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Iraq’s top court reject's
Sadr's ultimatum --- says
it doesn't have authority
to dissolve parliament
August 14th, 4:31pm
Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) says it lacks
sufficient authority to dissolve the country's
parliament, urging all parties to refrain
from getting the judiciary involved
in political rivalries.
The SJC made the announcement on Sunday in
response to the Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
On Wednesday, Sadr warned of unspecific
consequences --- if the judiciary did
not heed his call to dissolve the
parliament by the end of
this week and pave the
way for early elections.
“The Supreme Judicial Council does not have
the authority to dissolve the parliament,” the
top court said in a statement.
Stressing that its main job is to deal with legal
matters, the court said it cannot “interfere
in the work of the legislative or
Iraq has been grappling with a political crisis
in the absence of a functional government
since October when it held its last
Sadr is the populist leader of the Saeroon faction. His
political bloc emerged as the biggest parliamentary
faction in the election, but fell short of an absolute
majority needed to form a government, prompting
the current political deadlock.
Sadr and his supporters have helped inflame tensions
over the past few weeks -- with a great number of his
supporters storming and occupying the parliament,
thus preventing the formation of a government
nearly 10 months after the last elections.
His supporters stormed the parliament late last
month as the rival parliamentary faction known
as the Coordination Framework attempted to
form a government led by Muhammad Shia
Sudani, a figure close to former premier
The Coordination Framework said earlier that the
parliament would have to convene, to dissolve
itself. On Friday, supporters of the faction also
rallied in Baghdad, to protest the occupation
of the legislature by al-Sadr’s supporters.
“SJC discussed the request of Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr
dated 10/8/2022 for the dissolution of the parliament
and after discussion, SJC found that it agrees with
al-Sadr --- in diagnosing the negativity of the
political reality witnessed by the country
and the ongoing constitutional violations
represented by the incomplete formation
of constitutional authorities by electing
a president of the republic and the
prime minister and the formation
of the government, within the
constitutional periods, which
is an unacceptable situation
and must be addressed and
not repeated,” the Supreme
Judicial Council added, in
its Sunday statement.
Regarding Sadr’s request for dissolution of the
parliament, the SJC reiterated that it lacks
the authority to dissolve the legislature,
“because the functions of the SJC are
entirety related to the administration
of the judiciary only, and do not
include any authority --- that
allows it to interfere - in the
affairs of the legislative or
In conclusion, the top court urged “all political
and media parties not to involve the judiciary
in rivalries and political competitions” ---
stressing that --- “the judiciary stands
at the same distance from everyone,
because the basis on which it is
based, is the application of the
constitution and the law, and
these are general rules that
apply to everyone by the
same standard and
are not subject to
Earlier this month, the outgoing Prime Minister
Mustafa al-Kadhemi called for a “national
dialogue” in a bid to bring all the sides
together, to reconcile.
The United Nations, for its part, has called
on the various political factions in Iraq to
set aside their differences and look for
“urgent solutions” to the protracted
Tribunal on Ukraine under UN
auspices is impossible —
Russian Foreign Ministry
July 27th, 12:55pm (TASS)
The creation of an international tribunal against
Ukrainian neo-Nazis under the auspices of the
UN, is not possible, Ivan Nechayev, Deputy
Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's
Information and Press Department,
told a briefing on Wednesday.
"Russian Investigative Committee Chairman Alexander
Bastrykin’s initiative -- to create an international
tribunal against Ukrainian criminals, jointly with
partners in the CIS, CSTO, BRICS and SCO -- is
timely," Nechayev said. "Regretfully, part of
the international community has already
discredited itself so much, by openly
sponsoring Ukrainian nationalism
--------- and following Washington's
instructions, that it has become
practically impossible to create
such a tribunal under the UN's
auspices," the diplomat said.
"Only the countries that have retained political
sovereignty and the ability to assess world
events objectively, can be engaged in the
activity of the tribunal," Nechayev added.
What the World Needs ... is Farmers!!!
"We Are Not Slaves": Farmers
In Italy, Spain, & Poland
Join Dutch Protests
by Tyler Durden
July 16th, 7pm
Farmers in Italy, Spain, and Poland, have joined Dutch
farmers in protest of 'green' government regulations
that will decimate the industry -- by forcing them to
reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizer compounds.
"We are not slaves, we are farmers," said Italian
farmers, who drove tractors through the streets of Milan and blocked city traffic.
According to the Morning Star, "Italian farmers face
an imminent crisis due to a severe drought that has
seen a third of agricultural produce placed at risk."
The country’s agricultural minister Steafano Patuanelli
told parliament earlier this week --- that Italy faces a
further 40 per cent loss of water resources in the
Farmers say they have lost around €3 billion as a
result of the emergency and are being hit hard
by rising fuel prices, with costs rocketing -- as a result of the conflict in Ukraine.
In Spain, farmers in Badajoz, Granada, and Albacete,
paraded their tractors down the street in solidarity
with the foreign farmers --- as well as national
protests at home --- over a lack of food and
gasoline, according to EuroWeekly News.
And in Poland, farmers came to Warsaw last
weekend, to protest against inflation and
other government actions.
The protests have led to... empty supermarket shelves
in the Netherlands, as tractors and other agricultural
machinery have blocked warehouses, preventing
their shipment - a move which PM Mark Rutte has mobilized state police against - in an attempted crackdown.
Gareth Wyn Jones
My thoughts while bailing silage,
Farmers of World unite.
“Populism”:German MP Schmidt
assesses Scholz’s gas bravado
August 15th, 10:46am
Federal Chancellor Scholz’s bravura speeches about
the allegedly available scheme for the “successful”
implementation of the heating season, without the
previous volumes of Russian gas are very far from
reality, German MP Eugene Schmidt said. German
officials have no miscalculation or a precise plan,
he said. The politician's opinion is published by Economy Today.
According to the people’s elected representative, the
government presents the depressing picture of gas
pumping from Russia --- as the refusal of Russian
Gazprom to accept the Nord Stream-1 unit.
Meanwhile, the local press prefers to keep quiet about
sanctions restrictions affecting the situation, as well
as about the ''mere'' Nord Stream 2.
In fact, the reckless and anti-Russian policy has brought
Germany to a deadlock: By losing its previous supply of cheap Russian gas, the country risks losing industry, some of which is already paralysed, as well as putting its own population on the brink of
survival, in the coming winter.
The deputy emphasizes that, for a long time, Russian
energy resources were the basis of the state’s
material well-being and economic power; the
population - had no problems paying their
utility bills. In the industrial sector, the
use of energy from Russia, allowed
German business to take the lead
in the global arena.
The shutdown - and reduction - of production capacity
promises the country an imminent global social and
economic crisis coupled with mass unemployment
and declining tax revenues. Scholz’s fantasies
about the country’s “readiness” ...for any
outcome with Russian gas, are thus
very far from reality, Schmidt
“They are delaying the threshold of the decision, when
it will be necessary to sit down with the Russian side
at the negotiating table and work out some kind of
arrangement for this heating season. German
politics has always been notorious for the
fact that ruling politicians prefer to sit on
the sidelines when grave problems are
befalling society. The same thing is
happening now. To the man in the
street, big statements are being
made: we have prepared a plan
to overcome the energy crisis,
we will reduce consumption
by 15% and we will some-
“In reality, this “somewhere and somehow” has not
been calculated by anyone. This is just populism..
by politicians, which can lead to very unpleasant
consequences. Consumers could really face
widespread blackouts of electricity and hot
water, and everything else,” Schmidt said
on “Solovyov LIVE”.
Waldemar Gerdt, a former German MP, recently said
the German authorities, are counting on Moscow’s help “under the table” in the event of a deadlock with the coming cold weather. According to him, the government is secretly hoping to launch Nord Stream-2 --- if the state has no other choice.
As previously reported, the major energy troubles that
hit Germany with a powerful sanctions boomerang
-- as well as the “indecent” scale of support for
Ukraine -- are increasingly irritating Germans.
According to experts, the German population is no longer able to pay the rising tariffs for the blue fuel. Despite the fact that a priori Germany not only has a good chance of
receiving the necessary volumes of energy resources, but also has the ability to act as a key energy hub
for the whole of Europe - the current situation is extremely irritating for the population, which is increasingly demanding - that the authorities.. change their political vector ------- and finally focus exclusively on the national interests
of the state.
Media: Germany must cut
gas consumption by 20%
to avoid winter rationing
August 14th, 2:43pm
Germany must cut its gas consumption by a fifth
to avoid catastrophic shortages this winter, its
chief grid regulator said, as businesses and
households brace for Europe’s biggest
energy crisis in a generation.
Klaus Müller, head of the federal network agency
(BNA), will be responsible for rationing gas
supplies, if Europe’s largest economy
faces a winter energy crisis.
“If we fail to achieve our goal [of 20 percent gas
savings], then there is a serious risk that we
will not have enough gas,” he told the
Mueller said Germany would also need about 10
gigawatts of additional supplies of gas from
other sources to make up for the missing
volumes from Russia – mostly liquefied
natural gas from countries like the US. This is about 9% of current gas consumption.
He noted that Germany would also have to rely
on gas imports from other European countries.
Müller also warned that the long-term cost of
ending Germany’s dependence on Russia,
would be a “very high gas price” that
could have serious business
“Part of production may move from Germany
because gas has become too expensive,”
he said. “And that’s hard to do.”
Scholzcould be ruined
August 12th, 10:50am
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz yesterday gave his big
summer press conference in difficult circumstances.
Clearly nervous, he demanded that Gazprom finally take
back the turbine, with which he has been so much and
fruitlessly photographed, noted that he can “hardly”
imagine a visa ban for Russians and announced
that Putin’s visit to Germany may take place
after the special operation. No, not on a
tank, I should think.
The problem, however... is that if Putin does want to go
to Berlin, it will probably no longer be Olaf Scholz who
will meet him. There is a huge corruption scandal
looming over the chancellor, which could easily
ruin his reputation and bury his career.
At the press conference no one dared to ask Scholz a
question on the subject. The chancellor is known for his tough temper, and journalists are openly
frightened of him. However... the unasked
question remained: is the present leader
of the Federal Republic of Germany
dependent on the Warburg
The topic was started by Fabio de Masi, an opposition
politician from the Left Party. He pushed -- for a
parliamentary enquiry -- and last year Scholz
was forced to appear before a commission
in Hamburg. He was asked what he had
been discussing with the governor of
the Warburg bank, when he was
mayor of the city.
The bank had been caught in a scam that had lasted
several years and was owed about 40 million euros.
After the talk between the mayor and the banker,
the city suddenly withdrew all claims. The
millions had gone... somewhere.
Scholz muttered that he couldn’t remember anything
- and the investigation continued. The prosecutor’s
office took over the case. Investigators are now
studying the German chancellor’s email
An additional piece of evidence, was 200,000
euros in cash that was recently found during a search in the safe of one of Scholz’s
associates. The comrade, was
unable to explain where the
cash came from. “Planted
by the enemy!”
But 200,000 is, of course, a mere trifle. In fact, the
whole story is much bigger than that. It is not for
nothing, that the initiator of the investigation,
Fabio de Masi, like Scholz, was born and
raised in Hamburg. He has taken the
risk of saying something that
everyone there, already
knows, but is afraid
The thing about Hamburg is this. The Free and
Hanseatic City, the richest metropolis in
Europe - had always been something of
an independent city, and it stubbornly,
refused to submit to Berlin. Until 1871
Hamburg minted its own silver mark
coin. The Iron Chancellor (Otto, not
Olaf) tried, for years, to force the
city to let the all-German
customs office in.
The city stubbornly clung to its liberties.
Hamburg was governed by a local oligarchy – the
senate & mayors were elected from amongst
the city’s wealthiest citizens. In 1856, the
Warburgs, a banking family that matched
the Rothschilds for riches --- swelled the
ranks of these respectable businessmen.
Legend has it that the Warburgs took a ceremonial
journey from Vienna to Hamburg on a ‘silver train’:
all the wagons were filled with silver bullion
The legendary family, went as far as to establish their
banking house in Hamburg. The Warburgs’ banks and
financial companies, made their mark in London and
Stockholm, New York & Berlin. Like the Rothschilds the Warburgs practiced cousin marriages (so as not
to disperse the family fortune), but they were also
extremely successful at marriages on the side.
Over a century and a half they became related to the
Schiffs, the Loebs – in short, almost the entire global
The heads of the banking house were the uncrowned
kings of the Free City. Until the end of 1938... mind-
blowing parties were thrown in their lush gardens.
In the autumn of 1938, Max Warburg, head of the
House of Hamburg... stayed in the United States
(the family had many various businesses there)
but, in 1945, the family returned to its palaces
and parks. The parties resumed.
For Hamburg, the bankers were something like the Medicis. Universities, schools, libraries, museums, art collections, monuments, gardens and parks – the venerable family generously contributed to the cultural life of the city, sponsored hundreds of artists, philosophers and artists. Their latest gift to the city ...is the remarkable, new Philharmonic building.
Incidentally, Abi Warburg, who gave up a gigantic
fortune --- surrendered all his business to his
younger brother -- and became a renowned
art historian. An eminent biochemist was
Otto Heinrich Warburg. All in all, these
are not just bankers, but real bright,
interesting people, opinion leaders.
In the natural course of things, the Warburgs have
always influenced... who would be the mayor of
Hamburg. In the 1920s and 30s, for example,
they did extensive joint business with the
Petersen family. And.. so? Karl Wilhelm
Petersen was mayor of Hamburg from
1924 to 1929 and from 1932 to 1933.
His younger brother, Rudolf, took
over in 1945.
After World War II, Hamburg’s mayors generally
continued their political careers – they were
elected to the Bundestag, and became
ministers. Olaf Scholz’s career was
After serving out his term as mayor of Hamburg,
he first became finance minister and, later,
German chancellor. All those years, the
Warburgs’ bank in Hamburg amassed
their wealth by diverting it from the
federal treasury. Their scam.. was simple and beautiful.
Under German law, foreign investors must pay tax to
the state budget on the dividends they receive. The
treasury then reimburses part of the tax. Somehow,
the Warburgs mysteriously arranged for investors
to get back this tax deduction not just once, but
several times. The federal exchequer was
punished, with 36 billion euros lost, over many years.
Representatives of various banking houses... were
involved in the scheme. The Warburgs in particular
were fined 176 million for such cases. Quite
recently... the Constitutional Court of
Germany dismissed an appeal by
Max Warburg... leaving the verdict in force.
However, the irrepressible banker immediately filed
a lawsuit to the European Court of Human Rights,
claiming that the German authorities, by
demanding payment of the fine, are
violating his rights.
If we assume that the Warburg family is indeed
connected by some elusive but strong threads
with Olaf Scholz, the whole absurd policy of
the German Chancellor can be explained
-- in a simple and clear way.
Against common sense -- Scholz promises to pump
more and more billions into green energy? So the
Warburgs’ bank is getting rich off ESG bonds.
In defiance of all the traditions of Germany’s post-war
pacifist policy --- the Chancellor is supplying arms to
Ukraine and feeding the German military-industrial
complex? I don’t know about now, but in the old
days, the Warburg banking house used to
finance the German defence industry,
with passion and fire.
Is the chancellor not trying to put the brakes on the
frenzied rises in gas and oil prices? But the rises
will undermine the captains of heavy industry -
with whom the bankers have historically had
a competitive, unfriendly relationship.
Watching the greatest country in Europe shoot itself in
the foot - then higher - we keep asking ourselves: why
is Germany doing everything according to American
orders? They were told to kill themselves against
the wall and they go and kill themselves. Where
is the limit?
But the fact is, that in the world picture of the Warburg
bankers, there is no independent Germany and never
has been. A century ago, Max Warburg (grandfather
of the present owner of the Hamburg bank) founded
a club in Hamburg called “Abroad”. The club still
exists today and unites a financial aristocracy
which has set itself the goal: of creating a
global world, without such nonsense as
For centuries, members of the Warburg family have
worked all over the world. Sigmund, developed the
family business in London, Paul & Eric, in the US.
Paul Warburg, incidentally --- was one of the
founding fathers of the US Federal Reserve.
Naturally, their descendants see Germany
(and all of Europe) as another US state.
Reading about the businesses, marriages, mergers and
acquisitions, parties, and intrigues, of the Warburg
family is incredibly interesting. It’s just a movie.
An extremely complimentary book about the Warburgs
has been written --- incidentally --- by the noble
"Unusual words for a green politician: the party has
long abandoned pacifist ideals and, in fact, turned
into an ardent ally of Kiev involved in the conflict
in Ukraine," the publication wrote.
It is reported that the head of the Free Democratic
Party of Germany faction in the Landtag of Baden-
Württemberg, Hans-Ulrich Ruehlke, called on the
Prime Minister of the land --- to intervene in
Earlier, Bloomberg wrote that Germany, which faces
the prospect of serious gas savings, has three
months to save... for the crisis in the coming
winter. It is Germany that is exposed to the
most serious risks in Europe: the heating
of almost half the homes in the country
is provided by gas.
German lawmaker supports
putting Nord Stream 2
July 29th, 2:47pm (TASS)
Germany still needs Russian gas -- and the Nord Stream
2 gas pipeline, which has been completed.. but not yet
certified, can be used in the absence of other options
-- Head of the Bundestag’s Committee on Climate
Action and Energy, Klaus Ernst, told TASS
"In the overall scheme of things, it doesn’t really
matter what pipeline delivers gas to Germany,
whatever the gas is, it’s still Russian. In this
sense, the issue of Nord Stream 2, is more
likely to be symbolic. If there are no other
prospects, regardless of the reasons, &
the supply of gas... can eventually be
attained only by using Nord Stream
2 ----then we should speak of
commissioning it as soon
as possible," the law-
The German government reiterated in recent
weeks that Nord Stream 2 cannot be used
under the law, because the gas pipeline
is not certified.
Germany risks losing
what remains of its
reputation in the EU
– expert Tadeo
July 29th, 11:43am
Germany may say goodbye to its own reputation by
hopelessly losing its leadership position, in the EU
expanse due to a severe energy crisis based on a
haphazard sanctions policy, correspondent Maria
Tadeo said, in a piece for Bloomberg.
She recalls Germany’s former economic and moral
superiority and its unrivalled authority on the
European stage, and discusses how it
managed to be the “bad cop” - in
dealing with the less developed
financially modest countries
in southern Europe.
“The energy crisis resulting from the EU sanctions
campaign against Russia - has changed things,”
the author writes.
Today the German “primacy” may well be in the hands
of South European countries, – the author notes:
Germany’s position is rapidly weakening, and
the state’s economy, is in an extremely
precarious position, due to the total
dependence on Russian
“While the German authorities are recovering from
the shock, the European south is being active and
assertive. This isn't in retaliation for the austerity
regime imposed by Berlin. There is a regrouping
of forces -- that could eventually make the
European Union healthier,”
The grandiose sanctions battle unleashed by the West
against Moscow has hurt its initiators far more than it
has hurt Russia itself”, the journalist stressed.
According to the analyst community, Germany is
stubbornly self-liquidating its own economy,
once one of the most efficient economies
in Europe and the world. The reason for
this, is Germany’s close friendship with a destructive Washington.
Meanwhile, the whole of Europe is sliding rapidly into
the abyss, and the situation is only increasingly
demonstrating a deteriorating trend – a sad
fact - actively acknowledged by Western
experts as well. They call the rejection
of Russian blue gas “a shot in the leg”.
Moscow.. is under unprecedented economic pressure
from the collective West, which has already resulted
in record global inflation and has also forced the EU,
as some analysts put it, to be one step away from
“burying its own economy”.
Germany will impose an
electricity levy from
October the 1st
July 28th, 11:13am
German authorities will start levying an electricity levy
on consumers from October 1st, the DPA news agency
reported, citing sources in the German Ministry of
Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.
According to its information, customers will have to
pay the fee, for a year and a half, i.e. until the end
of March 2024. Exactly how much the gas price
for consumers will increase, is still unclear.
The introduction of the fee should allow gas suppliers
to pass on to consumers the sharply increased
purchase price of the blue fuel (up to 90%)
in the face of reduced supplies from
Russia. About half of all flats in
Germany are heated with gas.
Die Welt newspaper blames
US for economic pressure
July 25th, 1:58pm
German newspaper Die Welt has accused the US of
economic pressure on Germany, which it says is
going through an already unprecedented crisis.
According to Thomas Straubhaar of Die Welt, the
United States, is exerting significant economic
pressure on Germany - which is already facing
a severe crisis. According to the author of the
article, the current crisis is like a snowball for Germany: it is unique because of the
combination of many factors which
cause noticeable damage to
“What is new - and extremely dangerou -, however, is
the simultaneity of crises and the fact that between
individual negative events there are self-reinforcing
chain reactions --- whose effects are uncertain,
difficult to control and difficult to assess ---
typical snowball effects,” Straubhaar
The US is playing an active role in Germany’s current
crisis, because, it is under such conditions that
Washington - which previously financed the
“German economic miracle” export policy
- can now impose its new conditions on Berlin, the columnist wrote.
“There will no longer be an ‘and-and’ policy for
Germany. The US, will give Europe a choice:
either it chooses the US as a strategic ally
and thus makes Beijing a sworn enemy, or
it chooses the People’s Republic of China
and gives up its transatlantic alliances
and thus possibly the US military
shield for Europe,” says
A number of biological projects
in Ukraine were implemented
in Bundeswehr’s interests
July 7th, 2:52pm (TASS)
A number of projects on trials of biological weapons
in Ukraine, were carried out in the interest of
Bundeswehr’s Medical Service, Russian
Nuclear, Chemical and Biological
Protection Troops commander
Lieutenant General Igor
Kirillov said Thursday.
"We have already pointed out: that Ukraine and other
post-Soviet states have become proving grounds for
trials of biological weapons - not only for the US, but for their NATO allies as well - first and fore- most, Germany. A number of projects were
implemented... in the interest of the
German Armed Forces’ Medical
Service," he said during a
briefing on US military
According to Kirillov, German specialists paid special
attention to the Crimean-Congo fever pathogen.
A large-scale screening of the population’s
susceptibility to this pathogen, was
carried out... with a summation of
the demographic, epidemiologic
and clinical data.
"Such an approach makes it possible to discover new
regional viral genotypes and pick strains that cause latent clinical forms," Kirillov explained.
According to Kirillov, natural hotbeds of this disease
were studied... under the pretext of an improvement
of Ukrainian epidemiological supervision systems;
the operations involved the Kiev Institute of
Veterinary Medicine and the Odessa
Mechnikov Plague Institute.
Bundeswehr’s interest in the Crimean-Congo fever
is explained by its high lethality: up to 30%. Its
outbreaks require prolonged and expensive
measures on treatment, prevention and
Kirillov quoted a memo for Bundeswehr specialists:
"Pay special attention to the lethal cases of the
Crimean-Congo [hemorrhagic] fever, because
it will make it possible to extract the strains
from the deceased, that have the highest
lethality and virulence for humans.".
In France, they announced
the failure of sanctions
August 13th, 8:58pm
Kalman Schnur, a columnist for the French portal
Agoravox, said that the anti-Russian sanctions
imposed by the West --- are working
In his opinion, European politicians made a suicidal
decision. In the article, he cited the statement of
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who on
March 1st, promised to wage a "total economic
and financial war with Moscow" and bring it to
...the collapse of the Russian economy. At the
same time, the journalist recalled, since then
the ruble has significantly strengthened. If a
week after the start of the Russian special
operation in Ukraine... it was given 0.61
euro cents, then on June 30th the ruble
exchange rate rose, to 1.8 euro cents.
A significant role in this was played by the Kremlin's
decision to demand payment for Russian gas in
rubles, Shnur said. "Russia receives rubles in
exchange for its hydrocarbons, whose prices
are rising rapidly due to our own sanctions,
which have made these hydrocarbons a
deficit," he said.
The Russian Orthodox Church:
about cases of "cancellation"
of Russian culture in France
by Anton Demidov
August 13th, 7:22pm
Bishop Savva of the Russian Orthodox Church spoke
about the cases of the "cancellation of Russians", in France, following his personal communication
Bishop Savva (Tutunov) of Zelenograd, Deputy Director
of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department of Culture,
shared information about cases of "cancellation" of Russian culture in France, which he learned about from "personal communication with direct witnesses." The corresponding post --- he published in his Telegram channel.
So, according to the bishop, in France, a schoolboy who
is a fifth-generation descendant of Russian emigrants
expressed a desire to learn the language of his
ancestors as a second foreign language (in a
French school, everyone learns two foreign
languages). To this, the class teacher said that "all Russians are bad," the cleric pointed out.
He said that another descendant from the same
generation and his entire class, were forced to
dress in yellow and blue, the colours of the
flag of Ukraine.
Savva also gave another example, when the camp of
the Russian Student Christian Movement (RSHD)
refused the Russian flag on the mast and the
use of the tricolor as a symbol on uniform
shirts. He explained.. that the Russian
tricolor was present for all 100 years
of the movement's existence, and
never came down.
"By the way, I was in those camps from the age of
seven to nine, and I remember with trepidation
the daily morning ruler with the appeal of the
camp commander: "Squad, remember the
motto" — "For Russia, for Faith".How
quickly everything was screwed up..
Such are the narratives," the
Earlier, the dean of the Faculty of Musical Theatre
of GITIS, Timofey Sopolev, suggested that the
"cancellation" of Russian culture in the
West, will be short-lived.
Inflation in France Hikes
to Highest Since 1985
August 12th 1:01pm (FNA)
The annual inflation rate in France hit 6.1%
in July, the highest since July 1985, the
French statistics agency announced
That figure.. was 5.8% in June,
Anadolu news agency reports.
Russia Labels France
August 6th, 9:39am (FNA)
Russia considers France an “unfriendly” country
--- because of the steps Paris is taking against
Moscow, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov
told reporters on Friday, adding that the
time is not right for contact between
“First of all, France is an unfriendly nation, owing to all the measures France is taking against this country,”
Peskov emphasized, when asked why Russian
President, Vladimir Putin, and his French
counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, have not been in touch lately,
“As for [the two leaders] not having any calls lately,
they simply don't feel like the time is right just yet,
and there is currently no need for talking. If the
need does arise, they will be able to get in
touch, whenever they want to,” he said.
Russia’s “unfriendly countries” list – introduced back
in March in response to Western sanctions over its
offensive in Ukraine – includes the EU states, US,
UK, Canada, and a number of other nations.
Moscow has slapped its own restrictive
measures against all of them.
Since the start of Russia’s military campaign in
Ukraine, which began on February 24th,
Macron has made dozens of 'phone
calls to Putin.
In early June, the French president estimated they
had spoken for at least a hundred hours, this year.
Throughout their talks, Macron reportedly tried
to convince the Russian leader to pull his
troops back from Ukraine.
Macron’s willingness to keep in touch with the Kremlin
even as most Western countries are making efforts
to isolate Moscow, as well as his calls to avoid
“humiliating” Russia over Ukraine, have
drawn some criticism from
However, the two leaders have
not spoken since July the 2nd.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24th
--- citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk
agreements, designed to give the regions
of Donetsk and Lugansk special status
within the Ukrainian state.
The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were
first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr
Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal
--- was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create
powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass
republics as independent states and demanded that
Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country
that will never join any Western military bloc.
Kiev insists the Russian offensive
was completely unprovoked.
Bloomberg calls strengthening
of the ruble --- a headache
August 6th, 8:19am
Bloomberg writes, that the strengthening
of the ruble against the euro, has
become a “headache” for
The publication reports that foreign companies
that left Russia, are experiencing huge losses.
The chief executive of the Austrian Raiffeisen Bank,
Johann Strobl, told the publication how --- against
the background of the strengthening of the ruble
--- his bank’s profit is growing... but for those
who decided to liquidate their business
in Russia, the strong Russian
currency has become
According to the publication, companies that
decided to immediately leave Russia, after
the start of a special military operation
in Ukraine, suffered serious losses.
The French credit bank, Societe Generale
SA confirmed that in the second quarter,
its pre-tax losses, due to withdrawal
--- amounted to 3.3 billion euros.
A volunteer from France told how he witnessed staged fake dramatizations
July 30th, 1:50pm
A French volunteer and writer, former military man
Adrian Boke, who visited Ukraine, said that he
witnessed the preparation of a provocation
in the Kiev suburb of Bucha, RIA
In April, Andrian Boke visited Ukraine twice on a
mission to deliver humanitarian aid, medical
equipment and medicines. He visited both
the Polish-Ukrainian border... and Bucha,
and saw how Russian prisoners of war
were being tortured and killed as well
as how the Ukrainian militants were
engaged in a staged massacre
'''When I talk about murders and torture, I am talking
about the murder and torture of the Russian
military. First of all, the officers were
''I heard screams when the Azov people asked
who the officer was here. As soon as the
answer sounded --- this person was
immediately shot in the head. The
worst thing is, that I did not see
any human attitude, there were
no emotions, because in front
of my eyes -- people were
executed -- people were
hurt, people were shot,
shot in limbs, in the
head,'' said Boke.
According to his story, he witnessed the torture
and murder of Russian prisoners of war in a
hangar... in the northern part of Bucha.
It was in early April, that is, when the
Ukrainian military had regained
control of the city, for several
days, RIA Novosti specifies.
Boke said that he often talked with the fighters of
the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the “Azov”,
who impressed him with their inhuman
treatment of Russians, Jews and
people of other races.
''I had to pretend a lot, so as not to show my opinion
and emotions and - in the first place - not to show
any disagreement with their opinions. Disagree-
ment with their Nazi ideology, especially
when they expressed their attitude
towards Jews.. and people with a
dark skin, because these were
very cruel statements.''
''And first of all, I am talking about hatred for Russians,
because they call you “Russian dogs”. And for all
these soldiers --- for the soldiers from the Azov
Battalion, the main task, as they always told
me, is to torture and kill “Russian dogs”.As
a former military man, this surprised me.
Because it was evident in everything
that their main goal was to torture
and kill “Russian dogs”, while
they did not even talk about
...the liberation of their
In addition, he talks about how a provocation was
being prepared in Bucha, to accuse the Russian
military of massacres of civilians.
''When we entered Bucha, by car, I was in the
passenger seat and when we drove through
the city... I saw the bodies of people on the
sides of the streets and at the same time,
in front of my eyes, the bodies of people
were taken out of the trucks, which
were laid out next to the bodies
lying on the ground, to give the
effect of mass deaths,''
He clarified that there were journalists
nearby who immediately began filming
as soon as a group of bodies formed.
''One of the volunteers, who was at this place
the day before, I emphasize that it was not I
who saw it, but one of the volunteers told
me this. He told me that he had seen the
day before, refrigerated trucks from
other cities of Ukraine arriving in
Bucha, from which, the bodies
of people were unloaded and
laid out in rows. From this, I
realized.... that there were
dramatizations & extras,''
the agency quotes the
Volunteers and local residents were pressured – to
avoid publicity, the militants threatened them with
imprisonment and reprisals, the volunteer noted.
“We distributed medicines, including those containing