Voices from Russia

Friday, 23 January 2015

Kravchuk Sez the Ukraine Starting to Fall Apart

00 The Ukraine Isn't Dead Yet. political cartoon. 22.01.15

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On Thursday L M Kravchuk, the first post-Soviet President of the Ukraine, told reporters that the Ukraine is starting to fall apart; he blamed Ukrainian élites and their embrace of irresponsible positions. He said, “Today, the élite is in disarray; its factions feud over God only knows what. In reality, members of the élite don’t show responsibility in the face of the threat looming over the Ukraine… this threat is extremely great and realistic. Even today, on a holiday (Day of Unification), I can say that the state is starting to fall apart and this is already a proven fact. We must speak about it like real grown-up people”. He believed that the one could find the root-cause of the situation in the systemic errors made by successive Ukrainian governments over the past twenty years, saying, “Did any one of the presidents ever do anything to assure freedom and unity? Did anyone do anything tangible for the Donbass? Who understood the Crimea in earnest and cared for it properly? Now, they want us to do something within a couple of days. However, we couldn’t manage anything within such a brief period”. The way that he sees the situation, if the government granted broad powers to the regions, it might offer a way out of the crisis, saying, “Let’s stop speaking about what the Constitution will look like, let’s get down to giving the broadest possible powers to the regions”. Earlier, junta strongman P A Poroshenko said in an appeal for the Day of Unification that he ruled out turning the country into a federation, claiming, “The vast majority of Ukrainians see their country as a unitary, not a federated, state”.

23 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/world/772868

Editor:

“The Ukraine isn’t dead, yet”… but it soon shall be.

BMD

Friday, 7 November 2014

7 November 2014. Video. “To Summon a New Soviet Heart”

00 It's All in Your Hands! 07.11.14

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Happy holiday, Comrades!  This is just the beginning!

7 November 2014

Politikus.ru    

http://politikus.ru/video/34934-prizyv-novoe-sovetskoe-serdce.html

Editor:

Most Anglo Americans are unaware that most Russians do NOT view the fall of the USSR as a good thing. Millions became impoverished to enrich a small class of bloodsuckers. The US Republican Party applauds that, as it wants the same in the USA. Any Orthodox Christian who votes for ANY Republican is a boob… not only does the Republican Party espouse a godless Me First liberal agenda, it actively fights Holy Rus, for Holy Rus is the main opponent of American hegemonism in the world (along with China). The worst are the journalistic whores who suck up to Corporate America and spread its lies… Serge Schmemann, Sofia Kishkovsky, Terry Mattingly, Alexander Webster, Freddy M-G, Rod Dreher, and Victor Potapov. Such people are muggers of our Faith, Ancestral Motherland, and People… for the sake of filthy lucre.

You can have I V Stalin or the people named… I’d prefer Stalin to traitorous treacherous scumbags any day of the week…

BMD

 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Russia Can Win the New Cold War

00 putin and obama on crimea. 05.09.14

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This is it. We’ve entered a new era; we’re engaged in a New Cold War with the USA. Leading American politicians and political scientists said so in remarks published in numerous articles in various journals. Our officials still prefer to use more abstract expressions and definitions. Our Russian thirst for justice is still trying to prove something in the debate about what’s happening in the Ukraine. It’s clear that this New Cold War started because of our faith in the power of a simple handshake. If our leaders could shake hands, it means that we don’t have “black thoughts”, nor are we preparing any treacherous attacks on our opposite number. Yes, that’s what we thought. However, they shook our hand as though we were a defeated opponent, who had lost the previous Cold War. We face constantly deceiving partners… as they smiled their ever-present dazzling Hollywood smiles, the American leadership moved their military-political bloc ever eastwards, closer and closer to Russia’s borders.

This perplexed us… damn it, Russia and America were friends; we shared common democratic values. Truly, V V Putin suggested that Russia should join NATO. In return, we could only see American smiles against the background of an ideological and military offensive, as the Americans deployed more and more of their military bases closer and closer to our borders. Now, in hindsight, we understand that there was one goal… the control of our energy resources (how primitive, some would say). Yet, energy resources… oil, coal, gas… stand above all for those who thought of themselves as masters of the world after the collapse of the bipolar system. Russia, from their point of view, is just a big fat land full of resources that they had the “right” to seize. If the current Ukrainian government thinks of itself as the “master of the universe”, it’s sadly mistaken. Their country, and all events that now happen there, are nothing but bargaining chips in the global game of seizing Russian resources. There are some resources there too, for there’s a little shale gas in the Ukraine. For the sake of this, they kill the civilian population in Novorossiya. In Lugansk and Donetsk, Washington doesn’t deign to think of the civilian casualties, that’s just their bad luck… their ancestors should’ve picked a better place to live.

Well, OK, that was a digression. We’re talking about the USA declaring a New Cold War against Russia. In fact, we’re only talking of its announcement… it’s been going on for years. In the 20th century, Russia offered quite a correct approach to mutually beneficial cooperation… we’d reduce energy prices, and the West would give us technology in return. However, America gave Russia “the bird”. America denied us technology… then, it enticed our scientists. Do you know what percentage of American scientists received their education in the USA? Google it! You’ll find out that no more than 30 percent received their education in the USA. I asked myself a question… were we stupid all this time? Obviously, the answer is, “No, of course not”. We were working according to assumptions hammered into our heads during Gorbachyov’s perestroika. We proceeded from Academician Sakharov’s ideas of convergence, that a shared world would be so much better than a world divided into blocs.  However, foreign politicians used a different set of postulates. Remember the remarks from Hillary, who never shook off the definition as the “anti-Monica”, who said that Siberia should by rights belong to the whole world (that is, to America).

That is, they always saw Russia as a victim that they could snatch up and tear apart. V V Putin, as a pragmatist, did one very important thing. He tried, even at the cost of losses, to integrate our country into the structure of the world economy. One can see from Moscow’s very restrained sanctions against the West that he managed to make Europe react sharply to even slight dissatisfaction from Russia. Russia can impose other focused sanctions on the West. It’s clear that energy is our main trump card, but Russia can use many other sanctions, starting with food. This is where we begin to understand the true meaning of Putin’s actions, which some circles saw as deviating from the short-term interests of Russian business. Today, announcing retaliatory sanctions on certain sectors of economy, we’re striking telling blows on the political supremacy of the USA in Europe.

They announced a new Cold War on us. Excellent! However, the fact is that we’ve not yet started to exploit America’s vulnerabilities in this arena. We still have not used the so-called Helsinki group. Hey, Lyudmila Alekseyeva! If you remain silent about the events in Ferguson, all Russians will realise that you’re nothing but an abject hireling of the US State Department! Your excuses that you only deal with Russia sound empty; human rights have no national boundaries. We haven’t yet given serious funding to Rossotrudnichestvo (Russian Cooperation), which carries out the vitally important task of holding concerts, distributing materials about Russia, and encourages the study of the Russian language. Konstantin Kosachyov, the outside world needs to understand Russia’s innermost rationale. We need others to understand that the people of the western Donbass are Russians, who want to live according to Russian ways, but the Kiev government exterminates them today under the patronage of Western instructors. Our unions of journalists said nothing about the abuse of freedom of speech in Ferguson (not the Moscow head, Pavel Gusev, nor the all-Russian head, Vsevolod Bogdanov), nor did they comment on the fact that Obama did nothing to prevent the execution of James Foley. More recently, the detentions of political activists on Moscow’s Triumfalnaya Square, who had gotten media badges from these sorts, outraged these worthies .

In short, we have a lot in our arsenal in this newly declared Cold War on Russia. We have a lot… acquired either willy-nilly or by forethought… even though we haven’t used it yet. Those in Washington who declare a new Cold War don’t realise that we’ve learnt their modus operandi over a quarter of a century, and we’re not only on the same level as their State Department, we have an advantage. There are many specialists In Russia who understand how the USA does things. However, the USA cut funding for the study of Russia over the past two decades… guys, WE have the advantage!  

This week, I returned from a holiday in Bulgaria, where the political leadership is ready to obey the EU in everything, but the ordinary people are learning the Russian language. They’re doing it themselves, not in school. Today, Washington dictates to their bought-and-paid-for élites. Nevertheless, we all know… to control the élite is one thing, and to control the people is a completely different thing. When the views of élite are in stark contrast with the mood of the people, the people overthrow the élite, the élite doesn’t overthrow the sentiments of the people. Many people throughout the world will shout, “The king is naked!”, as a result of America’s declaration of a new Cold War on Russia. Washington doesn’t understand that this heralds the end of its hegemony. It always happens like that. However, such an outcome depends on those people in Russia who can implement it…

22 August 2014

Vadim Gorshenin

Chairman of Pravda.Ru Board of Directors

Pravda.ru

http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/22-08-2014/128344-russia_usa_cold_war-0/

http://www.pravda.ru/world/northamerica/usacanada/21-08-2014/1222290-coldwar-0/

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Ten Attributes of the Russian Character

00 russia 01. Viktor Vasnetsov. Three Bogatyrs. 1898

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00 russia 02. Konstantin Vasiliev. Sviyazhsk. 1973

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00 Russia 03. Illarion Pryanishnikov. The French Retreat in 1812. 1873

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00 russia 04. Nikolai Yaroshenko. Life is Everywhere. 1888

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00 russia 05. Vasili Nesterenko. Zvenigorod on a Warm Autumn Day. 2000

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00 russia 06. Isaak Levitan. Eternal Peace. 1894

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00 russia 07. Sergei Gavrilyachenko. Cossack Duty. 1999

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00 russia 08. Mikhail Khmelko. The Unity of the Russian People. 1951

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00 russia 09. Dmitri Petrov. The Prayer of an Expectant Mother. 2005

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00 russia 010. Mikhail Nesterov. The Soul of the Russian People. 1916

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Over the twenty-plus years of post-Soviet life, Russian political scientists, sociologists, and other scholars argued about what constitutes national feeling and the overall unifying ideology. Furthermore, repeatedly, heated discussion centred on the question, “Who are and who can be considered ‘Russian?’” There was much controversy; they debated, they tried to refute opposing arguments…

Here’s a view on the matter in visual form, showing us ten of the attributes that make us “Russian”.

16 July 2014

Segodnya.ru

http://www.segodnia.ru/content/143234

Editor:

Some of the images were in the original post, others I changed. Most of all, I wanted to show the continuity in the depiction of the Russian character from the Tsarist era through the Soviet times to the contemporary period. Those who tell you that the Soviet time was a break with the Russian character are liars with a crank Russophobic agenda, and we should treat them accordingly. It’s all ours, or none of it is ours… that’s the choice… there’s no other.

I don’t think that I need tell you what my choice is…

BMD

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