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

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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

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00 Soviet New Year 03. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets

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00 Soviet New Year 04. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets

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00 Soviet New Year 05. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

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

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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

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

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

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00 Soviet New Year 08. estonian SSR 1982. 01.01.15

New Year programme on Estonian TV, 1982

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00 Soviet New Year 09. Moscow 1964. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in a kindergarten, Moscow, 1964

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00 Soviet New Year 10. Moscow 1985. 01.01.15

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

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00 Soviet New Year 11. Moscow Oblast 1984. 01.01.15

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

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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

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00 Soviet New Year 13. Altai Krai 1980. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka in Altai Krai USSR, 1980

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00 Soviet New Year 14. 1985. 01.01.15

New Year celebration, 1985

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00 Soviet New Year 15. Moscow, 1985. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz leads gymnastics class in Moscow, 1985

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00 Soviet New Year 16. RIga Latvian SSR. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz in Riga, Latvian SSR, 1986

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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

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/769813

Editor:

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…

BMD

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

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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.

Editor:

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.

BMD

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Funeral for Valentina Tolkunova Tomorrow in Assumption church on Nikitskaya Street

Valentina Tolkunova (1946-2010), People’s Artist of the RSFSR, popular singer of the Soviet period… one of my faves, ‘tis true.

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On Wednesday morning, the funeral of People’s Artist of the RSFSR Valentina Tolkunova will be held in the church of the Assumption on Nikitskaya Street in downtown Moscow. Then, at noon, a civil funeral will be held at the Variety Theatre, and the burial service at Troekurov Cemetery will follow that, a spokesman for the “Art” Creative Association told Interfax. Ms Tolkunova had led the “Art” Association since 1989. On Monday, Ms Tolkunova died in her 64th year at Moscow’s Botkin Hospital. According to preliminary reports, the cause of death was heart failure. In the Soviet era, she sang many popular songs.

22 March 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=34751

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Valentina Tolkunova, vechnaya pamyat!

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In Moscow, during the 64th year of her life, the famous Russian singer Valentina Tolkunova died. According to LifeNews, “Today, at 06.00 MSK, Valentina Tolkunova fell into a coma, after which she was connected to artificial ventilation. The singer died at about 08.00 MSK”. After a concert on 16 February in Mogilev (Byelorussia), Ms Tolkunova was hospitalised in the intensive care unit at the local hospital. After discharge from that facility, she was moved to the Botkin Hospital. Shortly before her death, the singer refused chemotherapy. According to her son, she referred to the fact that she felt much better. However, this improvement was temporary. Her death was due to complications associated with her cancer, as reported by Novye Izvestia.

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Her Life and Career:

Valentina Tolkunova was born 12 July 1946 in Armavir in Krasnodar Krai to a family of railroad workers. That year, her parents moved to Moscow. In 1964, she entered the Moscow State Institute of Culture in the choral conductor department. In 1966, she became a member of VIO-66 (vocal and instrumental ensemble led by Yuri Saulsky), where she worked for five years as a soloist-vocalist and sang along with the jazz ensemble. In 1971, she graduated from Gnessin Music College. After 1973, she was a soloist with Mosconcert. In 1987, she opened her own theatre, the Musical Drama Theatre of the “Art” Creative Association, becoming its artistic director. All of its performances were staged at the Rossiya Concert Hall.

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Valentina Tolkunova performed dozens of songs, most of which were very popular. In musical films and theatre productions alone, she performed more than 300 songs. She won the TV contest “Song of the Year” 23 times. Ms Tolkunova was a People’s Artist of Russia (1987), Honoured Artist of Kalmykiya (1975), and laureate of the Lenin Komsomol Award (1980). Her many state and public awards include the Order of the Friendship of the Peoples (1996) and the Order of Merit (2006).

22 March 2010

SakhaNews

http://www.1sn.ru/38786.html

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