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Sunday, 3 February 2013

3 February 2013. RIA-Novosti Presents… Russia Celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Victory at Stalingrad

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On Friday, the site of the Родина-мать зовёт (Rodina Mat Zovyot: The Mother-Motherland Calls)  monument on Mamayev Kurgan was prepared for the celebration.

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On Saturday, the Hero City of Volgograd celebrated the 70th anniversary of the defeat of German forces at Stalingrad. The Battle of Stalingrad took place from 17 July 1942 to 2 February 1943. The laying of wreaths and flowers at the Eternal Flame in the Alley of Heroes opened the festivities. Then, on the Square of Fallen Fighters, the local garrison paraded past in a solemn and formal review.

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The defence of Stalingrad was the largest land battle of World War II. At one stage, both sides committed more than 2 million troops, about 30,000 guns, and more than 2,000 planes and tanks. This gigantic confrontation ended with the crushing defeat of the Nazi forces. The Battle of Stalingrad was the turning point of the war; it marked the beginning of the Red Army counterattack.

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Festivities took place in the Hero City of Volgograd on 1 and 2 February. Volgograd Oblast authorities sent out invitations to the celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad to over 11,000 veterans of this battle.

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In Volgograd, thousands of Russian and foreign guests gathered… veterans, delegations from sister cities, CIS countries, and other members of the World War II anti-fascist coalition.

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On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, discussions buzzed over the possibility of returning the “Soviet” name to the city of Volgograd. The deputies of the Volgograd City Council decided, during the celebrations devoted to the heroic defence of the city, to use the name “Hero City of Stalingrad”. Therefore, on 2 February 2013, Volgograd was called the Hero City of Stalingrad.

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President Vladimir Putin visited the main memorial of the battle on Mamayev Kurgan and laid a wreath there.

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Deputy PM Dmitri Rogozin supported returning Volgograd’s name to Stalingrad.

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In the image above, we see Dmitri Rogozin in the Square of Fallen Fighters “working the crowd” during the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad.

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The troops of the Volgograd garrison paraded and held a review after the laying wreaths and flowers at the Eternal Flame in the Square of Fallen Fighters.

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The parade opened with the trooping of a copy of the official symbol of the Great Victory in the Great Patriotic War… the Victory Banner. Then, a unit brought forth copies of the banners of the four fronts involved in the Battle of Stalingrad, followed by an honour guard drawn from all the branches of the Armed Forces.

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A T-34 tank from the VOV era led the parade of the Volgograd garrison. More than a dozen examples of modern military hardware and weapons were shown on the Square of Fallen Fighters. People were able to see the latest army equipment such as the 9A52-4 Tornado-G MLRS, 2S34 Khost 12cm SP gun, 2S19 Msta-S 15.2 cm SP howitzer, 9K317 Buk-M2 SP SAM system, GAZ-2330 Tigr all-terrain multi-purpose vehicle, 2K22 Tunguska SP anti-aircraft gun-missile system, and the T-90 MBT.

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This tank took part in a parade on Victory Day 2012 in Volgograd, then, it was on exhibition at the Stalingrad Battle Historical Museum-Memorial Panorama on Mamayev Kurgan. Next to the museum is a memorial cross with the inscription, “On 14 October, in the year 2010 since the birth of Christ, this cross was set as a sign with the blessing of Metropolitan German Timofeyev of Volgograd and Kamyshin“… some people wanted a church here, but it would’ve been a tight squeeze on the available property, so, the Kremlin vetoed it.

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Later, the venue of the celebrations moved to the highest point of the frontline at Stalingrad, Mamayev Kurgan.

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There was a formal dedication of a memorial stele with the names of 17,000 defenders of Stalingrad unearthed by search organisations in the last decade from hastily-dug battlefield graves.

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The names of these 17,000 defenders will be on 1,500 memorial plaques surrounding the memorial stele on Mamayev Kurgan.

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At a concert in Volgograd Sports Palace, guests saw a living panorama of the Battle of Stalingrad. This presentation had a semicircular widescreen display, multi-level catwalks, and more than 2,000 participants, with songs of the VOV era performed by People’s Artist of Russia Dmitri Khvorostovsky.

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More than 200 veterans of the Battle of Stalingrad attended the celebratory concert in honour of the 70th anniversary of the battle’s end, with 5,000 attendees in total at the gala concert.

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The festivities concluded with a celebratory artillery salute and fireworks.

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2 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/photolents/20130202/920976027.html#photo=920972503

http://en.rian.ru/photolents/20130203/179192703_1/Prazdnovanie-70-letiya-Stalingradskoy-bitvy.html

Editor’s Note:

There were NO images of Deputy PM Rogozin on the spread on the English side of RIA… this smells to me like at least one of the editors on the English side is a pro-Western mole, best dismissed as quickly as possible. Truly, we don’t need such self-serving Quislings amongst us. After all, Dmitri Olegovich is a patriotic nationalist, thus, he’s anti-Western to the bone… he’s especially anti-NATO and anti-American aggression. His participation in this event signals a ratcheting-up in tensions between Russia and the USA. Always watch out for the “Lenin’s Tomb” moments… they can tell you more than anything else does.

Sadly, we have people here in the Russian Orthodox diaspora who still glorify the KONR and Vlasovtsy traitors (they went from serving the godless Fascist killing machine to serving the godless American intelligence apparat). They haven’t changed their spots because of the Reconciliation… but as a friend of mine at the Centre said, “We all know about Potapov and his ilk… trust me, the SVR and FSB know about them too. I lived in the USA for some years in the nineties, and I heard and saw what these gentlemen said and did. They have no repentance for anything that they did against the Rodina”. I can testify that this observation isn’t only correct; it’s understated. I saw Jordanville’s loud espousal of Vitaly Ustinov’s stab-in-the-back to the Mother Church (you should’ve heard their loud praises of Agafangel Pashkovsky) and Victor Potapov’s unfounded gratuitous attacks on Patriarch Aleksei Ridiger (especially, his groundless smears during Aleksei’s visit to Georgetown… he owes the Church a formal and public apology for that). They’re not joining all of Russia in celebrating this victory… they cast (and still cast) mud at the victors and vilify their names. Their families supported the Fascist occupiers (and helped the Nazis round up and kill Jews)… they try to tell all and sundry that such collaboration and treason was honourable and just.

I stand four-square for the celebration of the victory at Stalingrad. That’s where all decent members of the Russian Orthodox diaspora should stand. That’s all that needs be said on the matter, isn’t it? After all, a saint, St Seraphim Vyritsky, prayed every day for the victory of the Red Army over the Fascists… no saint prayed for the victory of the collaborationist traitors. That should tell us what to do whenever a bloviating sort like Potapov opens his mouth… we shouldn’t attack him in the same manner as he lies about the Soviet past, but we should understand that his position isn’t humanly-decent, let alone god-blessed. Say a prayer for the brave fighters of the RKKA and RKKF… they helped save you from the Nazi night… NEVER forget that. Also never forget that there are those amongst us in the diaspora who aided that evil (and their families have never repented of it)… NEVER forget that also.

BMD

Monday, 1 October 2012

The Golden Age of Soviet Songs


Georg Ots (1920-75), People’s Artist of the USSR

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Я люблю тебя, жизнь! (I love you, life!)

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Moscow’s Helikon Opera opened its new season with a musical revue of Soviet songs. Its brand new production Back in the USSR, titled after a popular Beatles song, is set to become the highlight of the season. The idea of creating a revue with setting and costumes based on Soviet songs occurred to the opera company’s leadership after the theatre hosted an evening of Soviet songs and the audience enjoyed every minute of it. The resulting set designs incorporate a public phone booth of the 1960s, a park fence, and a bench provided with video installations in the form of parks, starry skies, and rain. There’s also footage from old beloved Soviet films.

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Valentina Tolkunova (1946-2010),  People’s Artist of the RSFSR

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Я не могу иначе (I can’t do anything else)

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The theatre’s artistic director, Dmitri Bertman, spoke to our VOR correspondent, “Currently, old Soviet songs are more than welcome, as people are nostalgic for them. The Soviet time, even though it was a time of the absurd, was saturated with spirituality and honesty. Soviet values appealed to the heart. That’s why we opted for such a production and judging by the reaction of the public, we were right in our choice”.

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Muslim Magomayev (1942-2008), People’s Artist of the USSR… THE BOSS

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Мелодия (A melody)

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Indeed, the performance earned long-lasting applause from the audience and the house exploded with storms of applause in the course of the play. Auditor Irina Schukina shared her opinion with VOR, “The performance was full of good humour and good songs. At first, I didn’t want to go because I thought it would be boring but I was wrong”. Student Yuliya Korotkaya commented, “Fantastic! So full of energy and positive emotions. I’ll come to see it again!”

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The contemporary group Serebro sings Журавли (The white cranes)

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Dmitri Khvorovstovsky (1962- ), People’s Artist of Russia, sings Как Молоды мы Были (How Young We Were)

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Ilya Ilyin, the producer of Back in the USSR, told VOR that the songs picked for the performance showed both positive and negative aspects of the Soviet era, saying, “Music is different. It can sound beautiful, horrible, tragic, joyful. I was born and lived in the Soviet Union, and I highly revere the songs that we sang as children and are currently singing in the theatre. The more you immerse in these songs, the more you realise what a powerful ideological machine was built in the Soviet days to ensure loyalty to the Soviet ideology. The cream of Soviet composers, including Dunayevsky, wrote for this machine. The genius of Dunayevsky coincided with the goals that these songs pursued”.

1 October 2012

Natalia Viktorova

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_01/The-Golden-Age-of-Soviet-songs/

Editor’s Note:

Most decent and real Russian people love Soviet songs, as they’re usually positive in tone and damned good music. The people who want to remove the Soviet period from Russian history and the Russian soul have to go and soak their heads in a bucket of ice until the good sense returns. There was much good and much bad in that period. What makes it so difficult is that so much good stood cheek-by-jowl with much evil. On the hand, yes, there was the GULag, the dictatorship, the oppressive hand of the Party apparat, but on the other hand, there was the space programme, the Great Victory, the mass literacy and health campaigns, and the highest living standards that Russia had known (shared rather more equally than at present, I might add).

There must be repentance for the evil… and a celebration of the achievements, both, in the same way, and in equal measure. Lenin must be laid to rest next to his mother in Piter, but his tomb in Moscow must be kept as a reminder of that time… both of its evil and of its grandeur. After all, Lenin wasn’t corrupt or greedy… history tells us that his needs and personal manners were modest and he didn’t enrich himself or his family (quite unlike some American politicians I could name). Today’s Russia would be the lesser without it…

Soviet song lived… Soviet song lives… Soviet song shall live!

BMD  

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

25 October 2011. Video. Some of My Favourite Things… Valery Leontiev… He’s SO ‘80s… But He’s So Much FUN!

Valery Leontiev (1949- ), Russian mega pop star… he’s a ton o’ fun… and a People’s Artist of Russia. Imagine that!

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Here’s a fun nonsense song, Hafanana… just sit back and smile.

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Here’s a fun song, Kazanova, with English sub-captions. Enable the English-language captions by clicking on the “cc” button on the right-hand bottom side of the vid screen. The lyrics are also translated in the notes under the vid.

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This song’s serious… it’s called Confession. You can get sub-captions in the same way that you did on the previous vid. As above, the lyrics are also translated in the notes under the vid.

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Remember, happiness is the best revenge. Don’t EVER go about with a face like “a misery guts three feet long”… then, they WIN. Flip ‘em the bird and SMILE. Pass me the jug… the world’s still the same crank ol’ crazy place. Don’t let ‘em get to ya… live life to the fullest! Anyway… the Good Lord is with ya… NEVER forget THAT.

BMD

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Video. Smile and Cheer! Here’s Some Tunes from People’s Artist of Russia Oleg Gazmanov

Oleg Gazmanov (1951- ), People’s Artist of Russia, seen here after entertaining Russian troops in South Ossetia soon after the repulse of the Georgian aggressors. Oleg Mikhailovich is very popular… he’s also a Master of Sport in Gymnastics, and holds a degree in mechanical engineering (pretty good, huh?).

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Kick back and relax on a holiday weekend. Here are some of Oleg Mikhailovich’s latest vids:

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In this one, Oleg Mikhailovich teams up with the up-and-coming pop star Dima Bilan

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For this number, Oleg Mikhailovich links up with the very popular Sofia Rotaru

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Oleg Mikhailovich sings “One Victory” on Victory Day ’08 at Poklonnaya Gora

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Here’s one of Oleg Mikhailovich’s signature tunes… “Eskadron”… it’s also the name of his band…

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Oleg Mikhailovich honoured departed People’s Artists of Russia in his intro, the audience stood in respect of their memories…

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