Russia

During the Gothenburg Book Fair last week was organized
a discussion on the topic

“Russia – empire without borders“.

When questioned about the Russian diaspora,
or “russian-speaking minorities”, in the world, and if they sort of  had become an instrument of the Kremlin’s propaganda, among other points of view we hear these replies
first from Mr. Pomerantsev (on the right),
and Mr. Kniivilä (2nd from left).

Both take note of some previous statement by “Iliya”..

 

 

 

Anyway – no slogans with Mr. Putin’s name mentioned occurs during the 1:st of May in Ekaterinburg – according to e1 : “… this year, there were no red banners with ‘Peace! Work! Putin!’ on, which was among the most prominent last year. “

Another indication that Mr. Putin is approaching orthodoxy? Which sometimes seems to be the case.

Putin i Kristus Frälsarens katedral

Putin in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow , Saturday night

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov  in a recently published interview for the swedish daily  “Dagens Nyheter” :

“- If the West’s approach to human rights develops into plain promiscuity, they disregard the fact that it is contrary to the fundamental basics of our culture, which is based on orthodox religion – Christianity.”

And when Putin  made critical remarks against Lenin in January this year, he, according to yoki.ru , added an explanation :
I was, like millions of other Soviet citizens, member of CPSU. I was not the only member of the Communist Party, but also worked in the KGB. I can recall that in Soviet times when someone was expelled from the Communist Party he also was dismissed by KGB. I say quite honestly that I was not just a formal member of the Communist party, and I was not an idealistic Communist (unlike many officials I was a regular member of the Communist party), but my approach to it was very cautious. I have never thrown away the party membership card, I never burned it, it is still there in my home

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(source: Meduza )
“Ilim”, a pro-Moscow separatist in Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, was never called as a witness in the trial against the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, which yesterday – 22/3 – was on the second day of the Reading of the verdict, the day when also the sentence – 22 years in prison – was pronounced. Yes, she was considered guilty, according to the judges, of acting as coordinator for fire which lead to the death of two Russian journalists on June 17, 2014.

Ilim ..

“Ilim’s” data is completely at odds with the prosecution, but proving wholly or partially in favor of the defense.

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Commentators try to come to grips with how the planned Cuba meeting between two of Christendom’s more or less venerated patriarchs will fall out, when it takes place at the airport in Havana February 12. How will a 1000 years of sorrow and pain be treated in a private conversation no longer than two hours?

Kubasession ..

Moscow Patriarch and Bishop of Rome on their way to Havana – what if they be caught in a total blockade against all and everything ?

It is stated in an article in Radio Echo Moscow: “Этот тот самый случай, когда форма важнее содержания” (= It’s just such an occasion when the form is more important than the content).

And perhaps that is precisely what one could expect.
A highlight of formalism.

 

New York Times

Putin – singled out by a British court as a “probable” orderer of the murder of Litvinenko, is now  engaging himself , among other things, in discussions about the role of Lenin in Russian history

Lenin

Vladimir Ilich Lenin

The same day that the British High Court had published its report on the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, Putin held talks with some members of the “Council for Science and Education of the President of the Russian Federation ” and discussed quite lively which educational institutions really should receive economic support from the State in the present situation .

One of those academics, head of Kurchatovsky Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk, recalled that prominent researchers have coped with scarce resources, and he – by quoting a poem by Pasternak –  first of all called for new ideas:

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