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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

14 June 2016. As Seen By Vitaly Podvitsky… A Russian Fist For Anglo Hooligans

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. A Russian Fist for Anglo Hooligans. 2016

A Russian Fist For Anglo Hooligans

Vitaly Podvitsky



Of course, the UEFA blamed the Russians, even though the Anglo yobbos started the fracas and mayhem. This should’ve learnt the Anglos good on a point of principle… you can start a fight with the Russians, but the Russians will generally finish it (and you). I somehow think that the lesson didn’t sink home this time… just listen to Chilly Hilly’s hate-filled rhetoric about the Rodina (to think that self-hating Orthodox support her! Monstrous!). I fear that the lesson will have to be repeated… with bloody results. Don’t say that I didn’t tell you so…



Saturday, 16 June 2012

16 June 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Shall It Go as Funtik Predicts?

Shall It Go as Funtik Predicts?

Sergei Yolkin



In his style of drawing the pig, Yolkin’s trying to bring to mind Piglet from the classic Sov multifilm, Vinni Pukh (that’s the Russian version of Winnie the Pooh… very different and MUCH better). In the cartoon, Piglet has two balloons for Vinni to choose… as we see here. It’s a piece of Russian “visual culture”.


A tame boar named Funtik, who’s a favourite in the fan area of the UEFA Euro-2012 championship, makes predictions on matches. He indicates his predictions using corn on the cob, his absolutely favourite food.

15 June 2012

Sergei Yolkin



Thursday, 3 May 2012

European Presidents Shun the Ukraine over Timoshenko


On Thursday, international pressure mounted on the Ukraine over its treatment of jailed opposition leader Yuliya Timoshenko, but Kiev warned that any boycott of the European football championship next month would only hurt the interests of football fans. Nine European leaders plan to shun a Central European summit hosted by the former Soviet republic this month in a show of displeasure at Timoshenko’s plight, which the West says highlights a decline in democratic values in the country. The move appeared to foreshadow similar action by European politicians at the Euro-2012 football championship, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland in June and July, and which it hopes will be a showcase for the country as a modern European nation.

The Presidents of Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Estonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Czechia all said that they wouldn’t attend the 11-12 May gathering in the Black Sea resort of Yalta hosted by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso said that he had no plans to visit the Ukraine because of Timoshenko’s imprisonment, as she said that Yanukovich ordered her imprisonment, and that she fears for her life. On Thursday, the delegation of the EU to the Ukraine said the other 26 commissioners would follow a similar line. The boycott of the informal summit, held in Poland last year, which attracted 20 heads of states then, risks embarrassing Kiev, which says it wants to join the EU eventually. The snubbing of the summit could be a precursor to an even more painful boycott of the Euro tournament, which the Ukraine hoped would cement its position in the European mainstream.

On Thursday, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that attempts to politicise the Euro tournament were destructive, saying, “A successful championship would be a victory not for politicians, parties, or ideologies, but for all Ukrainians and Poles. Its failure would be a loss for millions”. Last October, Timoshenko, a former prime minister and Yanukovich’s main political rival, received a seven-year prison sentence for abuse of office after a trial that the West called politically-motivated. Last week, Western politicians reacted with horror after she alleged that guards beat her in prison. Timoshenko’s prison is near Kharkov, one of the Euro-2012 venues, and she’s been on a hunger strike since 20 April in protest at what she said was an assault by prison guards, an allegation denied by the prison administration.

Issue Divides Poles

On Thursday, the issue prompted a domestic political dispute in Poland, as the main opposition party urged a boycott of matches held in the Ukraine, whilst Polish President Bronisław Maria Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk spoke against such a step. Yet, Tusk warned the Ukraine that its reputation would “suffer dramatically” if no humanitarian solution were found, saying, “I’ve left the Ukrainian Prime Minister and President in no doubt that the (Timoshenko) case is a test of credibility for the present Ukrainian authorities, and that the reputation of the Ukraine would suffer dramatically if it doesn’t find a civilised solution before the European championship”. The ITAR-TASS news agency reported that Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin also spoke out against a boycott, saying, “I think that under no circumstances should one mix politics, business and other issues with sports. One should leave sports alone”. In June, 16 European teams will hold matches at Ukrainian and Polish venues, leading up to the final in Kiev on 1 July.

Timoshenko, 51, was one of the leaders of the 2004 Orange Revolution that derailed Yanukovich’s first bid for presidency. Her family says that she’s in poor health due to the hunger strike and chronic back pain, but Timoshenko refuses treatment, saying she that doesn’t trust state-appointed doctors. A Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman reacted angrily to news that German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel wouldn’t attend the Euro championship, calling the move a return to Cold War tactics. The Ukrainian government and businessmen invested billions of dollars in preparations for the Euro-2012, as it would be the biggest sports event during Yanukovich’s current term in office.

However, the government’s shown no signs of heeding Brussels’ calls to free Timoshenko. Instead, the Prokuratura brought to court fresh tax evasion charges against her, which carry a sentence of up to 12 years. The EU warned the Ukraine that its members wouldn’t ratify milestone bilateral agreements on political association and free trade as long as Timoshenko remains in prison. Kiev-based political analyst Igor Zhdanov said, “These (boycott moves) are the first steps towards international isolation, not for the Ukraine, but for Yanukovich personally. This will go on for as long as Timoshenko remains in prison. However, one must understand that Timoshenko simply exemplifies all the problems with democracy in the Ukraine”.

3 May 2012

Olzhas Auyezov


As quoted in Yahoo News


Editor’s Note:

The EU move’s as dumb as dirt. Right now, VVP’s manoeuvring the Ukraine into agreeing to become part of the future Eurasian Union. Ukrainians want no repeat of the Western-financed and sponsored “Orange Revolution”… that led to Western corporate landsharks, diaspora Galician Uniates, and anti-patriotic pro-Western forces taking power and raping the Ukraine for four years. The glorification of the criminal terrorist Stepan Bandera by Yushchenko was the last straw, I think. No patriotically-minded Ukrainian wishes a return to that, only “nationalist” Galician Uniates and pro-American lickspittles (combined, less than 10 percent of the population) desire such a return. In short, I say, let the EU pull this juvenile shit. Let them intensify it, I say… and they shall, for the Ukraine’s rejection of the nostrums of the American Neocon Republicans and Interventionist Democrats enraged “both sides of the aisle” in the USA (which led to a loud campaign of vilification in the Western media). Not only that, the EU’s pissed off that the Ukraine insists that its internal affairs are its internal affairs, and they’re none of Brussels’ business. It’s all to the good… it’ll push the Ukraine into the Eurasian Union, and Ukrainians will have such a bellyful of Western arrogance, condescension, and hubris, it’ll put them off Western influence for centuries.

In other words, let the Westerners act out their infantile peevishness. It will only hasten the reunion of Historic Holy Rus… and that’s a very GOOD thing.


Thursday, 10 July 2008

10 July 2008. A Day at the Races…

Russian Sail Training Ship Pallada Sailing for Shanghai

Sail training ship Pallada (built 1989)


The Russian sail training ship Pallada, which has been sailing around the globe since November 2007, left Singapore for Shanghai on Sunday. During a 3-day port-visit, the crew members went sightseeing. The Pallada began its journey in Vladivostok to mark the 190th anniversary of the circumnavigation of Faddei von Bellinghausen (Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen) and Mikhail Lazarev and to mark the 50th anniversary of Russian research work in the Antarctic. The length of the planned route is 33,000 sea miles, and the ship is due to visit 22 countries on its voyage.

6 July 2008



Andrei Arshavin to Stay with Zenit

Andrei Arshavin (1981- ), star Russian football forward, hero of the Euro 2008 championships


Andrei Arshavin, one of Russia’s best football forwards, will most likely stay with FC Zenit of St Petersburg. According to club’s press service, FC Zenit and the Spanish FC Barcelona failed to reach agreement on Arshavin’s trade cost. Barcelona was prepared to pay 15 million euros (552.855 million roubles. 23.674 million USD. 11.97 million UK pounds) but, according to experts, the player actual cost was at least 25 million euros (921.45 million roubles. 39.457 million USD. 19.949 million UK pounds). Meanwhile, other clubs have failed to come up with proposals for Arshavin’s trade.

8 July 2008



100 Formula-1 Cars to Show-Off Around Kremlin

The Moscow City Racing Event of the Formula-1 Grand Prix series is scheduled for next Sunday. One hundred Formula-1 vehicles are expected to loop the Moscow Kremlin. They’ll have to cover a distance of 4.7 kilometres (3 miles), and their speed will be limited to an allowed maximum. Master classes will be held and the drivers will be invited to communicate with their fans. The event next Sunday is the third showcase Formula-1 race to be held in Moscow.

8 July 2008



Russian Teen gets Swimming Gold

Danila Izotov (1991- ), Russian youth-class swimmer


Russian youth simmer Danila Izotov was first in the freestyle 400 metres at the youth world swimming championship in Monterrey in Mexico. He clocked 3 minutes 51.81 seconds. Danila also won a silver at Monterrey, for his role in the four-by-one-hundred-metres crawl relay race. Some 600 swimmers aged 14 to 17 from 66 countries took part. The championship is the second of its kind on the swimming circuit, whilst the first was held two years ago in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

9 July 2008



Tatiana Mineyeva and Elmira Alembekova won Gold and Silver in the World Junior Championship

Tatiana Mineyeva and Elmira Alembekova of Russia won gold and silver in a 10-kilometre (6.3 mile) race-walk event in the World Junior Championship in Bydgoszcz, in Poland. Mineyeva set a record, 43 minutes 24.72 seconds. The third to cross the finish line was Li Yanfei from China.

10 July 2008



Voice of Russia World Service


St Petersburg Governor Announces 2020 Olympics Bid

St Petersburg is to make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the governor of Russia’s second-largest city announced on Monday. “We’ll bid for the right to host the Games. This will boost the development of the city”, Valentina Matviyenko said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio. She added that she’d already discussed the issue with Leonid Tyagachyov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee. She also said that it’d be necessary to ascertain if there was support from the Russian president and government for the bid. Governor Matviyenko earlier told RIA-Novosti that Russia’s northern capital had every chance of being awarded the Olympics, “if not in 2020, then certainly by the time of the next [2024] Games”. Ms Matviyenko first spoke of the possibility of a bid by St Petersburg for the 2020 Olympics after the Russian resort city of Sochi was chosen last year to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. St Petersburg earlier bid for the 2004 Summer Olympics, but, wasn’t selected as one of the five candidate cities. The Games were subsequently held in Athens, in Greece. The Summer Olympics were last held in Russia in 1980 in Moscow, but the event was marred by a US-led boycott involving more than 60 countries.

7 July 2008



Arshavin Philosophical as FC Barcelona Move Falls Through

Andrei Arshavin (1981- ), star forward of FC Zenit St Petersburg


One of the stars of Euro 2008, Russian forward Andrei Arshavin, spoke of his disappointment after his club turned down an offer for him from Spanish giant FC Barcelona. FC Zenit St Petersburg rejected a 15 million euro (552.855 million roubles. 23.674 million USD. 11.97 million UK pounds) bid for Arshavin on Monday, stating on their website that the offer was “too low”. “Of course, I’m aware of what has happened”, Arshavin told the Russian newspaper Sport-Express. “But, hey, ‘no’ is ‘no’. I fully understand the position of Zenit. The sum offered was, I suppose, really too low. It means my dream will remain a dream. Or, it’ll come true at another time”. Arshavin has spoken more than once of his love for the Spanish side, and has supported them since childhood. “I want to leave Zenit”, he went on. “As for offers from Chelsea and Arsenal, I’m not in a position to divulge that information right now”.

The architect of Russia’s victories over Sweden and Holland at Euro 2008, Arshavin was philosophical about the role his performances at the tournament played. “I desired to play in a stronger championship. It’s worked out strangely, though. My good performances at Euro 2008 meant that my price has gone up,” he said. Arshavin scored two goals in three games at Euro 2008, and was named in UEFA’s symbolic squad for the tournament along with fellow Russians Roman Pavlyuchenko, Yuri Zhirkov, and Konstantin Zyrianov. However, one of the factors behind Barcelona’s reluctance to up their bid for the 27-year-old Arshavin is believed to have been his ineffectiveness against Spanish La Liga defenders as Russia went down 3-0 to Spain in the Euro 2008 semi-finals. Arshavin missed Zenit’s 5-1 victory over FC Tom Tomsk on Sunday, with the side’s Dutch manger, Dick Advocaat, saying that he would not play for the team until the situation was “cleared up”.

8 July 2008



Russian Punches and Thinks His Way to Chess Boxing World Title

Having enjoyed recent success in soccer, basketball, and ice hockey, Russia’s now also able to boast a world champion in the little-known sport of chess boxing. Russia’s Nikolai Sazhin, a 19-year-old student from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, defeated light heavyweight defending champion Frank Stoldt, a 37-year-old policeman from Germany, during a bout in Berlin at the weekend to lift the world chess boxing title. A typical chess boxing match consists of 11 alternating rounds of four-minutes of “blitz chess” followed by two-minutes of boxing. Opponents have a one-minute break between the rounds to take off or put on their boxing gloves. A chess-boxer can earn victory by checkmate, a knockout, points, or, if their opponent runs out of his 12 minutes of allocated chess time. Sazhin lifted the title after getting Stoldt in checkmate in the fifth round. The event of chess boxing originated several years ago in Germany and the first world championship was held in 2003 in Amsterdam. The World Chess Boxing Organisation’s slogan is “Fighting’s done in the ring and wars are waged on the board”.

8 July 2008



FC Zenit Loses Seven-Goal Thriller, Reject Bid for Arshavin

FC Zenit St Petersburg, 2008 UEFA Cup champions


FC Zenit St Petersburg lost 4-3 at home on Wednesday evening to FC Spartak Nalchik, with Euro 2008 star Andrei Arshavin’s agent later announcing that the UEFA Cup holders had rejected a 37.5 million dollar (875.392 million roubles. 23.741 million euros. 18.956 million UK pounds) bid for their playmaker. Having earlier turned down a 15 million euro bid (552.855 million roubles. 23.674 million USD. 11.97 million UK pounds) from FC Barcelona for the 27-year-old Arshavin, there was speculation that either Arsenal, or more likely, Chelsea, would win the race to sign the diminutive striker. However, Dennis Lakhter announced on Thursday morning that Zenit wouldn’t let the player go for less than 24 million pounds (1.108 billion roubles. 47.478 million dollars. 30.068 million euros), and that they’d refused to sell him to an unnamed English side. The evening before news of the latest developments in the Arshavin transfer saga broke, FC Zenit took on Spartak Nalchik at home in a match they needed to win to climb up the domestic league table. Arshavin had been left out of the Zenit line up for Sunday’s 5-1 victory over Siberian side FC Tom Tomsk. The team’s Dutch manager, Dick Advocaat, said he wouldn’t play the forward until his future had been “cleared up”. However, Arshavin later asked to be allowed to return to the team, and he was named in the starting line-up for the fixture.

Wednesday’s game began with an exchange of “well-taken” own goals, with the Georgian defender Aleksandr Amisulashvili hammering a cross into his own net and then Zenit’s Aleksandr Anyukov spectacularly heading past Vyacheslav Malafeyev. Spartak nudged in front again in the 20th minute when a dreadful mix-up in the UEFA Cup holder’s defence allowed Rustem Kalimullin in to make it 2-1. Another Russian star at Euro 2008, Konstantin Zyrianov, levelled the score just before half-time, finishing off a neat combination. Zenit’s Turkish striker Fatih Tekke, playing in place of the injured Pavel Pogrebnyak, broke through the southern Russian side’s defence to give his team a 3-2 lead in the 50th minute, and the near-capacity crowd could have been forgiven for thinking that marked the end of Nalchik’s resistance. However, two headed goals from free-kicks exposed Zenit’s defence frailties in first the 58th and then the 68th minute, Amisulashvili making up for his own goal by putting one in the right end to seal victory for Spartak Nalchik, lifting them to 5th place in the league.

The Russian football authorities postponed many of Zenit’s games in the run up to the UEFA Cup final in May, and the 2007 league champions are now languishing in 13th place, 10 points behind league leader FC Rubin Kazan, albeit with 4 games in hand. “We played well, despite the defeat”, said Arshavin after the match. “Both sides demonstrated attacking, open football”. Accusations of corruption are never far away in Russian football, however, and a journalist suggested to Zenit midfielder Zyrianov after the game that his side had simply repaid their “debt” to Nalchik for last season, referring to allegations that many teams in Russia “swap” victories to ensure titles or league survival. “What debt?” answered Zyrianov, going on to say that the team had had “a serious discussion” in the dressing room after the final whistle.

10 July 2008



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