Voices from Russia

Sunday, 21 July 2013

21 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Russian Asylum for Snowden?

00 Sergei Yolkin. Russian Asylum for Snowden. 2013

Russian Asylum for Snowden?

Sergei Yolkin



The motif of this caricature comes from an old Russian folktale, Теремок (Teremok: The Mansion). Click here to read it. It’s as well-known in Russia as Goldilocks and Three Bears is in the Anglosphere. That is, any Russian would grasp the visual reference immediately. It’s been made into a multifilm on multiple occasions, the most famous and most-well-loved version came out in 1971 (click here for YouTube post). It was also released in different versions in 1937, 1945, and 1995 (click here for YouTube post). Yolkin seems to imply that Snowden’s more trouble than he’s worth… just as the Bear is in the folktale… just sayin’…

By the way, the word “Russian” in the title is Российское (Rossiskoye), which refers to the sovereign state of Russia, NOT the Russian nation (народ: narod).



Sergei Yolkin takes a wry look at Edward Snowden’s request to the Russian authorities to grant him temporary asylum.

15 July 2013

Sergei Yolkin





Saturday, 20 July 2013

New Shocking Revelations by Snowden to Go Public Soon



Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian and close associate of whistleblower and intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said that, in the near future, new details of top-secret American mass surveillance programmes would go public. He told German public broadcaster ARD in Rio de Janeiro on a Thursday night live broadcast, “I’m sure that the new revelations, which are to be made soon, will be even more shocking than the previous ones”. According to another German TV outlet, N-24, previously, Snowden handed about 9-10,000 top-secret documents to Greenwald and a Der Spiegel reporter. N-24 reported that Greenwald and Snowden keep in touch through encrypted web-based chats. Meanwhile, a source at American publishing imprint Metropolitan Books told the Guardian that Greenwald would publish a book about Snowden’s exposure of mass public surveillance by the US government. Editor Sara Bershtel said that the book includes “new revelations exposing the extraordinary co-operation of private industry and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s programme, both domestically and abroad”. She said that the book is due out in the USA in March 2014.

In spring 2013 Edward Snowden, a former technical contractor for the NSA, leaked secret information on American and British government mass surveillance programmes to the press, primarily to Glenn Greenwald, of London‘s The Guardian. These disclosures rank amongst the most significant security breaches in US history. The US government revoked Snowden’s passport; he’s been in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since 23 June. On 16 July, Snowden filed an application for temporary asylum in Russia.

19 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service  


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… The Incident with President Morales’ Plane Was an Ugly and Illegitimate Political Stunt: The Law is the Law

00 Bolivian Presidential Aircraft. 06.07.13


What occurred with the plane of Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma a few days ago wasn’t an isolated and rather unpleasant incident; rather, it was a very serious political event, fraught with the most-negative consequences for the international legal order as such. Ironically, in a twist of history, the violation of the extraterritoriality of a plane belonging to the president of a sovereign state and the many-hour delay of President Morales took place in the Austrian capital of Vienna, the venue of the signing of one of the most important documents of modern international lawthe Vienna Convention… providing for diplomatic immunity. This created a very dangerous precedent. It attacked international law, which prevents the world from turning into a jungle of total lawlessness!

Vienna wasn’t alone in this repulsive political spectacle. Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, and Rome closed their countries’ skies to the Bolivian President’s plane; they share the responsibility for this disgraceful incident, they share the stigma of violating international law and of scorning elementary political decency. The dirty-tricks crowd believed that they’d be able to justify their actions afterwards, after they found “contraband” on the plane, that is, after finding super-spy Edward Snowden. However, since Snowden wasn’t on Morales’ plane, those who orchestrated the affair found themselves in an awkward situation. The haste and readiness of some European political leaders to please other people’s interests… we needn’t say whose… revealed what in other cases stays hidden.

There’s no doubt that Washington was behind this loathsome story. The handwriting is familiar! Again… a double standard. Washington’s current “headache”… the Iranian problem… began with the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran. Calling it “the crime of the century”, then-US President Carter angrily complained about the violation of international law and the Vienna Convention. The Pentagon fulminated at that time; today, it’s enraged over the seizure of the US Embassy in Libya and the killing of the US ambassador. That was justifiable outrage. However, why haven’t we heard one voice in Washington expressing their anger over what we can call, with good reason, an attack on President Morales? Such are the political morals of today’s Washington. However, a law is a law, and any violation of the law is very perilous, including for those who violate it.

00 Valentin Sergeyevich Zorin. 26.04.139 July 2013

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service



Putin Blasts USA for Intimidation in Snowden Asylum Saga

00 Luo Jie. Statue of Liberty. 2013

Statue of Liberty?

Luo Jie


China Daily


On Monday, President Vladimir Putin said US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was still in the transit area of a Moscow airport because Washington had “blocked” him there by intimidating countries that were ready to grant him asylum, saying in St Petersburg, “He arrived on our territory without an invitation. He wasn’t flying to us. He was on a transit flight to other countries; the USA intimidated other countries, [so that] nobody wants him. That’s how [the Americans] blocked him on our territory. Some gift for us”.

Snowden, who publicised details of extensive US government surveillance programmes allegedly targeting European dignitaries as well as millions of American citizens, arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong on 23 June. Since then, he’s remained in geopolitical limbo in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport, trying to find a country to grant him asylum. On Monday, Putin added that Russia wouldn’t give permanent asylum to Snowden because he refused to stop a “fight for human rights” that may strain Moscow’s ties with Washington. Putin cited Snowden as saying, “I want my work to go on. I want to fight for human rights. I think the USA is breaking certain legal standards, international [rules], and is intruding into private lives. My aim for now is to fight it”. According to Putin, the Russian side replied, “Go on without us, we have [other] things to fight for”.

Earlier, Putin said that Moscow wouldn’t extradite Snowden to the USA, where he could face the death penalty. However, on the other hand, the Kremlin tried to keep its distance from the case, emphasising that it’s a human rights issue. Last Friday, at a meeting with human rights activists in the transit area, Snowden announced his intention to apply for political asylum in Russia, adding that he was ready to comply with Moscow’s conditions, including not causing harm to the USA. The White House immediately criticised Russia for providing a “propaganda platform” for Snowden’s announcement. Last month, Putin said Moscow would consider granting Snowden asylum under the condition that he stop his work aimed at “damaging our American partners”, an option Snowden initially rejected, but apparently accepted after failing to secure safe passage to the Latin American countries that’d offered him asylum… Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

15 July 2013



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