150 orphans from the siege of Leningrad, died in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev expressed condolences to her family and friends, writing, “During the Great Patriotic War, Toktogonov Altybasarova mothered 150 children from besieged Leningrad. Although she was only 16-years-old, she surrounded these children with care and attention, conveying to them a sense of intimacy and warmth. In doing so, Toktogonov took their mothers’ places”. She was only 16-years-old when she helped the new arrivals from Piter in Issyk-Kul Oblast. After the war, her kids dispersed throughout the country. In addition to these foster children, with her VOV vet husband, she raised eight of her own, having 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Altybasarova’s funeral and burial was in her native village of Kurmenty in Issyk-Kul Oblast.

  • Kolkhoznitsa: collective farm woman, female peasant

15 June 2015




The local selsoviet* appointed her the caregiver of the children from Piter… she carried out this duty admirably and without fault. These were the sort of people who made up the USSR! The American “conservatives” and neoliberals lie in virtually everything that they tell you about the Soviet reality and legacy. Altybasarova incarnated the sort of selfless loving people for whom God spares us from our deserved punishment. Yes… there are decent caring people out there, and they do touch hundreds of lives for the good… but they’re unknown, unlike the uncaring grasping bastards who hog the headlines. I have no doubt that Toktogon Altybasarova touched many lives. The world is a better place for people like this. I bow low before her memory. Light a candle this Sunday in her memory… remember, you can light a candle for anyone… we’re Christians, that’s what we do.

  • Selsoviet: Village Council

Вечная ей память


Friday, 6 June 2014

6 June 2014. A Poem by Olga Berggolts. Здесь лежат ленинградцы (Here Lay Leningraders)


Bread During the War

Andrei Drozdov



Здесь лежат ленинградцы

Здесь горожане — мужчины, женщины, дети.
Рядом с ними солдаты-красноармейцы.
Всею жизнью своею
Они защищали тебя, Ленинград,
Колыбель революции.
Их имён благородных мы здесь перечислить не сможем,
Так их много под вечной охраной гранита.
Но знай, внимающий этим камням:
Никто не забыт и ничто не забыто.


Here Lay Leningraders

Here are city dwellers, men, women, and children
Next to them, Red Army soldiers.
They defended you, Leningrad,
The cradle of the Revolution
With all their lives.
We cannot list their noble names here,
There are so many of them under the eternal protection of granite.
But know this, those who regard these stones:
No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.

Olga Berggolts


Just as Leningrad was under siege in the VOV, Slavyansk is under siege today. Just as the Nazis wanted to exterminate their foes, the same is true of the Uniate fascist fanatics. Hero-Slavyansk still stands. By the way, Никто не забыт и ничто не забыто (No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten) is one of the most recognised phrases in Russian. A similar saying is “They all had faces, they all had names”… and Westerners accuse us of lacking emotion.


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Monday, 27 January 2014

27 January 2014. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Siege of Leningrad

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Siege of Leningrad. 2012


Seventy years ago, on 27 January 1944, the Red Army completely lifted the Fascist Siege of Leningrad (now St Petersburg). The siege lasted for 872 days.

27 January 2014



There was no original Russian text available for this infographic, sorry about that


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