Voices from Russia

Monday, 9 January 2017

Vladimir Putin: The Quiet Russian

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with English subtitles

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Accused of being authoritarian (like Lee Kuan Yew, who turned the tiny island of Singapore into a country that’s 11th internationally and first in Asia on the Human Development Index), at 48, Yeltsin asked him to take over the presidency of the largest country in the world, which was on its knees. In the nine years since the former USSR dissolved, the people had become tired and angry, seeing it raped by oligarchs protected by the world’s financial institutions. The Second Chechen war began when Putin was still Chairman of the Government under Boris Yeltsin, and the documentary shows him on a hastily improvised flight into the war zone, over which his handlers anguished. His message to the Russian commanders on the ground surely raised eyebrows. Vodka glass held high, he told them that they’d definitely drink to the fallen when the campaign was over. Then putting down the glass down without drinking, he announced:

Now it’s time to get to work.

That was one of the many snapshots of Putin exercising authority, all equally balanced by evidence of his deep humanity. His interactions with ordinary people… whom he generally encounters when they’re distressed… demonstrate the caring that’s faked by smooth Western politicians. While his enemies routinely refer to him as “living on a different planet” (Angela Merkel) or being difficult to read, this visual history as well as excerpts from a long interview recorded for television with a prime-time Russian journalist reveal a man who appears to wear his heart on his sleeve while knowing exactly where he wants to take his country… to a better place.

It’s clear from these takes that Putin’s authority emanates from his demonstrated competence starting at a young age. Not as tall as the average Russian, he stands in front of his taller peers with quiet confidence. Nor is there the slightest hint of a Mussolini complex about him. Putin is the quintessential quiet man who, as one narrator remarked, wears his power like a cross, not a sword. Quiet, but not dour, on more than one occasion we see him improvising humorous remarks at the mike, even singing unpretentiously. We also see him condemning those he refers to ironically as his international “partners”. His hopes for relations with the West don’t get in the way of a clear-eyed recognition of its rejection, whose reasons he contests.

That Russians should consistently give him an 80+ rating is easy to understand when we see him giving a judo lesson to a kid half his size. At first, the boy fails to tumble him, but when he makes the move correctly, Putin allows the kid to take him down, gracefully, without the hype that would be forthcoming from a Western leader. He recognises that his relations with the Russian people are in good part the result of having grown up in modest surroundings while recognising the “advantages” of being born in a privileged environment.

Scarcely into his first year as President, the submarine Kursk exploded with over a hundred sailors on board. Announcing the decision not to raise it personally to their families, he displayed equal parts of pain and quiet determination to succeed in making them understand that it would be useless. His tenacity, whether in learning to play the piano, or conquering English, was already apparent when, as a teenager, he went to the headquarters of the formidable KGB to tell them he wanted to work for them.  They told him he needed a degree in law, which he got, telling his bosses on his first job that what they were planning to do would contravene a whole series of laws, both domestic and international. Were President-elect Trump to see to it that this film airs on prime-time television, the alternative press would have a much easier job of fighting the neocons’ plan to carve Russia up into so many obedient vassals.  It might even spark a revolution, giving the Beltway hacks something real to chew on.

8 January 2017

Deena Stryker

Greanville Post

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2017/01/08/vladimir-putin-the-quiet-russian/

Special Addendum: Clintonite Liberals Hatred for Putin Makes No Sense

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Liberals hate Putin. “While he is NOT the commie I’d like him to be, I’d like to know a few things”.

Based on what, exactly? What do they know about him… other than bait-click US MSM headlines?

  • That he banned GMOs?
  • That he banned predatory bankers?
  • That their literacy rate is far higher than ours is… 99.7 percent in 2015, according to UNESCO. Whereas in America, they didn’t report the literacy rate to UNESCO, but we do know that the literacy rate hasn’t changed in 10 years. On top of that, 14 percent of the population can’t read, with 21 percent of adults reading under a 5th-grade level and 19 percent of highschoolers not being able to read at all.
  • How he was the first to offer to help with fires in Israel?
  • That he helped Venezuela develop their oil production with technology and a low-interest loan so that the people could keep the profits there? The USA just asked them to let our oil companies pull it out for themselves and promised “jobs”. Venezuela nationalised its oil for the profit of ALL!
  • That from 2000 when he took power until 2012 he took the poverty level from 42 million to 15 million people until the USA/EU started imposing sanctions on any country that traded outside our petro dollar? From 2014 on, they added direct sanctions against them… all for trading with BRICS nations and becoming prosperous outside our bankster system.
  • That he’s continually increased the guaranteed minimum income to offset that poverty?
  • That last year Forbes named him the most effective economic reformer that Russia has ever seen?
  • How about that he doubled the number of women in Parliament?

Give me some reasons or research it until you find one. If you say the Ukraine, I’ll link you to my friends that live there, who’ll tell you he did nothing, certainly no invasion… they wished he had… when the West conspired with Nazis to pull a coup on a democratically elected government. Meanwhile, the people of the Crimea, observing these foul developments, wanted none of it. Long part of Russia (and the USSR) the Crimeans voted in an internationally ratified referendum to rejoin their motherland, a vote later ratified by the Russian Federation. There was no “takeover” of the Crimea, except in the insidious minds of Western propagandists and the media hacks doing their bidding.If you utter the words, “Pussy Riot”, I’ll scream again at you:

HE ALLOWED THEM IN EVERY PUBLIC PLACE. THEY DID THEIR PROTESTS ALL OVER RUSSIA, UNSCATHED. WHAT THEY COULDN’T DO, IS GO INTO A PRIVATE CHURCH AND TERRORISE PEOPLE. IF THEY WENT INTO A BAPTIST CHURCH HERE, BLOCKED THE DOORS, AND BARED THEIR GENITALS, WE’D ARREST THEM TOO.

Now, try being fair for once, and draw your own conclusions.

Diane Gee

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Nativity Greetings from Comrade Zyuganov: Christmas… A Holiday of Hope and Expectation

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On the bright evening of the Nativity of Christ,

From the depths of my soul,

I want to wish you happiness and health,

And to greet each day with a smile.

Happiness, Love, and Health to you…

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These illustrations were part of the original post. You may believe this or you can take credence in the lies that issue forth from the usual cast of rightwing suspects… it’s your call… choose wisely

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People hunger for social justice, the nations crave equality, and our Earth wants our solidarity and unity in the causes of conserving nature and of  achieving peace in the world

Dear comrades and friends, dear compatriots!

For the past week, we’ve lived in the New Year; now, it’s time for the first state and folk holiday in our new year… the Nativity of Christ. The light and sincere joy of Christmas illuminates the whole coming year. This is an encouraging and life-affirming holiday. Christmas is a time of hope and expectation. After all, the events that occurred more than 2,000 years ago in the Bethlehem manger brought in a new era of civilisation. Christmas is a holiday of unity for mankind, families, generations, and peoples, indeed, unity with all living things, a unity that we have to cherish and keep for the future.

Such is the nature of the Russian people that they think not only about peace and prosperity for their families, but also for the other people in the world. We rejoice in the fact that Christmas flashed a light of hope in the world to an ancient land, for Syria is truly the cradle of Christian civilisation. The light of the guiding star led the sages and magi; it foreshadowed the birth of a new world. The apostles and saints preached there; Apostle St Paul showed by his preaching and deeds that labour and the merciful Word are the foundations of right living. We are proud of the fact that Russian strength and diplomacy freed this ancient land from diabolical encroachment. However, that’s Russia’s historical destiny… to come unto our suffering brethren, those who need help and support. The main features of our soul are compassion and sacrifice, even though many of those that we saved and bestowed benefits upon didn’t always faithfully preserve the memory of it.

In 2017 we’ll celebrate the centenary of an event that marked a new era in the struggle for social justice and labour, the world-renowned Great October Socialist Revolution. Since ancient times, people craved justice and the peoples craved friendship and equality. After all, the fields, rivers, mountains, and natural resources, the vast expanses of land and sea, belonged to a narrow circle of people, those who through cunning and treachery appropriated the common domain. It shouldn’t be so that some nations put themselves above the others and deal unjustly with those who are weaker. As F M Dostoevsky put it:

The highest and the most characteristic feature of our nation is a sense of justice and a desire for it.

A century ago, people gathered under the banner of hope, wanting happiness, well-being, and equality of all peoples of the earth as their highest values. A new era in the history of mankind changed the face of the world. The struggle of the working people of the world for their rights, inspired by the victory of October, bore fruit in many countries.  The colonial world collapsed and people won their freedom and independence; working people in the West and the East, receiving support from the USSR, won many social gains. Under the banner of the Great October, our country won over the world forces of evil… fascism. It achieved unprecedented breakthroughs in science, technology, and space exploration; it built a society based on humanity, where the people were friends, comrades, and brothers. However, victory is never final. We must seek it again and again. Betrayal, treachery, cowardice, greed, blind credulity, hypocrisy, and cowardice are ever-present. As Apostle St Paul said, “By both word and deed”, we must struggle for lofty ideals constantly, every day and every hour.

People of goodwill and pure thought yearn for peace throughout the world. The socialist state, for which we struggle, has the duty to ensure the fundamental rights enshrined for the first time in October 1917 for all peoples. Working people have a right to creative work that brings joy and inspiration. Parents have a right to universal and free education for their children. Everyone everywhere has a right to affordable health care… no one should have to rely on “philanthropists” to provide life and health for both the young and those beat down by the hard path of life.

Yes, a quarter of a century ago, our country guaranteed these rights, and the older generation remembers it. They could tell younger people about Soviet childhood, youth, and formation, about the achievements that brought forth the revolution that took place a century ago, when our people embarked on building a great future. We firmly believe in the ideals of peace and labour, liberty and justice, and equality and fraternity. These ideals are eternal, and therefore indestructible. We believe that mankind will rise, and the polyphony of a genuine ode to joy will sound over the entire planet.

On this festive day, I wish good health and optimism to everyone, fulfilment of your good wishes and aspirations, harmony and well-being to every family, and a happy childhood and joyful youth to our young people. I work for and have confidence in the future of all people, peace and prosperity for all peoples in the world, dedicated to the eternal ideals of goodness and justice.

To the holiday! To the Nativity of Christ!

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G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

https://kprf.ru/rusk/161364.html

New Year Greetings from Comrade Zyuganov: Good Luck, Health, and Prosperity in the New Year

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Dear comrades! Dear friends!

Accept my warm and cordial greetings on the New Year’s holidays. For our people, they combine three events:

  • Coming of the New Year
  • Christmas
  • Our own unique holiday… the Old New Year

We try to meet them with our loved ones around the holiday table. We wish each other health and joy; we raise our glasses to everything good and beautiful. We have seemingly utopian desires. For each of us, these days are full of fabulous, warm, and joyful things.

No matter how many winters and summers we’ve seen in this world, no matter if it’s a time of trial, every year, we look forward with hope for midnight on 1 January. With child-like expectation, we wait with excitement for a miracle. With adult contemplation, we soberly weigh everything that the New Year can bring into our daily lives. The upcoming year of 2017 bids fair to be a special time. It seems to have unusual and significant weight. All of us who cherish the ideals of peace and labour, liberty and justice, and equality and fraternity are preparing for it, for this year marks the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. We’ll meet it with hope for the future, with conviction in the rightness of our cause. We’ll meet it in the name of our ancestors who fought for a decent life, who built the great Soviet state.

In the family circle, in the workplace, in the streets and squares… standing together, we’ll enter the coming year with the greetings and warm wishes of our loved ones, good friends, and acquaintances. Firstly, my wish for you is that 2017 brings you change for the better. I wish you good luck, health, and prosperity in the New Year!

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31 December 2016

G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

https://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/161272.html

Friday, 23 December 2016

23 December 2016. These are MY Heroes… Yekaterina Illarionovna Kalinchuk Demina

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Today, 22 December, is the 91st birthday of Yekaterina Illarionovna Kalinchuk Demina… a legendary veteran of the VOV. At 16-years-old, she became a medical orderly in the 369 Separate Naval Infantry Battalion of the Danube Flotilla. She served with that unit throughout the entire war, being at the front in the Caucasus and Stalingrad, ending up in Hungary and Austria. She was a frontline hero, winning not only the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin, but also two Orders of the Red Banner, the Order of the Patriotic War (First Class), and the Medal “For Courage”.

Congratulations, Yekaterina Illarionovna! Happy birthday! We wish you health and many years!

22 December 2016

Yevgeni Spitsyn

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Editor:

Compare Yekaterina Illarionovna to John McCain… there’s no comparison between a real heroine and a posturing cowboy, is there?  McCain was no coward, but he was no hero either. Old hands warned him many times that his recklessness would end badly, but he refused to listen to his elders and betters (nothing much has changed in him, has it?). The US Navy refused to promote this son and grandson of admirals to flag rank (a friend told me that the Navy didn’t want such a man in command of a task force… they feared that he’d kill others to prove his macho creds). On the other hand, Yekaterina Illarionovna did her duty at the front, showing not only prudence (for she did survive four years of the most-gruelling war ever fought), but also heroism (as her decorations prove to all comers).

I know whom I admire. It’s NOT John McCain. I confide that I’m not alone in thinking that way.

BMD

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