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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Putin’s Message at Annual Leningrad Siege Memorial: Never Again

Soviet war dead being given an honourable hero’s burial in contemporary Leningrad Oblast

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He who doesn’t learn from history is doomed to repeat it; Russians understand this fact better than any when they recall the storms of World War II and the bloody Siege of Leningrad. Russia can’t afford to forget… more than 20 million Russians perished in the Great Patriotic War, which is more than the population of several modern countries, including Romania, the Netherlands, Greece, and many more. Take a moment and imagine an entire country obliterated, that’s how great the death toll was for Russia. However, those millions of Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Poles, other Slavs, and Soviet citizens weren’t obliterated from existence. Their eternal memory and resolve gave the living strength, and with it, they endured as they always have, and they captured Berlin, ending the largest holocaust in human history.

By far one of the bloodiest battles in human history was the Siege of Leningrad (also called Petrograd and St Petersburg today). Casualties were around one million people… one million, for one city. The real number is possibly higher, as many people went missing. Bear one thing in mind when you read what President Putin said, remember it, and never forget it… his brother was amongst the dead. President Putin’s own brother, a child, died of disease during the terrible siege. TASS reported what President Putin said to veterans and celebrants at the anniversary:

We must use every occasion to remind ourselves about [the tragic events of the Great Patriotic War] so that we never forget about this so that the entire world remembers this and so that nothing like this ever happens again in the destiny of our country or in the world at large.

There’s an old Russian saying, “The only time you’ll ever see the back of a Russian soldier is when he’s dead”. In principle, Russians don’t take one step backwards. As a result, to this day they still find the remains of Russian soldiers in the thick northern swamps around St Petersburg. Their weapons always point forwards towards the enemy. President Putin commented on this:

They didn’t retreat anywhere and they died with weapons in their hands in battle as they marched forward. This attitude to the Motherland is typical of our people and this is what we must seal for long years to come for all the future generations. This is what Russia has always relied on… self-sacrifice and love for the Motherland, especially during difficult years of ordeals.

Next time you hear a Western leader scurrilously compare Putin to Hitler, remember that unlike almost all Americans, Putin’s family was under fire during one of the bloodiest battles of the bloodiest front of the bloodiest war in history. Remember that Putin’s own brother died in this conflict, buried in one of the unmarked graves of Leningrad. Just imagine what restraint it must require for him to throw those who make such comparisons across the room. Quite understandably, it’s in bad taste to make a Holocaust joke or to make light of the Jews killed. If anyone compared the Israeli Prime Minister to Hitler, the highest echelon of the Western world order would condemn such a remark. There’d be mass outrage, and rightly so! Hitler, the Nazis, and their supporters are despicable villains best left in the dustbin of human history.

The only question is, why is there no outrage when they compare Putin to Hitler? Where’s the outcry for the 20 million Russians killed? Applying a double standard to the deaths of millions is not “just” politics; there’s only one word for it… “degeneracy”. Disgracing the honoured dead makes a man just as guilty as their killers because that kind of pathetic disregard for the writing on the wall allowed such wars to happen in the first place. Should the world ever forget the horrors of the Great Patriotic War, they wouldn’t take steps to prevent another such conflict, and it’d surely repeat itself. That’s Putin’s message… we must do everything to prevent this from happening, not just for Russia, but for all humanity.

TASS also summarised the events of the Leningrad siege brilliantly. In the interest of understanding history, you may feel inclined to check it out:

Siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad started on 8 September 1941 and lasted 872 days. On 10 September, the Luftwaffe bombed and burnt the city’s warehouses, leaving Leningrad without significant food supplies. Gradually, fuel and water reserves ran out in the city, stopping electricity and heating. Hunger swept the city in the autumn of 1941. Leningrad introduced rationing in Leningrad to provide residents with food. The bread rations dwindled to 250 grammes a day for workers and to 125 grammes for the rest of the population by 20 November 1941. During the blockade, the Germans dropped over 107,000 incendiary and high-explosive bombs, they fired more than 150,000 artillery shells, destroying about 10,000 buildings and structures. Despite the blockade, over 200 enterprises continued to work in the city, including seven shipyards that built 13 submarines. The industry of besieged Leningrad produced 150 types of military products. Overall, during the years of the blockade, Leningrad enterprises produced about 10 million shells and mines, 12,000 mortars, 1,500 warplanes, and rolled out or repaired 2,000 tanks.

On 12 January 1943, Soviet troops of the Volkhov and Leningrad Fronts launched Operation Iskra, aimed at routing the German forces south of Lake Ladoga and restoring Leningrad’s land connection with the rest of the country. On 18 January 1943, the Volkhov and Leningrad Fronts broke the city’s encirclement with the support of the Baltic Fleet and restored its land connection with the rest of the country. On the same day, the Soviet troops liberated the Shlisselburg fortress and drove the enemy away from Lake Ladoga’s entire southern coastline. Within 17 days, the Soviets built new rail lines and highways across the resulting corridor; on 7 February, the first goods train arrived in Leningrad. On 14 January 1944, the Leningrad and Volkhov Fronts, together with the 2 Baltic Front, launched the Leningrad-Novgorod strategic offensive. The lifting of the siege happened on 27 January 1944. A salute of 24 salvos from 324 artillery guns in the city honoured this victory.

No more than 800,000 residents remained in the city by the end of the blockade out of the 3 million people that were in Leningrad and its suburbs before the blockade. According to various estimates, from 641,000 to 1 million Leningraders died in the siege from hunger, bombing, and artillery shelling. Almost 340,000 people were wounded, 716,000 residents were left without shelter, and 1.7 million were evacuated across the Road of Life and by air during 1941-42.

26 January 2018

Nick Ivanov

Russia Feed

http://russiafeed.com/putins-message-annual-leningrad-siege-ww2-memorial-never/

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Monday, 22 January 2018

22 January 2018. Lest We Forget… The Bravery of Leningrad in the Siege

V V Putin’s elder brother was one of the dead… the war still resonates in Russian hearts

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This vid has English subtitles

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Americans think that they defeated the fascists. That’s moonshine. The end of the beginning was in December 1941, when the counteroffensive opened outside Moscow… the beginning of the end was in January 1943, when Paulus surrendered at Stalingrad. Both of these events occurred before any American forces landed in Europe. That is, the Wehrmacht was on the run before the USA even landed troops in Europe! At best, the USA shortened the war in Europe… it didn’t play a major role in the defeat of the fascists… how could it when 85 percent of the fascist casualties were on the Russian front? The Germans were bled out by the time the Yanks came in. History is what it is…

BMD

Monday, 10 July 2017

10 July 2017. Stirrings of a Renaissance of the Soviet Legacy… as seen in Song

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Recently, there’ve been signs of a new appreciation of the Soviet legacy in Russia. During the Victory Day Parade, General Shoigu and many others wore the 1945 dress uniform with the high collar instead of the Western-style jacket-and-tie. Songs of the Stalin era resurface, such as this one about one of the naval infantrymen fighting in Leningrad. No… the USSR isn’t coming back, but the Soviet legacy is embraced for what it is. In like manner, there’s not going to be a restoration of the monarchy, but Russians embrace the imperial legacy for what it is.

The USA is attempting to strangle this renaissance in its cradle. I confide that the arrogant Anglo toddlers will fail… God willing, without a torrent of blood…

BMD

Штурвальный с “Марата”

Где воздух изранен полётом снаряда,
где бомбами поле изрыто кругом,
за русскую землю,
за честь Ленинграда морская пехота
дерётся с врагом.
за русскую землю, за честь Ленинграда
морская пехота дерётся с врагом.

Трава на поляне железом примята,
за танком пехота ползет по земле.
В разбитом окопе штурвальный с “Марата”
остался один на прибрежной скале.
В разбитом окопе штурвальный с “Марата”
остался один на прибрежной скале.

И насмерть дерётся штурвальный с “Марата”
как знамя, подняв бескозырку свою.
Врага поражая последней гранатой,
он смерть принимает в неравном бою.
Врага поражая последней гранатой,
он смерть принимает в неравном бою.

Но танкам навстречу торопится рота,
и пушки под пулями катят вперед
Друзья-комендоры, морская пехота,
Балтийские люди, железный народ!
Друзья-комендоры, морская пехота,
Балтийские люди, железный народ!

The Helmsman of the Marat

When the bullet’s flight pierced the air,

When the shells ringed the field,

The Leningrad Naval Infantry fought

For the Russian land, for honour.

The Leningrad Naval Infantry fought

For the Russian land, for honour.

The enemy infantry and tanks

Trampled the meadow with iron tracks,

The helmsman of the “Marat” sat in a trench

Alone amongst the rocks by the shore.

The helmsman of the “Marat” sat in a trench

Alone amongst the rocks by the shore.

The helmsman of the “Marat” fought to the death,

Holding his sailor’s cap like a banner.

Hitting the foe with his last grenade,

He accepted death in unequal battle.

Hitting the foe with his last grenade,

He accepted death in unequal battle.

The tanks sped to meet the company,

Wheeling forward amidst the guns and bullets,

Comrades and Commanders, the Baltic Naval Infantry,

Men of iron and steel.

Comrades and Commanders, the Baltic Naval Infantry,

Men of iron and steel.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Orthodox-Sovereign Calendar… Memorable Days of Russia… 21 January/3 February

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1942 † Daniil Ivanovich Kyutinen

He was a baker during the siege of Leningrad and died of starvation in 1942 on the job at the age of 59-years-old. He died, but he didn’t eat a single gramme of unrationed bread. His grave is at the Shuvalov Cemetery.

3 February 2017

Igor Chernozatonsky

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Editor:

Show me a person’s heroes and I’ll show you their character. D I Kyutinen is a hero, worthy of respect. Godless filth such as Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Mike Pence are greedy punks, only intent on grasping as much as they can for themselves. There are people who respect them. What does that tell you about them? Nothing good, I’d warrant…

One of these things is NOT like the other…

BMD

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