Voices from Russia

Sunday, 30 October 2016

“Life Was Better Under Communism”: Majority of Russians, Romanians, and Eastern Germans

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Firstly, let’s say that the proper phrase is “under Socialism”. During the 20th century, the USSR and the Eastern European socialist countries were in the process of socialist construction. According to Marxist-Leninist theory, “Socialism” is the first stage (phase) of Communism. Having said the above, let’s go to the core issue. The people who lived under both Socialism and Capitalism gave their answer to bourgeois unhistorical slanders. Various polls in former Socialist countries prove that the majority of people, in Russia and Eastern Europe, think that life was better before the counter-revolutions and Capitalism’s restoration. Socialism had solved their major problems… free education, free healthcare for all, social security, jobs, free vacation and holidays for everyone, etc. Restoring Capitalism brought in unprecedented barbarity in almost every sector of public life… social inequality, unemployment, privatisation of major public sectors from healthcare to education, etc.

RUSSIA

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In March 2016, a survey conducted by the all-Russia Public Opinion Center (VTsIOM) showed that more than half of Russians (64 percent) would vote to maintain the USSR if a referendum were held today. This figure increases from 47 percent amongst those 18-24 to 76 percent amongst respondents aged 60 and up. The poll results showed that only 20 percent of Russian citizens would vote against restoring the USSR. During the same period (March 2016), a similar survey by the Levada Centre showed:

  • More than half (51 percent) of Russians said that the collapse of the USSR was avoidable
  • More than half (56 percent) of Russians regret the collapse of the USSR (in fact, the victory of counter-revolution)
  • The majority of the participants in the survey (58 percent) said that they’d welcome the revival of the USSR and the socialist system

Polls conducted in previous years produced similar results. A survey by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) back in 2013 showed that 60 percent of Russians thought that life in the USSR had more positive than negative aspects. Furthermore, in the same poll, 43 percent of respondents would welcome the re-adoption of communist ideology, while 38 percent wouldn’t welcome such a situation. In reading the above, we must take into account the powerful anti-communist propaganda of the last two decades, the slanders and lies against the socialist system broadcast by the bourgeois media and political parties.

GERMANY

In June 2009, a survey conducted in Germany showed that 57 percent of eastern Germans defend the German Democratic Republic (DDR). Of those polled, 49 percent said, “The GDR had more good sides than bad sides. There were some problems, but life was good there”. Spiegel Online reported the poll, but it tried to vilify the DDR with anti-communist lies… claiming that it was proof that, according to historian Stefan Wolle, “a new form of Ostalgie has taken shape”.

ROMANIA

In a July 2010 IRES (Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy) poll, 41 percent of respondents would’ve voted for Ceaușescu, had he run for President. 63 percent of survey participants said that their life was better under communism; only 23 percent claimed that their life was worse then. 68 percent declared that communism was a good idea, just one that was poorly applied. A 2014 survey by INSCOP Research revealed that 44.4 percent of respondents believed that living conditions were better under communism.

HUNGARY

According to a April 2010 report by the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Hungarians say that most people in their country are actually worse off today economically than they were under communism. Only 8 percent say most people in Hungary are better off, and 16 percent say things are about the same.

 14 August 2016

Houston Communist Party

http://houstoncommunistparty.com/life-was-better-under-communism-says-the-majority-of-russians-romanians-and-eastern-germans/

Editor:

Let’s keep it simple… Western media, academe, and corporate entities have an agenda. They only report on the minority of people who did better under a Liberal Free Market tyranny. The welfare of the mass of the working people doesn’t enter into their calculations. Just look at mendacious mercenary filth like Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin, and Rod Dreher… you’ll know what I’m talking about. All those who call themselves “conservative” in the Anglosphere are godless worshippers of the so-called Free Market… most have profited personally from it (those who haven’t, yet support the Beast, are goddamn fools). The worst are those who call themselves “Christian”, for they embrace an amoral ideology that contradicts everything ever taught by Our Lord Christ. G A Zyuganov said:

Christ was the first Communist.

He was right… Christ would’ve had nothing to do with William F Buckley’s yachts, Franklin Graham’s grandiose headquarters, Joel Osteen’s private jet, or Chelsea Clinton’s fab NYC digs. After all, WHO killed Our Lord Christ? It was the respectable, well-off, religious, and clergy of his day. Now, that’s a meaty reflection! How many of these loudmouth “Christians” would recrucify Christ?

THINK ON THAT…

Socialism IS good!

BMD

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Sputnik International Presents… Seven Unknown Wonders of the World

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The Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of Africa’s most famous landmarks

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Great Mosque of Djenné

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Chand Baori is a stepwell in the village of Abhaneri in Rajasthan (India)

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As others look on, an Indian youth jumps into the historic Chand Baori stepwell

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Probably, the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest (Romania) is the largest civil administration building in the world

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The Alexandru Ioan Cuza Hall dwarfs foreign tourists… another name for this building is the “House of the People”

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The Stari Most (Old Bridge) is a 22-metre-high (72-foot-high) reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge over the Neretva River in Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina… in 1993, Croatian forces destroyed the original bridge during the Croat-Bosniak War

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A diver leaps from the Stari Most in a traditional bridge diving competition

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Kumbhalgarh Fort, in the former princely state of Udaipur/Mewar (Rajahsthan (India))… its walls extend over 38 kilometres (23.7 miles), making them the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Built in the early 17th-century, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan (Iran) is one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture

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Interior of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

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Derawar Fort, a massive square fortress in Bahawalpur in Pakistan… the fortress has 40 towering bastions; the circumference of its 30-metre-high (99-foot-high) walls is about 1.5 kilometres (0.94 mile)

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Derawar Fort

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Some man-made “wonders of the world”, such as the Colosseum or Taj Mahal, have much fame, but there are many more architectural masterpieces scattered across the globe that aren’t quite so famous.

27 February 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/photo/20160227/1035439233/hidden-world-wonders-photo.html

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Ukraine Will Have To Hand It All Back…

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The “Independent” ones will have to share with Russian princes, Polish nobility, and international capital

The fanatical desire to become full-fledged Europeans could leave many Ukrainians literally with nothing. Since joining the association, they’d be required to follow the EU legislation, which provides for property restitution. That is, the return of expropriated property to the former owners or their heirs. For example, in Poland some are seriously pursuing this problem. Recently, TASS reported on a newly established organization “Restitution Kresy”, created to deal with the return of Polish property in what’s now the Western Ukraine. It brings together heirs of former owners of property nationalised in 1939-40 when that region became part of the Ukrainian SSR. The founders of this pressure group refer to the Association Agreement signed by Kiev with the EU, which provides for resolving these issues. Whilst this particular group only has a few hundred members, however, current estimates show that about 100,000 people in Poland have documentation to prove that they’re heirs or successors of those who owned property in the former eastern lands (Kresy Wschodnie) of the II Rzeczpospolita (Second Polish Commonwealth, 1918-39) before World War II.

As you know, the USSR resettled more than 800,000 Poles living in the Ukraine in modern Poland. Accordingly, one can imagine what would be the total amount of property claims. That’s just on the part of Poland, but there are also Hungary and Romania, which are also likely to want to get their part of the “restitution pie”. It’s difficult to say how the restitution process would work out, but surely, it’d be painful. In Latvia, for example, which, like the other Baltic countries through the past, restitution turned to so many people of this tragedy. The famous Viya Artmane, People’s Artist of the USSR, the Queen, as the Latvians loved to call her, lost her Riga apartment. In fact, in her old age, they made her homeless. Similar dramas happened in Hungary, in Slovakia, and in Germany.

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Svobodnaya Pressa

After the Ukraine formally joins the EU framework, how many people will it make homeless, especially in the western regions?

Igor Shishkin (Deputy Director of the Institute of SNG Countries)

Indeed, the Association Agreement provides for “restitution of property to its rightful owners”. There was a corresponding item. Amongst other things, [Yanukovich] pointed this up at the preparation stage of [the Association Agreement] at the Vilnius Summit in 2013 as one of the reasons why it’d be dangerous to sign the treaty, and why it was necessary to make certain changes. However, as we know, they signed this treaty, and it’ll soon be in full force. The fact that it isn’t yet in force isn’t due to the Ukrainian authorities; it’s due to Russia, which seeks certain changes in these agreements. However, by the way, the Russian state isn’t directly involved in the section on property restitution in the Ukraine.

SP

What about the EU?

Shishkin

The EU always very closely followed this issue in Eastern Europe and in the Baltic states. Some countries tried to avoid restitution, but the EU simply coerced them. There’s no reason to think that the EU will behave differently in this case. When it comes to the purse, “the old woman” doesn’t compromise at all. Currently, in Poland, it seems that there’s only a minor movement in this direction. A small group, only several hundred members, etc. … it seems a trifle. However, the mischief and misfortune has begun, but there’s no sense in being pre-emptive now… the articles of the economic integration agreement remain in full force, and the effects [of restitution] won’t affect it. They can wait for January 2016.

SP

So, after the “16th”, will they not tear the Ukraine into pieces?

Shishkin

Restitution won’t eat away the Ukraine as a state… we’re not talking about sovereignty over these regions; we’re talking about property transfers. Restitution will only lead to Ukrainians losing their property. By the way, not only will ordinary Ukrainians lose their property, but also so will the Ukrainian oligarchs, who are the most directly concerned. Now, there are questions about Poles, Magyars, and Romanians… that’s a fact. This is due to the Western Ukraine’s incorporation into the USSR in 1939. There’s no doubt that there’s activity in this sphere. However, let’s not forget that these agreements relate to the whole country, not just the Western Ukraine. They must return property, regardless of the former owner’s nationality. They may make a separate agreement with the Poles… but the Poles “helping” them introduce “European values”, as they say. We should remember that the main property owners in the present-day Ukraine were the Russian aristocracy and foreign capitalists. Descendants of the Russian aristocracy live in Russia and abroad… mostly, they’re abroad. Under these laws, they’d now have the full right to make a claim on their estates… and the Ukrainians would have to give them that. Then, there were Western European capitalists. The money of British and Belgian capitalists built many businesses, but after the revolution, the state nationalised these enterprises. Recently, the current Kiev government adopted laws that abolished its historical continuity with the Ukrainian SSR. That is, anything done under the authority and laws of the Ukrainian SSR is invalid. These laws opened a Pandora’s Box… for they virtually eliminated Ukrainian statehood. After all, until 1917, before the USSR’s creation, there was no such thing as Ukrainian statehood. Therefore, we’ll have to see what they leave for Poroshenko and his clique.

SP

They’re hoping that the Polish government won’t allow this as Poland is a “friendly” country. However, the Poles are very pragmatic…

Shishkin

The Polish government can’t do this. The Polish state deliberately ignored the Volyn Massacre. It didn’t respond to laws that glorified those who cut about 200,000 Poles… including women and children. However, that’s just it, the Association Agreement doesn’t involve the Polish state, it involves the heirs of the property. That is, it’s a mechanism of private restitution. Specific citizens of Poland and the specific members of the Russian aristocracy who are heirs will have the right to file for and demand the best lands in the Ukraine. In this, the Polish state can only do one thing… ask Poles to abandon their claims for reasons of political expediency. Nevertheless, it involves private selfishness. Therefore, they ask a legitimate question, “Why should I?” That is, “If I can get a million Euros, and you tell me that because of political considerations, I shouldn’t do this, then, give me a million Euros from the Polish Treasury”.

SP

The perspective in Kiev is quite miserable…

Shishkin

Why? If you dug yourself a hole and then fell it in it… what’s so miserable about that? According to Tamara Guzenkova, the Deputy Director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies and Director of the Centre for Research of SNG and Baltic Problems, the European future of the Ukraine isn’t going to be pretty, “Of course, the fact that Poles raised the issue of restitution is only the first demand. This trend has a very specific and alarming portent for the Ukraine’s European future”. I must say that this public movement and the initiatives put forward by it, won’t be legally binding. Rather, it’s a movement of political thought of a certain part of the Polish establishment. Here, we should note that the Ukraine isn’t yet an EU member, whose members carry out restitution and such commitments are the rule. As of today, the Ukraine is only an associate member, so, in this sense, the rules that apply to restitution don’t apply to it yet.

SP

So, we need to understand what makes it tick?

Shishkin

Yes, it’s just a question of time. We’ll see how those trends work out in the Ukrainian political developments that we’re seeing now. In general, it is quite clear that the Ukraine no longer exists as a unitary state. Now, at most, it’s only half-alive. Today, it doesn’t have the borders that the Ukrainian SSR had when the USSR collapsed. I must say that there’s already a chain reaction set in motion. In fact, the loss of Ukrainian territories didn’t begin with the Crimea. No, it started earlier. For several years, the Ukraine and Romania had a heated territorial dispute that went before an international court.

SP

You mean Zmeiny Island? (Me thinks I hear a SNAKE (Zmei) in the grass !!!….added by NNP) heh,heh,heh.

Shishkin

Yes, exactly. If you remember, in that court case the Ukraine was so pathetic in defending their own interests and behaved so horridly that they lost the island to Romania. Of course, this uninhabited island was a pip… it’s a small piece of land standing just above sea level. However, the fact is that around this island there are very strong indications of a rich gas shelf. Therefore, in losing Zmeiny Island, the Ukraine lost ownership of the shelf and the opportunity to develop this field. Apparently, because this geopolitical failure occurred under Yushchenko, it didn’t get any publicity… the intelligentsia was silent, and the diplomatic services were silent. In general, in fact, Yushchenko did his best to squelch and coverup this whole scandal. This is the result… in 2006, the loss of Zmeiny Island, in 2014, the loss of the Crimea. The questions on restitution indicate that there are many people interested in significant lands and property in the Ukraine. It’s not just Romania. There’s Hungary, with compact Magyar ethnic minorities living in Podkarpatskaya. I think there are some countries that haven’t given up on areas on that Kiev isn’t able to govern properly. What we’re seeing in Poland is just the beginning. Perhaps, now, it seems to be an exclusively private initiative or an initiative of a particular political party. However, it’s possible that not far off the movement will become official. After all, it’s probable that people in the Baltic States couldn’t imagine a time when they simply threw many people simply out of their houses and they lost their property. That moment came. Many lost their apartments, houses, and property. Therefore, at least, it seems to me that residents of the Lvovshchina need to ponder their future seriously, if not their own future, at least their children’s future… definitely.

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Svetlana Gomzikova

Svobodnaya Pressa (Free Press)

http://svpressa.ru/politic/article/119068/?mra=1

Editor:

I’ll give you a simple fact… in 1931, Lvov’s population was 32 percent Jewish, 51 percent Polish, and only 16 percent “Ukrainian”… today, there are negligible numbers of Jews and Poles, its 89 percent “Ukrainian” and 9 percent Russian. Would the USA use “restitution” claims to knacker the Ukraine (they’ve already stolen most of the gold and forex reserves from the junta)?

An interesting point is that Lvov has nearly identical numbers of Orthodox and Uniates, indicating people moving in from the pre-1939 Ukrainian SSR… 45 percent Uniate, 39 percent Orthodox (3 percent canonical plus 36 percent schismatical; thus, 7.7 percent of Orthodox are real canonical Orthodox, 92.3 percent are schismatical). Local sources tell me that’s due to political interference… most Orthodox are loyal to Moscow and many of the “Uniates” are in parishes seized by CIA-paid Rukh gunmen in the 90s. That is… Lvov isn’t as securely in the junta’s hands as the Americans and Canadians mistakenly think. I’d say that the American and Canadian troops had best take a care… there were plenty of Red partisans in the Lvovshchina who fought the Nazis and their UPA running dogs. Maybe the UPA thugs had kids… but so did the Red partisans… as I said, the Americans and Canadians had best watch their backs…

BMD

Monday, 13 April 2015

Podkarpatskaya Created Inter-Nationality Assembly

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Krajina reported that on 9 April, in Mukačevo at the Rusin Dom, the Inter-Nationality (Межнациональной) Assembly of Podkarpatskaya held its first meeting. The founders of the Assembly were prominent public figures of the Rusin, Magyar, and Romanian communities of Podkarpatskaya, including representatives of the Coordinating Council of Rusin Organisations and the Union of Romanians in Podkarpatskaya Transcarpathia. For the first time in many years in Podkarpatskaya, an association represented civic activists from different nationalities. Representatives of various organisations, well-known local politicians, historians, healthcare workers, educators, and business-owners, expressed their willingness to undertake joint efforts for regional development. The main purpose of the 500 Assembly delegates was to call for a united effort of Rusin, Magyar, and Romanian community leaders and activists to protect their rights, freedoms, and interests. The Assembly also wants to organise work for the conservation and enhancement of the cultural and historical heritage and traditional values ​​of the nationality groups in Podkarpatskaya. Its activities will address the needs of more than 1 million people in Podkarpatskaya, of the various nationalities living in the region, affecting some 90 percent of the total population.

The founding meeting elected Co-Chairmen of the Assembly… Ladislav Letsovich, Head of the Coordination Council of Rusin Organisations, Olga Gajdos, Deputy Head of Mukačevo district branch of the Society of Hungarian Culture in Podkarpatskaya (KMKS), and Ivan Miklovda, Deputy Head of the Union of Romanians in Podkarpatskaya. Practical leadership in the Assembly will come from a Directorate and a Council of 35 prominent activists.

Ladislav Letsovich emphasised that the residents of Podkarpatskaya aren’t separatists and extremists by creating this Assembly. They wish to preserve a unified and independent Ukraine {in a pig’s arse… that’s for public consumption: editor}. The Assembly will act strictly according to the present Ukrainian Constitution and laws. However, he noted that within this legal framework, the Assembly intends to achieve through dialogue with the authorities the official recognition of the 1991 referendum in Podkarpatskaya, in which more than 78 percent of those voting voted for an autonomous status for the region. To achieve these goals, the Assembly adopted a Memorandum and Resolution. The Assembly wants the text of these documents used in the work of the State Constitutional Commission to amend the Basic Law of the Ukraine.

Olga Gajdos emphasised that to achieve its goal, it’d be important for the Assembly to get support from political and social elements in Hungary, Romania, Czechia, Slovakia, Serbia, and the USA, i.e.,  countries that have close ties with Podkarpatskaya nationalities. In turn, Ivan Miklovda stated that the Assembly should be able to exert influence on election campaigns at different levels, to ensure electing who’d look after the aims and interests of the various ethnic groups. He also gave assurances that the Romanian community supported the Assembly and would do its utmost to achieve its goals.

The main activities of the Assembly will be holding conferences, “roundtables”, festivals, relevant educational efforts, outreach, advocacy, and publication, as well as participation in elections at local and regional levels.

9 April 2015

From-ua.com

http://from-ua.com/news/344891-v-zakarpate-sozdana-mezhnacionalnaya-assambleya.html

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