Russia

Obama held a little unusual “State of the Union” speech  the other day, as he looked ahead, and challenged Americans not to fear the future.

Putin, giving an interview to the German magazine “Bild“, prefers to look backwards and talk about “what mistakes the West has made over the past twenty-five years.” It is, according to him, perhaps above all, that they did not take advantage of the opportunity, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to really overcome the division in Europe. Russia has also made mistakes, he says, by not having, in sufficient time, announced about their national interests…

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Now, twenty-five (26) years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with diverse sanctions from the West together with a russian effort to as much as possible escape influences from the west, at least some western stars remain over the russian-speaking cultural sphere. The movie “Star Wars” is said to have  rather high visitor numbers in Russia, and the creator of the song “Starman” – David Bowie –  is, after his death, certainly not exalted the way he is in western media, but a crowd of Bowie fans are said to have stood and sung his songs outside the British Consulate in St. Petersburg, while an awesome snow-storm whirled around their heads.

Let’s move forward in the new year 2016,  hoping that we may escape the great Jabba…

Presidents Putin and Poroshenko “discussed” Grand Prince Vladimir’s role in history – in their respective absences – when two historical  dates was commemorated: one thousand years since Prince Vladimir’s death in 1015,  and the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization 987/88.

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Monument over Prince Vladimir

Thus it has recently (15/7) passed a thousand years since the Great Prince of Kievan Rus, Vladimir (or Volodymyr) , died. Both Russia’s and Ukraine’s leaders have spoken about it. Vladimir I was the grand grandson of the Viking chieftain Rurik, according to the old Nestor’s chronicle.

Lenta.ru: “Vladimir Putin spoke about the sources of the unique Russian civilization, and Petro Poroshenko spoke about the monarch’s European choice.

On Tuesday,  the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization, President Vladimir Putin and President Petro Poroshenko, in public appearances, went apart in their dealing with Grand Prince Vladimir’s role in history.

Grand Prince Vladimir’s choice was  perceptive, and ultimately responsible, and served as a starting point to establish Russia as a unique country within the bounds of civilization … Rus was thus strengthened, and it was growing in power and authority in the eyes of near as well as distant neighbors’, and held talks on equal terms with countries in both East and West … These spiritual roots still today nourish the Slav brother nations of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus‘, said Putin during a solemn reception in the Kremlin on the occasion of  one thousand years since Grand Prince Vladimir’s death. At the end of his appearance  Putin also greeted his guests with the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization.

Vladimir – over a thousand years ago – made not only a religious, but a civilized and truly European choice … Bulgaria and Georgia, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Serbia have an independent, autocephalous church. In what way does  Ukraine differ from them? Why must we be an exception to the rule? ‘- wrote Petro Poroshenko on his Facebook page, where he greeted his followers  with the ‘day of Ukraine-Rus’s baptism!’.

In the Ukrainian historical science, the terms ‘Rus-Ukraine’ and ‘Ukraine-Rus’ are accepted as much as the term ‘Kyiv-Rus’ is to the Russian historians  “.

 

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The russian ministry of justice have entered the rights-activist organization “Soldiers mothers of S:t Petersburg” in a register over non-commercial organizations which are judged to be “foreign agents”. RIA-Novosti announce about it with links to the ministry.
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The Russian Ministry of Justice

“..in the register -…- have been entered reports about the fund ‘Institute for the development of free information’ and about the regional  rights-activist organization in S:t Petersburg ‘Soldiers mothers of S:t Petersburg’, on the basis of representations made by the Prosecutor in S:t Petersburg“, – it is said in a message.
As is known the Committee for Soldiers Mothers recently  informed actively about the russian soldiers that are fallen or wounded in Ukraine.
According to their information there are about 15 000 russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, and there are details about 400 fallen or wounded.
(the above according to Ukrainian Pravda , which quotes russian media)

 

 CNN, New York Times, BBC

Facebook earning was beating expectations” – congratulation Mr. Zuckerberg ! /BBC, Time 

But isn’t  it a big question if Facebook and other IT-companies will not lose the russian public while sanctions are applied by the western powers, against Russia?

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Facebook drowning in the Black Sea? No, for heaven’s sake !

Not long ago representatives for both Twitter and Facebook – Twitter first  –  visited Moscow to speak with representatives for “Roscomnadzor”, that is to say the russian Board that  watches over electronic communications.

The Facebook delegation that later visited Russia “didn’t want  information about their meeting with ‘Roscomnadzor’ to become public”.

Izvestiya, nevertheless, made it public. In Russia.

New laws have recently  been written and adopted there, which might have inspired the deputy director of “Roscomnadzor”  to give the harsh message, that the Board he represents “.. tomorrow, within a few minutes, can block Facebook and Twitter in Russia“.

Also a part of Mr. Putins cherished “strategic balance” in the world ?