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Infuriating Video: Teens desecrate WW2 eternal flame

Respect for monuments and historical memory is taken very seriously in Russia – especially when it comes to World War II

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Police in Krasnodar are investigating for two teenagers who desecrated the Eternal Fire at a memorial to soldiers fallen during the Great Patriotic War, TASS News reports [in russian].

Footage of the disrespectful incident appeared on January 29th via a security camera:

The girls were punished at school for spitting into the fire, and dancing around it, and it is possible for there to be criminal repercussions.

That may sound harsh, but its hard for foreigners to understand what the Soviet Union suffered in the Great Patriotic War. More than 20 million Russians died fighting to end to fascism in Europe. With the return of Nazism to one of the cradles of Russian civilization – Kiev, the threat of Nazism to Russian people always feels real.

It is for that, and so many more reasons that Russians do not allow for the Great Patriotic War to be insulted. In the event that the girls receive a criminal sentence, let’s all get ahead of it by predicting what will happen should the MSM get wind of it.

There will be a massive outcry about how Russia suppresses free speech, and how these innocent girls are about to be subjected to draconian punishment. This will happen simply because this is Russia we are talking about, anything Russia does is automatically an outrage in the west. Anyone who reads alternative media will not be surprised by this, it’s actually become very tiresome to hear about.

Rather than complaining about the double standard, let’s expose the hypocrisy outright. What happened in Krasnodar is no different than Germany where the Nazi salute will get you arrested, or Poland where denying the Volyn massacre is equally a crime. Russia’s serious view on WW2 is actually shared by NATO/EU countries, so in the event that there is outrage over a potential punishment, let’s not forget it would happen there too.

Krasnodar Krai is part of a very traditional region of southern Russia called the Kuban pictured in yellow below.

It was originally settled by Cossacks from Zaporozhie in Southern Ukraine, is one of Russia’s “Krais” a Slavic term for a territory on the far border of the nation, the equivalent of a March of Mark in Germanic languages, as in Denmark (Mark of the Danes). It is from this word, Krai, (borderland) that Ukraine takes its name, being the borderland of Rus’.

Those of you familiar with Ukraine may have heard the nationalist saying “Slava Ukraiini! Heroyam Slava!” (Glory to Ukraine, Glory to the Heroes). Would it surprise you to know this saying originated in Russia? The original phrase was “Slava Kubani, Gheroyam Slava” (Glory to Kuban, Glory to the Heroes). It was a Cossack greeting.

The phrase on a banner in Krasnodar Krai, Russia

Krasnodar is a beautiful city still very much in touch with its Cossack roots.

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Seeing that the memorial the teens disrespected is in Krasnodar, it is possible it was built in honor of many Cossacks who died in the war, as they were known to have their own special divisions in WW2. Some even used their Sabres in the war itself.

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Cossacks in the 1945 Moscow victory parade

The legendary Kuban Cossack Choir famous all throughout Russia is based in the beautiful city which was originally called “Ekaterinodar” meaning Catherine’s Gift, as it was built by Empress Catherine the Great and dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

Check out these songs by the Cossack Choir. The first is about Cossack glory, singing in the Ukrainian language about how Cossacks live freely, and how their glory isn’t written on paper, but rather is reflected in their lands.

The second song is a hauntingly beautiful hymn written by a Hieromonk, telling the story of Russia during the revolution. It speaks about how “White Churches were torn down by savages, savages, but not from Tatars, but from our own people” and much like the “Lay of the Ruin of Rus” it laments the fall of Holy Russia.

It ends on a happy note, however, saying “How many (millions) of Russian Martyrs and Confessors stand before the Throne of God and his Mother. With all of the whole Church praying on heaven and on earth, Russia is still alive. It’s not right to have a funeral for Holy Russia.”

Russia indeed has a unique mentality. She does not, in fact, cry that millions of Russians have been martyred, nor that she lost millions of heroes during the Great Patriotic War.

To be sure, she suffered, and did not enjoy watching her children suffer, but Russians always believed that when Heroes die, they go on to eternal glory. Russians believe suffering makes them stronger.

Russia is proud of her glorious martyrs, and it is her mentality to endure and survive any suffering. You can feel that suffering and joy mingled together in these Cossack songs from Kuban. If you ever travel to Russia, you should try and hear the Kuban Cossack Choir sing.

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Photos of swastika on Ukrainian mall stairway creates a stir [Video]

Ukrainian nationalist press in damage-control mode to explain away the Nazi sign, but they forgot the name of the street the mall is on.

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One of the aspects of news about Ukraine that does not make it past the gatekeepers of the American and Western news media is how a significant contingent of Ukrainian nationalists have espoused a sense of reverence for Nazis. The idea that this could even happen anywhere in the world in an open manner makes the claim seem too absurd to be taken seriously. Gone are the days when the Nazi swastika adorned streets and buildings in Europe. Right?

Well, maybe, wrong.

This was seen in Kyiv’s Gorodok (or Horodok, if you insist) Gallery, a shopping center in that city, located on Bandera Avenue.

The pro-nationalist news service UNIAN wasted no time going to press with their explanation of this incident, which admittedly may be accurate:

Children and teenagers who participated in the All-Ukrainian break dance festival held in the Kyiv-based Gorodok Gallery shopping mall were shocked to see a swastika image projected onto an LED staircase.

The mall administration apologized to visitors, explaining saying that their computer system had apparently been hacked.

“The administration and staff have no relation to whatever was projected onto the LED-staircase, and in no way does it support such [an] act. Now we are actively searching for those involved in the attack,” it said in a statement.

According to Gorodok Gallery’s administrative office, it was not the first time a cyber breach took place.

As reported earlier, Ukraine is believed to be a testing ground for cyberattacks, many of which are launched from Russia. Hackers have earlier targeted critical energy infrastructure, state institutions, banks, and large businesses.

This time, it appears, hackers aimed to feed the Kremlin’s narrative of “Nazis in power in Ukraine” and create a relevant hype-driving viral story for Russian media to spread it worldwide.

The Gorodok Gallery also apologized on its Facebook page and said that this was a result of hacking.

But what about the street that the mall is on? From the self-same Facebook page, this is what we see:


To translate, for those who do not read Ukrainian or Russian, the address says the following:

23 Steven Bandera Prospekt, Kyiv, Ukraine 04073

This street was formerly called “Moscow Avenue.” Big change, as we shall see.

Steven Bandera got his birthday designated as a national holiday in Ukraine last December. He is known in Ukraine’s history for one thing. According to the Jerusalem Post:

The street where the shopping mall is located is named for Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian nationalist who briefly collaborated with Nazi Germany in its fight against Russia.

His troops are believed to have killed thousands of Jews.

Several Israeli papers picked this bit of news up, and of course, the reasons are understandable. However, for the West, it appears possible that this news event will largely go unnoticed, even by that great nation that is often called “Israel’s proxy”, the United States.

This is probably because for certain people in the US, there is a sense of desperation to mask the nature of events that are happening in Ukraine.

The usual fare of mainstream news for the West probably consists of things like “Putin’s military seizes innocent Ukrainian sailors in Kerch incident” or, “Ukraine’s Orthodox Church declared fully independent by Patriarch of Constantinople” (not that too many Americans know what a Constantinople even is, anyway), but the overriding narrative for the American people about this country is “Ukraine are the good guys, and Russia are the bad guys,” and this will not be pushed aside, even to accommodate the logical grievance of Israel to this incident.

If this article gets to Western papers at all, it will be the UNIAN line they adhere to, that evil pro-Russia hackers caused this stairway to have a swastika to provoke the idea that Ukraine somehow supports Naziism.

But UNIAN neglected to mention that the street name was recently changed to Stephan Bandera (in 2016), and no one appears to have hacked this. Nor does UNIAN talk about the Azov fighters that openly espoused much of the Nazi ideology. For nationalist Ukrainians, this is all for the greater good of getting rid of all things Russia.

A further sad fact about this is the near impossibility of getting assuredly honest and neutral information about this and other similar happenings. Both Ukrainian nationalists and Russian media agencies have dogs in the race, so to speak. They are both personally connected to these events. However, the Russian media cannot be discounted here, because they do offer a witness and perspective, probably the closest to any objective look at what is going on in Ukraine. We include a video of a “torchlight march” that took place in 2017 that featured such hypernationalist activity, which is not reported in the West.

More such reports are available, but this one seemed the best one to summarize the character of what is going on in the country.

While we do not know the motive and identities of whoever programmed the swastika, it cannot really be stated that this was just a random publicity stunt in a country that has no relationship with Nazi veneration.

The street the mall is on bears witness to that.

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Putin: If mid-range missiles deployed in Europe, Russia will station arms to strike decision centers

Putin: If US deploys mid-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to respond.

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If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Intermediate-range missiles were banned and removed from Europe because they would leave a very short window of opportunity for the other side to decide whether to fire in retaliation after detecting a launch – mere minutes. This poses the threat of an accidental nuclear exchange triggered by a false launch warning, with the officer in charge having no time to double check.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy weapon systems, which can be used not only against the territories from which this direct threat would be projected, but also against those territories where decision centers are located, from which an order to use those weapons against us may come.” The Russian president, who was delivering a keynote address to the Russian parliament on Wednesday, did not elaborate on whether any counter-deployment would only target US command-and-control sites in Europe or would also include targets on American soil.

He did say the Russian weapon system in terms of flight times and other specifications would “correspond” to those targeting Russia.

“We know how to do it and we will implement those plans without a delay once the relevant threats against us materialize,”he said.

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Russia’s Lukoil Halts Oil Swaps In Venezuela After U.S. Sanctions

Under the new wide-ranging U.S. sanctions, Venezuela will not be able to import U.S. naphtha which it has typically used to dilute its heavy crude grades.

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Litasco, the international trading arm of Russia’s second-biggest oil producer Lukoil, stopped its oil swaps deals with Venezuela immediately after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry and state oil firm PDVSA, Lukoil’s chief executive Vagit Alekperov said at an investment forum in Russia.

Russia, which stands by Nicolas Maduro in the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis, has vowed to defend its interests in Venezuela—including oil interests—within the international law using “all mechanisms available to us.”

Because of Moscow’s support for Maduro, the international community and market analysts are closely watching the relationship of Russian oil companies with Venezuela.

“Litasco does not work with Venezuela. Before the restrictions were imposed, Litasco had operations to deliver oil products and to sell oil. There were swap operations. Today there are none, since the sanctions were imposed,” Lukoil’s Alekperov said at the Russian Investment Forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Another Russian oil producer, Gazprom Neft, however, does not see major risks for its oil business in Venezuela, the company’s chief executive officer Alexander Dyukov said at the same event.

Gazprom Neft has not supplied and does not supply oil products to Venezuela needed to dilute the thick heavy Venezuelan oil, Dyukov said, noting that the Latin American country hadn’t approached Gazprom Neft for possible supply of oil products for diluents.

Under the new wide-ranging U.S. sanctions, Venezuela will not be able to import U.S. naphtha which it has typically used to dilute its heavy crude grades. Analysts expect that a shortage of diluents could accelerate beginning this month the already steadily declining Venezuelan oil production and exports.

Venezuela’s crude oil production plunged by another 59,000 bpd from December 2018 to stand at just 1.106 million bpd in January 2019, OPEC’s secondary sources figures showed in the cartel’s closely watched Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) this week.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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