Voices from Russia

Saturday, 21 January 2017

As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… An Ideology of Treason



On Tuesday, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell suggested that Vladimir Putin should make Edward Snowden an inauguration “gift” to Donald Trump. MID RF spokesman M V Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page bashing Morell:

It’s clear that, for the CIA-man’s firm, it is normal to present people as gifts and give up those who seek protection. [Morell’s] comments reveal an ideology of treason in the CIA.

18 January 2017

Sputnik International



Thursday, 27 February 2014

Russia to Safeguard Yanukovich from Extremist Putschists

yanukovich with veterans


On Thursday, deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich issued a resolute statement condemning the Timoshenko junta, maintaining that he’s still head of state. Yanukovich, whose whereabouts are the subject of much speculation, said that he had to ask Russia to make sure of his personal security from threats from Euromaidan extremists, saying, “Everything that’s happening now in the Rada is illegitimate. In short order, all their decisions will be futile, they won’t become reality”. Anonymous government sources said that Russia accepted Yanukovich’s request for asylum and that he was now in Russia. Yanukovich is “wanted” in the Ukraine on trumped-up mass murder charges; the MVDU said that his last known appearance was in the Crimean seaside town of Balaklava on Sunday evening. The coup against Yanukovich’s government over the weekend provoked a wave of pro-Russian rallies in the Southern and Eastern Ukraine, particularly in the Crimea, where ethnic Russians are a majority. Yanukovich noted, “Now, it’s obvious that people in the Southern and Eastern Ukraine and in the Crimea won’t accept anarchic and de facto lawlessness, where mobs in the street ‘elect’ the Cabinet of Ministers”.

27 February 2014


Exiled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, whom the Ukraine put on an international wanted list on trumped-up mass murder charges, will hold a news conference in southern Russia on Friday, an official close to him said Thursday. It’ll take place at 17.00 MSK (13.00 UTC) in Rostov-on-Don at a venue to be announced soon.

27 February 2014





The Russian government agreed to safeguard Viktor Yanukovich from the extremist putschist junta. The deposed Ukrainian President said that he still considers himself the head of state, he contends that no one can consider the Rada’s actions legitimate; he wants power returned to the legitimate authorities. Konstantin Zatulin, a staff member of the RF Gosduma Committee on SNG Affairs, commended the decision to make sure of Yanukovich’s personal safety as the only correct and humane option, as he asked for Russia’s protection, saying, “In reality, when one looks at the situation in the Ukraine, at what’s happening now in the Crimea, I can say that there is, or at least there was, a quite obvious, clear, and unequivocal threat to the life of President Yanukovich. Personally, I’m not overly keen on President Yanukovich’s actions. However, we in Russia have to answer the question whether we’d survive if we saw another Najibullah hanged upside down again. The world would identify us with our partner, the example of which would make people draw conclusions about our ability to protect our allies and those with whom we’ve had relationships. What would they think if we refused those who directly gave us such a request? During the 90s, not only Najibullah but also Honecker appealed to us. Did our response somehow add to our respect throughout the world? In my opinion, it didn’t. Therefore, regardless of our judgement of Yanukovich, I believe that if we decided to safeguard him, it means that we reaffirm our solidarity with him. This solution recognises that we need to save the life of the Ukrainian President… whether or not we like his present or past actions”.

27 February 2014



Editor’s Note:

If Yanukovich was last seen in Balaklava, it means that he either left on a private plane taking off from an airbase of the AVMF or he flew to Russia on an actual AVMF aircraft. That is, he’s been in Russia all week. This means that the Russian government de facto considers the putschists illegitimate and without standing. It also means that there’s unimpeded movement between Russia and the Crimea, at least. That means that the Ukrainian “government” lacks the means to control the airspace over the Crimea and over its border crossing points. In short, the putschists lack even the most basic governmental controls over their claimed territory, which means that the risk of civil war is very high, indeed. It does put John Kerry‘s fulminations in a new light, doesn’t it?


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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

18 September 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Former NSA and CIA Chief Sees Future of Alcoholism for Snowden

00 If He Calls You Names It's a Compliment. 18.09.13


Editor’s Foreword:

I knew that the Amerikantsy believed their own propaganda and think overly highly of themselves, but this is over the top even for them. Read on…



Michael Hayden, the former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), said that he envisioned a grim future of boredom and alcoholism for fugitive American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, now in Russia. The Washington Post quoted Hayden as saying in response to a question about Snowden at a discussion forum held in a church across from the White House earlier this week, “I suspect he will end up like most of the rest of the defectors who went to the old Soviet Union… isolated, bored, lonely, depressed, and most of them ended up alcoholics”. Hayden, now a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy co-founded by former US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, described Snowden as “a troubled young man… morally arrogant to a tremendous degree, but a troubled young man”. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who helped to get temporary asylum status for Snowden, said that Snowden, a computer specialist and former NSA employee, currently resides anonymously in Russia, going for walks and travelling without being recognised. Earlier this summer, Snowden was the focus of international attention after he leaked classified information about widespread US government surveillance programmes to the media. He fled to Hong Kong, and, then, to Russia, where he received asylum in July after spending weeks in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport.

18 September 2013



Editor’s Afterword:

God, Snowden’s gotten their goat but good. This is “sour grapes” of the choicest vintage. Russian reports have it that Eddie’s moving freely and that he’s not bored or despondent… quite the contrary. Chertoff was a brutal and conscienceless consigliere for the Bush junta; he wrote the legal justification for torture and other such pleasantries in the so-called “War on Terror”. That’s the kind of person that Hayden works for… shitbirds of a feather flock together, y’ know, and “like does call unto like”. I’d say that if Hayden maligns you, it’s a compliment of the highest order. After all, he’s saying that Eddie’s not like him (or Chertoff)… and that’s a GOOD thing, kids. If the goodthinkers call you “disordered”, then, it probably means that you’re courageous and well-centred. Hayden’s a career spook, y’ gotta remember… he was the initiator of the lawless surveillance programme exposed by Snowden (that is, he DEFENDS government spying on the people). Methinks that the schmidiot was just “hoist by his own petard”… and he doesn’t realise it. It tells you about the intelligence level of Republicans (do note how Republicans defend torture, spying on ordinary folks, murder by drone, and kidnapping abroad)…

One last thing… as for “morally arrogant”, I don’t think that a former Langley operative has the high ground on that. After all, remember Ecumenical Patriarch Maximos Vaportzis (he was a SOCIALISToh, the humanity!)… Langley did topple him in a coup, after all…



Sunday, 21 July 2013

21 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Russian Asylum for Snowden?

00 Sergei Yolkin. Russian Asylum for Snowden. 2013

Russian Asylum for Snowden?

Sergei Yolkin



The motif of this caricature comes from an old Russian folktale, Теремок (Teremok: The Mansion). Click here to read it. It’s as well-known in Russia as Goldilocks and Three Bears is in the Anglosphere. That is, any Russian would grasp the visual reference immediately. It’s been made into a multifilm on multiple occasions, the most famous and most-well-loved version came out in 1971 (click here for YouTube post). It was also released in different versions in 1937, 1945, and 1995 (click here for YouTube post). Yolkin seems to imply that Snowden’s more trouble than he’s worth… just as the Bear is in the folktale… just sayin’…

By the way, the word “Russian” in the title is Российское (Rossiskoye), which refers to the sovereign state of Russia, NOT the Russian nation (народ: narod).



Sergei Yolkin takes a wry look at Edward Snowden’s request to the Russian authorities to grant him temporary asylum.

15 July 2013

Sergei Yolkin




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