Voices from Russia

Sunday, 3 December 2017

3 December 2017. Day of the Unknown Soldier

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Many thousands of Red Army men lie in unmarked graves. They gave their lives to rid the world of evil. That’s all that one has to say. I bow with respect to their podvig*. We owe our very lives and freedom to their sacrifice.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

BMD

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

2 December 2017. “Russian” ISN’T a Label On Your Jeans… Nor Does It Have Anything to Do With “Whiteness”

A Portrait of the Author L N Tolstoy

Ivan Kramskoi

1873

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Being Russian doesn’t mean that one has a certain skin-colour, certain ethnic roots, or a certain hair-colour. Someone Russian in spirit is a person that won’t sleep peacefully if they know that injustice is being done somewhere. To be Russian means that a person will seek the truth until the end, always, and in every circumstance. Russians evaluate all that goes on in accord with their conscience; each has their own opinion on every matter that concerns them.

Graf L N Tolstoy

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

28 November 2017. Heroes of the Russian Land

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The five brothers of the Nikolaev family not only all fought in the VOV, all returned home alive at its end. Americans don’t understand that the war in Europe against the fascists was already won when they entered it… the tide had already turned. That happened on 5 December 1941, the opening of the Soviet counteroffensive outside Moscow. This was the first real defeat handed the Wehrmacht… it was the “end of the beginning”. In the next year, Stalingrad was the “beginning of the end”… before any appreciable American forces had landed in Europe. There’s nothing dishonourable in what America did in Europe in the Great War Against Fascism… they made a contribution, not the most major contribution, but they were the largest of what we Russians call “the Little Allies”. The USA helped to defeat the fascists, but the fascists were already on the run before the USA entered the war. Note well that the childish Anglos claim credit that isn’t theirs to take. The credit belongs to millions of families such as the Nikolaevs… sadly, all too many had an empty space at table at the end of the war. The credit also belongs to I V Stalin, who refused to cave in, like the French did. The Nikolaevs and countless others (along with the families who raised them) were the real victors. The Anglos helped… but they weren’t the driving force behind the Great Victory.

Спасибо деду до победу!

BMD

Saturday, 18 November 2017

18 November 2017. Heroes of the Russian Land

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Today is the 118th birthday of my grandfather, the famous polar aviator, Hero of the Soviet Union Mikhail Vasilyevich Vodopyanov. He was a self-motivated man… he dreamed, worked selflessly, and so achieved his dreams. He made numerous difficult flights in the Far North, including being the first pilot in the world to land directly on the North Pole. He not only made pioneering flights on far-flung air-routes, he participated in one of the first long-range bombing raids on Berlin in August 1941. He was sincere! He was genuine and driven, a pilot with a burning heart! Eternal memory and glory to Mikhail Vasilyevich!

18 November 2017

Svetlana Boldyrev

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