Voices from Russia

Thursday, 1 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Memories of Soviet New Years

00 Soviet New Year 01. 1963 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in 1963 in the Dom Profsoyuzov, Moscow (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) USSR


00 Soviet New Year 02. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka entertain children in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets, Moscow, 1977


00 Soviet New Year 03. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets


00 Soviet New Year 04. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets


00 Soviet New Year 05. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

Queue at Detsky Mir (Children’s World) toy store, Moscow, 1983


00 Soviet New Year 06. Tbilisi. Georgian SSR. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Tbilisi (Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic) USSR


00 Soviet New Year 07. new TV set, 1963. 01.01.15

Buying a new TV set ahead of the New Year holiday, 1963


00 Soviet New Year 08. estonian SSR 1982. 01.01.15

New Year programme on Estonian TV, 1982


00 Soviet New Year 09. Moscow 1964. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in a kindergarten, Moscow, 1964


00 Soviet New Year 10. Moscow 1985. 01.01.15

Sale on the Arbat ahead of New Year, Moscow, 1985


00 Soviet New Year 11. Moscow Oblast 1984. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz at a winter Pioneer camp in Moscow Oblast, 1984


00 Soviet New Year 12. Uzbek SSR 1965. 01.01.15

Antonov An-2 aircraft delivered New Year trees to residents in Bukhara Oblast, Uzbek SSR, 1965


00 Soviet New Year 13. Altai Krai 1980. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka in Altai Krai USSR, 1980


00 Soviet New Year 14. 1985. 01.01.15

New Year celebration, 1985


00 Soviet New Year 15. Moscow, 1985. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz leads gymnastics class in Moscow, 1985


00 Soviet New Year 16. RIga Latvian SSR. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz in Riga, Latvian SSR, 1986


The first official New Year performance for children in the USSR was in the Column Hall of Moscow’s Dom Profsoyuzov (House of Trades Unions) in 1936. These images recall Soviet New Year celebrations and activities.

29 December 2014




THIS is the “Evil Empire” that pigs like Victor Potapov and Patrick Buchanan expostulated about. Living standards in the USSR were lower than in the USA because the Soviets had to spend huge amounts on armaments to defend against Western aggression and rebuild their war damage, all at once. The USA suffered NO war damage… so American boasting about the Cold War is wrong, not to the point, and mendacious in the extreme. The main Sov forces were in the Western Military District in Byelorussia, that’s where all the most-modern stuff was… the forces in Germany and Czechoslovakia were meant to absorb the impact of a Western attack. The history of the last twenty-odd years proves that wasn’t paranoia… the Anglo Americans are violent and peevish toddlers… ask the Serbs, Afghans, Yemenis, Palestinians, Iraqis, and Novorossiyans… and the Native Americans and Filipinos before them (a Filipino said, “The Spaniards were bad, the Americanos were worse, the Hapons were worse than that, but the worst of all were the New Americanos”).

The USSR was done in by Gorbachyov’s incompetence, not the “superiority” of the West. VVP is right… the fall of the USSR was a historical tragedy. These photos prove it. One last thing… this image set is NOT anti-Soviet… fancy that… it proves that Russians do NOT despise their past, as Anglo Americans do. I think that a new socialism is arising in Russia. A spectre haunts the country clubs and Tea Party haunts… methinks that the prideful rightwing obituaries for socialism were a bit premature…



Monday, 5 May 2014

Primakov: “There’s Been no Such Surge of Patriotism since the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the First Human Spaceflight”

00 Crimea rally. Moscow 02. 19.03.14


On Wednesday, ex-Chairman of the RF Government Yevgeni Primakov said during a lecture at Moscow State University, “Russia’s reunification with the Crimea and Sevastopol wasn’t a well-thought-out decision, but rather a reaction to developments in the Ukrainian crisis, which outside forces orchestrated. Russia took measures to ensure security of the peninsula’s population during the vote from raids and provocations by radicals. There’s been no such surge of patriotism since the victory in the Great Patriotic War and the first human spaceflight”.

The Republic of the Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognise the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian junta that seized power amidst riots after a coup in the Ukraine in February. Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on 11 March. They held a referendum on 16 March, in which 96.77 percent of Crimeans and 95.6 percent of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from the Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification pacts on 18 March. In the USSR, the Crimea was part of the RSFSR until 1954, when KPSS leader Nikita Khrushchyov signed it over to the Ukrainian SSR.


This is the reason most unreported in the Western media:

There’s been no such surge of patriotism since the victory in the Great Patriotic War and the first human spaceflight.

To put it simply, the people of Russia have unity and they have confidence in their leadership. The same isn’t true of the USA. No leader has the American people’s confidence… no one trusts the media or the government in the USA… no one… and the right opposition has LESS cred than President Obama does (would YOU trust a quitter and ignoranus like Sarah Palin or a cruel heartless harridan like Ann Coulter?).

From the outset, the junta’s done stupid shit… first, it outlawed the Russian language, then, it outlawed President Yanukovich… and then, it started to backtrack! For me, the main reality is that the junta hasn’t reined in the Euromaidan terrorists, who’re the real “power behind the throne”. The Ukraine is an anarchic mess, so, it’s no wonder that people want out. The status quo ante is unrealisable as the junta’s bumbling and pro-fascist statements shattered it. The American-fomented coup saw to that… and most “Ukrainians” don’t wish to be American slaves.

The USA doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to face down the Russians on their own turf. Make no mistake on it… the “Ukraine” IS Russia. Kiev is “the Mother of all Russian Cities”… full stop. Besides which, the Ukraine isn’t the USA’s business, after all… it’s part of the Russian sphere of influence. The world and the USA would be a better place if the USA abandoned its drive for global hegemony. Not only would it be FAR less expensive in terms of money, it’d give us peace for a generation, at least.

What shall the USA choose? It’s all dependent on what YOU choose… do choose well.


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Monday, 21 January 2013

21 January 2013. Some of My Favourite Things… The Late Great Valentina Tolkunova Singing Я Не Могу Иначе (Ya Nye Mogu Inache: I Can’t Do Anything Else)

Valentina Tolkunova with nuns



This is one of my fave songs sung by one of the greatest Russian pop singers ever… Valentina Tolkunova. When she passed recently, she received a full state funeral with a goose-stepping honour guard. Valentina Vasilyevna wasn’t only a People’s Artist of the RSFSR, she was a sincere Christian with a bent towards secret charity… not only her voice was beautiful…


Thursday, 23 August 2012

23 August 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. History of the Russian State Flag


Russian Flag Day was established by presidential decree in 1994. In a move that seems natural to the eyes of modern Russians, the “tricolour” displaced the Soviet red flag during the August coup three years earlier. On 22 August 1991, President Boris Yeltsin approved the pre-revolutionary white-blue-red flag as the national flag of the new Russia.

The colours that became symbolic of the Russian Federation appeared for the first time in the state flag back in 1668. The so-called “flag of the king of Moscovy” was raised aboard the first Russian warship of Western design, the Oryol, built under Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich. Later, his son, Tsar Pyotr Veliki, adopted the “tricolour” as a state flag, standardising it according to the colours flown on the 12-gun warship Svatoy Pyotr, which sailed on the White Sea. The main symbol of the country, in one form or another, maintained this white-blue-red configuration until 1858. Tsar Aleksandr Nikolayevich made significant changes to the appearance of the flag; he used the heraldic colours of the Romanov Dynasty… black, yellow, and white… for the state banner. During the socialist era, the state flag became a red banner, up to 1923 it bore the golden letters “RSFSR” (in the Cyrillic alphabet), and, after that, it had a golden hammer and sickle with a five-pointed star.

22 August 2012



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