Voices From Russia, Too

Friday, 19 June 2015

19 June 2015. DNR’s First Postage Stamp… With Motorola and Givi

00 dnr. donetsk pr. motorola and givi. 13.05.15

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“Motorola and Givi… Heroes of Novorossiya”. This is the first postage stamp issued by the DNR, it portrays two of the most charismatic combat leaders in the patriot army, who have the call-signs “Motorola” and “Givi”. They guys kick Galician Uniate hillbilly ass. Full stop. They’re two of the most loved leaders in the army.

BMD

Saturday, 5 January 2013

5 January 2013. There’s a MAN Under the Helmet… Parade on Red Square on 7 November 2012

00 Parade on Red Square. Moscow. 07.11.12. 05.01.13

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The above image from a parade on 7 November 2012 in Moscow to mark the 71st anniversary of the Parade for Red October in 1941… where the soldiers went from the parade straight to the fighting on the outskirts of the city.

Yet, never forget… soldiers aren’t automatons… they’re human beings with real lives and real emotions. As a friend of mine wrote:

I’ve seen it many times… men would be fighting for their life, but they held their fire so as not to hit a poor animal. Innocence, I suppose, kids and puppies.

If that doesn’t tell you that soldiers aren’t brutes, I don’t know what to tell you. Mark this well… soldiers are usually not warmongers… they know the cost of it all. They’ve buried one too many of their friends…

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Ich hatte einen Kameraden…

I once had a comrade,
you won’t find a better one.
The drum was rolling for battle,
he was marching by my side
in the same pace and stride.

A bullet flew towards us
meant for you or for me?
It did tear him away,
he lies at my feet
like he was a part of me.

He wants to reach his hand to me,
while I’m just reloading my gun.
“Can’t give you my hand for now,
you rest in eternal life,
My good comrade!”

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I had a comrade…

Я был товарищ…

Ich hatte einen Kameraden…

J’avais un camarade…

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Zhuravli… the White Cranes… “Perhaps, it’s there for me?”

It seems to me that sometimes that soldiers
Who didn’t come home from blood-soaked battlefields,
Weren’t laid to rest in the earth,
But turned into white cranes…

That ever since that time long ago
They have been flying, calling,
Maybe that’s why we often, and sadly,
Fall silent, staring into the sky!

The tired flock flies and flies up in the sky,
It flies in the fog, as the day dies,
In this formation, there’s a space;
Maybe, it’s a place for me.

The day will come when I’ll also drift
With the flock of the cranes in the blue-grey haze,
Calling from the sky, in the bird’s language,
The names of you I’ve left on earth.

It seems to me sometimes that soldiers
Who didn’t come home from blood-soaked battlefields,
Weren’t laid to rest in the earth,
But turned into white cranes…

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Yo tenía un camarada…

Minulla oli toveri…

Είχα ένα σύντροφο…

Tôi đã có một đồng chí…

No matter what tongue, no matter what uniform… it hurts…

BMD

Monday, 31 December 2012

31 December 2012. The Heart of a Soldier is NOT Hardened… Humanity Persists

00 Marine with Kitten. 31.12.12

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The above image is of a US Marine combat photographer in the Pacific in 1943 in World War II… but it stands for all soldiers in all wars, in all climes, in all times. Humanity never leaves the soldier… their heart never completely closes… ask any vet.

BMD

Saturday, 20 August 2011

20 August 2011. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. Images of the American “Victory” in Afghanistan…

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One of my fave Russian websites had a series of images taken from attacks by patriotic Afghan partisans (vilified as “al Qaeda” and the “Taliban” in the US Corporate Media) on American-sponsored road convoys. These attacks are happening in the countryside, in the mountains, in towns, in cities, in villages… they’re happening everywhere… the USA has NO secure road links whatsoever. It’s time to cut our losses and get out of this blood-soaked quagmire… it contributes nothing to the defence of the homeland nor does it weaken any potential enemy to any extent whatsoever. Do you know where the partisans get most of the money that they need? They get it from corrupt government officials and contractors… that is, the US is subsidising the very guerillas that they’re fighting against. If that’s not a clear signal to get out, I don’t know what it is. Look at the images… none dare call it “defeat”… why, the Pentagon and the Corporate Media would say it’s just a form of “victory”, turned inside out!

BMD 

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