Voices from Russia

Friday, 7 February 2014

MID Sez Moscow Won’t Interfere or Intervene in the Ukraine… Russia and China Condemn Outside Interference… US Bigs Diss EU, Forced to Apologise, USA Blames Russia for Leak… Explosion in Oppo Stronghold Injures Two, Cops Not Allowed to Investigate

00 Riots in Kiev 01. 07.01.14


Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said that Moscow doesn’t intervene or interfere in Ukrainian internal affairs, in response to a question on the plans of the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea to appeal to Russia to act as guarantor of security regarding the events on the Maidan. At a briefing at the MID, Lukashevich said, “We believe that the Ukrainian leadership is quite capable of making their own decisions to unblock this political crisis. We don’t interfere or intervene in these processes. However, of course, we’ve conducted a very intensive multi-pronged dialogue using all channels to solve all pressing bilateral issues, especially, questions of practical politics and economic coöperation”.

6 February 2014


Dmitri Peskov, the Press Secretary to the President, said that President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping strongly condemned foreign interference in Ukrainian internal affairs after the riots began in mid-January, saying, “They touched upon the topic of the Ukraine. Both sides emphasised the inadmissibility of any outside interference in the situation and harshly condemned any such intervention”. Peskov noted that the Chinese expressed their condemnation of external intervention and supported the Russian position.

6 February 2014


US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said that the State Department doesn’t intend to authenticate an internet post presumed to be by US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt {Pyatt’s a former neoliberal K Street stink-tanker, which tells you that he’s untrustworthy and an opportunistic backstabber: editor}, where they allegedly spoke rudely about the EU and the role that it gave three Ukrainian oppositionist leaders… Arseny Yatsenyuk, Vitaly Klichko, and Oleg Tyagnibok. She told reporters, “I’m not going to confirm it or disclose details of diplomats’ private conversations diplomats. There’s a difference between private conversations and official positions, which we’ll announce later”.

On Thursday, YouTube posted an audio conversation with a female and male voice, presumably belonging to Nuland and Pyatt. In particular, the woman’s voice says that she doesn’t want to see UDAR leader Klichko in any new Ukrainian government, “I don’t think that Klich (Klichko) should enter the government. I don’t think it’s necessary. I don’t think it’s a good idea”, noting Klichko’s political naïveté. The male voice said, “The problem may be with (Svoboda chieftain) Tyagnibok and his guy”. The two agreed that “Yats” (apparently Yatsenyuk) would be the best head of government. Then, the woman’s voice said that State Department Ukrainian expert Jeff Feltman allegedly persuaded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to send special envoy Robert Serry to Kiev, saying, “It’ll be fine, I think, to stick together and help the situation, even if we have to deal with the UN and the EU… fuck the EU”. Judging by details in the discussion, the conversation could’ve taken place in late January.

Later Thursday, an unnamed American official told the AP that USA suspects that a Russian source leaked the audio, because, according to the American official view, the first reference to the conversation appeared in a tweet on Twitter by Dmitri Loskutov to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin.

Click here for a 4-minute audio clip of the alleged conversation

7 February 2014


On Friday, AFP reported that US Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland apologised to EU diplomats in a telephone conversation for her rudeness towards the EU. US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said, “Allow me to announce that she contacted her EU counterparts, and, of course, apologised”. However, she refused to confirm or deny whether the recording posted on the Internet was authentic.

7 February 2014


Washington accused Russia of being behind the leak of an intercepted telephone call between top US diplomats discussing the unfolding political crisis in the Ukraine, using foul language to disparage the EU. In the recording, figures identified as US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt discussed political developments inside the Ukraine and coördinate on contact with opposition figures. In a passage that’s already caused embarrassment to Washington, one can hear Nuland dismiss European partners with the phrase “fuck the EU”. The conversation, which is now on YouTube, is scant on operational details, but Russia will likely use it to show direct Western support for Ukrainian oppositionists.

A post on Twitter by an aide to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin about the recording shortly after it surfaced online prompted accusations from Washington that the Tweet directly implicated Moscow in the interception and later leak. On Thursday, US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said, “This is a new low in Russian tradecraft in terms of publicising and posting. This is something they’ve been actively promoting, posting on, tweeting about, and certainly we feel that represents a new low”. Psaki said Nuland contacted EU counterparts and apologised for her embarrassing remarks. Dmitri Loskutov, an aide to Rogozin, dismissed suggestions that he was directly involved in a leak, saying, “I was just monitoring the Internet, whilst my boss was meeting with the Chinese leader”. Loskutov said that his tweet wasn’t an official statement. Repeatedly, Russia urged an end to what it calls interference by Western politicians in Ukrainian internal affairs.

7 February 2014


MVD Major General Valery Mazan, the acting head of the MVDU in Kiev, said on Channel 112 that the authorities opened a criminal case under Article 264 of the UKU (careless storage of firearms or ammunition) on the explosion in the House of Trade Unions, occupied by oppositionist radicals. Earlier reports indicated that the blast injured two people, a man who lost his hand and a 15-year-old teenager with third-degree burns around the eyes are in hospital. The cops tried to enter the premises to inspect the incident scene, but Rada People’s Deputy Vladimir Aryev {a Hard Right pro-Western oppo militant: editor}, who introduced himself as a leader of those inside, said that the oppositionist occupiers of the building refused to let the cops inside the building.

7 February 2014


The MVDU didn’t rule out the possibility that the explosion at the House of Trade Unions in Kiev was a result of an accident during the manufacture of an explosive device. A statement posted on the MVDU website said, “Rightwing radical groups plan to disturb the peace again, and they wouldn’t scruple at a terrorist act. Our present operational information backs that up, as shown by recent developments in the House of Trade Unions, where an explosion occurred. This might have been the result of attempting to make an explosive device. Those who plan criminal acts must remember that law enforcement officers have ample opportunity to find them and bring them to justice”.

7 February 2014









Editor’s Note:

Watch for the USA to backtrack even more. Firstly, the intercepted phone call proved that the USA was pissing on its partners. Yes, everyone knows the haughty hubris and childish arrogance of the Amerikantsy… they get their nicks in a knot every time that their interlocutor doesn’t kiss their arse and treat them like uncrowned royalty. Secondly, the explosion and the later cover-up by the oppos showed that more violence is on the way, courtesy of the USA and EU. The USA has a lotta damned gall to speak of “new lows” after its proven role in many provocations throughout the world. Thirdly, the USA is deeply in hock to China due to the hellishly expensive warmongering of the Bush years. GWB (and Republicans, in general, supported him) fought two wars on tick… whilst cutting taxes for the rich. That’s incompetence, recklessness, and irresponsibility… and such people call themselves “conservative!” Excuse me whilst I hurl. In short, China has a veto over American disorderliness… the USA can’t afford to go against it (for China could bollix the USA by refusing to buy new bonds or by dumping its present holdings on the market).

The Western gambit failed. There’s still a bit more to go before it’s all over, but the Western attempt to tear the Ukraine away from Russia is a non-starter. The Orthosphere is still intact… for now. Remember, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is the spiritual son of Elder Zosima Sokur (he also makes an annual unpublicised otpust to the Holy Mountain, where the Fathers back him unreservedly)… he’s not a follower of Ayn Rand nor does he kiss the Pope of Rome’s bum as the Uniates do. That is, he’s a strong Orthodox Christian, but he doesn’t wear his belief on his sleeve for all to see. In this fight, he’s the ONLY true Son of the Church in the mix. Remember that when you ponder which side to support. If you’re Orthodox, you’ll support Viktor Fyodorovich and NOT the oppos… if you back the oppos, you deny your faith (yes, it’s that serious… the legit Church is behind V F Yanukovich, and don’t you forget it), you show yourself an effectual Uniate.

Support the UOC/MP… support the KPU… support the REAL Ukrainian people. Support President Yanukovich… freedom IS in the balance.

One last thing… State Department PR hack flack Psaki used the word “tradecraft”… that’s intel jargon. That means that she’s a spook or that she’s in contact with spooks (like Potapov is). Your slip is showing, dear…


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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Uniate Priests Campaigning for the Overthrow of the Ukrainian Government

00 MP Priest on the Maidan. Kiev THE UKRAINE. 15.12.13

The demonstrators are a minority… even of Galicians. They’re pro-American dupes… they know not what they do, in many cases. After all, their clergy and hierarchy lie to them. Be forgiving of individual Uniates… show no mercy to their propaganda, though. The priests of the legit canonical UOC/MP are on the Maidan spreading Christ‘s message of peace and reconciliation. The Uniates and schismatics are there advocating the violent overthrow of the government. I know which one I favour… do you?


According to Interfax-Religion, priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs) condemn believers who disagree with the European integration of the Ukraine. In particular, an online video showed Uniate priests, backed by shouts of “ганьба” (ganba: shame) from the crowd, trying to overpower their Eurosceptic opponents on the Maidan, but the police protected the Eurosceptics from the Uniate mob. A source close to the UGKTs told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday that on 20 November, when the idea of pro-EU demonstrations on the Maidan arose, UGKTs priests in all parishes and seminaries sprang into action, urging their faithful to go to Kiev. The source stated, “They formulated a clear action plan on what to do on the Maidan… what to say and how to say it, and how to oppose other factions to block alternative viewpoints from reaching the government. They had a goal… they wanted to take part in régime change. Priests are still stirring up their flocks to go to Kiev, even though there’s no longer any genuine solution possible through the Maidan demonstrations“. The other day, much controversy erupted over a YouTube video showing Uniate priest Mikhail Arsenych in Ivano-Frankovsk Oblast calling in a sermon to have a “discussion with bullets” with opponents of European integration.

10 December 2013



Sunday, 10 November 2013

10 November 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Black Kangaroo Spotted in Forest in Saratov Oblast

00 Black Wallaroo



A couple driving through a forest in southeastern Russia videotaped a black kangaroo on the side of the road and fed the exotic animal a banana. The video, posted on YouTube, became an instant hit on the Russian internet. Judging from the video clip, the driver initially thought it was a hare, but his wife insisted it was an exotic animal native to Australia. The couple stopped the car and the woman tried to feed the kangaroo a banana before driving off. According to local media, residents of Saratov Oblast previously spotted the stray kangaroo at least twice this year…in spring and summer. The media speculated that the animal could have fled from a private zoo owned by a local businessman. The rare kangaroo encounter prompted a wave of funny comments amongst the Russian online community, suggesting future appearances of behemoths in the Moskva River or chimpanzees on fir tree branches, which are common in Russia.

10 November 2013



Friday, 30 August 2013

30 August 2013. Stop the Presses! Vassa Larina’s Started a New YouTube Lecture Series! Hear, Hear!

01 read all about it


I got the following from the Cabinet:

V. L. has started a YouTube lecture series (click here). Expect much more of her cutting mockery of her parents, her home parish, and the Russian Orthodox tradition more generally, now straight to your computer screen!

I quite agree. Another Cabineteer sent me this:

Don’t link Mother Vassa with Fr George! He’s quite upset with her dalliance with Bob Taft and of some of her public utterances. He’s an Old School ROCOR priest, in the best sense of the term.

I quite agree with that, too. The Larins are part of the First Families apparat, but that doesn’t mean that they’re corrupt or evil. Once we have a united Church here in the American and Canadian diasporas many of the First Family sorts will have leading positions in it. You’re stupid to think otherwise. As for me, I agree with Deng Xiaoping:

It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.

Some of the First Family sorts (such as John Jillions, Eric Tosi, Victor Potapov, and Leonid Ksihkovsky) are incompetents and/or corrupt to the bone. Others are “operators” but competent (such as Alexander Lebedeff), whilst still others simply have the “right pedigree” (Alexander Golitzin, many of the Lukianovtsy, George Larin, and Alexander Garklavs). There’s a deep longing for unity amongst Russian Orthodox in the American diaspora. That’s the impression that I received from my conversations at St T’s and Jackson. Let’s not ruin it by stupid vendettas that’ll do nothing but advance personal agendas and halt unity. Keep it focused; keep it businesslike; keep it issues-oriented; we’ll get there (and faster than you’d think, too)



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