Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko: “What Kind of Country Do We Want to Leave Our Children and Grandchildren?”

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Dear Friends!

I offer my sincere congratulations today as Russians celebrate the Day of National Unity! Some say it’s a new and made-up holiday, but I think it’s a wonderful holiday; Russia needs it. Moreover, it’s a pity that there’s no such celebration in the Ukraine. Some say that we have a Day of Unity*, but it’s a very different thing.

  • A V Zhuravko uses two different Russian words for “unity”. Firstly, he uses “едиснтва”, the derivation from the Russian word for “one” is apparent. That is, unity as a singularity. Secondly, he uses “соборности”, which is a trickier word to “English”. It comes from the Russian word that denotes an “assembly”, or a “cathedral”, or a “collection”. It implies “togetherness” or “collected”, but necessarily “oneness” (it can mean that, but it depends on the context… here, it’s obvious that it doesn’t). In addition, he uses Россияне, not Русский, for “Russian”. The first connotes a citizen of the Russian state (who needn’t be ethnic Russian); the second designates an ethnic Russian (who needn’t be a citizen of the Russian state).

Judge for yourself… the Ukrainian day celebrates the country. That is, a piece of land. We drew some boundaries on a map; it involves the people living within these borders. Because of this approach, we now have a civil war. We kill former Ukrainian citizens in the Donbass and try (extremely unsuccessfully) to starve the Crimeans because the land and marks on a map are more important to us than the people living on these lands are. Often, people accuse Russia of imperialism, but “empire” is when we value territories and lands more than the peoples who live there… in this sense, the Ukraine has far more imperial issues than Russia does.

The day of National Unity isn’t about the land… it’s about people and about the nationalities who live in Russia. Over 190 different nationalities live together in Russia! They create and develop what is Russia. Russia has 22 republics with 37 official languages. Besides these, 15 more languages have official status in Russia! Friends, imagine this number of different ethnicities and cultures working together to build a common future… there’s nothing else like it anywhere else in the world! By the way, I’d like to point up something about the Crimea. Under the Russian Federation, the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages have official status. On the other hand, the Ukraine, where more than half of people speak and think in Russian, couldn’t give Russian official status in 25 years, whereas in the Crimea, where (at most) 10 percent speak Ukrainian, the Russian Federation resolved the issue of the official status of the Ukrainian language immediately upon the Crimea’s accession to the Russian state. The unity of different peoples, ethnicities, religions, and languages for the sake of a common cause is the foundation of a federal system of statehood. E Pluribus Unum… “out of many one”… we love this motto from the USA. However, that’s why some are afraid of a federal system.

My Friends!

Fellow Ukrainians!

On this Russian Day of National Unity, I encourage all of us to think about what kind of country we want to leave our children and grandchildren. Do we want a country where the state values its territory above all, prepared to kill its own citizens by the thousands to preserve this territory? On the other hand, do we want a country where different peoples, different faiths, different religions, and different subgroups come together to form a Ukrainian Federation and work for the common good? For me, the choice is obvious. It’s clear that no matter how much the authorities try to demonise Russia, we’ll always be brothers and one people.

Guys, let’s live together!

In respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

LNR Repairs Monument to the Republic’s Defenders After Ukrop Terrorists Vandalised It

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Lugansk people laid flowers at the repaired Monument to the Republic’s Defenders. The monument suffered minor damage in a small terrorist explosion on 1 August 2017. Ukrops attacked the monument before. The sculpture sustained minor damage in a terrorist incident during the night of 1 September 2016. Then, the authorities had the monument repaired by late September. LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky dedicated the memorial on 12 May 2015, LNR Republic Day. Honoured Sculptor of the Ukraine Viktor Gorbulin headed the memorial construction. Specialists from Russia, the DNR, and Kiev participated in the design and construction of the project.

4 November 2017

Novorussia News

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Masha Mashtaler: “I Want to Tell You About This Amazing Man I’m Proud to Know”

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I want to tell you about this amazing man I’m proud to know. Aleksei Valeryevich Zhuravko is an ex-Peoples Deputy of the Ukrainian Verkhovnaya Rada of the Fifth and Sixth Convocations. After the Maidan events, he had to leave [the Ukraine] because his convictions were radically different from the ideas of the new Kiev régime. Here, he continues to information warfare against lying Ukrainian propaganda through social networks, he regularly visits the Donbass, and he never refuses those who turn to him for help. His life’s story is a fit subject for cinema. Disabled from childhood, he grew up in an orphanage as he has a very rare congenital disability… a lack of limbs, but he doesn’t lack strength of the spirit, incredible resilience, and leadership qualities. This helped him (who lacks usable legs) to rise to political power in his native region. Although he literally only has one hand, he organised disabled people to enable them to find work. Subsequently, he led the union of public organisations for disabled people in the Ukraine and represented their interests at all state levels.

They say that strong people go through intense upheavals. After the 2014 putsch, he lost almost everything; he survived the betrayal of his loved ones, threats, and harassment. However, his love for life, energy, and enterprise gave him the grit not to give up, thereby inspiring and motivating others. When you talk to him, you don’t see his physical features; on the contrary, you get a sense of calm and security, because you understand that he’s a real mensch who isn’t afraid to take responsibility for others. His example inspires me in fearful moments… when my hands flutter, I recall that Aleksei Valeryevich only has one hand, but he’s done more for the world with one hand than I’ve done with two. That means that nothing is impossible.

1 November 2017

Masha Mashtaler

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Editor:

I don’t think of A V Zhuravko as a “disabled person”. I think of him as a stand-up guy who isn’t afraid to stand for what’s right and decent, no matter the cost. That’s the long and the short of it for me.

BMD

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The DNR Will Return to a Soviet-Style Educational Programme

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DNR Minister of Education Republic Larisa Polyakova said:

We’ve abandoned the “Bologna System” of education. This design of this system had the purpose of misleading and degrading children. Therefore, we’ve moved away from the Bologna System. We implemented it when we were part of the Ukraine. However, we took into account all the negative aspects of this system and decided to dump it. The DNR switched to a five-point system, we returned transfer exams in school, starting from the Sixth Class, to try to get as far as possible from the test form of training. Now, our Republic takes all the best from the Soviet education system.

30 October 2017

Zemlyaki

http://zemlyaki.name/rossiya/174028-v-dnr-pereshli-na-sovetskuyu-sistemu-obrazovaniya.html

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