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Sunday, 16 April 2017

G A Zyuganov: The Bright Resurrection is a Celebration of Unity in Hope; It Calls Attention to Eternal Ideals and the Meaning of Life

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Dear brothers and sisters, comrades and friends!

Easter Sunday is a day of triumph of life over corruption; it’s a festival of hope, unity, and spirituality. In our hearts, we have faith in the triumph of the forces of good over evil and light over darkness. We have love for our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbours, and we have hope for a better future for them. On this beloved national holiday, we again think of Russia in the context of the future for every family, of the world’s history, and of Holy Tradition.

A century ago, we preached equality and justice in Russia, striving for the highest ideals, creating a like-minded fraternity dedicated to sacrificial service to high ideals. It bore fruit, which allowed our country to become a world superpower, it allowed working people to live in a more just society, ruled by the equality, conscience, honour, and dignity of those whose sweat and blood created all the Earth’s wealth. However, there were those like Pilate and Judas and those who retreated when the rooster crew. We had our own “Holy Week” and frigid February; we had Pharisees, hypocrites, and frauds. No matter how hard crafty and nimble scribes pervert and defame what happened a century ago in Russia, history itself suggests that the Great October Socialist Revolution was the people’s choice; it soared through the thorns to the stars. It carried out the greatest transformation of society in the world, crushing injustice and exploitation, bringing in a society of equality and dignity. The Great October Revolution gave the world an example of what happens when the people make history. It was a triumph, an all-Russian celebration, a worldwide aspiration and regeneration of mankind. Today, some complain that the Leninist “struggle of the oppressed class to create heaven on earth” didn’t succeed. However, in the words of Nikolai Berdyaev, the state we eventually created not only existed “to create a paradise on earth but to keep society from becoming a living hell”.

Seven decades of the life of the new society proved the correctness of the choice made in October 1917. Our revived state created a high science, advanced industry, humane art, and gave equal access to everyone to health and education. It enabled every citizen to develop their talents and vocation, wherever they lived, uniting all the peoples into a single family, honouring tradition, venerating elders, respecting motherhood, and caring for children. The working-class became the bulwark of society, and honest and inspired labour became its pride and honour. As St John Chrysostom once said:

Hard work isn’t punishment or torture; it’s a salutary correction against injuries from sin.

Soon, we’ll celebrate the anniversary of the Great Victory of our people over the forces of evil in the world. We’ll return to the streets and squares with portraits of our unforgettable fathers and grandfathers, who, trampling down death by death, put their lives on the altar of victory, enabling our future. They live forever, forever young, next to us, and we, along with the heroes of Aleksandr Tvardovsky, let us remember them all as if in prayer:

Remember us, in retreat,

Fighting, by hour and by year,

Fallen, the Missing,

With whom we saw at least once,

Earlier Mourners, we meet again,

Those who we gave a drink of water,

Pray for us.

In that memorable epoch, the Workers and Peasants Red Army was the mightiest force from the taiga to the British seas. Thanks to Russian spirit and Soviet patriotism, our country not only survived, it won over an unprecedented attack of the forces of evil, from fascism, bringing liberation to the peoples of Europe, and by their example and support helped to break the chains of colonialism and the ruthless exploitation of the peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The fact that the UN had 50 member-states at its establishment and now there are almost 200 is evidence that the victory won in 1945 strengthened the authority of the Soviet state and contributed to the liberation of peoples and the establishment of independent sovereign states.

Then, there came temptation, betrayal, the “thirty pieces of silver”, unbridled aggression against our historical memory, wild Russophobia, and anti-Sovietism. Home-grown Maidans sprang up amidst unbridled dancing on the remains of the Union. Cold-blooded shifters came to power, “putrefied men”, as early Christians called those sorts, people who talked, but did nothing, and “base rulers… who did bad things in the name of good… who deceived people, to bind them to evil”. They used sly substitution, permissiveness became “freedom”, disorder became “legality”, and mob rule became “democracy”. Honour and conscience became anachronisms; patriotism became a dirty word. Democracy morphed to into plutocracy; their ideal of life was profit and enrichment at any cost, they worshipped the “golden calf”, “in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not” (Second Epistle of Apostle St Paul to the Corinthians 4.4), drying up all-too-many hearts and souls.

Nevertheless, there comes a sobering-up. Moreover, the battle continues for the eternal ideals of goodness and justice. The voices of those who aren’t willing to put up with unbridled injustice, unrighteousness, and a law only for the élite grow louder. More and more people realise that the way out of the crisis is to return our country to the path of building a just and equitable society and carry out constructive policies in favour of the working majority. We believe that the triune life-giving formula for the revival of power proposed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill… Holy Rus, Great Russian statehood, and Soviet justice… is correct! That’s what can unite and gather us in the name of unity, in the hope of a happy future.

We consider it extremely important to convey the ideas of friendship, fraternity, and high culture in the unique Soviet experience to the broadest number of people, especially our youth, to revive the “red gene”, to combine the best traditions of Russian statehood and Soviet patriotism. We’re confident that, as in October 1917, a resurrection of hope and deeds in the name of the people will come, in the name of honour and justice, for peace, true democracy, and a harmonious world order, with the dignity of our citizens coming with the revival. This is the essence of our time. We believe in it. Moreover, our cause is just and fair. Therefore, the victory will be for all of us. The poet Aleksei Khomyakov outlined our global vocation:

Your light gave it Destiny:

A store for world heritage

High sacrifice and pure affairs;

Preserving for us Holy Brotherhood,

A life-giving vessel of Love

And the flaming treasure of Faith

And the truth, in the even-handed court.

Holy brotherhood and pure affairs, ardent faith and truth, justice and equality, solidarity and humanity… these great values and high goals traditionally lie at the basis of both the Christian faith and the Communist ideal. In the name of them, we must combine all our efforts and thoughts. Yes, decent elements that believe in the timeless ideals of justice, equality, and dignity must fulfil our hopes for a just world order, brotherhood and peace for all peoples, and true democracy! Greetings on this Easter Sunday to the clergy and believers of the Russian Orthodox Church and all Orthodox Christians! I wish you peace, joy, and new achievements on the path of the revival of our Motherland.

15 April 2017

G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

https://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/164285.html

Saturday, 25 March 2017

In Memory of Aleksei Ivanovich Chelyapin

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I was born on 3 September 1926, in a peasant family. We lived in the village of Glazok (Michurinsk Raion) in Tambov Oblast. I received eight years of education in a rural school. After finishing my schooling in 1942, I worked on a kolkhoz. I listened to the war news on the radio. After three days, all the men in our village born before 1925 had to report for military duty. I had my call-up notice in 1942. We went by train to Chaadayevka, detrained, and then went by lorry to Michurinsk in Penza Oblast. At the end of October 1942, we took the military oath at the local club. We completed the young soldier’s course at a base in the Mari ASSR; I received training in using an avtomat. At the beginning of May 1943, we got warm clothes and equipment; they sent us to fight at the front (at the Kursk salient). We travelled at night and rested during the day. Our group arrived at the Maloarkhangelsk station, which was near Ponyri (Oryol Oblast).

They gave us our orders there. I joined an infantry company armed with avtomats of the 800 Rifle Regiment of the 143 Rifle Division (13 Army). I remained in this company until the end of the war. However, we didn’t take part in the Battle of the Kursk Salient. Rather, normal training continued, to complete our young soldier’s course. We did hold Observation Points (NP) and Checkpoints (KPP). After the Battle of the Kursk Salient, the 13 Army advanced towards Konotop. Our 132 Rifle Division moved up from the railway station. We had armoured and air support, so we liberated Konotop on 6 September. Our division received the honorary title “Konotopskaya” for this victory. After freeing Konotop, we liberated Bakhmach, Nizhin, Kozelets, and Oster.

We reached the Dnepr and tried to cross it near the village of Strakholesye, north of Kiev. Our first attempt to cross the river failed. Our forces weren’t completely concentrated at the assault point; much of our equipment was still catching up to us. We just weren’t ready to do it… but we tried anyway, using boats, logs, anything that we could lay our hands on… some even swam across. The Germans had a strong position; they were on the reverse slope of the high ground, which gave them a big advantage. We just lost too many of our soldiers. When we tried a second time, we used tanks and artillery and brought up pontoon bridges. With such support, we were able to cross the Dnepr in force. On 22 September, we liberated Chernobyl, then we freed Ivankov and Malin, and on 17 November, we entered Korosten, for which our division received a second honorary title “Korostenskaya”. By January 1944, we chased the enemy from Belokorovichi, Olevska, and Rakitnogo. For liberating Sarny, our division received the Order of the Red Banner. We crossed the Slech River and Stir River, freeing Rafalovku and Manevichi.

At the beginning of March 1944, the 143 Rifle Division transferred to 47 Army in the Belorussian Front. We had orders to advance to Kovel, where the Germans had strengthened their positions. On 5 June 1944, our regiment was in Oblapy. During the night of 4 to 5 July, the recon platoon of our company had orders to reconnoitre the area chosen for the breakthrough. Before leaving, we turned in our Komsomol and military ID papers. We sewed a cloth patch on the inside flap of our tunics with our surname, first name and patronymic, as well as the address of our relatives, their last name, first name, and patronymic, so that if we died, it was possible to inform relatives. We all did this. In this battle, we dislodged the Germans from the outskirts, took a few prisoners, and came back alive. On the morning of 5 July, a massive assault on Kovel began. Both sides had heavy losses. Fighting in the city continued until the morning of 6 July.

On 21 July 1944, we crossed the West Bug River. Crossing the river was difficult as the Germans concentrated a lot of equipment on the opposite bank. As we crossed, the enemy opened up a powerful shelling our troops, but our artillery promptly counterattacked the German defenders. Many of us crossed the river on improvised means; I floated across on a log. On 14 September, we liberated the suburbs of Warsaw on the east bank of the Vistula. They promoted me to Senior Sergeant and made me a section leader. The next day, they ordered us to move to Jabłonna-Legionowo. When we liberated it, they told us to cross the Vistula. On the opposite bank, the Germans had three lines of trenches, from which they laid nonstop fire, not giving our troops a chance to get across the river.

On 14 January 1945, they told us to capture these trenches. Although we had heavy losses, we got to the other side and went on the attack. The Germans retreated, but they fought bitterly for every trench-line. By the time we captured the second trench, we didn’t have much ammo left. The Germans were running out of ammo, too. In the third trench, we went at each other in hand-to-hand combat. The Germans had to retreat. They ordered us to stop. We had to wait for other units to cross to our side on the railway bridge. We liberated Warsaw on 17 January 1945. Our Division crossed into Germany from Poland on 30 January. We took Deutsch-Krone (now Wałcz in Poland: editor ) on 2 March, reaching the Oder River. The Germans were on top of a hill, and we were in a meadow. At our slightest move, they immediately fired. The regimental commander called me. He told me to find out where the firing points were, if possible, take some prisoners. I took two soldiers with me. It went easily and without fuss. We located two machine guns, broke into their headquarters, and captured one of their soldiers. I went back to our lines, turned over our prisoner, and reported to the regimental commander. For this, I received the Order of the Red Banner. The 143 Rifle Division of 47 Army was on the banks of the River Spree at the end of the war. On 10 April 1945, I was seriously wounded, and received a medical discharge from the army.

Aleksei Ivanovich died on 20 March 2017, in Moscow. His burial was on 24 March with military honours at the Troyekurovskoye Cemetery.

Вечная память!

СССР: Прекрасная страна, в которой мы жили (The USSR: The most beautiful country where we lived)

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Chrystia Freeland’s Granddad was Indeed a Nazi Collaborator… So Much for Russian Disinformation

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The news conference on Monday by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was interesting not for the announcement that Canada was extending its training mission to the Ukraine but for the questions and answers about the minister’s grandfather. There have been a number of articles circulating about Freeland’s Ukrainian grandfather Michael Chomiak and his ties to the Nazis. Some of those articles have appeared on pro-Russian websites. Freeland, who strongly supports the Ukraine and is a major critic of Russia’s seizure of the Crimea, suggested to journalists that the articles about her grandfather were part of a Russian disinformation campaign (The Russian government sees Freeland as virulently anti-Russian and placed her on their travel ban). Freeland told reporters after they raised questions about the articles about her grandfather:

American officials have publicly said, and even Angela Merkel has publicly said, that there were efforts on the Russian side to destabilise Western democracies, and I think it shouldn’t come as a surprise if these same efforts were used against Canada.

The Globe and Mail also reported that an official in Freeland’s office denied the minister’s grandfather was a Nazi collaborator. In addition, those in the Canadian-Ukrainian community dismissed the claims were outright. Paul Grod, president of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress told the Globe and Mail:

It’s the continued Russian modus operandi that they have. Fake news, disinformation, and targeting different individuals. It’s just so outlandish when you hear some of these allegations… whether they are directed at Minister Freeland or others.

Well, it actually isn’t so outlandish. Michael Chomiak WAS a Nazi collaborator. What are the sources for the information that Freeland’s grandfather worked for the Nazis? For starters, The Ukraine Archival Records held by the Province of Alberta. It has a whole file on Chomiak, including his own details about his days editing the newspaper Krakivski Visti. Chomiak noted he edited the paper first in Kraków in Poland and then in Vienna. The reason he edited the paper in Vienna was because he had to flee with his Nazi colleagues as the Russians advanced into Poland (the Russians tended to execute collaborators well as SS members).

So what was the Krakivski Visti? The Nazis seized it, like a number of other publications, from their Jewish owners and then operated them as propaganda outlets. Here is what the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum has to say about Krakivski Visti and a similar newspaper, Lvivski Visti, both publications associated with the Nazi régime:

The editorial boards carried out a policy of soliciting Ukrainian support for the German cause. It was typical, within these publications, to not to give any accounts of the German genocidal policy, and largely, the editions resorted to silencing the mass killing of Jews in Galicia. Ukrainian newspapers presented the Jewish Question in light of the official Nazi propaganda, corollary to the Jewish world conspiracy. In 1943 and 1944, both Lvivski Visti and Krakivski Visti hailed the German-approved formation of the 14th Waffen SS Division Galichina, composed of Ukrainian volunteers.

So much for Russian disinformation. On Wednesday the Globe and Mail reported:

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper.

8 March 2017

David Pugliese

Ottawa Citizen

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/chrystia-freelands-granddad-was-indeed-a-nazi-collaborator-so-much-for-russian-disinformation

Editor:

The Galician Uniates are the diehard nationalists in the Ukraine. Firstly, the fact that they were under Habsburg and Polish rule cut them off for centuries from their fellows in Malorossiya. Secondly, the semi-Polish creole spoken in Galicia isn’t common… most “Ukrainians” speak Russian or Surzhik (a dialect more biased towards Russian than “Ukrainian”). Thirdly, Galicia is the Dogpatch of the Ukraine… it’s the poorest and most backwards region (the abject poverty of the region is what led so many to emigrate). It has NOTHING in common with Cossacks, yet Uniates prance about in Cossack costume… there’s only one problem… ALL Cossacks are anti-Uniate to the bone. If the Cossacks caught Poles or Muslims… they’d let them live and go home. If they caught Uniates, they killed them on the spot as traitors to Holy Rus and its faith.

The notional Ukraine is sinking and all of Freeland’s soldiers and all of Freeland’s money won’t put Humpty back together again.

Here’s another interesting take on l’Affaire Freeland from the Jewish POV

BMD

Friday, 10 February 2017

10 February 2017. ENGLISH SUBTITLES Peoples Artist of Russia S V Bezrukov Recites Poetry of K M Simonov… Russia’s Spirit Incarnate

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“Glory to the Soldier-Liberator!” When (not if) Russia intervenes to put an end to the notional and evil Uniate junta in the Ukraine, this is how most “Ukrainians” will welcome them… as liberators from a feral and criminal oligarch cabal. America had best step aside…

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People’s Artist of the Russian Federation S V Bezrukov recites powerful poetry by K M Simonov from the VOV. There are English subtitles… you have to hear the raw emotion that Sergei Vitalyevich gives to Konstantin Mikhailovich’s words. Bezrukov is one of the most-loved and most well-known actors in Russia today… every Russian knows who he is and what he stands for. Sergei Vitalyevich is a patriot, a true son of the Rodina, a modern successor to the great V S Lanovoi… unlike Hollywood, actors in Russia respect and honour the national patrimony. He stands for support of the patriot Peoples Republics in the Donbass… a stance that we should share.

You can stand with the American Establishment (and their running dogs amongst us like Potapov and Kishkovsky) or you can stand with Sergei Vitalyevich. I know where I stand… I confide that I’m far from being alone (although far too many in the American Orthodox diaspora have sold out to Anglo America and its pretty baubles and false non-culture). McCain, Graham, Clinton, Mattis, Mullen, and Trump had best take heed (Trump, so far, has refused to rein in the Uniate murderers… shall he?)… Russia has a record of defeating foreign aggressors…

BMD

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