June 2, 2010 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  With “Friends” like the Russians

(2)  World Leaders speak out Against Russia

(3)  Lies and the Lying Russian Employers who Tell Them

(4)  Annals of Russia’s Neo-Soviet Denial

(5)  How Russia Drives her Citizens Away

NOTE:  Will wonders never cease? It seems that Stalin, Vladimir Putin’s hero, was gay. Don’t take our word for it, check out the photos for yourself.

NOTE:  Julia Ioffe has video of a fascinating bit of street protest by the “blue-bucketers.” If only it had been Vladimir Putin himself sitting in that car!  Read more details here.

14 responses to “June 2, 2010 — Contents

  1. Voice of Reason

    NOTE: Will wonders never cease? It seems that Stalin was gay. Don’t take our word for it, check out the photos for yourself.

    Really? That would put a whole new meaning to the intimate relationship between Stalin and Churchill:


    It is no exaggeration or compliment of a florid kind when I say that we regard Marshal Stalin’s life as most precious to the hopes and hearts of all of us…. I walk through this world with greater courage and hope when I find myself in a relation of friendship and intimacy with this great man, whose fame has gone out not only over all Russia, but the world.” (Sir Winston Churchill, The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1953, p. 315)


    When you find evidence of Churchill’s stash of boy pics, do let us know.

    This news, we’re sure you’ll agree, puts a whole new spin on Putin lifting a little boy’s shirt in public and kissing him on his stomach. Perhaps little wonder he’s so “passionate” about Stalin!

    • Voice of Reason

      This news, we’re sure you’ll agree, puts a whole new spin on Putin lifting a little boy’s shirt in public and kissing him on his stomach.

      Why would I? I am a mature adult. My comment about Churchill was meant as sarcasm.

      First of all, while Bekhterev’s diagnosis of Stalin suffering from paranoid schizophrenia is very likely to be correct, it is hard to tell what other, sexual deviations he had. Unlike his fellow Georgian friend and monster Beria (whose sexual perversions reportedly made him into a mass rapist), Stalin’s sexuality is very secretive and hardly known. Your own quoted article says:

      “We specially showed these works to psychologists. They didn’t find any expressions of homosexuality, although this material of course does prompt you to have this thought,” Turshatov said.

      This news, we’re sure you’ll agree, puts a whole new spin on Putin

      Even if you think that Putin admires Stalinist policies, why would the rumor that Stalin was a closet homosexual, put any “new spin on Putin”? Wouldn’t it be highly atypical for a person with an adult mentality to conclude that supporters of Stalin are mostly gay?

      Perhaps little wonder he’s so “passionate” about Stalin!

      Leaving aside the obvious issue of mental maturity, let’s ask if Putin is “passionate” about Stalin’s rule. He may approve of Stalin’s role in WWII and industrialization, but he and Medvedev constantly condemn Stalin’s crimes against millions of people:


      Putin honors Stalin victims 70 years after terror
      Reuters – October 39, 2007

      Russian President Vladimir Putin paid his respects on Tuesday to millions of people killed under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and called for the country to unite to prevent a repeat of its tragic past. Putin marked Russia’s annual day of remembrance for the victims of Stalin’s purges with a visit to Butovo, where tens of thousands of people were executed. “We know very well that 1937 was the peak of the purges but this year was well prepared by years of cruelty,” Putin said beside a mass grave after laying flowers at a memorial. Putin said such tragedies “happen when empty ideas are put above fundamental values, values of human life, of rights and freedom.”

      “Hundreds of thousands, millions of people were killed and sent to camps, shot and tortured,” he said. “These were people with their own ideas which they were unafraid of speaking out about. They were the cream of the nation.

      In pictures: Putin laments Stalin purges


      Putin Commemorates Victims of Soviet Repression

      Voice Of America

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has commemorated more than 20,000 people executed at a Moscow killing field during the height of Stalinist terror in 1937 to 1938. Mr. Putin said those who perished included the Soviet Union’s most outspoken and effective people. President Putin laid flowers at a cross erected in memory of more than 20,000 people shot at the Butovo firing range. Mr. Putin said Russians should do their best to remember the tragedy, which occurred in 1937 and 1938. The Russian leader says millions of people were destroyed, shot, sent to labor camps, and tortured.


      “It is impossible to imagine the scale of the terror inflicted on the people of our country,” Medvedev said in his video blog on Oct. 30 2009, the day commemorating the victims of Stalinist repression. “I am convinced that no national development, no success, no ambitions can be achieved at the price of human suffering and death.”


      Putin Signs Repression Payback Bill

      Associated Press, February 2003

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill providing additional government pensions and other privileges to children of victims of Soviet-era political repression. The new law gives people whose parents were subjected to
      political repression while they were minors the same rights as other repression victims, the presidential press service said Monday in a statement.


      Putin said: “There was repression. This is a fact. Millions of our citizens suffered from this. And this way of running a state, to achieve a result, is not acceptable. It is impossible. Certainly, in this period we encountered not only a cult of personality, but a massive crime against our own people. This is also a fact. And we must not forget this.”


      “Gulag Archipelago” becomes mandatory in the school curriculum

      In September 2009, the Education ministry of Russia announced that Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago”, a book once banned in the Soviet Union for the detailed account on the system of prison camps GULAG became the required reading for Russian high-school students.

      Prior to that, Russian students studied Solzhenitsyn’s short story “Matryonin dvor” and the famous novella One Day of Ivan Denisovich [for which Solzenitsyn received his Nobel Prize], a detailed account of a single day in the life of a GULAG prisoner. Its publication in the November issue of the journal “New World” in 1962 was a bombshell.

      As for the “Gulag Archipelago”, it had previously been taught in high only on a voluntary basis. Now, after turning the novel into the federal component of state educational standards of secondary education, the study of the materials from this novel becomes mandatory for all Russian high school students. According to ITAR-TASS, Vladimir Putin decided to do this after his meeting with the author’s widow Natalya Solzhenitsyn on July 28.

  2. to those who understand russian

  3. What has happened in Estonia with regard to the Internet, a country which is one of the most “online” in the world, he argued, shows what is possible for numerically small peoples and even for those nations inside the borders of the Russian Federation that are much smaller than the Estonian.

    On the one hand, “the Internetization” of these peoples can promote the development of national identity through the development of national languages.

  4. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    There’s no indication from the accompanying article that Stalin was gay; in fact, it is at pains to point out there is no suggestion of homosexuality from the photos. Of course, you know better; and who’s to say you’re not right? The gay are supposed to have some sort of sixth sense about each other, some indefinable signal that heterosexuals don’t pick up on unless the person’s behaviour is deliberately flamboyant, like Elton John or Liberace. I’ve never heard of it working with the dead, though; my, you ARE good.

    And if you’re right, so what? What’s one more gay Georgian?

  5. Very good photography Glory. Surprised your friend is not on a bus.

  6. Russia-European Union summit overshadowed by protests

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 1 (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and European Union leaders discussed boosting trade and economic cooperation on Tuesday at a summit overshadowed by a violent crackdown on opposition protests in Russia’s main cities.

    Police beat protesters and detained dozens demonstrating in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Monday as Medvedev sat down for dinner with EU President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.


  7. Good evening.
    I wonder how can an American comment russian events. Please explain. How can you arrogate the right to comment things happening in Russia when you dont understend them at all?

    • How can you “arrogate” the right to decide who does and does not understand what goes on in Russia? Are you the Almighty?

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