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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




Friday, 9 November 2012

President Lukashenko on American Elections… and on Western Double Standards


President Lukashenko referred to the USA, which fancies itself as a stronghold of democracy, “So, international observers arrived, and they told them that if they crossed the threshold, they’d arrest them. What if we acted like that? We invite them, and Americans act as observers in Belarus. We don’t arrest them. However, even today, they want to be able to count our votes. It’s a manifestation of double and triple standards. We can’t allow it.

I haven’t noticed any concern here about the American election. I don’t show any concern nor does our government. The Minsk Mayor, the Central Election Commission, the Oblast Governors don’t, and even media reporters don’t. They can hold elections any way they want. The entire world laughs at these elections. Firstly, they’re indirect elections; secondly, a man with fewer votes can become President. What kind of elections are those? Nevertheless, they like it this way, its traditional; the people are silent whilst the leaders are pleased. Well, may God be with you.

Don’t stress yourselves over it. Whatever we do here, if we pursue policies in the interests of our nation in order to preserve our independence and self-determination, in order to decide where we’re going, it won’t be advantageous for them. They’d challenge us, and bomb us, until their people rose to power in our country. We should build our own life, and we should keep at bay those who’d violate that”.

6 November 2012



Thursday, 8 November 2012

7 November 2012. Several Thoughts on this Great October…





“Whatever past, we may have, it’s ours… it’s all our past”… President Lukashenko spoke wisdom when he said that. That’s why we shoudn’t topple the statues of Lenin… nor those of Tsar St Nikolai… nor those of Gagarin… nor those of Minin and Pozharsky… nor those of Pyotr Veliki. It’s all “our past”, and it formed our narod. If you attempt to erase the past, you attempt to say that what happened didn’t happen… and that’s more formally-absurd than anything Camus ever wrote. There are Five Epic Events in Russian History (there are other Great Events, but these were the real game-changers):

Great October deserves its place. Lenin deserves his place. There’s no getting around it. It’s our past. Great October WAS an epochal event. Lenin was an exceptional leader (I’m not saying that I agree with all of his programme, merely that he was a very talented and gifted man). Russia is forever different because it was Soviet… just as St Vladimir changed it by embracing Orthodoxy… just as Batu Khan changed it via conquest… just as Minin and Pozharsky changed it by defeating the Poles and maintaining Orthodoxy… just as Pyotr changed it by bringing in Western methods and mores. Besides, we’re too close to the events of 1991 to see their true import. Were they a permanent rejection of the Soviet model or was it only a temporary crapitalist interregnum? In historical terms, twenty years is a piffle. No system is cemented in place until fifty years have passed… at least. For instance, the present American system has persisted since FDR’s New Deal… since the time of Reagan (the Russians would’ve called his era of misrule the Reaganshchyna), the Grand Olde Phonies have attempted to topple the New Deal paradigm, but they’ve ultimately failed (they’ve chipped away at this and at that, but the basic edifice stands). Under modern conditions, a powerful federal government’s required, and that’s that.

For the Church, Great October was good, in the end. Yes, kids it was GOOD. The atheist persecution of the early USSR was a GOOD thing. It drove most of the phonies out. It burnt out the cancer of being a “state department”. It made the Church confront its sins and failings. That is, it did much more good than harm, in the long term. That’s why the woman abused by Moriak should sue him in civil court. It’ll force the believers in the OCA to face reality. The SOBs aren’t interested in the truth, they’re only interested in maintaining their situations, and, if they commit crimes against the civil law or break the canons… that’s no biggie to them. “I apologise… see, it’s all right, now!” That’s immoral, absurd, and utterly false at base. We need to burn out the cancer. Paffhausen, Moriak, and Peterson all have to go… not out of office… deposed from the episcopate (they’d still be priests… the Church doesn’t allow multiple punishments). We must utilise the principle of the Great October… not a bad thing in its essence.

Great October is ours. I still say… “Let there be a November Holiday, starting with the Day of National Unity (an old tsarist holiday) on 4 November and ending with the Day of the Great October on 7 November”. It’s the right time for folks to get ready for winter, and the two days between the two book-end holidays would be dandy for that. You can’t shitcan history… what does that tell you about those who try to do such? Here’s a last point to ponder for Russian Orthodox people here in the American diasporaSVS and Jordanville are trying to “shitcan history”… what does that tell you about them (and their positions on the Church)? Think on that one well…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 8 November 2012

Albany NY

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Ideas of the October Revolution Undergird the Present Policy of Belarus

To the Great October holiday!


On 6 November, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko stated that many ideas of the October Revolution undergird the foundation of the policy of the present Belarusian state, emphasising, “We celebrate the holiday of the October Revolution on 7 November. I accept all the ideas that the revolutionaries put forth before the people. They had good ideas back then… land for the peasants, factories for the workers, order and recovery in the country, and so on. There wasn’t a single bad idea. These ideas won the revolution. Our present policy relies on many of these same ideas. When we celebrate the October Revolution, primarily, we attach importance to those ideas”.

Lukashenko spoke about why some post-Soviet countries don’t celebrate this holiday, observing, “They didn’t have guts at the time. They faced a storm of criticism, as some said that the Revolution brought misery and killed people. Yes, people were killed afterwards. However, we’re talking about ideas. These bad effects involving the slaughter of people and deviation from the ideas declared prior to the revolution were wrong. However, they happened afterwards, and we condemn it. Nevertheless, one shouldn’t condemn what happened in 1917, and scrap the good ideas that Lenin and his team went forward with”.

Lukashenko advised a careful attitude to an evaluation of the past, noting, “Never hurry to evaluate what happened. It can be politically biased. Whatever past we may have, it’s ours. We can’t get around it. For us to look at our past properly, it’s necessary to see problems, we can’t hush them up, but we should highlight all the good things that happened, too. It’s all our past. Even today, we understand that we did the right thing by preserving this holiday. For this holiday we put aside the best… gifts for the people”. Speaking about the construction of new Minsk Metro stations, Lukashenko remarked that the construction of every kilometre of new metro lines cost 50 million USD (1.575 billion Roubles. 39 million Euros. 31.25 million UK Pounds), stating, “We didn’t do it for executives or rich people. We did it for the people. Isn’t that an embodiment of the ideas that [the Revolution] declared?”

6 November 2012



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