Voices from Russia

Saturday, 5 March 2016

5 March 2016. A Blast From the Past… Black Russians… NOT an Oxymoron!

01d Black Russians Lyukman Rasakovich Adams

Lyukman Rasakovich Adams (1988- ), European Champion triple jumper, Russian Army officer, Master of Sport International Class

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One of the Cabinet asked me about “black Russians”… I’ve posted on them in the past. Read this on black Russians and this on the famous poet James Lloydovich Patterson. Remember this… Russia has a “one drop” rule… one drop of Russian blood makes you Russian… if you shed one drop of your blood for Russia, you’re Russian… if you join your life to ours, you’re Russian… full stop.

For instance, there were 16 American agronomists who revolutionised the cotton industry in Central Asia in the 1930s… why didn’t they work in America? It’s because they had black skin… the USSR welcomed them as competent experts and equal men, unlike the USA of its day. Negro intellectuals became Communists for the very same reason… the Soviets treated them like normal human beings. Paul Robeson found this out, too… which led to his persecution by the McCarthyite scum (do note that William F Buckley was a DEFENDER of that scumbag and his evil doings).

If you support Donald Trump, you support the kind of racism that led black people to embrace the Soviet Ideal. If you support Chilly Hilly, you support the same thing (with the difference that she showers favours on the black pols who pander to her and deliver black votes). If you want to embrace the vision of an America that’s fair to all people of all races, all creeds, and all national origins, you’ll “feel the Bern”… he’s the closest to the Soviet Ideal, in a good way.

Socialism is good… don’t listen to the naysayers… they’re either paid by the greedsters or are greedsters themselves… that is, they “have dogs in this fight”. Have a care… the times are evil…

BMD

Monday, 10 February 2014

A Multimedia Presentation. Being Black in Moscow… And More… It’s Black History Month

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It’s Black History Month… here’s a gallery of REAL Black Russians… don’t forget, Pushkin had African blood in his veins (racist American Southerners would’ve considered him “black” for that reason, according to their “one drop” rule)! All Russians know that (and we DON’T hold such against him, no siree… the Church and the Party both FIGHT racism and bigotry, unlike American Radical Sectarianism and the Republican Party). Pushkin was the greatest poet in the Russian language and the Father of Literary Russian… that’s all that one can say…

Black Russians enriched and enrich our people… they’re blood of our blood, bone of our bone, soul of our soul… as it was, as it is, may it always be so…

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01 Vasili Ivanovich Krima

Vasili Ivanovich Krima (1972- ), a native of Guinea-Bissau, settled in Russia after earning a degree from Volgograd State Pedagogical University. He and his wife, Anait, who is of Armenian descent, have a son. He ran for local office in Volgograd Oblast

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01b Black Russians Yelena Khanga

Yelena Abdulyaevna Khanga (1962- ), television presenter and journalist

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01c Black Russians Jean Gregoire Sagbo

Jean Gregoire Sagbo (1962- ) (left), Bénin-born Russian local official in Novozavidovsk (Tver Oblast)

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One of the most classic films of Soviet cinema,  Цирк (Tsirk: Circus) was about an American circus performer who went to the USSR because Americans treated her badly because she had bore a mixed-race child out-of-wedlock. The above scene is the most famous. Clearly, this is one of the masterpieces of world cinema; it remains popular and well-known in Russia to this day. If you’d like to see the whole movie, click here

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00 Ermengeld Konovalov. 10.02.14

Ermengeld Nikolaevich Konovalov (1937-94), Soviet cinema and theatre actor, mime, playwright, and director 

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01d Black Russians Lyukman Rasakovich Adams

Lyukman Rasakovich Adams (1988- ), European Champion triple jumper, Russian Army officer, Master of Sport International Class

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President Vladimir Putin gives a short (but real) speech outlining our Russian Spirit (with English subtitles)… it’s why Black Russians are OF our people… not with our people. All races, all religions, that’s Russia for us! It’s why Russia will prevail over the greedster Americans…

Multiculturalism is a GOOD thing… mistrust all who hate it…

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01e Black Russians Viktoria Pierre-Marie

Viktoriya Pierre-Marie (1979- ), jazz singer and professor of the fine arts

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00 Grigori Siyatvinda. 10.02.14

Grigori Devidovich Siyatvinda (1970- ), cinema and theatre actor, Honoured Artist of Russia, winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation

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Here’s the full version of How Wide is My Motherland (Широка страна моя родная: Shiroka strana moya rodina) (with English subtitles)… Russia’s for ALL of us… or it’s for none of us. No one is forgotten… Nothing is forgotten…

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01f Black Russians Nkeirouka Ezekh

Nkeiruka (Kira) Khilarievna Ezekh (1983- ), International Master of Sport in curling and Software Engineer 

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01g Black Russians Emilia Turey

Emilia Khalsberievna Turey (1984- ), silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in handball, Honoured Master of Sport…

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00e James Patterson. Moscow. 13.06

James Lloydovich Patterson (1933- ) signing autographs at a Moscow literary party in 1975 (he was the child actor in the clip from Tsirk above)

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01 Gamover Zaitsev

Anton “Gamover” Zaitsev (1969- ) (left) with his sidekick Boris “Bonus” Repetur (1958- ). They’re two of the most popular game-show hosts on Russian TV

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Original Author’s Foreword:

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m as white as a fine line of Siberian cocaine. However, I do have a swole black friend who’s living the “Moscow dream” too. I decided to ask him to do a guest post on what it’s like for him in Moscow. So, big thanks to R and enjoy the post.

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Well, obviously, I can’t speak for everyone who’s dark-skinned (and by “dark-skinned” I don’t mean people from the Caucasus, commonly called “dark”, I mean people of African descent) in Russia. Anyway, here’s some feedback from my point of view on what it’s been like so far. Overall, Russia’s been good to me, Moscow more specifically. I’ve been here for over two years and had my share of odd situations. I guess, to be black in Russia is no more different from being a midget, in the sense that you stand out somewhat. When I walk down the street or am out and about, I get looks, but not all bad. In fact, most of them are not. For example, when I ride the metro, I can generally tell what type of looks I’m getting from people. You can easily stare down or ignore the occasional person who projects hatred, you can answer the standard questions asked by elderly folks or youth with courtesy and sometimes humour, and the pretty girl smiling at you gets one right back if she isn’t with a big Russian guy.

I’ve had people who openly refused to rent me a flat because I was black, but I’ve also had jobs offered to me specifically for the same reason, so… it balances out. My experience with the ladies has been the same… 50-50. I understand it’s really all about likes and dislikes, opinions, and the stereotypes that help form, shape, or influence them. I’ve met girls that associated their favourite music television hip-hop R&B songs or artists and the American black guy they just met. Sometimes, it’s funny because they think that I’ll talk, walk, or act a certain way based on the music videos they’ve seen. They sometimes refer to blacks as “exotic”. I’ve gotten the notorious “face control” at clubs and restaurants, but on the other hand, I’ve been pulled onstage, given recognition from Russian Disc Jockeys and given VIP passes, all for the same reason. Speaking the language helps, as most people who approach me, be it at the gym or in the street, are generally just curious and tend to ask similar questions, such as:

  • “How long have you lived in Russia?”
  • “Are you an African student going to University here?” (I’m American, but almost no one ever guesses that unless I’m talking English)
  • “Do you like Russian women?”
  • “Do you have a Russian girlfriend?”

After learning that I’m American, I get the other standard questions. You know them, “Do all Americans like McDonald’s?” and others along those lines. I can get into more details about a range of things, but I just wanted to give a little feedback about what it’s been like for me. Personally, I love it.

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England-Moscow.com

http://www.england-moscow.com/2009/10/being-black-in-moscow.html

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Sunday, 16 January 2011

A Multimedia Presentation. Black Russians… People, Not the Drink

Vasili Ivanovich Krima (1972- ), a native of Guinea-Bissau, settled in Russia after earning a degree from Volgograd State Pedagogical University. He and his wife, Anait, who is of Armenian descent, have a son. In addition to farming, he also sells melons at the local district marketplace in the district. He ran for local office in Volgograd Oblast

Editor’s Foreword:

Is there is a problem with racism in Russia? Yes… there is. However, it isn’t institutionalised, instinctual, and rooted bigotry, such as one sees in the American South amongst Republicans (who used to be Segregationist Dixiecrats until the 70s)… it mostly came about as the result of the hard times brought on by the American-induced economic chaos of the 90s. Both the state and the Church are fighting it… and so are the better segments in society, from peasants all the way up to the President, Prime Minister, and Patriarch. Russians believe, at heart, “One drop of Russian blood makes you Russian. If you spill one drop of your blood for Russia, you’re Russian”. That’s a far cry from the standard of the Anglo-Saxon Proddie swine, “One drop of coloured blood makes you coloured. No matter how much you spill your blood, you’re never going to be one of us”. One of these things is NOT like the other. Let’s celebrate the good in the rodina today.

I think that this is a fitting topic for Martin Luther King Day, which comes tomorrow (on which the racist Republicans of Georgia are forcing the school kids to go to school “because of the snow storms last week”). My attitude has evolved over the years, as I see that those who oppose the MLK holiday also oppose economic justice, support oligarchic political solutions, payola to the richest one percent, and cheerlead for the Permanent Warfare State… do I wish to stand with such theomachistic filth as Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin? I think not, so, here’s a gallery of “Black Russians”… God bless them all.

BMD

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Let’s get started on the right foot… Russia is all of our peoples… not just Great Russians!

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Wherever you come from… if you’re Black, that makes you my soul sister, and me your soul brother.

Anonymous elderly black man in Boston to Yelena Khanga

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“Why do you think we’re always guilty? Maybe you guys are guilty”.

“What do you mean, ‘you guys?’ What are you? A Russian?”

“Yes, I’m a Russian”.

Colloquy between Yelena Khanga and an American journalist

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Yelena Abdulyaevna Khanga (1961- ), television presenter and journalist

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Yelena Abdulyaevna is the daughter of a mulatto mother, Leah Oliverovna Golden (Polish Jew mother/American Black father) and Abdul Kassim Khanga, a Zanzibari politician (later, pro-American political factions in his homeland murdered him). She started her TV career in the early 90s on NTV; she’s famed for her ground-breaking programme Про это (About That), one of the first forums in Russia to deal with sexual themes in a non-smirky, non-pornographic, manner. At present, she’s the host of Cross Talk on Russia Today television.

Read more:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n2_v48/ai_12970703/pg_3/?tag=content;col1

Yelena Abdulyaevna is amongst the news team on this RT vid…

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His skin is black, but he’s Russian on the inside…he cares about this place in a way that only Russians can feel.

The mayor of Novozavidovo (Sagbo’s superior)

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Jean Gregoire Sagbo (1962- ) (left), Benin-born Russian local official in Tver Oblast

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Read more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/25/jean-gregoire-sagbo-becom_n_658697.html

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Lyukman Rasakovich Adams (1988- ), European Champion triple jumper, Russian Army officer

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Lyukman Rasakovich has a Nigerian father and a Russian mother, and he was brought up in St Petersburg. He started in sport as a basketball player, then, he switched to track and field.

We have a large multiethnic country, so, you never know who and what you’ll meet. Let me tell you a funny story that happened to me. I serve in the forces at the A F Mozhaisky Military Space-Engineering University. In the Russian Armed Forces Championship, I won three gold medals. The general who bestowed them upon me was surprised at my appearance, and said that he had never seen a soldier who looked quite like me before.

Lyukman Rasakovich Adams

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Viktoria Pierre-Marie (1973- ), jazz singer and professor of the fine arts

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Her father was Cameroonian… her mother was Russian. She studied at the Gniessen Musical Institute in Moscow, she’s Russia’s “Queen of the Blues”… she holds the Order of Merit for the Performing Arts and is a lecturer at the Graduate School for the Arts in Moscow.

I see a complete lack of taste! I think that, lately, people don’t dress, but, more correctly, they “undress”. In general, fashion dictates abandoned and promiscuous behaviours. I think that women shout out their sexual insecurities through their choice of clothes. It screams out in the cut of their dresses, everything is disclosed to the senses in a rather vulgar manner. In men, I don’t like it when they try to imitate gays, shirts open far too much, flip-flops on bare feet, belts at half mast, why, you can see their undies!

I’m not a goody-two-shoes, and I’m not a reactionary, but I simply believe that such things aren’t beautiful or stylish, they’re not even sexy, they’re just depraved. I’m a person who loves fashion… I’m not a grouchy baba, condemning the young for what they did themselves in their youth. I have an open mind; I’ve travelled halfway around the world, and I’ve an idea or two about fashion and beauty. That’s why I think I have the right to criticise these trends. Many girls who buy fashionable and supposedly sexy stuff don’t even notice how the only thing that it does is to emphasise the flaws of their shapes. Real men, I believe, won’t wear thongs, tight-fitting slacks, and flip-flops on their bare feet. It’s simply not a normal style for real men, who, unfortunately for us women, are getting fewer and fewer. In short, our fashion lacks culture and taste.

Viktoria Pierre-Marie

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Nkeiruka (Kira) Khilarievna Ezekh (1983- ), International Master of Sport and Software Engineer

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She has been on three Olympic curling teams (2002, 2006, 2010), twice all-Russia curling champion (1999, 2001), and European champion in 2006. Her father is Nigerian, and her mother is from the Turkic Chuvash people (who are mostly Orthodox Christians).

I’m an ordinary Russian girl… with a few added features. My dad was Nigerian; he studied at Moscow State University. He met my mum, who was an engineering student, at a party. Between them, a romance grew up; I really don’t know the details of it all. When I wasn’t even a year old, my father received his diploma and returned to Nigeria, and my mother didn’t go with him because she had to care for me. Soon afterwards, we lost contact with him. Later, when we moved into a new apartment, we sent him a letter, but we received no reply. Apparently, he also changed his address. I’ve never been to Africa. True, my mother and I holidayed in the Canary Islands, which are near Africa, but, besides that, the closest I‘ve been is in Italy. Previously, I wanted to communicate with my father, but now, he’s probably lost for good. I never really lived with him, and I don’t remember him. There was only a picture on the piano of when I was baptised… a lot of people, many of them were Africans, too, students, like my dad.

Nkeiruka (Kira) Khilarievna Ezekh

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Emilia Halsberievna Turey (1984- ), silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in handball…

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There’s more of course, but there’s only so much length that I allot myself… if it’s too long, you won’t read it. There’s Oliver Golden and the 16 black American agronomists who revolutionised cotton farming in Uzbekistan… James Patterson, the son of a black American actor living in the USSR, who became a naval officer and poet… Emilia Turey, the champion handball player… and there are many, many more.

Is there trouble with some idiot racists today in Russia? Yes… they came in with the troubles that the Americans imported in the 90s. As I said earlier, both Church and state are working together to face this sickness… quite unlike the USA, where the Republican Party provides a safe haven for open and unashamed racists (it took in Strom Thurmond with no questions asked and with no hesitation). We’ll get things back to snuff in the rodina, no doubt. Don’t forget… Orthodoxy hates all forms of bigotry and racism… hmm… does that mean that the konvertsy who are trying to contaminate the Church with their Tea Party nastiness are wrong? Yes, they certainly are! We should emulate the Mother Church and fight racism in all of its forms… if we don’t, we aren’t of Christ, that’s all there is to say. You can have His Holiness and the proper worship of the Lord Christ… or, you can have Rush Limbaugh and the naked and overt adoration of Mammon.

Ye cannot worship both God and Mammon… don’t forget that.

BMD

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