On the Art of Noticing the Obvious, and Invisible People

Uncle Volodya says, "There is a noticeable element of the pathological in some current leftist critiques, which I tend to attribute to feelings of guilt allied to feelings of impotence. Not an attractive combination, because it results in self-hatred.”

Uncle Volodya says, “There is a noticeable element of the pathological in some current leftist critiques, which I tend to attribute to feelings of guilt allied to feelings of impotence. Not an attractive combination, because it results in self-hatred.”

One  principal advantage this blog enjoys over many other Russia-focused blogs in English is the participation of some ethnic-Russian and extremely competent speakers of English, some of whom still live in Russia. We are therefore offered direct access to at least some opinion which comes from the country which is our focus of interest, rather than being told what Russians think by English-speaking journalists such as Shaun Walker, Roland Oliphant, Edward Lucas and thoroughly-westernized Russian émigrés like Julia Ioffe and Leonid Bershidsky. The importance of that unfiltered opinion cannot be exaggerated, because the foregoing journalists and émigrés frequently sample only the opinions of groups likely to provide the soundbites they are looking for, or simply make them up. This offers the comforting – for some – picture that there is widespread discontent within Russia of the current government, wages have remained stagnant for decades and Russians envy and covet western freedoms, which we must acknowledge is a popular narrative in the Anglosphere. Our only opportunity to rebut it comes from passionate Russians who can express themselves competently in English, and substantiate, flesh out and bring to life the alternative reality we know exists.

This, of course, is leading into another post from the erudite native Muscovite we know as Lyttenburgh. I am delighted to be able to offer it here. Lyttenburgh, it’s all yours.

Prologue:

Prince Andrew was somewhat refreshed by having ridden off the dusty highroad along which the troops were moving. But not far from Bald Hills he again came out on the road and overtook his regiment at its halting place by the dam of a small pond. It was past one o’clock. The sun, a red ball through the dust, burned and scorched his back intolerably through his black coat. The dust always hung motionless above the buzz of talk that came from the resting troops. There was no wind. As he crossed the dam Prince Andrew smelled the ooze and freshness of the pond. He longed to get into that water, however dirty it might be, and he glanced round at the pool from whence came sounds of shrieks and laughter. The small, muddy, green pond had risen visibly more than a foot, flooding the dam, because it was full of the naked white bodies of soldiers with brick-red hands, necks, and faces, who were splashing about in it. All this naked white human flesh, laughing and shrieking, floundered about in that dirty pool like carp stuffed into a watering can, and the suggestion of merriment in that floundering mass rendered it specially pathetic.

[…]

“Flesh, bodies, cannon fodder!” he thought, and he looked at his own naked body and shuddered, not from cold but from a sense of disgust and horror he did not himself understand, aroused by the sight of that immense number of bodies splashing about in the dirty pond.

– L. Tolstoy, “War and Peace”, volume 3, Book 10, Chapter V.

Part I.

I was “triggered” into writing this article by two factors. First – by a somewhat “popular” in narrow circles writer, Lyudmila Ulitskaya (a regular of “intelligentsia gatherings” organized by Mikhail Khodorkovskiy) who just recently compared Russians to “filthy, sick savages”. Not something out of the ordinary, really – sadly, this is just another example of the self-proclaimed members of the “Nation’s Conscience” passing judgment on the rest of the people, who might (o, horror!) disagree with them and their foreign sponsors.

Another came from a rather unusual source. As you all probably know, the “Kadyrov Scandal”, started when the President of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation called non-systemic oppositionists “traitors” and “enemies of the people” and called for them to be investigated and, if needed, prosecuted in accordance with Russian Law. The scandal is not abating in Russia and now even the Foreign Democratic And Independent press began noticing it. And so we have many different pieces from across the Civilized World, all of them professing their love for the so-called “Russian liberals”, “true opposition”, “civil society” and a burning hatred for the “wrong” Chechen Kadyrov (as opposed to the “good ” Chechens, whose actions they supported in the 90s and 00s). This article on a British government funded BBC Russia site is typical. Its author – Artyom Krechetnikov – is a fine example of sad and failed dissident and émigré, who just physically can’t write a good thing about his former country of birth.

Quite predictably, our Artyom is highly critical of Kadyrov’s comparisons of the non-systemic opposition to the enemies of the people. He even decided to write a little “historical essay” devoted to that question – starting with the Great French Revolution and ending with Mao’s China. He makes all possible mistakes one can expect from a rabid Russophobe and anti-Sovietist (which, all too often, means the same thing). Say, while admitting that the Committee on the National Safety executed via “Mme Guillotine” only 18,613 people, he immediately references 1935 “studies” of the American historian Donald Greer, who, somehow, managed to increase this number to 40,000. The same way he acts while talking about the “Great Terror” in the Soviet Union. He claims that in the period of 1921-1953,  3, 777, 380 people were persecuted by “political” charges (read: “they were completely innocent from our absolutely superior liberal POV”) and that 799,445 of them were executed. On the one hand – that’s kinda-sorta  progress compared to Beevor-SoLZHEnytsin’s “millions of innocents shot for nothing in the span of a few years” concept; but, still, a gross exaggeration and a shameless lie. First of all he conflates in his “persecuted” claim in the form of a number of people close to 4 million. Both those who were just charged with various political (but very real) crimes and then released, and those who were sentenced to prison time or executed. Next, for an uninformed reader a number of 799,455 looks big, scary and (because it’s uneven) legit. But it’s actually a number of death warrants issued – not the number of the actual executions carried out in the USSR for this sort of crime in the period of more than 30 years. The actual number is lower – about 680,000. Which is, kinda-sorta, less scary and also, by its mere fact of existence, proves that some people (a whopping 120,000 of them) got pardoned or successfully pleaded their cause before the ghoulish, baby-eating Stalinist government. But we don’t want any ideological ambiguity, do we? Even then, possessing basic skills of math, some primitive solar-panel calculator and access to reliable and relevant statistical data will lead any would be “demolisher of Stalinism” to rather disheartening conclusion – that bloody mustachioed vampire managed to repress for political reasons about 2.7-3% of the entire population. Boo-fricking-hoo.

But what does our dear Krechetnikov do next? Oh, that’s a real gem! Here is his main reason for opposing Kadyrov and his “attacks” on the shy and conscientious democratic opposition in Russia, whom he dares to call “the enemies of the people”:

“In fact, the term is meaningless because there is no national-superpersonality, able to want something or do not want it, to love or hate someone. There are many people who have different interests, opinions, and, accordingly, friends and enemies”.

That’s it, people! That was my own “Bingo!” moment, when I finally got it all about the real issue of this “Kadyrov’s scandal”, but most importantly, I’ve ‘groked’ the essence of the modern international so-called Liberalism and its faithful servants in Russian. Let me explain it.

Part II

It is considered to be a mauvais ton, a taboo even to talk about ‘the people’ or the ‘working class’ in the Western Respectable Media and Academia. Big Scary No-No. Why? Well, because if you are talking about the ‘people’ then you will inevitably go Patriotism=>Nationalism=>Nazism road. And were you ever to raise a question about the ‘working class’, then, surely you will next arrive at Socialism=>Stalinism=>gulags. That’s a Well Known Fact . And no use to argue against the Free and Independent Opinion, you Commie-Nazi Freak!

What does it mean? Well, it means that any given country of the Progressive And Culturally Superior West™ is ruled by this or that iteration of a filthy rich elite brought up to power by this or that iteration of the local Bourgeoisie Revolution – with the motto “Fuck the Poor!” engraved on every single decision of this self-perpetuation oligarchy draped in the, ha-ha, republican robes. Then there is a small – but very, very noisy, so they appear larger than they actually are – strata of the “intellectuals”, high-priests in the temples of the long-dead gods of Freedom, Liberty and Equality, who fancy themselves as the one and only true keepers of the Democratic Legacy, of the Quintessence of what their particular “Nation” is all about – but screw the history and traditions if we feel the other way on Tuesday. The fact that both of these“ruling classes” comprise (combined) perhaps less than 10% of the entire population doesn’t discourage them at all in their perceived view of the world at large – naturally, with them at the top.

So, who are the rest of the people? Pfft, what a silly question! They do not exist. At all. Why are you looking so surprised at me? Didn’t the good Sir Krechentikov just say that ‘the people’ do not exist? There you go! Move along – nothing to see here. What you have for the 90% of the population instead of the “people” or even the “working class” are what good pro-democracy (and – as any idiot in the Net will tell you – pro-gay) Greeks referred as “walking and talking tools”. And tools, as we know, usually are dumb, mono-tasked and easily replaceable. By other tools, no matter what their country of origin or the reasons of becoming “tools” in the first place. Ultimately, to the “ruling classes” they are all the same.

So, when the so-called ‘Russian liberals’ are decrying ‘their’ own people and wish it to be replaced entirely one way or another – they are actually voicing in their naive neophyte way what their much more experienced masters and colleagues from across the “Civilized World” have been keeping in mind for a long, long time.

Naturally, it’s a little wonder that the “nonexistent people” (according to the liberal l‘Internationale) have no “enemies” wishing to harm them or to screw them over. And because about 90% of these “non-people” are basically not even  cognizant citizens who can take responsible actions on their own – its only in their best interests if some much more educated, handshakeable (albeit – miniscule) group of the “full-rights citizens” will decide what’s better for them and, ugh, the “nation”. And to hell with these “elections” – cattle know not how to vote properly anyway!

Don’t believe me? I remind you, that thoroughly-beloved-by-the-West Russian journalist Yulia Latynina argued against allowing poor people to vote. Plus, this Russian Ayn Rand-wannabe also denies global warming. She insists that only when the “proper” Russia will “cut-away” the Far East, Siberia and North Caucasus will we “start living like human beings” To no one’s surprise, she’s a great fan of Pinochet’s Chile and Lee Kwan-Yew’s Singapore.

Another rather descriptive example: Garry Kasparov, touted by the Free Press as yet another “leader of the Russian opposition”, now living in a self-imposed (and very comfortable) exile in the West, who recently “erupted” with a program of actions for the Liberal Opposition when (not if – when!) they capture the power from the Regime.  A breathtaking read, I must say. He calls for the “purification” (that’s not totalitarian purges, no – it’s democratic “purification”!) of the society, because “the society will have to pay for everything – for the support of Putin, for Georgia, for Crimea and for Donbass” – just like Germany and Japan had to pay after 1945. He, jumping from here, calls for a “historical Nuremberg”, with real “judicial process punishing the architects of the current regime”. And elections, democracy and all that jazz? Oh, no – it’s impossible. No elections after the destruction of the Evil Regime – the people are too brainwashed, could be easily swayed and, Freedom forbid, might not vote for the Good Guys. Dictatorship of the Warriors of the Light (now with Filtration Camps of  Freedom) are the only true way.

And now read anything from a bunch of other articles about “poor, isolated Russia” from our usual suspects belonging to the Free And Independent Western Media and you’ll notice the trend – not a peep about what the Russian people really, really want. Sure, you will find here many ballsy claims about “Many in Russia suspect that Kadyrov [something-something-something-Dark Side]” – without any real proof about these mythical “many”. ‘Cause this particular ambiguously big “many” actually covers only a Barbie-seized crowd of shy and conscientious intilligents, democratic journalists, kreakls, hipsters and gays from the breadth of Russia. They are seen as the voice of Russia and the true Elite who is entitled to rule the country – not the 86% of unmentionable “others”.

See for yourself. There is no more vanilla anti-Russian pro-jingoistic neo-con paper in the American Olympus of the 4th Estate than the “Pravda on the Potomac” AKA “The Washington Post”. This time, they scare their readership shitless with this scaaaary tale:

Now, the attack dog seems to be unleashed. Mr. Kadyrov has written an article published in the daily Izvestia that pours scorn on the “nonsystemic opposition” to Mr. Putin and suggests it be punished. The term “systemic opposition” in Russia usually refers to the toadies and sycophants who support Mr. Putin. Mr. Kadyrov’s sights are on everyone else who criticizes the president — and he named names, including prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny and journalists for Echo of Moscow radio and Dozhd television, both progressive outlets. In the article, Mr. Kadyrov declares that “there is a very good psychiatric hospital” in Chechnya where “we will not be stingy with injections” to these critics. “When they are prescribed one injection, we can give two.” He says the opposition is a “pack of jackals,” “bunch of traitors,” “Western lackeys,” “enemies of the people,” “haters of Russia,” people who are trying “to destroy our country and undermine its constitutional order.” Stalin would recognize the language. Mr. Kadyrov’s chief of staff drove the point home with a photo posted on social media of the Chechen leader holding back a massive Caucasian Shepherd dog named Tarzan, saying the beast’s “teeth itch.”

Well, what can one say? These fuckers are beyond redemption. Yes, I’m talking about WaPos Editorial Board – not the Chechens. Not only did Mr. Kadyrov avoid naming anyone whom this article claims he already wrote down into his “proscription lists” – the article fails to mention that, in both of his articles, Ramzan Achmadovitch didn’t call for extra-judicial punishment of the so-called “non-systemic opposition”. He called for them to be investigated in accordance with Russian law. Meanwhile, the very same Russian oppositionists who decry at every opportunity the brutality of Stalinist purges and the sordid fact that a lot of people indeed wrote anonymous reports to NKVD…wrote an anonymous report accusing the president of Chechnya of violating art. 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, i.e. “inflammation of national strife” (as if “non-systemic opposition” is in itself a nationality or ethnicity to be targeted specifically) and “the humiliation of dignity of a certain social group”. Some of them even went as far as to demand his resignation. But, understandably, the chances of such demarches are very slim – “traitors” and “the enemies of the people” are not a social group according to existing Russian legislation, as well as “non-systemic opposition”, so that people labeled such could not demand any kind of legal recognition or compensation. Besides, if the so-called Russian liberals are truly innocent before Russian law – why are they fretting so much at quite ordinary calls for an inquiry? C’mon, liberals are just a bunch of shy and conscientious blokes and shiksas, who only want to embrace sweet Freedom and Universal Western Values! And, really guys, no one is threatening Russia – claiming otherwise means endorsing Kremlinite propaganda! Right?

Wrong. Just last Saturday, on ultra-liberal pro-opposition radio “Ekho Moscvy” (hailed by the West as “one of the few remaining Free Media Sources in Russia”) site, an article by equally ultra-liberal and pro-opposition Andrey Piontkovskiy had been brought to the attention of urbi et orbi. And there was a good reason for that – in his article Piontkovskiy calls for the secession of Chechnya from Russia. In this article, among other things, the author claims that the continued presence of the Chechen republic within Russia threatens “a third Chechen war”, so stopping the “ticking clock of the Russian-Chechen disaster” is only possible through the provision of the full state of independence of the republic. Among other reasons why it is necessary to do so, Piontkovsky lists the murder of Boris Nemtsov and Anna Politkovskaya, and the story of the Krasnoyarsk deputy Senchenko, who was forced to make a “humiliating apology” to Ramzan Kadyrov for calling him “a disgrace of Russia”. According to the “journalist” (sorry for the word journalist here), the Chechen people are the “most difficult” of all the peoples of Russia and they don’t want “to transform from the Germans into the Jews of the Third Reich.”

Later that part was cut from the article, but only after a huge (and I mean – HUGE!) wave of angry responses from both readers and from the people beyond the “comfort zone” of the “Ekho”. And, of course, ordinary users of RuNet proved themselves wily beasts by making lots of screenshots of that page pre-“purging”. Meanwhile, this whole fracas is more serious than it looks. According to art. 280, p.1 of the LC RF there is a real legal responsibility for public calls for action aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation. Part two of this article states that said actions are punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment for such calls made with the use of the media. Also, not only the author, but the editorial board of the media source hosting such articles are equally responsible, and must answer before the law. That’s the current Russian legislation. And not knowing it does not absolve anyone from having committed a crime.

Andrei Piontkovsky is a “Russian journalist” (once again – sorry for the word “journalist”), a researcher at the Institute for Systemic Analysis, a member of the International PEN Club. In 2012 he was elected to the Coordinating Council of the Opposition. In 2014 Piontkovsky signed a statement demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of the Ukraine and an end to “the annexation of Crimea”. Such a paragon of handshakeability is just a rank’n’file “non-systemic opposition” figure – a very typical representative indeed, but not on par with some of the more notorious ones.

I think the whole world must be reminded about other “achievements” of the so-called “Russian liberal opposition”. In 1994 they went to Dudayev’s stronghold in separatist Chechnya and, while there, used the radio relay to call for Russian soldiers to commit an act of treason and surrender to the militants. Among them, human rights activist Sergey Kovalyov, who swore that no harm will come to all who will surrender immediately – they will even be transported back to their military bases. The lucky ones of those naive soldiers who raised up their arms and surrendered entered into years-long slavery. The less lucky were brutally tortured and mutilated, and then – killed.

And, yes – these are the people hailed as true heroes by the Western Press, NGOs and Governments (which, as Everybody Knows, are totally not interconnected between themselves). Should such persons be investigated in accordance with Russian law and do they really deserve the term “enemies of the people”? Well, the collective West thinks “No!”. Russians have a diametrically opposite opinion – but who cares, as long as the Western Enlightened Populace’s opinion is formed by the rabid Russophobic spin-doctors from the WaPo and their ilk? Hell, even the best of them in the professional circle of the “Russia-watchers” (read: as ethical and loyal as 17th century German mercenaries) are no better and can’t even bring themselves to say one simple phrase – “Russian People”. But they, unwittingly, provide a useful insight into other interesting tidbits of this ugly elitist worldview.

Editor’s Note: We’re only halfway through this thing, gang, so I have decided to break it in two so that it will not be too long.  We’ll give this first installment a week or so of exposure, and then follow with the conclusion. I have to say I like it so far!

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1,111 Responses to On the Art of Noticing the Obvious, and Invisible People

  1. Warren says:

  2. Moscow Exile says:

    “Why are you worried about these people?
    So 30 million of them shall die.
    They are not part of the market.
    Don’t think about this.
    New ones will arise.”

    A.B.Chubais

    Liberal-Fascism of the 21st Century

    Chubais is still alive and well and well favoured by those in the inner circle.

    Currently, he is head of the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation (RUSNANO). He has been a member of the Advisory Council for JPMorgan Chase since September 2008 and a member of global board of advisers at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) since October 2012Wiki


    Hennry Kissinger, Avdotya Smirnova (Chubais’ kreakl screenwriter spouse), Anatoly Chubais, Elvira Nabiullina, Alexey Kudrin attend the ‘Montblanc New Voices Award 2012 — Mariinsky Ball’ in Ekaterininsky Palace on June 23, 2012 in Pushkin, Russia.


    Put Chubais and Nemtsov on trial! — a picket organized in 1998 in Pereslavl after people had been deprived of social security, demanding that Yeltsin change the government, particularly the ministers Nemtsov and Chubais.

    That’s the self-same Nemtsov over whose murder the Western media declared the whole nation was in a state of shock.

    Fifth column?

    Why do shits such as Chubais still hold positions of power?

    Why does He-Who-Knows-And-Controls-All, the Dark Lord, seem powerless to dispose himself of those who are in the hire of another state or even a supra-national organization?

    • Patient Observer says:

      That is a very good question. Organizations need their doubting Thomas’s, and contrarians but these people are poisonous snakes. I ever tried comparing them to gut bacteria but this would be a disservice to the good work that bacteria perform and an insult to the bacteria Kingdom. Perhaps they are best characterized as a cancer.

      • Patient Observer says:

        Wait, perhaps they are societal grease traps or fly paper – they attract the unsavory and dangerous elements of society to better protect the population at large.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          There are powers that be that protect these rats, I am sure, and against whom the Dark Lord, the All Powerful One, according to the West, seems powerless. This has always been so and, therefore, makes nonsense out the continuous claims made by the West that Putin controls everything in “the former Soviet Union”. The corridors of power here are crawling with scum and team Putin has to play carefully against them.

          Why wasn’t Serdukov immediately dismissed? Why isn’t he in the slammer right now and why can’t he stay in one for at least 20 years? Same goes for his floozy.

          Serdukov was switched from the MoD to another cushy number. His mistress was under house arrest in her luxury apartment, albeit she was often seen shopping in very expensive shops in Moscow during her “arrest”, was imprisoned for a short while in a remand prison, where she enjoyed preferential treatment, and is now as free as a bird and starting up a business enterprise. I don’t think she needed a bank loan for her start-up.

          In 2005, there was a power outage in all of southern Moscow that stopped the trams and the metro and everything else in a huge section of the capital. Outlying cities such as Tula and Ryazan were also badly hit.

          The reason for the outage: a crappy, ancient SU substation switch that should have been replaced years before the black-out..

          The boss of the electricity supply organization responsible for the areas hit by the outage? — Chubais.

          OAO RAO UES (OAO Unified Energy System of Russia; Russian: ЕЭС России or Russian: Единая Энергетическая Система) was an electric power holding company in Russia. It controlled about 70% of Russia’s installed electric capacity, 96% of its high-voltage grid and over 70% of its transmission lines. In addition to the Russian market, RAO UES exported electricity to Scandinavia and to other members of the CIS. The last head of RAO UES was Anatoly Chubais – Wiki.

          Did the buck for the outage stop on Chubais’ desk? — You bet it didn’t!

          MOSCOW — UES CEO Anatoly Chubais, the ubiquitous and multifaceted figure on the Russian political and financial Olympus since the early 1990s, faces the toughest period in his scandalously checkered career this week as the Kremlin and other political decision-makings centers hold him responsible for the power failure that put Moscow and outlying regions into total darkness unknown in the capital since Adolf Hitler’s siege of the city during WWII.

          See: Chubais’ post and career on line for Moscow power failure

          From the above link:

          Chubais has already accepted full responsibility for the power failure and offered apologies to those who had suffered from the blackout and its related consequences. “I’m aware of the president’s position. There cannot be two opinions on this accident in the energy-providing company, and this also includes the CEO’s responsibility.” It, however, remains to be seen how Chubais will survive this energy episode, and keep his post and political career intact.

          Well, we all saw what happened: he was made boss of Nanotech.

          Somebody up there likes him.

          • Patient Observer says:

            I hope that Putin is working through his prioritized list of things to do:
            – save the country (check)
            – stop terrorism (check)
            – restore the military (check)
            – run out the worst of the oligarchs (check)
            – raise the dignity of Russian citizens (check)
            – raise the living standard (check)
            – reverse the population decline (check)
            – project power and influence beyond Russia in order to better protect Russia (check)
            – take control of the central bank away from Wall Street (in progress)
            – tidy up the government, reduce corruption to background levels (in progress).
            Not bad! Looks great on a resume!

      • Lyttenburgh says:

        Nope. They are helminths. Out of the host organism they are helpless and tend to die soon.

  3. Moscow Exile says:

    She’s dead!

    Road accident.

    The accident occurred on the route Donetsk-Lugansk at the entrance of Yenakiyevo. Alena Pavlova, who was driving died on the spot.

    See: В ДТП на трассе Донецк-Луганск погибла жена боевика .

    No confirmation so far elsewhere.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      No sources provided. Dodgy Ukranian “news site”. Other crazy bullshit reported there. Nah, I don’t belive this shit. They already “killed” Motorola and Givi over 9000 times.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Yeah, I think so too. Onee Yukie site runs this story as “sweet revenge” for what Alena Pavlova allegedly said when a spoof version of her wedding video had been posted showing Sobchak in her place.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          Six days ago:

          “Не то поздно будет”, – жена Моторолы угрожает Ксении Собчак

          “It’ll be too late” — Motorola’s wife threatens Ksenia.

          Жена боевика Моторолы Елена Павлова пригрозила телеведущей Ксении Собчак за видеоколлаж, показанный в эфире передачи “Бремя новостей”. В одном из выпусков шоу была использована свадебная фотография Мотороллы, на которой Ксения выступала в роли его жены.

          “Нет, ну это уже вообще… Лошадиной головы нам на фото не хватало. Лучше бы у вас с Лобковым свалить со страны получилось вовремя, не то скоро поздно будет”, – прокомментировала видеозапись Собчак супруга Моторолы.

          Elena Pavlova, wife of armed militant Motorola, has threatened TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak for a video-collage shown during a a broadcast of “News Burden”. In one of the editions of the show a Motorola wedding photo was used, in which Ksenia was depicted as his wife.

          “Well that just about takes the biscuit! What do we need that horse-face on our photo for? It would better for her if she and Lobkov [director of RaInTV] got the hell out of the country while there’s still time, because it’ll soon be too late”, Motorola’s spouse commented as regards the Sobchak video.

          • Jen says:

            If that’s a correct translation, that does not look like a personal threat to me. In the context that is current Ukraine, any celebrities and media people there are potentially on the front line for dismissal or persecution by the regime in Kiev. If it’s common knowledge throughout the country that the overall situation is dire and liable to collapse into warfare again, then Elena Pavlova could be speaking generally.

    • et Al says:

      It always looks like he’s looking at Elena’s breasts but in reality he’s just short. Life is hard…

    • marknesop says:

      I hope it’s a mistake. She was an inspiring figure for the easterners, and that would be a tragedy – although it will be a treat for the nationalist pigs, if true.

  4. Moscow Exile says:

    Snowing again here as I write.

    And I thought spring had sprung — or very soon would do so.

    Nil desperandum

    Typically Tatar-Mongol-Ugric Russkie (note Asiatic features!) typically playing balalaika and typically smoking a papirosa — compulsory accoutrements of all Russians, of course.

    Hope springs eternal!

    • et l says:

      Mongol on the Volga?* Deep Purple should be worried.

      Mooongol on the Vooolga, a balalaika in the hand….
      Mooongol on the Vooolga, a secret Streisand fan…

      * Yes, I know it is not a Volga. Joke. Innit?

  5. Warren says:

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Nothing new about this. They made a dig at Russia before in a previous entry: they’re just mard-arsed morons.

      Saakoshit’s Georgia did something similar a few years ago as well.

      • marknesop says:

        Does the European union have a theme song? Perhaps Russia could respond with that, and dedicate it to Ukraine. Failing that, I’m sure there’s any number of songs about being a broke alcoholic; perhaps Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down”.

        “Well I woke up Sunday morning
        with no way to hold my head that
        didn’t hurt;
        And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad,
        so I had one more
        for dessert.”

        • Moscow Exile says:

          The theme tune of Eurovision is the magnificent Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s version of the ancient hymn “Te Deum Laudamus” [To Thee, God, we give praise!].

          The foul bastards should have chosen profane (in the old, literal meaning of the word) music for their vulgar organization and not the Te Deum.

          It bloody annoys me when I see Eurovision (not a lot!) and hear the Te Deum played.

        • yalensis says:

          Technically, the EU theme song is Beethoven’s 9th chorale (“Freude, schöner Götterfunken Tochter aus Elysium…yada yada”) from Schiller’s poem.

          Informally, our own colliemum came up with a great suggestion, that EU switch their theme song from Beethoven to Verdi, namely the “Lament of the Hebrew Slaves” choral piece from “Nabucco”.

          Here, just to blow minds, performed by the Red Army chorus:

    • Patient Observer says:

      Whining brats, but brats can grow and mature, these idiots will never change.

    • cartman says:

      This is flagrantly against the rules. If Eurovision allows this then it will lose control of the contest to nationalists. Do they want fans like football fans?

      • yalensis says:

        I hereby nostradamize and vangize:
        My prediction is that Eurovision will not only PERMIT this, but even make sure the Ukies win first prize! Just to stick it to Russia.

        • Fern says:

          You beat me to it, yalensis….Ukraine is a shoo-in for Eurovision victory.

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              • yalensis says:

                P.S. – everybody noticed how, in the previous comment above that, I correctedly predicted the outcome of Eurovision?
                Well, it wasn’t so much me as the spirit of Baba Vanga channeling through me.

              • marknesop says:

                That’s so great I’m just going to leave it. Spam does occasionally creep in while I’m asleep, but usually the filter gets it. I can’t imagine how that one got by.

        • cartman says:

          Was this the inspiration for that cover of the Spectre?

  6. Patient Observer says:

    An exceptionally well-written article
    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/2-reasons-why-vladimir-putin-should-be-awarded-nobel-peace-prize/ri12986
    Russia and Putin in particular do have an ideology – its called fairness and the rule of law! How shocking – self-interest is NOT the dominant motivation – how non-Ann Rand, how non-Empire! How non-psychotic!

  7. Warren says:

    Russian patriarch prays at Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue

    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has prayed in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-35627000

  8. et l says:

    Anyone else notice the total lack of condemnation of the ISIS bombing in Homs and Damascus that has killed over 140 people, by the West & the ‘free, independent & impartial’ Pork Pie News Networks. It’s like they haven’t figured out how to blame it on, or spin it against Assad so they’re keeping their mouths shut.

    They freely condemn Assad & Russia’s ‘crimes’, but not such crimes by the same people who want to wipe out the West, its democracy, Christianity and all. That’s pretty sick. It’s also pretty normal for the exceptional ones.

  9. et l says:

    Consortium News via Antiwar.com : Kosovo Chaos Undercuts Clinton ‘Success’
    https://consortiumnews.com/2016/02/21/kosovo-chaos-undercuts-clinton-success/

    The insatiable appetite of America’s bipartisan foreign policy elites for military intervention — despite its record of creating failing states in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen — traces back to the marriage of liberal and neoconservative interventionists during the Clinton administration’s 78-day bombing of Serbia to create the break-away state of Kosovo in 1999.

    One scholar-advocate has called NATO’s campaign “The most important precedent supporting the legitimacy of unilateral humanitarian intervention.” Even Sen. Bernie Sanders was proud to support that use of American power, ostensibly “to prevent further genocide.”
    #####

    More at the link. Even with ‘Bernie’ not being Hillary, let us not forget that they are all in it together to one degree or another.

  10. Moscow Exile says:

    Remember the last issue of the Spectator, the one whose cover showed a caricature of Putin with hammer and sickle hands and a main feature asking whether Russia had overstretched itself in its expansive aggression?

    Well here’s the latest issue of 20th February:

    Have these bastards never heard of overkill?

    See how they concede that the Evil One is winning in Syria but at the same time immediately cast a dark shadow over his apparent success.

    And of course, the whole of Russian policy, of the state, is embodied in the person of one man.

    Can the purveyors of this nonsense not realize how foolish they appear as they endlessly bang out the same tired old memes about the Evil One.

    Do they really believe that everyone is as stupid as they are in their belief that no one will realize that what they write is neither news or opinion but simply outright propaganda against their paymasters’ perceived enemy?

    And 4 quid for such a load of crap?

    • PaulR says:

      The Speccie has never been the same since Boris left. He allowed a variety of points of view, but under Matthew d’Ancona the mag acquired a neocon tinge it has never since shaken off.

    • et Al says:

      Not quite:

      The SpakeTator: Bizarrely, Putin is talking more sense on Syria than anyone else
      http://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/09/putin-and-assad-have-made-fools-of-the-west/

      Our Syria plans have been a total shambles – leaving a vacuum for Russia’s
      John R. Bradley

      At the outset of Syria’s brutal four-year civil war, I was an almost unique voice in the British media deploring the push to depose the secular dictator President Bashar al-Assad, especially in the absence of a genuinely popular uprising against him. Here in The Spectator I tried to point out that such a short-term strategy would have devastating long-term consequences. Assad, I argued, would not fall, because the people of Damascus would not rise up against him. The so-called secular rebels were in fact vicious Islamists in disguise. Western interests in the region would be dramatically undermined by Saudi and Iranian militias, who would fight a devastating proxy war. Syria’s extraordinarily diverse population risked annihilation as a result. And we could even end up provoking a full-blown war with Russia….
      ####

      More of his stuff:
      http://www.spectator.co.uk/author/john-r-bradley/

      As for Owned Matthews, the article to the picture above is here or just click the associated link on the Bradley piece. Owned lives in the Moscow expat bubble and is partly of Russian extraction, so I guess ME could ask him directly (if he believes in even half the crap he has written. Then again considering his pieces below, he’s far to clever & opinionated:

      http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/putins-winning-in-syria-but-making-a-powerful-new-enemy/
      #####

      You only need to look at his bibliography at the SpakeTator to see his absence from the world of balance and common sense:

      http://www.spectator.co.uk/author/owen-matthews/

      How Putin outwitted the West

      Why Putin’s anti-gay crusaders have a soft spot for polygamy

      Panic, profiteering and a mysterious girl in a Mini: notes from Moscow

      Letter from Donetsk: ‘Soon, Scotland will leave you, and Putin will be tsar of the world’

      Igor Strelkov: the face of Russia’s frightening future

      Vladimir Putin’s empire of lies

      No, Putin didn’t plot to invade Ukraine. But now he might have to

      Let Putin have Crimea – and it will destroy him

      Vladimir Putin’s new plan for world domination

      Putin’s own Cold War

      blah blah blah.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Matthews
      Owen Matthews (born 1971) is a British writer, historian and journalist. His first book, Stalin’s Children, was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Books Award,[1] the Orwell Prize for political writing,[2] and France’s Prix Medicis Etranger[3] His books have been translated into 28 languages. He is a former Moscow and Istanbul Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine. Matthews has lectured on Russian history and politics at Columbia University’s Harriman Centre,[4] St Antony’s College Oxford,[5] the Journalism Faculty of Moscow State University, and at Kuban University…

      …Journalism

      During the Bosnian War, Matthews worked as foreign correspondent in Budapest, Sarajevo and Belgrade.[6][7] From 1995-7 he worked as a reporter on The Moscow Times. In 1997 he joined Newsweek Magazine’s Moscow Bureau as a correspondent, covering the Second Chechen war. In 2001 he moved to Turkey, reporting from Turkey, the Caucasus, Syria and Iran, and also covering the invasions of Afghanistan and then Iraq.[6][8] From 2006 to 2012 he was Newsweek’s Moscow Bureau Chief; he is now a Contributing Editor at the magazine…
      ####

      http://journalisted.com/owen-matthews
      Moscow Bureau Chief, Istanbul Correspondent at Newsweek Magazine / Daily Beast

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-walker/dining-with-the-owen-matthews_b_5215455.html

      …Glorious Misadventures tells of how “Russians make hopeless colonialists,” according to Matthews, from Russian and Welsh extraction, whose own complex family history was chronicled in his former book Stalin’s Children. …

      …”Putin made an impulsive mistake,” he commented on a question concerning the Crimea. “It was a strategic disaster and tactical error. The Kremlin is subject to the business world, and up to now businesses were pro-Putin, since he was good for the economy, however Russia’s businesses are financed by Western money.

      “Since Putin has entered the Crimean Peninsula, he has played Moscow against Brussels, he, hence, has lost the incentive for Russian businesses to back him. Russia makes up 2 percent of the GDP, it’s not an empire anymore, but he doesn’t seem to understand that it’s not possible to decouple from the rest of the world.”

      Owen Matthew’s own links with Russian politics run in the family. His mother’s father was a Bolshevik commissar, who was shot in Stalin’s purges and his grandmother was sent to the gulag, while their two daughters were sent to Soviet orphanages. He wrote about his family history in the book Stalin’s Children prior to exploring Nikolai Rezanov’s story in Glorious Misadventures….
      ####

      Stalin’s children abstract:

      ..One day in 1937, a car pulled up to a house in Ukraine. Boris Bibikov–Owen Matthews’s grandfather–kissed his wife and daughters good-bye and disappeared inside. His family never saw him again. His wife soon vanished as well, leaving daughters Lyudmila and Lenina alone in the vast Russian landscape during World War II. Separated as the Germans advanced in 1941, they were miraculously reunited at war’s end. In the early 1960s, Mervyn Matthews–Owen’s father–followed a lifelong passion for Russia and moved to Moscow to work for the British embassy. He fell in and out with the KGB, and despite having fallen in love with Lyudmila, he was deported. For six years, Mervyn worked to get Lyudmila out of Russia, and they finally married. Decades later, Owen Matthews, a young journalist himself in Russia, came upon his grandfather’s KGB file recording his death. Here he has pieced together the tangled and dramatic threads of his family’s past and present.–From publisher description…

      All the Lunatics on show here:

      Oxford 2009: Losing Russia? Part 7 Discussion

      At the last of the Orwell Prize’s events at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2009, Mark Leonard (Director, European Council on Foreign Relations, author of Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century and What Does China Think?), Edward Lucas (The Economist, author of The New Cold War), Owen Matthews (journalist, shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2009 for Stalins Children) and Dr Alex Pravda (St Antonys College, University of Oxford) discuss to what extent the West has itself to blame for Losing Russia. Chaired by John Lloyd (FT, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism). In this part, the panel engage in discussion.
      ####

      Blow job journalism:
      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/24/how-boris-berezovsky-made-vladimir-putin-and-putin-unmade-berezovsky.html

      Not to mention pretentious articles like ‘Is Russian literature dead?’

      • Lyttenburgh says:

        And “As-everybody-knows” ™ Owen’s grandfather was totally innocent. By default. Because all victims of Stalinism were innocent. Also – by default.

    • marknesop says:

      Owen Matthews appears to be going for the King Russophobe crown, hoping to leap over the heads of Shaun Walker, Ed Lucas and Luke Harding.

      • Cortes says:

        No one leaps over Ed’s ‘ead!

        • PaulR says:

          One of Matthews’ Speccie pieces on Russia bears more than a slight similarity to something I once wrote. Compare and contrast: http://www.spectator.co.uk/2014/08/the-frightening-face-of-russias-future/ and http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/putins-right-flank/ Does it deserve the ‘P’ word?

          • marknesop says:

            Mmmmm….nope; I would say not. It looks as if he may have read the American Conservative piece and summarized it, but it’s different enough in both wording and sequence to escape the ‘P’ label. If you look at the stuff Luke Harding lazily copied from better journalists, it’s nearly a verbatim recapitulation, but more importantly, Tin-tin’s stories follow the same sequence and introduce the same subjects at the same time as the target article. I think Matthews is just about as full of shit as Rush Limbaugh’s boxers are full of cottage-cheese white ass, but I wouldn’t award him the ‘P’ label just yet. OffGuardian just tore apart one of his pieces; let me see if I can find it. Whoops; it’s a carbon-copy dickwad named Owen Jones; my mistake. Still worth reading, though.

          • Warren says:

            Dr Robinson,

            Absolutely Matthews has plagiarised your earlier American Conservative article. Matthews repeats everything you had previously written. Matthews talks about the same themes and issues that you mentioned.

            Here are a list of similarities between Matthews’ article and yours that I’ve noticed.

            1. Strelkov’s Tsarist, Nationalist ideology and Orthodoxy religiosity.

            2. The fact that Strelkov’s popularity is seen as dangerous and threatening to Putin.

            3. Strelkov’s alleged links with Russian intelligence, Matthews mentions GRU, you mentioned FSB and GRU.

            4. Strelkov’s combat record, Matthews repeats what you said. Strelkov had fought in Moldova’s Transdnestr region, Bosnia for the Serbs and in Chechnya.

            5. Matthews repeats your 2000 rebel figure for the defence of Slavyansk.

            6. Matthews mentions that how Strelkov executed 2 of his soldiers for looting and banned his soldiers from swearing.

            7. Matthews uses EXACTLY the SAME quotation on how Strelkov’s army is proud to be an Orthodox Army, and that it serves Jesus Christ that you cited.

            8. Matthews mentions how Strelkov and other prominent Russian leaders of the DNR/LNR had resigned to and were replaced by Ukrainians.

            9. Matthews speculates as to reason why Strelkov and co were replaced, how this may indicate a willingness of Moscow to make deal with Kiev. Matthews uses the term Novorossiya, in context of an autonomous mega region within Ukraine.

            10. Matthews uses EXACTLY the SAME ‘Chekist-Oligarich regime’ and how only the Russian army will save Russia when Putin’s regime collapses quotes from Igor Ivanov.

            11. Matthews brazenly copies two paragraphs and repeats almost verbatim your information on Igor Ivanov – his former role as leader of ROVS. Matthews repeats all the facts you listed such as how General Wrangel founded ROVS, and how the mission of ROVS was to keep Tsarist traditions alive and implacable hostility to the USSR.

            12. Matthews then talks about Narodnyi Sobor (People’s Assembly) uses EXATCLY the SAME quotes on how Narodnyi Sobor is an “Orthodox-Patriotic organisation devoted to fighting ‘liberasts’ and ‘Western values’, to promoting Orthodoxy and to preserving the traditional family.”

            13. Matthews mentions Igor Druz, and how he is the leader of the ‘Ukrainian branch’ of Narodnyi Sobor . Matthews uses EXACTLY the SAME quote from Druz on how the Ukrainian government are ‘pederasts and drug addicts’.

            14. Matthews mentions the role Narodnyi Sobor in Russia played introducing legislation the Russian Duma to ban swearing on TV and homosexual propaganda.

            15. In one paragraph Matthews mentions you by name as source of one the quotes he uses! I suppose that may count as a citation and reference. Perhaps Matthews thinks he can use that single citation to defend himself from charges of plagiarism? lol

            Someone should randomly check paragraphs and footnotes of Matthews books to see if he is as negligent in his citations as he is with his articles. More esteemed historians have fallen from grace and been charged with plagiarism by not citing correctly.

            The Plagiarist
            Why Stephen Ambrose is a vampire.

            http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/assessment/2002/01/the_plagiarist.html

            Matthews went to Westminster School and Oxford for Christ sake! Surely he would have learnt how to cite sources while studying there? It’s a good thing for Matthews that TurnItIn wasn’t around when Matthews was studying at Oxford!

            • yalensis says:

              I agree with Warren. The list of similarities is simply too big to be a coincidence. Owen Matthews is most certainly a plagiarizer.
              Only thing is, you can’t prove it, because Owen didn’t really put a date on his piece, just the month of August in general.
              Whereas Prof Robinson’s piece has a specific date on it: August 21, 2014.
              You’d have to prove that Owen published his piece after Prof Robinson’s already came out.

          • et Al says:

            http://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/

            And other online tools say ‘yes’.

  11. Moscow Exile says:

    Yukie minister:

    90% of railway system worn out, banjaxed, clapped out, fucked ….

    90% ж/д инфраструктуры и локомотивов Украины изношены

    90% of Ukraine railway infrastructure and locomotives worn out

    Today the Minister of Infrastructure, Andriy Pivovarsky, has made a statement in which he described the condition of the entire railway infrastructure. From his words it was all very sad. Trains and carriages are urgently needed and stations need major repairs. “All our railway infrastructure is outdated. We are far behind the all progressive society, we urgently need to improve, but we have no money to do this”, – said Andrei Pivovarsky.

    He also points out that under the current system of tariffs it is impossible to solve the problem of wear.

    The Minister of Infrastructure is proposing to improve the system of tariffs for rail transportation for the population. Pivovarsky has already prepared a report and substantiated the expediency of raising tariffs. The only thing he has not managed to do is to ask the opinion of the population.

    Last time I was in the Ukraine was 2010. My family and I journeyed by train from Moscow to Odessa and back. We travelled on a Russian train, of course. Many of the Ukrainian railway locomotives and rolling stock that I saw and photographed were already falling to bits then.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      No, this is not “wearing out of the infrastructure” – this an active “de-communisation” and “overcoming of the Soviet past” [nods].

      See? And now obvious “zrada” looks like “peremoga”!

      СУГС!

    • marknesop says:

      Didn’t they used to make a lot of railcars for Russia? Well, then; that market’s out. They should just make new ones for themselves. It should be easy to convince the nationalists that working for nothing is noble and patriotic – after all, they’re rebuilding the Ukrainian railroad!! Now that it’s a shithouse might be a good time to tear it all up anyway, and rebuild it to European standards. It’ll give them something to do.

    • Jen says:

      Isn’t the restructuring of the Ukrainian railway network with the replacement of the current rolling stock and the application of the new EU standards in upgrading the railway infrastructure (such as the, er, railway gauge – is it safe to mention the railway gauge???) proceeding apace?

  12. Moscow Exile says:

    Putin: Thank you, Yeltsin, Boris Nikolaevich, for having allowed and only drunk everything that you might.

    Medvedev: And thank you especially for destroying the Russian nation.

    Puitn: And a really big thank you for making me your successor.

    “The change, which was headed by Boris Yeltsin, took Russia out of an impasse”, said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on 1st February, 2011, at a concert devoted to the 80th birthday anniversary of the first President of the Russian Federation.

    “Boris Yeltsin, together with Russia, travelled all the way along a difficult road in order to make necessary changes. He led the process of radical changes that brought Russia out of an impasse”, said Vladimir Putin. “History and our descendants have yet to completely appreciate the full character of Boris Yeltsin.”

    According to V. Putin, under B. Yeltsin, “Russia received a second birth”. “She became a civilized, open state, and the role of the first President in the formation of this state was enormous”, he said. “The words he said during the transfer of presidential powers — ‘take care of Russia’ — showed his great moral sense and personal attitude to the country”, said the head of government.

    According to V. Putin, current Russian success is directly linked to the reforms that were undertaken in the years of Boris Yeltsin’s presidency. “It was at this time that there was born a Russia that is open and is mindful about the people; democratic institutions were formed and the Russian Constitution was adopted, which proclaimed the supreme value of law and freedom of the individual”, he added.

    According to V. Putin, for him personally it was important to see that “Yeltsin always saw key and vital issues through to the end”, that he “never shied away from personal responsibility and always took it upon himself”. The Prime Minister added that at the same time Yeltsin was able to listen, to compromise, to listen to the opinions of others. “Yeltsin was convinced that Russia would never return to the past, and considered this a major achievement of his presidency”, said the head of the Russian government.

    According to the Prime Minister, many of today’s successes in Russia are to Yeltsin’s tremendous merit. “Under him the constitution was adopted and the supreme value of rights and freedoms were proclaimed. Boris Yeltsin was not afraid of difficulties. His door was always open to everyone and people always came to him for help. In return, the people responded to him: they believed in him and supported him”, Putin said of the merits of the first President of Russia.

    Source: Ельцинизм-путинизм

    Yeltsinism — Putinism

    Nurse!

    Vomit bag — quick!!!!

    • yalensis says:

      Translation correction:
      “Thank you, BNE (Boris Nikolaevich Yeltsin) that you destroyed everything and drank it all away, everything you could get your hands on.”

      • yalensis says:

        P.S. I don’t know who this blogger Ushenin is, or what his ideology.
        But there is nothing he wrote in this particular piece that isn’t true.
        So, I don’t know why you are calling for a vomit bag.

        Did Putin not say these words?
        And establish the Yeltsin library?
        And put flowers on the traitor’s grave, etc.?
        Unless this was all just a big misunderstanding….

        • Moscow Exile says:

          I meant that what Putin and Medvedev said about Yeltsin makes me want to vomit.

          I think that Yeltsin Centre is a national disgrace and should be razed, just as the Ipatiev House in the then city of Sverdlovsk was razed when Yeltsin was party boss there in order that the last vestiges of the Romanov murders be destroyed.

          I find it nauseous how Putin and Medvedev have publicly kow-towed to Yeltsin’s memory as though they knew not how despised he was and still is by, from what I have observed, a majority of Russian citizens.

          The ones who eulogize Yeltsin are Kreakly and Westerners: likewise Gorbachev.

          • Ilya says:

            Though the power is lacking, the lust is praiseworthy.

            • PaulR says:

              I don’t know why anybody would be surprised by Putin supporting Yeltsin; after all he worked for him and owes his position to him. And my question for all the Putin haters would: would you rather that the August coup had succeeded and Russia had remained a communist country?

              • Moscow Exile says:

                I should rather that Yeltsin had been impeached and not allowed to retire gracefully and with his loot.

              • Patient Observer says:

                Must disagree. First, Putin may be mostly focused on simply trying to pretty up history. After all, Russian history is usually portrayed as one disastrous leader after another so he may be creating a more palatable “founder’s myth”. Frankly, I agree with most everyone here that Yeltsin should be recognized as a drunken fool who stood by as his country was nearly destroyed. I only hold Gorbachev in lower esteem.

                Second, Putin does NOT owe his position to Yeltsin. Putin was the pick of various Russian groups who saw the imminent collapse of their nation (easily foretold by NATO’s attack on Serbia) and needed someone with discipline, charisma and a faith in Russia. Putin fit the bill. Many blogs ago, this topic was discussed at length.

                Third, the majority of Russians to this day preferred the Soviet’s centrally planned economy and presumable the absence or minimization of private property as reported in a recent public opinion poll (trying to find the link). So, yes, I and a majority of Russians would have preferred that the August coup succeeded.

                Fourth, Putin is now reflecting the will of the people which I suspect he was trying to do from day 1 but was hemmed in by piles of crap and criminals created by the West.

                Its fun and futile to speculate on alternative histories but if the coup had succeeded, the Soviet Union would still exist, many reforms would have been completed and tens of millions of more people would still be alive today and the quality of life of many tens of millions would have been better. The Middle East could have had a chance to develop, terrorism would be a much smaller factor and even a true detente between the US and the USSR could have been achieved.

                The saddest part is not the failure of Russia or the Soviet Union but it’s what the US did when it believed it had the power to rule the world as it saw fit. Murder, destruction and lies, that is what the US did when it had the power. Don’t try to pretty that up, PaulR.

                • marknesop says:

                  I would say Paul is all the way across town from an Americophile (hey, I totally made up that term and it turned out to be correct!), and I doubt very much his aim is, even peripherally, to grant the USA absolution for the terrible mistakes, wrongheaded policies and deliberate manipulations it has visited upon the world. It seems his sad fate is always to be misunderstood. But you are absolutely right that the world should take a lesson from what America did with its ‘peace dividend’, and regard with the most profound skepticism any talk – especially when it originates from Washington – of ‘American global leadership’. That was a golden opportunity to showcase the moral values Washington is always preaching about, and instead Uncle Sam treated the world like a big shopping mall where he expected to always get a discount. For being exceptional.

              • yalensis says:

                Dear Paul: That is a baited and unfair question. Which is also worded in an unfair and inflammatory manner. Not unlike the way Western media bullies people with, e.g., “Is or is not the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?” So, your bully question is: “Do you Putin haters wish the August coup had succeeded?” Several raw-meat assumptions encapsulated in just that one sentence, including (a) who is a Putin-hater, and (b) calling the August events a “coup”.

                For starters, many people such as myself regard the “August coup” men as honest, if unsuccessful people who attempted to AVERT a coup. It is probably difficult for you, living in your academic bubble, to imagine that there are milieus, in which the likes of Viktor Alksnis are considered heroes, rather than villains.

                So YES, of course I wish they had succeeded in their attempt to avert the Gorbachev-Yeltsin coup d’etat. If they had been able to do what the Chinese leadership did with the Western-sponsored kreakles at Tianamin Square, then maybe they would have been able to salvage the Union, initiate the needed economic reforms, and avert at least some of the catastrophe which did occur.
                As you know,revelations from the Yeltsin archives, namely the phone conversations with President Bush, have shown precisely just what kind of conspiracy there was in the Gorbachev-Yeltsin crowd. Gorby had previously gone off the reservation and was making foreign policy single-handed, ignoring the Central Committee and Politburo, and dealing only with his “dear friend”, Mr. Bush. Then Yeltsin pounded the final nail into the coffin, as “Dear Mr. Bush” switched horses. Unfortunately, this American plot succeeded, and Russia entered a new and difficult period of history. Some people liked it, and others didn’t. So, you will get a different answer, depending which person you address your inflammatory question to.

                Secondly, your attempt to conflate opposition to the Yeltsin coup with “Putin hatred” is unfair and also inflammatory. You are drawing an equation which does not exist.
                There are many many Russians (probably the majority, as opinion polls show) who despise Gorbachev-Yeltsin, but admire Putin and voted for him. Not because of his connections with Yeltsin, but in spite of them. Namely, because he did some stuff to roll back the Yeltsin-oligarch tyranny and to rebuild the Russian economy.

                I personally see Putin as a sort of “Napoleon” figure in Russian history, who straddled the counter-revolution and then also partially the counter-counter-revolution. And although not a particular admirer of Mr. Putin, I don’t hate him either, and I am able to appreciate his competence as a national and international leader.

                As a historian, you should not write this sort of inflammatory nonsense, nor draw these false paradigms. Shame on you.

                • PaulR says:

                  ‘Putin-haters’ was a typo – I meant to write ‘Yeltsin-haters’. Apologies for the confusion.

                • marknesop says:

                  Okay, by now you know that Paul meant to say “Yeltsin-haters” rather than “Putin-haters”. But I also wish Yeltsin had not prevailed, for a different reason. On the second of the ‘Gang of 8’s’ three-day rule, the KGB commenced 157 criminal investigations into economic crimes, the great majority of which involved joint ventures with foreign firms and some of which were accused of ‘concealment of superprofits’ and involvement with criminal groups. Yeltsin triumphed, badda-bing, badda-boom, all investigations short-circuited. Who knows what might have come out of them?

          • Jen says:

            The Yeltsin Centre has important historical value in gathering together information and archived documents about Yeltsin’s presidency. People need to know about this period if only to see how close they came to total disaster and to appreciate how far Russia has come since then. Yeltsin was president for nearly a decade and he more or less stands for a distinctive era in Russian history. How would people know the value of Putin’s leadership if they can’t compare what he has achieved with what happened between 1991 and 1 January 2000?

            A number of past US presidents have libraries and archives centres dedicated to their periods in office. Even presidents who are rated as some of the worst presidents in US history have museums and archives dedicated to them. For example, Rutherford Hayes is rated by US historians as something of a non-entity who didn’t achieve much (though there is a province in Paraguay named after him, because he was asked to mediate a dispute over territory between that country and Argentina) but there is a library dedicated to his time as president (1877 – 1881).
            http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/library/

            Hayes is not remembered much in the US but he’s a hero in Paraguay.
            http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2014/10/30/360126710/the-place-where-rutherford-b-hayes-is-a-really-big-deal

            Jefferson Davis also has a museum dedicated to his term as Confederate President.

            • kirill says:

              You hit the nail on the head. Instead of putting up a bunch of meaningless statues everywhere, this center is a collection of information that people with functional brains can use and come to their own conclusion. All that talk about Putin putting Yeltsin on a pedestal is BS.

              • Moscow Exile says:

                They should keep the Yeltsin documents in the State Historical Archives in Moscow where they can be made accessible to all, rather than in an edifice in Ekateriinburg constructed to glorify the drunken criminal.

              • yalensis says:

                It’s not B.S. when there are actual photos showing Putin laying flowers and crying on the guy’s grave! Jeez! and I’m not saying he has to kick the corpse either – just spare the roses, please!

            • yalensis says:

              Dear Jen:
              I can agree with that point. There is a definite merit to collecting all of Yeltsin’s papers and archives into one place, for historians to use.
              Hence, I don’t object to the library per se — in fact, I think it is a good idea, and it has already yielded enough valuable documentation to posthumously convict Yeltsin of treason — I just object to the referential schmaltz and the placing of flowers, etc.

              In a perfect world, they would build a Yeltsin Libary and call it “Traitor’s Archives”, or something like that. Side by side with a library devoted to the works of the Polish-sponsored Tsar Grigory Otrepiev, aka the “False Dmitry”.

          • yalensis says:

            Okay, then, we are in total agreement on this issue!
            Which only begs the question why Putin continues to dote on these traitors, just like some kreakl has a gun to his head, or something.

    • Jen says:

      Finest quality vomit receptacles:

  13. Moscow Exile says:


    Russia’s enemies writing a letter to Russia’s enemies


    On the left — Turkish national costume.
    On the right — Ukrainian national costume.

    Don’t get them mixed up.

    • Warren says:

      That isn’t a surprise considering the word ‘Cossack’ is a Turkic word meaning Free Man. The clothing, customs, nomadic life style and warrior caste system of the Cossacks all indicate Asiatic origins rather than European.

      The Cossacks have fought on behalf of the Ottoman Empire, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Swedish Empire, Russian Empire, German Empire, Nazi Germany and the USSR.

      • yalensis says:

        Slavic linguists believe that the general Slavic word for “father”, namely “Ot-ets” or some variant, is of Turkic origin. But probably going back in time much further than Cossacks.
        Reasoning being, that the Indo-European word for “father” is something more like *piHter as seen in, e.g., Latin “pater”, English “father”, etc.

        So Slavic “Ot-” just comes out of the blue, and is thought to be related to Turkic “ata” – as in “Ata-Turk” (“father of the Turks”) or Cossack “ataman”.

        It is somewhat unusual for a core “family” word to be borrowed from another language group. But there you have it.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          I read somewhere that the “ot” in “otets” is an honorific prefix, the root “tets” being found in “dyed” (grandfather) and “dyadya” (uncle) and in its English cognate “dad”.

          In Welsh and Irish, “dad” is “tad” and “daid” respectively.

          As regards “ataman”, one theory is that it came from the German “Hauptmann” (headman) via Polish.

          • kirill says:

            I should correct my point about the Japanese word for father. It is “to” and “oto” is with the politeness prefix “o”. Japanese add “o” before many words in a construct which European languages do not have. BTW, the word “atama” in Japanese means head. And the Japanese word for volcano is “kazan” which is the word for cauldron in Tatar. There is is just too much “coincidence” and the Altaic language group is more than likely real.

        • kirill says:

          There is way too much Euro-centrism in modern linguistics. The Japanese word for father is “oto” usually pronounced with a honorific “otosan”. Another word for father in Japanese is “chichi” and its honorific form “chichue”. I can see where the stem for the Russian word is coming from. The “controversial” Altaic language group that spans from Europe to the Koreas and Japan and includes Turkic is more than likely a real entity and the “controversy” is all from Occidentalists.

    • Jen says:

      I see, the Yukie national costume emphasises Russian colours.

  14. Moscow Exile says:

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called clashes between police and activists in Kiev who had gathered on the Maidan as part of commemorating the second anniversary of the bloody events of 2014, a failed provocation organized by Russia, reports “Interfax”.

    Putin is guilty for my being an alky!

  15. Moscow Exile says:

    Today’s (23 February) state holiday is called “Defender of the Fatherland Day”. It only became a state holiday a few years ago, as compensation, as it were, for International Women’s Day, March 8, which is another state holiday here and has been so since Soviet days.

    On “Women’s Day”, all women and girls get fussed over here something rotten, but there was no official “men’s day”, although, unofficially, men here celebrated 23 February as such, using it as an excuse to party (read: get pissed). That was because 23 February was when the Red Army first came into existence in 1918, and for many years the day was known as “Red Army Day”, then “Red Army, Navy and Air Force Day”. It was, however, never a public holiday until about 10 years ago, when it was renamed “Defender of the Fatherland Day” by the Dark Lord Sauron.

    So today women shall fuss over the men and they did this at work on Saturday as well, greeting all the male staff and giving them little presents.

    Where I worked for only one hour on Saturday afternoon, some women presented me with a plate full of buckwheat (regular army field grub, which I find quite tasty, as a matter of fact) and congratulated me.

    They always think I’m Russian you see: look the part, I suppose.

    So I tell them I’m not Russian; that Russia is not my Fatherland; that England is my Motherland, but add that I would defend my Russian wife and children and neighbours if need be, which keeps them happy.

    As time has passed, though, the idea that today is more of a “men’s day” has become stronger, as witnessed by the greetings card below:

    It reads:

    HAPPY DEFENDER OF THE FATHERLAND DAY!

    We wish you

    VIRILITY!
    STRENGTH!
    HAPPINESS!

    Interpret that as you will!
    🙂

    (The word that I translated as “virility” could mean “courage” as well, but I feel it has more of a “manliness” meaning to it.)

    Here’s another card in a similar vein:

    Happy Defender of the Fatherland Day!

    Yes, quite: no guns and drums suggested there!

    Here’s an example of the older style of 23 February greetings card:

    Bugger that for a game of soldiers!

    Now don’t you all be late for work on Tuesday morning, 23 February!
    🙂

    • cartman says:

      There’s a poppy on the second one. Are you sure that isn’t a yukie one?

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      I’m probably the only one here who can celebrate 23 February as my “professional” holiday.

      Signal Corps of Russian Army.

      “The louder you shout the farther you’ll be heard”.

      One of the most “girl-friendly” arms of Russian military. Yours truly served (and sometimes trembled with fear) under the indominatable Major Elena Aleksandrovna Kostina (now, thankfully, retired), who possed an impressive bio (she was an “army brat” who began serving on Russian base in Armenia), an inexhaustible vocabulary of profanities when talking about then Minister Serdyukov and/or our acting commander, and also of 2 Really Big Dogs.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Of course, some Yukie piece of shit — or worse still, some Russia-hating Russian, has to stick his oar in with this:

      February 23 — Day of the Defender From the Fatherland

      And then in his blog he goes on a rant about how one should be ashamed of the Russian army because: “After all, what other nation in so short a period of time could have betrayed its allies, its people, its faith, its king and its Fatherland, and at the same time shamefully lose on all fronts and lose a huge part of its territory?”

      The idiot is talking of WWI, of course: of the Russian Imperial Army.

      The idiot does not know that 23 February celebrates the founding of the Red Army, which army some 25 years after its foundation, in the words of no less than W.S. Churchill,”tore the guts out of the Wehrmacht”, which organisation he seems to have a hard-on for.

      Another point: in 1918, that Nazi wanker-blogger’s wonderful army of the Fatherland was also defeated and, as a result, the Germans lost swathes of territory, its Kaiser and the other lesser kings of the German empire and were forced to admit their guilt for causing the war and were hammered by the victors with huge reparation payments.

      The blogger calls himself “Stahl Hans” (Steely Jack).

      Either a real McCoy German fascist or, more likely, a shit-wit “Зиги” [“zigi” from “Sieg Heil”), either of the Russian or Ukrainian variety.

      • Warren says:

        Russian right wingers, the racist variety have a profound fixation for all things German. I don’t get it. How can Russian right wingers be proud Slavs while at the same time fantasying on being German?

        Russian nationalists and slavophiles in Imperial Russia in the late 19th century were Germanophobic! Germany and Austria were viewed as oppressors of Slavs and Russia felt betrayed by Bismarck when it was forced to sign the Treaty of Berlin 1878. Many of the elites in Imperial Russia resented how Russia was becoming a resource appendage for Germany’s rapidly expanding economy.

        • kirill says:

          These are not real Russian nationalists. They are a species of liberast who worship the west and who actually hate Russia, but are more cryptic about it. They have a lot of similarity to the Ukr Banderatards and that is why Banderite Navalny is trying to play the “nationalist card”. But as with the liberasts they are a lunatic fringe.

          As for the 19th century, Soviet Communism destroyed any continuity. So it is not really relevant to present-day Russia.

  16. Warren says:

    Published on 22 Feb 2016
    On this edition of CrossTalk we go beyond western mainstream media spin and focus on reality. Is Turkey turning itself into a global pariah? Is Washington beginning to realize it must work with the Russians? And, are you going to believe this, Putin now may have his eye on Poland.

    CrossTalking with Alexander Mercouris, Edward Lozansky, and Mark Sleboda.

  17. Northern Star says:

    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-nato-expected-lose-most-europe-russia-15267

    Some of the comments are totally spot F’n on and savage amusement…..!!!!

    • Jen says:

      That illustration of all those BUK missile delivery trucks lined up and blasting away (and threatening to incinerate themselves as well) looks like someone’s apocalyptic fantasy and that person is most probably American.

      Oh of course, The National Interest magazine was founded by neocon godfather Irving Kristol.
      http://nationalinterest.org/about-the-national-interest
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Kristol

    • kirill says:

      One of the comments was very astute. The $4.5 trillion printed during the multiple QE cycles since 2008 is counted as a positive contribution to the GDP. Of course it does not translate into real physical GDP at anywhere near its nominal value. This is one way to hoax GDP, print money. But it only works for “exceptional” nations like the US that can offload their inflation by having a petro-currency demanded around the world.

  18. Northern Star says:

    Stooges routinely rant and rave about how Western media is no more than a font of NWO feces and fraud propaganda..Here’s -in part-is why…You guys and gals probably got this at the time ..but just in case you didn’t…..Remember if either of the Cuban tea party nutjob zealots or Killary is elected…we’ll probably be looking at a full scale nuclear exchange within six months of inauguration…!!!
    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/10/leading-german-journalist-admits-cia-bribed-leaders-western-press.html

  19. Warren says:

  20. Warren says:

    Robert Pickton: Canadian serial killer book pulled from Amazon

    A memoir apparently written by a Canadian serial killer and put on sale online has angered victims’ relatives, reports say.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35636729

    • kirill says:

      Justice would entail him being ground up into pig food.

    • marknesop says:

      Robert Pickton was that rarity among mass murderers – a criminal psycopath who was almost too stupid to understand what he had done. He relied more on cunning than on smarts in his own defense, and the idea that there was actually a book in him is like saying there is likely to be a pearl inside a horse turd. It will, therefore, have been almost exclusively ghost-written by someone else hoping to make a buck on his slow-witted evil. Of course I have not read it and never would, but I cannot imagine there would be anything redeeming in it. It might – might – be valuable now and again to get a peek inside the mind of a brilliant serial killer, both to try to understand what motivates these men (they’re almost always men) to predatory behavior rather than academic or technological achievement, in the hope that we could somehow spot this pattern before it resulted in murder. Even that is a distant possibility, since evidence currently available suggests there are frequently signs in the behavior of even brilliant psycopaths, when they are young, but nobody ever does anything about it in time to avert what follows. But in Robert Pickton’s example, you would do as well just to look into the grease trap in your garburetor.

  21. Moscow Exile says:

    Albats pissed again?

    See: Ресторанные неприятности бухой Евгении Марковны
    Trouble in restaurant with drunken Yevgeniya Markovna

    She used the social network to plead for help as she had received her bill in the restaurant “Barashka” on the New Arbat” and couldn’t find her purse. She said she’d either had it nicked or had left it at work and the restaurant manager wasn’t too keen to help her out. The bill was for 2,570 rubles.

    I wonder if she ended up washing the dishes?


    I can’t find my purse!

    • Moscow Exile says:

      What gets me about Albats is how precious she thinks she is!

      I mean, she can’t pay for whatever reason, and asks the whole of Moscow and its environs to help her.

      Does anyone think any of her army of kreakl and liberast admirers, having learnt of her predicament, immediately hitched up and rode into town so as to pick up her tab?

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      Okay, that’s official now. Russia has 3 eternalquestions:

      – What to do?
      – Whom to blame?
      – Why Гussian intelligentsia constantly gets drunk?

    • yalensis says:

      There was a previous incident, a few months back, when her iPhone was “stolen” and she made a big ruckus about it, and accused various people; and then it turned out she had left it in the loo at some kreakl “vecherinka” that she was at. Somebody found it the next day and she got it back, but not after accusing a lot of people of theft.
      This lady is losing her marbles, and can’t seem to hold onto her stuff.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        I think she began losing her self control a while back. I remember how several years ago she caused a great scandal when stopped by a traffic cop in downtown Moscow. She refused to give her name to him etc. It was all filmed on smartphones.

        Yes, and that incident took place on the New Arbat as well, if I rightly remember.

        It must be one of her favourite boozing haunts.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          And I could not help but notice how Albats began the Russian text of her cry for help with the English word “Help!”

          I wonder why?

          I mean, if she had wanted to give an international distress call, shouldn’t she have typed “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!”, or, at a push and in order to please the Frogs: “M’aidez! M’aidez! M’aidez!”

          All answers on the back of a postage stamp, please!

          • yalensis says:

            I think it’s just the cult of the English language. To modern Russian liberals, English is what speaking French used to be, to the nobility of Pushkin’s time, i.e., using English words is “cool” to them and denotes “civilization”.
            A form of Americanophilia, I suppose.

          • marknesop says:

            She took a page from the Garry Kasparov manual of getting western journalists onside. He’s an old pro at yelling “Help!! Don’t touch me there!!” and the like, in English, when being arrested by the Russian police, against the possibility that there might be a western journalist within earshot so that Washingtomn will note Garry Kasparov Making Sacrifices For The Cause Again. But silly Zhenya’s befuddlement just made her look old, dotty and drunk.

        • marknesop says:

          Not all that unusual for her; I remember when she demanded, during the Nationalist March, to be arrested, although the police were reluctant because she really wasn’t doing anything except screeching and causing a scene. She just wanted the street cred of being hauled off by the heat – “See??? I am so an activist!!” Stupid bint.

    • marknesop says:

      A simple typo; she’s saying, “I can’t find my pulse!”

  22. Moscow Exile says:

    And on this day the filth, as expected, flood the blogosphere with their jibes:НЕ ОТМЕЧАЮ 23 ФЕВРАЛЯ

    Do not celebrate 23 February!

    Polish “winged hussars” depicted above, who gave the Russians a hard time in 17th century — as indeed they did with mostly everyone else whom they confronted.

    However, what the tosser who posted that jibe above fails to add is that the Poles were chucked out of Moscow in 1612 and out of Russia in 1618.


    Minin in Nizhny Novgorod appealing to Russians that they defend their Fatherland and rid it of Polish occupiers

    In 1919, when the Russian Empire had collapsed and the country was engulfed in civil war, the Poles came back like the hyenas of Europe, as W.S. Churchill described them, that they were.

    And once again, the Poles were chucked out by defenders of the Fatherland.

    And now, when every one of these aids and advantages has been squandered and thrown away, Great Britain advances, leading France by the hand, to guarantee the integrity of Poland – of that very Poland which with hyena appetite had only six months before joined in the pillage and destruction of the Czechoslovak State” — Winston Churchill, “The Gathering Storm”, Chapter 19: “Prague, Albania and the Polish Guarantee – April 1939”.

  23. Moscow Exile says:

    More frustrated nastiness this day off a Putinphobe:

    очень символично, я считаю…
    …что педофил капитулировал в Сирии именно в ночь на 23 февраля

    С ПРАЗДНИКОМ ВАС,
    ДОРОГИЕ ИДИОТЫ И ИДИОТКИ!!!

    translation of text:

    Very symbolic, I think …
    …that a paedophile capitulated in Syria, namely during the night of 23 February

    HAPPY HOLIDAY TO YOU,
    IDIOTS AND MORONS

    end of translation

    They really think they are smarter than everyone else, don’t they?

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      “…capitulated in Syria…”

      Дебилы, б…ть!

      Translation from liberastion psyachja gavkota.

      – Ceaserire will begin on 00:00 27 February.
      – All who want to participate in it must announce it clear and loud beforehand so everyone can hear/understand them
      – RF and US will together determine areas where this ceasefire will be recognized.
      – ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusra and “other terroristic organisations” are still a fair game.
      – VVP inserts a jab at the US and their allies, speaking about “not sanctioned by the UN one-sided actions… which lead to dramatic, even tragic results”. Only this time he names them – Somalia, Iraq, Yemen.

      Oh, and what was left unsaid. If Erdo-gun will go full Saakashvili on Syrian Kurds – he would be violating this treaty. His arse is grass from that moment.

      This, ladies and gentelmen, is how “capitulation” looks loke according to pathetic maggots (and maybe some Finns).

      • yalensis says:

        The other irony being, that the kreakls who talk about “capitulation” are the same ones who supported ISIS anyway. (Or maybe not “ISIS” explicitly, but they support Turkey, the U.S., and the “Moderate Rebels”, which is the same thing.) So, logically, for them, a Russian “capitulation” is in fact a victory for their side.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      Now-now – enough with butt-hurt liberasts. They are stupid enemies, monkey-like critters who like nothing more than to fling shit at everyone and everything.

      On the one hand – “country must know its “heroes” ” (c). We must show the Enlightened Humanity ™ what an amazing place with true pluralism of opinions is our RuNet.

      On the other – the existence of these… biological constructs and direct quotes of them keeps the hatred for all this kreakl-liberast fucking circus with horses and hookers at very high level.

      This unfunny critters don’t understand that the very moment so despised by them Army and Police would disappear, ordinary Russins will start hanging them, stupid ungrateful bastards, on lampposts.

      P.S.

      Once again – happy holiday!

  24. Moscow Exile says:

    Как Украина делает российский газ европейским

    How the Ukraine makes Russian gas European
    15 February 2016, 17:43 http://vz.ru/infographics/2016/2/15/794420.html

    The Kiev authorities are proud of the increase in the supply of reverse gas from Europe and claim that the dependence of the Ukraine on Russian gas has been neutralized. The newspaper VZGLYAD has depicted a simple reverse-flow scheme by which Russian gas nominally becomes European, and has indicated the maximum volume won by such a trick. From this it is clear that as long as the Ukraine continues to exist, then it just will not be able to pull off a complete refusal of Russian gas.

    • marknesop says:

      The only real question is who is going to give Ukraine free gas, since they no longer have sufficient income to pay for it. That being the case it is probably better if they think it is European gas.

  25. titus987 says:

    With regard to Ukraine’s recent political shenanigans, even Brian Whitmore cries “zrada.” http://www.rferl.mobi/a/daily-vertical-ukraine-deserves-better/27566695.html

    • Moscow Exile says:

      “Ukrainians are the first people in history to shed blood for the idea of Europe.”

      What the fuck is he on about?

      Isn’t that what the Nazis and their followers claimed they were doing?

      And Buonaparte and his, for that matter.

      Europe’s victory — your prosperity

      I see they included in the poster above Sweden, Spain, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland in their anti-Bolshevik “crusade”, all of which states remained neutral throughout WWII, albeit that Portugal and Spain were considered to be pro-fascist.

      • titus987 says:

        To be fair to Whitmore, “Europe” is a common shorthand for “the European Union in its current iteration (and along with the EEA).”

        • Moscow Exile says:

          The EUSSR and its beloved, unelected commissars?


          The Ukraine is the last territorial demand that I have to make in Europe

          That’s Martin Schultz pictured above wearing a snazzy SS-cap, President of the European Parliament.

          He didn’t say those words, of course: they are a parody of what Hitler said in 1938 about the Sudetenland.

          Western propagandists, however, love to allude to those words of Hitler when talking about the “annexation” of the Crimea by Russia.

          If, however, the re-unification of the Crimea with Russia could be treated as Putin’s “last territorial demand”, I should like to know what his previous ones were.

          Oh, I know! — Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

          Right, Got you!

          And following the fulfilment of his “last” territorial demand, where next?

          Oh, I know! — The Baltic States, right?

    • marknesop says:

      But he still says, “Much of this can be blamed on Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, which did everything in its power to deny Ukraine the breathing space it needed to fulfil the goals of the Euromaidan.” So even while Ukrainians were jumping up and down like a mass pogo-stick demonstration to show that they were not Moskals, gutting legislation on use of the Russian language and squealing to NATO about ‘Russian aggression’, Russia was supposed to be the bigger person and ignore all that in favour of cutting them sweetheart deals on gas and continuing to support them economically, all in the name of giving them ‘breathing space’ to become a NATO bastion. Whitmore has no shame.

      It’s difficult to imagine how structural reforms and rooting out corruption could have ‘stalled’. Doesn’t something need to be actually in progress before it can stall?

  26. Pavlo Svolochenko says:

    http://thomasfriedmanopedgenerator.com/about.php

    A concept with applications beyond the ridicule of Thomas Friedman.

    Propaganda is by nature repetitive and devoid of factual rigour. Frequently one reads an economist article or a book by Simon Montefiore, and one comes away with the impression that it was not written by a sentient lifeform.

    So, let this be the new frontier in information warfare: automatically generated publications. A bureaucrat indicates what kind of publication he wants – short, punchy newspaper article, scholarly essay, pulp history book – and the software cobbles one together from existing literature (plus any buzzwords the bureaucrat wishes to add to the software’s parameters).

    Once computer programs are writing the propaganda, the input of purported academics and journalists will become superfluous. Boring and unattractive people such like as Harding and Lucas can be retired. Instead, computer-generated articles and books will be credited to aspiring actresses, who (with minimal coaching) will conduct book signings, Hardtalk interviews and the like in tube tops and miniskirts, combination indoctrination and titillation in a way that no government has ever dared to do until now.

    The potential savings are incalculable, and it will bring the world ever closer to the glorious future spoken of in the prophecy:

  27. Warren says:

    Britain says uneasy after evidence of Kurdish coordination with Syria and Russia

    Britain said on Tuesday it had seen disturbing evidence that Syrian Kurds were coordinating with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and the Russian air force.

    “What we have seen over the last weeks is very disturbing evidence of coordination between Syrian Kurdish forces, the Syrian regime and the Russian air force which are making us distinctly uneasy about the Kurds’ role in all of this,” Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the British Parliament.

    (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge)

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds-idUKKCN0VW16Z

    • et Al says:

      The Brits are worried that they will have competition when it comes to stabbing the Kurds in the back. At least the Kurds expect it. British allies usually don’t…

    • marknesop says:

      Oh, I see. So long as they are colluding with NATO, one can be assured that nothing untoward is happening. That’s perfectly safe, because then they are coordinating with the Forces Of Rightness. Otherwise, they are colluding with the Forces of Darkness, and it is particularly ominous that they are talking with the authority which is doing most of the bombing, presumably so that Russian bombs will not hit them by accident as they are advancing in ground operations. The ability to think when demonstrated by stateless brown people is upsetting.

  28. Warren says:

  29. Warren says:

    Published on 22 Feb 2016
    January 23, 2016, a former CIA Official David “Dave” Simpson visits Donetsk People’s Republic and explains the War from his Perspective and says “Export Death & Destruction” is the US business model.

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  33. Warren says:

    The people who want the UK’s gun laws relaxed

    Gun debate in Britain tends to focus on what is happening in the US, but more than 700,000 firearm owners live in England and Wales. Who are they, and why do some want laws relaxed?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35588594

  34. Warren says:

    Published on 21 Feb 2016
    Moscow’s Pyramid shopping mall is no more. The structure was bulldozed as part of the city government’s decision to remove structures built without formal planning permission. The commercial centre was one out of around 100 declared illegal by the city.

    • Warren says:

      Critics say the demolitions are the latest example of state hostility to private enterprise, they believe the destruction of shops represents a Soviet era mentality which has resurfaced under President Vladimir Putin.

      Who are these critics whose opinions that Ukraine Today has such high regard for? Surely these anonymous critics would like to be credited for their erudite elucidations?

  35. Warren says:

    • marknesop says:

      Check out the last comment; “could not agree more “the glorious” Russian army cannot even take Donbas, it has tried for 2 years now.” What a twat. The Maidan government reckoned that if they had come in through Chernihiv Oblast, they could have been in Kiev by evening.

      • Warren says:

        Galeotti is billed by the Atlanticist media as an ‘expert’ on Russia’s security services. The article consisted of 90% ad hominem and 10% substantiated assertions about the state of the Russia military.

        The dismissive contempt Galeotti has for Russia conventional arm forces – army, navy and air force is never explained or justified with verifiable facts. Galeotti mentions how the Russian navy’s squadrons and flotilla’s regularly include tugboats. And laughs at how Russian ships supposedly break down all the time. But the Royal Navy’s newest ship the Type 42 destroyer regularly breaks down. Does that mean the Royal Navy is a spent force?

        Powerless? Royal Navy’s £1bn destroyers keep breaking down

        https://www.rt.com/uk/330596-royal-navy-warships-refit/

        Russia’s campaign in Syria has impressed the real experts, its cruise missile fired from the Caspian and Mediterranean seas, SU- 34 fighter jets and electronic warfare have caught the attention of people that matter.

        Russian military jets have, at times, been carrying out more sorties in a day in Syria than the US-led coalition has done in a month. The Russian navy has launched ballistic missiles from the Caspian Sea 900 miles way, and kept supply lines going to Syria. The air defences installed by the Russians in Syria and eastern Ukraine would make it extremely hazardous for the West to carry out strikes against the Assad regime or Ukrainian separatists.

        Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the commander of the US army in Europe, has described Russian advances in electronic warfare in Syria and Ukraine – a field in which they were typically supposed to be backward – as “eye watering”.

        The chief of US Air Force operations in Europe and Africa, Lieutenant General Frank Gorenc, has disclosed that Moscow is now deploying anti-aircraft systems in Crimea, which the Kremlin annexed from Ukraine last year, and in Kaliningrad, an enclave between Lithuania and Poland. It is doing so, he says, in a way that makes it “very, very difficult” for Nato planes to gain access safely to areas including parts of Poland.

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/war-in-syria-russia-s-rustbucket-military-delivers-a-hi-tech-shock-to-west-and-israel-a6842711.html

        Galeotti has never served a day in the military, he is no military expert. Galeotti is a propagandist – he provides anti-Russian spiel on demand for Atlanticist propaganda outlets.

        • marknesop says:

          No, he’s not a military expert – they have Eliot Higgins for that. When he could mostly be found on his blog, In Moscow’s Shadows, he was pretty good on Russian law, and I think he knows a lot more about that than he does the military. But it is all to Russia’s advantage if the west goes on deluding itself that the Russian military is weaker than it looks. I doubt you will find too many professional senior military officers who pay much attention to think-tankers, and it is mostly policymakers looking for support and lazy media types who do.

          • kirill says:

            What kind of expert is he? Is he an engineer? What’s his experience. A lot of pundits are glorified amateurs who pick up their “expertise” along the way by researching topics themselves. There is nothing particularly wrong with this, but Gaelotti has spent his time as media propaganda whore and that is where his “skill set” resides.

            • marknesop says:

              I honestly don’t know; I have never been motivated to look into his background. The comments he made on Russian law, before Brian Whitmore made him such a celebrity, were sensible and reasonably neutral, and I would have had a hard time picking holes in his arguments. Therefore I must assume he either knows a lot more about Russian law than I do – which would not be difficult – or has researched it more deeply. Whatever the case, he sounds like someone who understands it quite well. He used to be quite good on Caucasian politics and the major figures involved there, as well.

      • kirill says:

        This is how deluded western elites are. They are drinking their own koolaid via propaganda spigots like Gaelloti. Some non-existent invasion of the Donbas by the Russian army is now an “established fact” because enough propgandists have claimed it. How needs proof? Not a single photograph or video in two years. All that is needed is to have this lie repeated enough times. Goebbels would be proud.

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    Why Europe should fight Nord Stream II


    Part of the first Nord Stream pipeline being laid off the coast of Swedish Gotland island. Risks to the Baltic Sea region should not be underestimated. (Photo: Nord Stream)

    Last week the European Commission published its long awaited gas package. The usefulness of the proposed measures on security of supply and oversight on bilateral energy agreements notwithstanding, it was interesting to see the biggest elephant in the room being notably absent from any of the proposals.

    https://euobserver.com/opinion/132384

  41. Warren says:

    United Nations of Jihad:

  42. Lyttenburgh says:

    1) Remember “human rights activist” Kovalyov I mentioned in article? I decided not to provide his full bio in the article – it was already too big. But now he decided to “distinguish” himself once again, so here you are – an official add-on (DLC content, yeah🙂 to the article.

    Sergey Adamovitch Kovalyov (1930) is the official head of the foreign agent NGO “Memorial”. Recently he and his foreign-funded Russophobes decided to “strike against the regime” by opening an exhibition about the First Chechen War. All handshakable so-called “Russian Media” furiously handshaked that event. “Novaya Gazeta” (you know – Dima Bykov-Zilbertrud’s &Co stomping ground) run an article called “In remembrance of future 200s” [“200” is Russian/Soviet army code for KIAs]. Apparently, these fine specimens of everything Good an Enlightened want (desperately!) for Russian soldiers to be killed in, say, Syria – or in “liberated” by Piontkovky’s Chechnya.

    Most humane and honest exhibition extols the “anti-war” activity of the Titan (of the spirit) Sergey Adamovitch Kovalyov in 1994-96 period, when he “strived to bring back the combatants back to senses and force them to begin the negotiations” (c).

    In Soviet times, Sergei Adamovitch, deservedly spent 7-year term in the Far North – for anti-soviet activity and subversion. After the collapse of the USSR he (with some help from our “western partners”) had been launched in high politics: the State Duma, the Human Rights Council…

    Several quotes from this “civil rights activist”:

    Nurenberg trials were a “pure outrage, violation of the law”. This is because it was the trial of “the vanquished by the victors.”

    – And democracy, according to Kovalev, is “not the power of the majority.” This is the power of the Democratic minority (to which he considers himself 100% belonging).

    In 2008 Ramzan Akhmadovitch Kadyrov called “Memorial” associates and employees “enemies of the people, enemies of the law, enemies of the state”. But it was “eternity ago” – before the ascend of the social media, before the now official bitter anti-Russian campaign in the West – before the puberty of the vast majority of “opinionated internet experts” and members of the “Russian Libertarian Party”. That’s why there were no such butt-hurt among the so-called “Russian opposition” at that moment.

    2) And a little bit about other “independent” and “democratic” so-called “Russian” Media:

    “DO\\\D” has refused to compensate moral damage to the blockade survivors of Leningrad

    The TV channel “DO\\\D” (“Rain”) has not yet paid 100 000 rubles for moral damage to the blockade survivors of Leningrad caused by a survey about should it be better to surrender Leningrad to the German troops. This is evidenced by an entry in a bank executive productions data.

    Zamoskvoretskiy District Court of Moscow in August 2014 fined the channel for 100 thousand rubles in favor of the Chairman of the St. Petersburg branch of the Union of pensioners Boris Ivchenko and other St. Petersburg resident Yury Antonov for moral damage.

    The TV channel was required to pay the amount of damage after the court decision came into force – in 2014. According to records in the database, in 3 February 2016 in relation to the “DO\\\D” was initiated an enforcement of proceedings to collect the required amount, which gave the leadership of the channel five working days to resolve the situation, but it was not done.

    Two years ago, the TV channel “DO\\\D” in a joint program with the historical magazine “Diletant” held among the visitors of their site a survey on the topic “Was it necessary to surrender Leningrad, in order to save hundreds of thousands of lives?” The vote caused a wide resonance – in particular, the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg called on the Attorney General to close the channel, and the courts have received numerous complaints on the “DO\\\D” channel.

    • marknesop says:

      Well, that offers a fine opportunity to test the concept of trial of the vanquished by the victors, on the subject of war crimes. Is there a better way? How about trial of the victors by the vanquished, in which those who lost the war excuse the war crimes of which they are accused by attributing their crimes to those who won the war? Think we’ll ever see that? Or perhaps trial by a completely disinterested ‘honest broker’, in which countries which did not even participate in the war and have no firsthand knowledge of it are solicited by magazine ad? “If you’re from Tonga, the Marshall Islands or Burkhina Faso, do not own a television or watch TV and would like to chair a war crimes tribunal, call this number”? Does that sound like a winner?

      Here’s a news flash; those who are the victors in war have negligible interest in prosecuting themselves for war crimes. There is always a fruitful argument in whether or not the side who did not win should have surrendered earlier rather than needlessly getting more people killed, which frequently is framed as a war crime. I suspect the master strategy is to never lose. Meanwhile, nobody cares what the side who lost did except for the victors, and consequently it will always be they who hold the losers to account.

      That little adventurous poll cost Dozhd a lot more than the fine – 21 cable and satellite providers dropped them in less than a week, and now they are on life support. To what do they attribute their new radioactivity? Certainly not “Probably the stupidest fucking thing we could have done, but hey, we were trying to be edgy and liberal, innit?” Of course not – it’s that old chestnut; ‘political pressure’. They outraged a huge part of the electorate and the industry and pissed viewers down the drain, but of course the real culprit is political pressure. The hypothetical question as to whether Russians should have reserved their sacrifices and enabled a Third Reich victory by a power which had a sworn goal of eliminating and/or enslaving the Slavic population simply made the Kremlin uncomfortable. So rather than confront its demons, the neo-Soviet empire took the easy way out and dumped on the poor seekers after truth. Christ, this stuff just writes itself.

  43. Warren says:

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Because his feet were cold and he likes the colour red?

      Sorry — stupid explanation, I know.
      😦

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      “Охуенные штаны” – check. But whare are louboutins?!

    • Jen says:

      He woke up late and didn’t have time to change out of his pyjamas so he grabs the first jacket and pair of boots to go to work.

      Or maybe the photograph was taken on a Friday or Saturday and people were allowed to dress casually ahead of the public holiday on 23 February.

  44. Moscow Exile says:

    МОЛОДЫЕ ЛИБЕРАЛЫ ШВЕЦИИ ВЫСТУПИЛИ ЗА НЕКРОФИЛИЮ И ИНЦЕСТ

    Young Swedish liberals have spoken out in favour of necrophilia and incest
    A proposal to change the law was made at a General meeting of the Association LUF

    “We are a youth organization, and should think a step ahead”, says the Swedish Aftonbladet, quoting the words of Cecilia Jonsson, Chairman of the Stockholm branch of the Young liberals, who explains the necessity for legalizing such forms of relationship as incest and necrophilia. “I realize that it may seem odd and disgusting, but the law cannot assume that it is ‘disgusting'”, pointing out her sceptical attitude to moral principles in general.

    At its regular meeting, LUF proposed to institutionalize a close relationship between siblings if they were 15 years old and they had come to a mutual agreement regarding their intentions. In addition, in celebrating individual freedoms, the Young Liberals seek to give people the opportunity on the disposal of their bodies after death. That is to say, as a citizen one should have the right to leave a written will expressing one’s consent that sexual acts could take place with one’s corpse after one’s death (just as one may agree to donate an organ for a transplant or the use of one’s remains for scientific purposes). At present, the freedom to do this is restricted by articles of law that prohibit acts of necrophilia.

    • marknesop says:

      Dear God. I can only shake my head in disbelief. How far are we from legalizing weddings in which the bride and groom are smeared in shit? I mean, if the idea of legislating against practices just because they are ‘disgusting’ is hopelessly silly and quaint?

      • cartman says:

        I’m sure that is legal. However Sweden will lead the way in teaching children about defecating on a partner’s chest as a way to avoid pregnancy.

    • Jen says:

      I should think it’s kind of dangerous to sleep with corpses as they undergo decomposition even if the “lovers” had consented before death. Unless the corpse was embalmed or had been sent to a taxidermist for treatment. Plus you’re exposed to whatever microbes may have caused the disease or condition that led to the person’s death, even if the health condition remains undiagnosed. For that reason you’d never sleep with the body of anyone who had lived in Britain in the late 1980s and who had eaten beef, because of the risk of acquiring BSE (even if that person never exhibited BSE symptoms and died from other causes) from leaking body fluids.

      Incidentally there’s been a rumour long going around that Tony and Cherie Blair participated in a ritual in which both were stripped naked and smeared with mud while holidaying in Mexico. They probably actually went there for a mud bath treatment.

  45. yalensis says:

    This is nice, and shows the good fellowship among cosmonauts and astronauts.
    American astronaut Scott Kelly reported that he knows all about “Defender of the Fatherland” day in Russia. (aka “Man Day”).
    And Kelly went on to say, that he values the courage and heroism of his Russian colleague, Mikhail Kornienko, with whom he has spent much time in space. “Misha is my hero,” said Kelly, “because he has spent a whole year in space. And our friendship is like a good cognac: It becomes stronger with age.”
    There is attached video, showing the two space friends being interviewed for “Life News” from their post at the International Space Station.

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