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Top 10 patriotic Russian songs for Victory Day




The ceremonies surrounding Victory Day on the 9th of May are filled with patriotic music. Patriotic music in modern Russia can be roughly divided into two eras.

First of all, there is orchestral music from the 19th century, a golden age for Russian classical music dominated by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin, just to name a few.

Secondly, there is the Soviet era and in particular the music of the Alexandrov Choir whose music is often directly associated with victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War).

The great Russian orchestral tradition of the late Tsarist period continued into the 20th century as late Tsarist and Soviet composers continued to produce world-class music.

While every country’s patriotic music is special, Russia is unique in the sense that millions throughout the world recognise the following pieces both for their artistic merits and for their Russian spirit.

1. The Sacred War 

Composed by Aleksandr Aleksandrov of the Alexdrov choir, this is the song that sent the young men off to the front in 1941 when Russia entered the most deadly war in human history. The powerful lyrics foretell the mighty Soviet resolve in the face of the fascist enemy. This song will be heard throughout Russia on the 9th of May. Don’t be surprised to see people of all ages crying when they hear this powerful piece.

2. Overture for The Year 1812–Tchaikovsky 

Originally composed in 1882 to celebrate the consecration of the Cathedral of Christ The Saviour in Moscow, Thchikovsky’s epic overture incorporates many Orthodox and patriotic Russian themes including, ‘Lord Save They People’ and God Preserve The Tsar (the Tsarist national anthem).

The peace tells of Russia’s victory over Napoleonic France in 1812, but the overture is performed throughout Russia on many occasions as a reminder of a Russian triumph against great odds whether in 1812 or 1945.

*(notice the strong vibrato in the brass, a quintessential Russian sound lost in almost all western recordings of Russian music)

3. The Russian and Soviet National Anthem

The current Russian anthem was composed during the Great Patriotic War by Alexander Alexandrov. Although removed during the turbulent 1990s, President Putin restored this stirring melody with updated lyrics in the year 2000.

Here is an instruemtnal version of the song which is often called the world’s best national anthem.


4. Coronation March for Tsar Alexander III–Tchaikovsky 

Tchaikovsky was commissioned to compose a march for the coronation of Tsar Alexander III in 1881. The piece has more recently been used during Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony in 2012. It is a peace truly fit for an emperor…or a highly popular President.

5. Katyusha

Katyusha was originally composed in 1938 by Matvei Blanter, but gained immense popularity during the Great Patriotic War. The song tells a tale of a  young girl called Katyusha pining for a soldier who is on the front defending the motherland. It became one of the most endearing songs of the war and remains popular to this day.

6. The Serbo-Russian March/Marche Slav–Tchaikovsky 

Tchaikovsky composed his Slavonic March in 1876 during the Russo-Turkish War. The war saw the Serbian state fully liberated from centuries of Ottoman Turkish oppression. Current events in The Balkans  have made this piece all the more important. Serbia, like Russia holds Victory Day celebrations on the 9th of May. Both countries remain fraternal after a long history of friendship.

7. Finale from Life For The Tsar–Glinka 

Mikhail Glinka is generally seen as the founder of modern Russian classical music. His opera Life For the Tsar features a theme that has been used throughout Russian history during patriotic celebrations. During the Soviet period, this piece was inserted into the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Overture for The Year 1812 in place of Tchaikovsky’s arrangement of God Preserve The Tsar.

The piece was also used during much of the 1990s as the anthem of the Russian Federation.

8. Song of the Volga Boatmen

A traditional folk song arranged by Russian composer and music critic Mily Balakirev in 1866, this song too is a staple of the Alexandrov Choir and remains as popular today as ever.

9. V Put/Let’s Go!

Originally composed in 1954 on the eve of the 10 year anniversary of the first Victory Day by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi, the instantly recognisable song is an enthusiastic call to arms for Russians remembering the bravery of their ancestors in past struggles.

10. Russky March/The Russian March 

This is another war era favourite popularised by the Alexandrov Choir in the 20th century. It features traditional Russian dance rhythms set to patriotic marching lyrics.


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Peter Strzok testifies, reveals partisan warfare (VIDEO)

Partisan bickering main event as FBI Agent Peter Strzok is used as the pawn to prove legitimacy of RussiaGate investigation

Seraphim Hanisch



Peter Strzok appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his part in regards to the improper handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation and Robert Mueller’s RussiaGate investigation. The hearing was so contentious and partisan that it stalled at this point for quite a while.

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The Republicans went one way with this, and the Democrats went the other. All the while, Agent Strzok sat there as all this happened. Representative Bob Goodlatte was furious with the situation, as one can see.

Vox News reported on this as well, calling the event a “ridiculous circus.” 

FBI agent Peter Strzok’s testimony before Congress on Thursday collapsed into a full-on partisan circus, with Republican and Democratic members shouting at each other, House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte threatening to hold Strzok in contempt, and Democrats staging an over-the-top political stunt…

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Strzok exchanged a series of text messages with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair, that were critical of Trump. In one particularly controversial exchange, Page texted Strzok that she was worried Trump might win. “No. No, he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok reassured her.

Trump and many of his Republican allies have seized on these text messages as proof of anti-Trump bias in the FBI and to discredit the Mueller probe — the investigation Trump calls a “Rigged Witch Hunt.”

His appearance before a joint session of the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees on Thursday was the first time he had publicly testified before Congress since the revelations about his texts.

It was bound to be a contentious hearing — and so far, it has been.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, immediately accused Reps. Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, of deliberately trying to interfere with the special counsel investigation after Mueller obtained five guilty pleas from people associated with the Trump campaign in recent months.

And Cummings brought along some pretty spectacular signs to make the point.

As he spoke, Democratic staffers held huge signs with the names and photos of the five people affiliated with the Trump campaign who have already pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe: former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, London lawyer Alexander van der Zwaan, and Richard Pinedo, a California man who committed identity theft as part of the Russian election interference campaign.

Republicans first objected to the sign-holding, but seemed to back off when Democrats asked them to cite which rules the signs violated. The signs stayed up as Cummings listed what Flynn et al had pleaded guilty to and slammed Republicans for interfering with the advancement of the Trump-Russia probe.

As the hearing continued, lawmakers fought over what kinds of questions Strzok should be obligated to answer.

Gowdy’s very first question for Strzok — about how many witnesses he had interviewed in the opening days of Russia probesparked a huge debate. Strzok responded that he was not permitted to answer the question based on instructions from the FBI. Then Goodlatte threatened to hold Strzok in contempt for not answering the question.

“Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena and are required to answer the question,” Goodlatte said.

Democratic lawmakers interrupted Goodlatte and objected loudly in defense of Strzok.

“This demand puts Mr. Strzok in an impossible position,” Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, responded. “If we have a problem with this policy we should take it up with the FBI, not badger Mr. Strzok.”

Strzok then asked to speak to the FBI general counsel before answering the question.

When Goodlatte responded that Strzok could only consult “with your own counsel,” that set off another testy exchange. Per CNN:

At one point, Strzok suggested that his removal from the special counsel’s Russia investigation was driven by optics. “It is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias … it was done based on the appearance,” Strzok said, adding that he “didn’t appreciate” the way Gowdy was framing the issue.

Gowdy replied, “I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok.”

“I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016,” Gowdy added.

The stakes are high here, which may explain the tense nature of the hearing. If Strzok’s defense of his past actions is received well by the public, he could potentially deal a serious blow to the power of right-wing narratives about FBI corruption.

But if he comes off looking bad it will do damage to the credibility of the Mueller probe — and Mueller’s ability to investigate the full extent of Trumpworld’s relationship with Russia.

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COLLUSION: Peter Strzok reveals THREE different versions of the ‘Trump Dossier’

FBI Special agent caught hiding fact of multiple versions of dossier during questioning by House Judiciary Committee

Seraphim Hanisch



The salacious “Trump Dossier” that was spread as an amazing example of “fake news” being treated as real, received a further blow to its own credibility by none other than FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok on Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee hearing. Fox News notes that Mr. Strzok indicated that there was not one dossier, but three variations of this document – one held by Senator John McCain, a second by Mother Jones writer David Corn, and Fusion GPS owner Glenn Simpson.

Fox goes on to say:

Rudy Giuliani on Thursday slammed the “totally phony” Russia probe after anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok refused to identify the individuals who apparently handed the bureau three different copies of the salacious Trump dossier.

“Isn’t that called collusion or conspiracy to gin up a totally inappropriate, totally illegally wire based on national security? And doesn’t it taint the entire Russian probe?” Giuliani told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“That’s a disgrace, [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller should be ashamed of himself. Those Democrats trying to protect that liar, Strzok, should be ashamed of themselves. And every FBI agent I know wants to see this guy drummed out of the bureau,” he said.

Giuliani said the dossier led to fake news and the “national intelligence wiretap” of the Trump campaign officials.

“So how much of it is infecting the investigation today? We may never know, which is why I think the investigation is totally phony,” he added.

The inquiry into the dossier occurred during a fiery exchange earlier between Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Strzok, who appeared before a joint House committee about his role in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Jordan pressed Strzok about an email he sent to his colleagues, including FBI lawyer Lisa Page with whom he had an extramarital affair, indicating that he has seen different versions of the infamous Trump dossier from three different sources.

Jordan said he had the email the he sent to Page and several others with the subject: “BuzzFeed is about to accomplish the dossier.”

“It says this, ‘Comparing now the set is only identical to what (Sen. John) McCain had, parentheses, it has differences from what was given to us by (Mother Jones’ David) Corn and (Fusion GPS founder Glenn) Simpson.’ Did you write all that?” Jordan asked.

Strzok refused to answer and declined to confirm whether there were three copies of the dossier the FBI had its hands on, saying he can’t answer under the directive of the bureau.

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Trump THREATENS to pull US out of NATO – Germans in favor?

Answering quesitons at a press conference during the second day of the NATO summit in Brussels, US President Donald Trump said he “thinks” he can pull the US out altogether from the military alliance without US Congressional approval.

Vladimir Rodzianko



US President Donald Trump in Brussels for a two-day NATO summit.

US President Donald Trump threatened to break with NATO and conduct American security unilaterally if the allies did not immediately increase their military spending targets, according to NATO officials and diplomats.

One NATO official said Trump wants a plan from alliance members by January on how to reach the spending target.

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The US president made the statement when asked if he had threatened to pull out of the historically anti-Russia alliance, and whether he thought he could do so without first consulting Congress.

Trump ignored the first question, but on the second question, he said, “I think I can.”

According to Politico, Trump warned his allies behind closed doors that they would need to radically increase defense spending or the US “will do our own thing.” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg then reportedly shifted the meeting to an allies-only emergency session, requiring European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to leave the room.

WATCH: Trump CRUSHES NATO Secretary General with massive truth bomb rant

As Trump threatens to pull out of the military alliance,  a new poll shows that Germans would actually be in favor of an American troop withdrawal from their country, which has been present since the end of the Second World War.

Via The Independent:

The finding comes on the first day of a NATO summit in which the US president is urging Europe to spend more on defence if it wants to continue to receive American military protection.

But far from being seen as a threat, a YouGov poll for the dpa news agency found that more Germans would welcome the departure of the 35,000-strong American force than would oppose it.

42 per cent said they supported withdrawal while just 37 per cent wanted the soldiers to stay, with 21 per cent undecided.

Last month the US media reported that the US government was in the process of assessing the cost of keeping troops in Germany ahead of a possible withdrawal, citing Pentagon sources.

But the policy of actually pulling out of the country has not actually reached the negotiating table in his week’s Brussels summit and is not expected to be discussed as a possibility – for now.

The cause of US withdrawal enjoys significant support from across the political spectrum in Germany but is particularly strong with the supporters of certain parties.

Voters for the left-wing Die Linke are particularly in favour of withdrawal, with 67 per cent backing it, as are supporters of the far-right AfD, on 55 per cent. Greens also back withdrawal by 48 per cent.

Less supportive of withdrawal are voters for the centre-right CDU, at 35 per cent, the SPD at 42 per cent, and the FDP at 37 per cent.

The same poll also found significant opposition to militarism in general in the country. Just 15 per cent of all Germans agree with Angela Merkel that the country should increase its military spending to 2 per cent of GDP by 2024, with 36 per cent saying the country’s already spends too much on its military.

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