Voices from Russia

Saturday, 20 May 2017

20 May 2017. Here are MY Heroes… Вечная слава! Во веки слава!


Today, a great man turned 100-years-old! Let’s all celebrate his birthday and spread the news far and wide! Mikhail Vasilyevich Podgursky was in the Naval Infantry, serving in the Winter War against Finland, the VOV, and the war against the Japanese fascists. He was born in Moscow in 1917, serving in the forces from 1938 to 1946. Mikhail Vasilyevich was at the front serving with the 7, 14, 32, and 38 Armies, leaving service as a war invalid due to serious wounds. He served with the Naval Infantry in the Northern and Pacific Fleets. He received numerous orders and medals for his service in the VOV. He was a double laureate at exhibitions at the VDNKh. Ship models created by M V Podgursky are in the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 on Poklonnaya Gora and in schools and museums in Moscow, St Petersburg, Stalingrad (Volgograd), Sevastopol, Murmansk, Tula, and other cities. For his active and long work in military-patriotic education, Mikhail Vasilyevich received numerous honorary medals and citations from the Moscow and the Russian Committees for War Veterans, the Minoborony Rossii, the Russian Navy, ROSTO, the Ministry of Culture, and other organisations. On 17 May 2017, Mikhail Vasilyevich will celebrate his 100th birthday! Our best wishes to you and we hope for your continued good health, Mikhail Vasilyevich! To the Great Victory! We bow before you, for the Great Victory you won!

17 May 2017

Sergei Suslov


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Putin on Victory Day: “There is No Force, and There’ll Be No Force, That Could Conquer Our People”


There is no force, and there’ll be no force, that could conquer our people. We couldn’t prevent this horrible tragedy, firstly, due to connivance at the criminal ideology of racial supremacy, due to the disunity amongst the world’s leading countries, which allowed the Nazis to appropriate the right to decide the destiny of other peoples, to unleash the cruelest and bloodiest war, and to enslave and make almost all European countries serve their deadly goals. We feel a deep and strong kinship with this generation of heroes and victors. Moreover, I’ll tell them the following… you’ll never feel ashamed of us! The Russian soldier today, like in all the times, shows courage and heroism, and is ready for any podvig*, for any sacrifice, for the sake of his Motherland and his people.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

The lessons of the past war urge us to be vigilant and the Russian Armed Forces are capable of repelling any potential aggression, but today life itself requires increasing our defence potential. However, we need the entire international community to come together to fight terrorism, extremism, neo-Nazism, and other threats effectively. We’re open for such coöperation. Russia will always be on the side of those in the world who choose the road of fair partnership, who reject war as being alien to the very essence of life and human nature. The further the events of the Great Patriotic War recede into history, the higher our responsibility before future generations. We must pass stability and peace on the planet to them; pass on the harsh and heroic truth about the Patriotic War and the Great Victory’s spirit and essence, so that our descendants love Russia fervently as well. People should keep in their memory the generation that selflessly fought for the Motherland and defended its freedom and independence with honour.

9 May 2017



Monday, 8 May 2017

8 May 2017. Why Do We Celebrate This Day? We Remember the Cost in Blood


8 May 2017. Why Do We Celebrate This Day? We Remember Who Played the Major Role in the Defeat of Fascism and Its Allies


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