Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Memorial Sculpture for Civilian War Dead Set Up In Donetsk

00 memorial to civilian victims of the war dnr donetsk pr 01 110815


00 memorial to civilian victims of the war dnr donetsk pr 02 110815


In Donetsk, in the Lenin Komsomol Park, a memorial sculpture honouring the memory of the DNR civilians killed by the Ukrainian aggressors is now in place. It portrays a bouquet of roses, 4-metres-high, standing in a blown-out artillery shell. This was on the initiative of Donetsk blacksmiths, who wanted to honour their compatriots who died in the war. They forged the four metal roses from a single piece of metal weighing 1.6 tonnes; its granite pedestal is 1.04-metres-high. The plaque has the inscription “[To the] Fallen Civilians of the Donetsk People’s Republic”. A formal dedication of the memorial will be held later.

On 10 May 2015, Chairman of the DNR Government A V Zakharchenko and chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet A E Purgin approved the placing of a memorial on the future site of a Memorial to the Fallen Civilians of the Republic. Besides this, Donetsk master blacksmith Viktor Mikhalev is working on an arch in memory of those children killed in the war. This arch will be 2.5-metres in height.

11 August 2015

DNR Online

Official website of the DNR Council of Ministers and Peoples Soviet


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Yuliya Chicherina Performed Song in Honour of Little Anya Kostenko Murdered by Junta Bombing

00 anya kostenko. 080815


00 yuliya chicherina. russian rocker. 23.04.15



Russian singer Yu D Chicherina released a new song entitled Пожалуйста (Please) in which she used the name of a little girl killed in the junta aggression in the Donbass, urging people not to shoot at children. Chicherina stated in remarks released to the media, “No dispute, no conflict, is worth the life of an innocent child. Consider this song as an appeal from little Anya Kostenko to all who can and should make a difference”. Anna Kostenko, who was only 3½-years-old, died on 13 August 2014, a victim of a junta bombardment of a beach in Zugres (east of the city of Donetsk). Eyewitnesses said that an aircraft dropped cluster bombs on the beach. Media reports noted that there were 20 victims of the attack, including three children. Yuliya Dmitrievna emphasised, “I’ve had the opportunity to meet with people trapped in a desperate situation; war erupted in their home. The story of Anya Kostenko is only one of thousands. Children die; children become orphaned. Thousands of children are still in the conflict zone”. DNR Minister of Culture Aleksandr Paretsky noted that Chicherina’s new composition radiates the pain of and compassion for the children, indeed, all the people of this Donbass, “For us, it’s important to support Russian artists and their creative work”. After the start of the junta aggression of against the Donbas, Yu D Chicherina repeatedly visited the DNR and LNR, giving concerts and bringing in humanitarian aid. When she spoke with us, Yuliya Dmitrievna constantly underscored the suffering of the people of the LNR and DNR.

7 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency




Our children die for nought… for the delusional fancies of demented Uniate and schismo nationalists (and their coldblooded Anglo puppeteers).

There are no words in any language to properly express what I feel. Mark this down well… the Uniates invaded Novorossiya… the Orthodox didn’t invade the Lvovshchina. This fills me with the cold resolve to see matters through to the end, for me to give whatever assistance that I can to the patriot cause. Yes, there is a difference between the fascist junta and the socialist Peoples Republics. The Peoples Republics don’t murder children.

I need say nothing more… my heart bleeds for my compatriots and coreligionists… I AM with you…


Thursday, 6 August 2015

Pushilin sez DNR Authorities Would do Their Utmost to See to it that the Death of Rossiya Segodnya Photojournalist Andrei Stenin was NOT in Vain

00 dnr stenin memorial 01 060815


00 dnr stenin memorial 02 060815

Andrei Stenin, Sergei Korenchenkov, Andrei Vyachalo, 06.08.2014


00 dnr stenin memorial 03 060815



00 dnr stenin memorial 04 060815


00 dnr stenin memorial 05 060815


00 dnr stenin memorial 06 060815


00 dnr stenin memorial 07 060815


Today, a secular memorial and pannikhida for Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin, killed by junta aggressors last year, occurred in Nikiforov, near the DNR-LNR border. Local residents, DNR soldiers, friends, and colleagues of the deceased gathered at the site of his death. Vice Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet D V Pushilin, head of Molodaya Respublika (Young Republic) Sergei Kondrykinsky, Head of the Snezhkoe GMA* Valery Khlopenik, and head of the DNR Union of Journalists Viktor Petrenko gave eulogies for Stenin. Pushilin said, “We’ve gathered today to honour the memory of an outstanding journalist, Andrei Stenin. He broke through the informational blockade, but it cost him his life. To break this blockade has been and remains crucial to resolving this conflict. When the Ukrainians shower us with shells from all kinds of weapons, we remember Andrei’s heroism and the heroism of his colleagues”.

  • GMA: State Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city

The people present laid flowers at a cross placed on the site where most people believe that Stenin died. Here, on a road leading to Nikiforov, near Snezhkoe, locals found Stenin’s burned car. The first information about it came out two weeks after his death, but didn’t receive official confirmation until September. Those at the memorial observed a moment of silence in Stenin’s memory. Pushilin noted, “We have to bring the war to its logical conclusion, to win a clear-cut victory, to do everything to make certain that his death, like so many others, wasn’t in vain. We fully understand what responsibility lies upon us. We must do everything possible to ensure that such crimes don’t continue to plague future generations. The death of Andrei Stenin was a hero’s death… we should bow to honour his memory”. Molodaya Respublika head Kondrykinsky continued in the same vein, “We’ll remember those who gave their lives to secure the victory”. In conclusion, local officials gave their condolences to Stenin’s family, relatives, and friends.

Andrew Stenin, a Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist, died a year ago in the Novorossiya warzone whilst carrying out his professional duties. According to the SK RF, as confirmed by Rossiya Segodnya director D K Kiselyov, junta aggressors fired on Stenin’s car on 6 August 2014. Later on, a junta MLRS strike burned the disabled car. President V V Putin posthumously awarded Andrei Stenin the Order of Courage.

6 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Thursday, 23 July 2015

23 July 2015. Theodore Bikel, One of My Fave Performers, Died Yesterday

00 Theodore Bikel memorial. 230715




The word that best described Theodore Bikel was shtarker. That Yiddish word connotes someone who takes no shit from anyone, but who doesn’t hand it out. Theodore Bikel, to me, IS Tevye in the Fiddler on the Roof. He also created the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music and played the Soviet submarine captain in The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming. I also love his singing of Jewish folk songs. 91 years is a good run of innings, he lived this life to the brim. You can light a candle for him this Sunday… there’s no restrictions on that sort of thing.

I say to his family and friends, Ha-Makom hu yinachem (May the Merciful One comfort you).

Theodore, Alav Ha-sholom



Next Page »

The Rubric Theme. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,293 other followers