Voices from Russia

Monday, 22 June 2015

Interesting Lacunae in RT Reporting…

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Firstly, read this. Interesting, no? Well, it doesn’t mention earlier rallies of Ukrainian higher officers and units. Now, read this. Note well that the RT article doesn’t mention Admiral Berezovsky at all! I’d say that the commander of the “Ukrainian” Navy rallying to Russia wasn’t small beer! Now, read this… ask yourself, “What happened to all the troops that rallied to Russia and refused repatriation to the Ukraine and what happened to all the matériel stockpiled there?” Here’s something from Krasnaya Zvezda, the Russian military journal. This is for internal consumption… it isn’t propaganda. Note well that the RT report said nothing of this battalion coming over almost completely en bloc to Russia!

This present RT report smells like bullshit to me. No… not false… simply not giving the whole story. WHY? I’d say that one reason is that RT is trying to reinforce the “stupid factor” amongst the Anglos. That is… they’re trying to pretend that their attention spans are as short as those of the Anglo political class (which is about the same as a sex-crazed gnat in heat during the height of the mating season). People like McCain, Biden, Nuland, Clinton, Rubio, and Cruz are grasping idiots… their actions show that. RT is playing up to their stupidity and ignorance. It doesn’t matter if any of us tell the truth… these arrogant bastards are so hubristical that they only attend to voices that tell them what they want to hear. Besides that, Biden and Clinton have pre-existing (and rancidly deep) Russophobia… they showed that in 1999 when they contemptuously spat on the late Patriarch Aleksei Ridiger when he asked the Americans not to bomb Belgrade on Orthodox Easter.

McCain’s recent statement that the USA could supply all of Europe and the Ukraine with natural gas in two years was vacuity on parade. Firstly, American natural gas production has topped off… secondly, many jurisdictions are banning fracking… thirdly, the drop in oil prices means that the energy multinationals have much less to invest in exploration, exploitation, and infrastructure. The only way to ship natural gas from the USA to Europe is via LNG tanker… there are only so many such vessels and none of the present tonnage is available for such traffic as they already have full employment shipping LNG. Remember, the drop in oil prices means that energy conglomerates will have difficulty properly maintaining their present fleets, let alone adding to them. That’s to say, the infrastructure doesn’t exist… there’s no funds to develop it until oil prices recover. In short, McCain’s boast is GIGO.

Lastly, read this… it’s a howler! WOW! 40,000 troops… that’s 3 division-equivalents, which works out to 9 brigade-equivalents, which comes out to 27 line battalions. The peacetime Russian Army has 41 brigades and 2 divisions… not counting the stockpiled equipment for reserve formations (which mostly don’t exist in Western armies). NATO is going to deter 47 Russian brigades with 9 NATO brigades!  In fact, it’s less than that, for it includes an inordinate amount of special ops bubbas. These troops can raid and reconnoitre, but they can’t hold ground. They simply lack the heavy equipment and manpower. What’s more, this notional force comes from all the NATO members… with varying TO&Es… varying equipment… varying operational doctrine… varying logistics and provisions pipelines. In short, it’s a clusterfuck waiting to happen. The largest single national contingent would be the two manoeuvre brigades of US Army Europe (6 of the 27 battalions of this notional force). The USA has no more troops in Europe at present and has plans to have stockpiles for only two more brigades as reinforcements (I discussed the difficulties of such a movement here).

This is a non-starter from the git-go… and VVP knows it. That’s why he’s emulating Br’er Fox and lying low. I wonder why RT (and most other Russian English-language media) isn’t giving the full story that one gets in the Russian-language media. It’s almost like the English-language and Russian-language productions come from two different teams with two different POVs and goals. Be careful… the Western reportage is outright lies… the Russian reporting is good in Russian… inconsistent in English. The media organisations do know what’s going on, as the Russian coverage invariably has excellent reportage and op-eds. The English sometimes echoes Western bullshit, sometimes it tells the truth… I truly feel bad for those with no facility in Russian. The news in English is nasty from the West, wobbly from Russia (I don’t think that expats are the reason… all-too-many Russian English-speakers are pro-Western neoliberals). Stay tuned… it bids fair to be interesting…


Sunday, 10 May 2015

10 May 2015. A Vote for Bernie is a Vote for the Truth… Plus, Why I Do What I Do

00 jon stewart. 10.05.15


News is NOT accounts of this or that politician… news is NOT titbits about this or that empty celebrity… news is NOT some general showing off his latest toys. News IS the repair of a damaged bridge… news IS the baking and sale of subsidised bread to the modest of means… news IS the delivery of needed humanitarian supplies to those in need of them. News is NOT provided by talking heads in the District or in the Corporate Media. News DOES come from places where “reporters” and “journalists” never tread… when’s the last time that you saw a reporter in Mayfield PA or in Amsterdam NY? Hell, you don’t even see journalists in Bennington VT or even Albany NY! Schenectady NY is a joke to such people and Saratoga Springs NY only exists in August. NO WESTERN REPORTER WRITES FROM DONETSK OR LUGANSK. NONE. They just pass on Kiev bullshit just as uncritically as they pass on Washington’s spin. During the Vietnam War, reporters weren’t as knackered. Today, they all fear losing “credentials”… “Oh, dear… the Ministry of Truth won’t keep me on!” If you don’t toe the line, you’re out of a job. That’s why I have utter contempt and no respect for Victor Potapov, Rod Dreher, Freddie M-G, Serge Schmemann, Sofiya Kishkovskaya, and Terrence Mattingly… they all willingly take part in the Corporate Deception Machine in one capacity or another. They all eagerly and willingly take on Caiphas’ pieces of silver… “They had to”, don’t you know…

I’ll confide that most people no longer trust in the bought n’ paid-for whores of the corporate media… no one believes them… no one. They can beat the drums all day for this or for that… no one bloody cares. As for those beating the war-drums against Russia, it’s a case of “Crying Wolf” once too often. People are simply bone-weary of warfare and want their sons safe at home, not in harm’s way as an aggressor in some far-off foreign part. Most people want us to see to our own needs… to see to the needs of ordinary people, not the grasping wants of the Oligarch class and their upper-middle agents and vultures.

That’s why I LIKE reporting the “mundane” news from the Peoples Republics… no, it’s not as “exciting” as the war news is, but it’s exciting in a far better way. People are doing their damnedest to build a fairer society than the one imposed by the USA. They know what’s wrong with the oligarchs… they know what was wrong in the Soviet system. The Republican Party hates the fact that the patriots concluded that the least-wrong system was the socialist Soviet system (all the possible alternatives had flaws, but the Soviet model had the least). The people WANT a Peoples Republic. They showed that in decreeing “Republic’s Bread” to have reasonably priced food for those on fixed-incomes. They willingly carry the Red Banner and they carry icons, too! They nationalised the holdings of the oligarchs… who were nothing but thieves of state property, upheld by the Western rich. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? If like calls unto like, and shitbirds of a feather flock together, what does that tell us about the Western Affluent Effluent?

That’s why I’m doing my best to cover a small part of the world. I’m translating material from the DNR and LNR media. Listen to what they have to say. They’ve earned the right to speak via their sacrifice, blood shed, and pain endured. I’m honoured to be able to present it to you in the English language. No, it isn’t ALL that I do… but it’s something that I do daily… it’s an obligation, a duty to my coreligionists, compatriots, fellow leftists, and  coeval strivers for justice. The price of bread is DOWN in Lugansk and Donetsk… it is UP in Kiev. Wages and pensions are down (or not paid) in Kiev… wages and pensions continue in Lugansk and Donetsk. Indeed, the story of the LNR and the DNR is a very “American Success” story… an underdog succeeding against all the odds, who makes it work due to grit and determination. Yet, the news media treats them like subservient nigger slaves… no, even worse. They’re supposed to be GRATEFUL to the Americans for having sicced the oligarchs and their Uniate nationalist bully-boys on them.

I am going to carry on as long as God gives me health and strength. If the patriots in the DNR and LNR can spill their blood in the cause of freedom, then, I can take time and translate and write. I bow before them. May God bless you all. May next Victory Day see Peace… a Just Peace… a Peace where the “Ukrainian” aggressor is no longer squatting on the Russian Land, not able to bother Holy Rus and its People. I pray for this… so should you. GOD BLESS THE PATRIOTS OF NOVOROSSIYA. I love all of you and have you in my thoughts always. You DO have a friend.

As it was… as it is… as it ever shall be…


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Zakharchenko Denied “Der Spiegel’s” Spin about the Return of Patriot Equipment to the Front

00 A V Zakharchenko 02. DNR. Donetsk. 24.03.15


Today,Chairman of the DNR Government A V Zakharchenko told the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that he refuted the interpretation given to his words by the German magazine Der Spiegel about the return of heavy equipment of our side to the contact line, saying, “I emphasised that our side would return heavy weapons only if Kiev began full-scale military actions and resumed their indiscriminate shelling of civilian neighbourhoods in our cities. In my opinion, it makes sense… if you kill us, if you kill our civilians, we need to oppose that. After all, I told the German journalists that I ordered our forces not to open fire. Frankly, to be honest, I don’t understand how they come to their conclusion from my words that we pulled back heavy weapons. We withdrew the weapons… that’s a fact. The Der Spiegel journalists knew what I said, but they wrote something else… honestly, I don’t understand why the German journalists asked me to give them an interview. I don’t see the point in conversing, if all that they want to do is to write what they want, to turn my statements inside out”.

25 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Political Logorrhoea: Psaki Spouts New Cacodoxy… Her Statements Reach New Levels of Confusion

00 Jen Psaki. caricatura.ru. 27.08.14



Recently, Jen Psaki spouted new political logorrhoea on Crimea. Psaki, the US Department of State spokesman, said that Russian troops stationed in the Crimea at Russian military bases, legally, with the permission of the Ukrainian government, occupied the peninsula prior to the referendum. Prior to the Crimean referendum, Russia, in all strict legality, with the permission of the Kiev government, stationed its troops at Russian military bases in the Crimea. That meant, regardless of the referendum, Russian troops at Russian military bases couldn’t possibly occupy “Ukrainian” territory, as they were at their own bases. Matthew Lee, an AP reporter, asked Psaki to clarify how Russian troops could “occupy” the Crimea by simply sitting at their bases without forcibly seizing or taking over anything. Psaki attempted to parry the question with her statement that the Russians were training and sending military equipment to Crimean residents, only to realise that the Crimea wasn’t in Novorossiya. Lee tried to correct Psaki, “Oh, you’re talking about in the eastern Ukraine (sic) now, not the Crimea”. After that, Psaki was totally lost and replied incoherently, “Yeah. No, I, but, I’m not also talking about back then”, adding that she had no further comments on the Crimea.

17 March 2015

Sputnik International


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