Voices from Russia

Friday, 23 January 2015

Two Attention-Seekers Stage Stunt at Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow

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On Tuesday, two “performance artists” received 10-day gaol sentences after throwing holy water at the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square and shouting, “Rise up and leave!” Irina Dumitskaya, a member of their art group, told AFP that they received sentences for petty hooliganism after a protest they carried out on Monday, an Orthodox holiday. She said, “Ten days for basically just pouring water. When it rains, it pours on the mausoleum too”. They called the performance “Exorcising the Devil, Desecrating the Mausoleum”. Dumitskaya said that the two men, Oleg Basov, a dance teacher, and Yevgeni Avilov, a computer programmer, are members of an anti-establishment art group called Blue Rider.

In a video of the performance posted on YouTube, the two young men carried five-litre bottles of holy water marked with a cross from a church across the square. They moved barriers in front of the mausoleum and threw the water at the doors and steps, shouting “Rise up and leave!” several times before cops nicked them. On Monday, Orthodox Christians celebrated Epiphany, a holiday marking the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River… people mark it in Russia by immersing themselves in icy rivers and lakes. Dumitskaya said that the aim of the performance was “to confront two myths”, the Communist idea that Lenin “lives” and the Christian idea of resurrection.

Red Square, closely monitored by police, saw Pussy Riot perform a protest song against President V V Putin in 2012, whilst in 2013 performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to the ground to protest tight police control. The continued display of the Bolshevik leader’s body in the mausoleum divides Russians. Most back the removal of his body, but many Communists ardently oppose this. A 2012 poll by the Levada Centre found that 25 percent thought that Lenin’s body should remain in the mausoleum, while 53 percent thought we should bury him in a normal grave. Last year, another poll by Levada found that 51 percent of Russians thought of Lenin’s role in history as positive.

20 January 2015

AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/protesters-arrested-throwing-holy-water-lenin-mausoleum-131147438.html

Editor:

Let’s keep this focused. What this bunch did, in Christian terms, was blasphemous. They view the resurrection as a myth, so, they were publicly mocking Christians. Therefore, they pissed on both Christians and Commies (there’s overlap… some people are both)… lovely bunch, aren’t they? Note that the Westerners are just creaming their jeans over them!

What do I think about Lenin? I think that the tomb should stay on Red Square, but that we should put Lenin into a conventional crypt on the site, and stop preserving the body. Respect him or hate him… he was one of the three most pivotal figures in Russian history (Grand Prince St Vladimir, Tsar Pyotr Veliki, and V I Lenin). That’s the way it is…

BMD

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Czech President Miloš Zeman: “American Beer is Just Filthy Water”

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Czech President Miloš Zeman eulogised his country’s trademark beverage, insulting American beer as “filthy water” during a presidential business summit in Kazakhstan. Asked which beer is the best in the world by long-time Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, Zeman didn’t hesitate. He said, “We’ve built several breweries here already. We might make good planes, cars, or other products, but most importantly, never forget… Czech beer is the best in the world. No American company that offers filthy water instead of beer can compete with us”.

Zeman just concluded 450 million USD (20.28 billion Roubles. 2.76 billion Renminbi. 27.9 billion INR. 508 million CAD. 524 million AUD. 363 million Euros. 287 million UK Pounds) worth of business deals between Kazakhstan and Prague during a two-day business forum that finishes on Tuesday. Zeman’s unsolicited sentiments might offend American brewers, but this is far from the most controversial statement the politician, elected last year, made in the past few weeks. Earlier this month, the Russian-speaking President gave a profane interview on Czech radio, calling the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, “fucked up” and “bitches”, translating their name into Czech as “cunts”. After claiming that police tactics used to put down pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989 weren’t a massacre, a crowd holding red cards in Prague pelted Zeman with eggs during last week’s 25th anniversary of the beginning of the fall of the Communist government in Czechoslovakia. Zeman roared at the crowd, “I’m not afraid of you!” In reply, the crowd shouted that Zeman mustn’t come near a monument commemorating Communist oppression.

All the while, he continued to insist that Russia didn’t initiate the conflict in the eastern Ukraine, insisting that the West must lift sanctions on Moscow, and recognise the Crimea as part of Russia. Prague pollster Median said that Zeman’s inflammatory statements caused his popularity to slump from 58 to 37 percent in the space of a month. In addition, last week’s poll numbers show that 71 percent of Czechs believe that Zeman’s behaviour and public statements harm the image of the country abroad.

24 November 2014

RT

http://rt.com/news/208459-zeman-beer-czech-filth/

Editor: 

The Czech crowd seems in the style of arranged American provocations (“colour revolutions”)… it’s much too similar to recent “protest” actions in Budapest and Kiev. The Anglo Americans aren’t very bright… they use the same stereotyped script in all instances. This means that the USA is desperate, but lacking in new ideas… their deluded opium dream of being the “sole superpower” is falling apart around their ears… they didn’t attend to the lessons of their defeat in the American-fomented aggression in South Ossetia in 2008. Russia did attend to the shortcomings in their forces that the South Ossetia campaign uncovered. There was much in the Russian media on it… Red Star had a great deal on it. Reflect on this… the Russians captured American computers in Gori full of intel… the Anglos deny it. What does that tell you about Anglo veracity and intelligence (in the sense of “street smarts”, IQ, and worldview)? It doesn’t speak well of it, does it?

BMD

Saturday, 14 June 2014

14 June 2014. Just What IS the Standard of Freedom?

00 Pussy Riot. The Western Standard of Freedom. 14.06.14

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Of course, we all heard the loud caterwauling from the usual cast of suspects about how V V Putin attacked the “free speech” of the Pussy Riot girls. How nasty of those religious believers to want to have them prosecuted! They were just exercising their free speech rights, dontcha know!

Let’s ask a simple question… what would’ve happened if they did likewise in St Pat’s on Fifth Avenue? There’s no question about it… the cathedral clergy would’ve called NYPD and Pussy Riot would be in a holding cell waiting for a night court date on a Disorderly Conduct charge. They wouldn’t have gotten off scot-free, that’s for sure. Opie and Anthony found that out the hard way! They had a contest on their show for the couple who’d do the nasty in the most wild place. Well, one couple did what comes naturally at St Pat’s! The Archdiocese of New York was NOT amused… Opie and Anthony found themselves pink-slipped and on the unemployment line. It was all legal… Opie and Anthony had the right of free speech, all right… but they also had to face up to the consequences of that free speech. In other words, the Archdiocese of New York had the clout to get them bounced, and there was nothing that they could do of it. Hell, they were lucky not to get put in the slam for setting up the affair.

 In other words, what happened to Pussy Riot, happened to Opie and Anthony. In both cases, there was reckless disregard for the rights of others. In both cases, the perps KNEW that what they were doing was INFLAMMATORY. In both cases, the powers-that-be got even with the perps in a major way. In both cases, there was deliberate provocation done with “malice aforethought”. In short, such people aren’t exercising Freedom of Speech… they were exercising their Right to be Assholes, which is something else entirely. I think that all people of good sense know when something’s “free speech” (albeit offensive) and when something’s merely recklessly “shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre”. The former is a protected right (indubitably)… the latter is not (also indubitably). I don’t think that decent folks need a course from me to know the difference.

Pussy Riot got what they deserved… Opie and Anthony got off light… and that’s the end of the story…

BMD

Saturday, 26 April 2014

26 April 2014. A Point to Ponder… Why Does the West Lack Credibility?

00 The Western Standard of Freedom. 26.04.14

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The West thunders about Russia’s supposed evils… well, I’d say that they lack credibility. Why? Look at the above image… any questions?

BMD

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