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RT Chief Margarita Simonyan “Why we don’t respect the West anymore”

Western Russophobia has resurrected Russian patriotism




In this stunning letter, RT editor and chief, the magnificent Margarita Simonyan explains in her own words, why no more shall Russians respect the west. Below is a translation of the original published in Russian at RIA Novosti. This is a must-read for Russia watchers.

 Margarita Chief Editor of the TV Channel RT and MIA “Russia Today”

The west should fundementally be horrified, not simply because 76% of Russians voted to relect Putin, but because this past election has affirmed that 95% of Russia’s population supports conservative-patriotic, communist, and nationalist ideas. As a result, liberal ideas anemically stuggle to survive in Russia, among hardly 5% of population.

And it is you who are to blame for this, my western friends.[1] It was you who drove us into “Russians never surrender”[2] mode

For a long time I’ve said to you: Find normal advisers on Russia! Fire all those parasites, With your short-sighted sanctions, and heartless humiliation of our athletes (including those with disabilities ).

Or your “Skripals” and blatent disregard of the most basic liberal values, like the presumption of innocence. You manage to hypocritically combine, along with the forcible imposition of ultra-liberal ideas in your own countries, a certain mentally insane, mass hysteria.

All of this creates in a healthy person, a sigh of relief that he lives in Russia, and not in Hollywood, with the post-electoral mess in the United States, or in Germany. Or in the Brexit-zone [England]; with their attacks on RT, which they cannot forgive for taking advantage of freedom of speech, and showing to the world how to use it.

It turned out that this “freedom of speech” never was intended to be used for good, but was invented as an object of beauty, a false ideal that you never intended to implement for real.[3]

By way of your injustice and cruelty, your inquisitorial hypocrisy, and your lies, you forced us to stop respecting you. You and your so-called[4] “values.”

We no longer want to live like you. For fifty years, secretly and openly, we wanted to live like you, but not any longer.

We no longer respect you. And for all those who still support you among us. Those who still bother to support you? They represent that less than 5% of the population.

In the 2018 Russian Presidential election, the top three candidates were Putin (by 76%), Grudinin, and Zhirinovsky. The Liberal pro-western candidates TOTALED were generously around 5%

And you only have yourselves to blame for that – your Western politicians and analysts, media, and intelegence.

Our nation is capable to forgive a lot. But we can’t forgive such arrogance, no more than any normal nation would.

Your only remaining Empire [trans: America], would be wise to learn the history of its allies; all of them are former empires [trans: England, France, Germany, Austro-Hungary, Ottoman Empire etc.].

Study history, learn the reasons they lost their empires. It was because of their arrogance!

White man’s burden, my arse.[5]

But the only reamining Empire among you [trans: America], does not respect history, and those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.[6]

And now, you’ve pushed us to unite around your enemy [trans: Putin]. As fast as you declared him an enemy, so quickly we united around him.

In years past, he was just our President, who could be reelected. Now, he has become our Chieftain[7]. We won’t let you change this. You created this reality – it was the work of your own hands.

It was you who created among us, an opposition between patriotism and liberalism. Even if they shouldn’t be mutually exclusive notions. It was you who created this false dilemma, and we chose patriotism.

Even though, many of us are really liberals…myself, for example.

Pull yourselves together. It’s not long now.

Margarita Simonyan’s letter speaks for many Russians. To sum up, in the Russian elections, Putin not only took 76% of the votes, but his immediate runner-ups were the Communists at 12% and the nationalistic-patriotic candidate Zhirinovsky.

So even the most popular opposition to Putin, put together, only make up around 15% of the electorate, and they are even potentially MORE hostile to the west. The only popular opposition to Putin are NOT pro-Western – Westernizers are simply irrelevant in Russia.

The actual candidates who support western liberalism make up less than 5% of the electorate put together, and they know this themselves!  And it would be hard to argue, that the election was simply rigged, and the liberals would have been more popular if it was “fair”.

Ksenia Sobchak, one of the Anti-Putin, pro-Western liberals, who got less than 2% of the vote, does not even deny that Putin is popular, saying that the majority of the country really did want him.

The most important thing to take from  Margarita Simonyan’s letter, however, is that the west caused that themselves.

In years long gone, many Russians really were liberal, and some still are. In the 1990s, Russian nationalism and patriotism were not nearly as popular, as they are now.

Russia in the 90’s

As Simonyan perfectly explained, the west has made Putin’s victory, and the resurrection of Russian patriotism a self-fulfilling prophecy.

They were poking and prodding at what they considered to be a weak, sleeping, and toothless bear, willing to perform circus tricks for them, but instead, they awoke the full might of the Russian Bear.

Their violent Russophobia has not scared Russia, but United Russia behind Putin, and now Russia is completely and resolutely done with the west.

Russia has left the poshlost’ (vulgarity, bad taste, and satisfaction with one’s own sinfulness) of the 90’s and is rebuilding the Sobornost’ (unity) of Eternal Russia. This is not a government policy, this is something the west created in the hearts of the people, and that is much more ingrained. And they only have themselves to blame.

Eternal Russia

Translators notes:

Below are some footnotes from the translation, to contextualize, which may prove interesting, especially to those interested in the meaning of the original Russian words.

[1] When she said:

“And it is you who are to blame for this, my western friends.”

It was hilarious to find that, in the original Russian, Simonyan wrote “My western friends” phonetically in Cyrillic (май вестерн френдз – Mai Vestern Frendz), rather than translating it into Russian. It’s hard to explain in English how funny that was, but to Russian ears, the only slang phrase that can describe it is to say, that it was just Savage. It’s as if she is now calling them out to their face.

[2] It is worth exploring what “Russians never surrender”, means in this context. That phrase has a very deep meaning, it is a patriotic slogan or meme. It also doesn’t convey its power in the English translation. You will often see it written or said in Russian “русские не сдаются” (pronounce: Russkie ne sdayutsya), when a Russian does something incredibly heroic. For example, when a Russian soldier loses his life, fighting terrorism in Syria, or when talking about the Great Patriotic War, it is popular to say русские не сдаются. It conveys a certain patriotic pride, which is memetic in nature, a call back to heroic days of old, and means more than just the words themselves. What she means in this context, when she says:

It was you drive us into “Russians never surrender” mode,

Does not simply mean “You made us fight hard” or “because of you, we will never give up fighting for Russia”. What she is actually saying, is that the west has awoken in Russia their dormant patriotic wrath, the same spirit that crushed fascism during WW2.

She is essentially implying that before the west constantly attacked Russia in these latter years, Russians were like Ilya Muromets, the legendary Hero sleeping passively. They were not ready to take action, they were perhaps even blind to the beauty and truth of their own culture, and saw the west as something to emulate.

Then when the west began its latest push of attacks against Russia, especially after recent events in Syria and Ukraine, Russians awoke to defend the Motherland as before. The west thought they would punish Russia with sanctions, and isolation, and force Russia to do their bidding, but instead, they woke the Russian bear. The west has awoken the dormant righteous fury of Russian patriotism, they have sewed the wind, and reaped the whirlwind.

[3] Paraphrase. The translation was an approximation of what she said which makes more sense in English than the Russian phrases literally make when translated:

It turned out that this “freedom of speech” never was intended to be used for good, but was invented as an object of beauty, a false ideal that you never intended to implement for real.

here is an example of a literal translation found at the Vineyard of the Saker:

it turned out that the freedom of speech never was intended to be used for good, but was invented as an object of beauty, like some sort of crystal mop that shines from afar, but is not suitable to clean your stables, with all your injustice and cruelty,

[4] “So called” is written as an English phrase phonetically in Cyrillic. Once again, she uses an English word in Russian, it’s very interesting, it’s almost her unique style of speech.

[5] This time she literally just wrote this phrase in English, in the middle of the Russian text, letters and all.

[6] Paraphrase

[7] вождь means the leader of a tribe, a leader not only with political power, but a certain ceremonial charismatic legendary status among the people. A living meme – like Putin. The west (with their hatred of him) has turned Putin from a Russian leader to a Russian legend.

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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.

Seraphim Hanisch



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.





Via RT…

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.




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

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