Today, on June 22, on this day of memory and grief, I would like once again to raise the issue about which I wrote exactly three years ago – in June 2012. Since then, the tragedy of Donbass made us perceive the outbreak of war in 1941 more acutely. What did not change are the facts of the origins of the tragedy in 1941.
The tragedy of June 1941 has been thoroughly investigated, and the more it is studied, the more questions remain.
Today I want to let an eyewitness relate the events.
His name is Valentin Berezhkov. He worked as a translator. He translated for Stalin, among many others. He left great memoirs.
On June 22, 1941 Valentin Berezhkov was in Berlin. His recollections of the day are invaluable.
We are being told all the time that Stalin was afraid of Hitler, and because of the fear he did nothing to prepare for the war. Another lie which has become common “knowledge” is that everyone in our leadership, including Stalin, was confused and scared when the war began.
And here’s how it happened in reality. As Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Third Reich, Joachim von Ribbentrop, declared the USSR war: Continue reading
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On the eve of the meeting of the leaders of G7, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a very interesting statement. His words were a direct signal to the world and, especially, to the Russian elite. For us it is an excellent occasion to recall some historical facts and think about the concept of sovereignty.
“Russia can not return to the G8, as long as Vladimir Putin is president … I don’t think Russia under Vladimir Putin belongs in the G7. Period. Canada would very, very strongly oppose Putin ever sitting around that table again. It would require consensus to bring Russia back and that consensus will just not happen “, – said the head of the Canadian government.”
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-will-never-let-russia-under-putin-back-into-g7-harper-1.2407212 Continue reading
In the last 12 months Russia reduced its investments in the United States bonds by more than 40 percent, shows a report of the US Treasury.
From April 2014 to April 2015 the amount of Russian investments in US treasuries decreased from $116.4 billion to $66.5 billion. The decline began in August 2014. As a result, Russia has fallen in terms of investments in US government bonds from 12th to 22th place.
First published on 20.06.2015 at Nikolai Starikov’s Blog
Addressing demographic problems of our country is the most important contribution to the future of Russia. If there will be no people, there will be no future. If the multinational people of Russia shrinks and dies, all the “modernization” and “import substitution” lose their meaning. The first “import substitution” must be done in the field of demography.
Within the framework of the liberal economic model, all the nations which are living by these rules, are dying. Demographic growth is seen in those nations, which are receiving huge influx of immigrants (which is unacceptable for us), and those which are taking some elements of liberal economy while leaving the most important questions outside of the economic paradigm.
Those important questions are: family, conservative values and the tradition of having a large family. Continue reading
I was reading this over dinner and almost choked on it:
Speaking at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the former Minister of Finance and at present an active Liberal, Alexey Kudrin said: “Why don’t we bring the presidential elections closer and announce a new program of reforms?” He added that the newly elected president would receive a boost in public credibility and this would make it easier for that person to carry out economic reforms. http://rt.com/politics/268114-russia-kudrin-early-elections/
What? What does he mean? The most successful leader of Russia, with the rating in excess of 85% needs, according to Kudrin, a popular mandate of trust for a “new program of reforms”! Continue reading
Recently the State Duma deprived Ilya Ponomarev of parliamentary immunity, and an arrest warrant has been issued against him. Prosecutor General’s Office accuses Ponomarev of complicity in embezzlement of funds of the “Skolkovo Foundation”. It’s a dirty story, not unlike like all political activity of Ponomarev. He was the only State Duma deputy who voted against the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. The grandson of a member of the Communist Party Politburo, he became a traitor of the interests of his own country. Continue reading