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

Western Russophobia has resurrected Russian patriotism

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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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Foreign Banks Are Embracing Russia’s Alternative To SWIFT, Moscow Says

Given its status as a major energy exporter, Russia has leverage that could help attract partners to its new SWIFT alternative.

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On Friday, one day after Russia and China pledged to reduce their reliance on the dollar by increasing the amount of bilateral trade conducted in rubles and yuan (a goal toward which much progress has already been made over the past three years), Russia’s Central Bank provided the latest update on Moscow’s alternative to US-dominated international payments network SWIFT.

Moscow started working on the project back in 2014, when international sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea inspired fears that the country’s largest banks would soon be cut off from SWIFT which, though it’s based in Belgium and claims to be politically neutral, is effectively controlled by the US Treasury.

Today, the Russian alternative, known as the System for Transfer of Financial Messages, has attracted a modest amount of support within the Russian business community, with 416 Russian companies having joined as of September, including the Russian Federal Treasury and large state corporations likeGazprom Neft and Rosneft.

And now, eight months after a senior Russian official advised that “our banks are ready to turn off SWIFT,” it appears the system has reached another milestone in its development: It’s ready to take on international partners in the quest to de-dollarize and end the US’s leverage over the international financial system. A Russian official advised that non-residents will begin joining the system “this year,” according to RT.

“Non-residents will start connecting to us this year. People are already turning to us,”said First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia Olga Skorobogatova. Earlier, the official said that by using the alternative payment system foreign firms would be able to do business with sanctioned Russian companies.

Turkey, China, India and others are among the countries that might be interested in a SWIFT alternative, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out in a speech earlier this month, the US’s willingness to blithely sanction countries from Iran to Venezuela and beyond will eventually rebound on the US economy by undermining the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency.

To be sure, the Russians aren’t the only ones building a SWIFT alternative to help avoid US sanctions. Russia and China, along with the European Union are launching an interbank payments network known as the Special Purpose Vehicle to help companies pursue “legitimate business with Iran” in defiance of US sanctions.

Given its status as a major energy exporter, Russia has leverage that could help attract partners to its new SWIFT alternative. For one, much of Europe is dependent on Russian natural gas and oil.

And as Russian trade with other US rivals increases, Moscow’s payments network will look increasingly attractive,particularly if buyers of Russian crude have no other alternatives to pay for their goods.

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US leaving INF will put nuclear non-proliferation at risk & may lead to ‘complete chaos’

The US is pulling out of a nuclear missile pact with Russia. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty requires both countries to eliminate their short and medium-range atomic missiles.

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If the US ditches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), it could collapse the entire nuclear non-proliferation system, and bring nuclear war even closer, Russian officials warn.

By ending the INF, Washington risks creating a domino effect which could endanger other landmark deals like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and collapse the existing non-proliferation mechanism as we know it, senior lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev said on Sunday.

The current iteration of the START treaty, which limits the deployment of all types of nuclear weapons, is due to expire in 2021. Kosachev, who chairs the Parliament’s Upper House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that such an outcome pits mankind against “complete chaos in terms of nuclear weapons.”

“Now the US Western allies face a choice: either embarking on the same path, possibly leading to new war, or siding with common sense, at least for the sake of their self-preservation instinct.”

His remarks came after US President Donald Trump announced his intentions to “terminate” the INF, citing alleged violations of the deal by Russia.

Moscow has repeatedly denied undermining the treaty, pointing out that Trump has failed to produce any evidence of violations. Moreover, Russian officials insist that the deployment of US-made Mk 41 ground-based universal launching systems in Europe actually violates the agreement since the launchers are capable of firing mid-range cruise missiles.

Leonid Slutsky, who leads the Foreign Affairs Committee in parliament’s lower chamber, argued that Trump’s words are akin to placing “a huge mine under the whole disarmament process on the planet.”

The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The deal effectively bans the parties from having and developing short- and mid-range missiles of all types. According to the provisions, the US was obliged to destroy Pershing I and II launcher systems and BGM-109G Gryphon ground-launched cruise missiles. Moscow, meanwhile, pledged to remove the SS-20 and several other types of missiles from its nuclear arsenal.

Pershing missiles stationed in the US Army arsenal. © Hulton Archive / Getty Images ©

By scrapping the historic accord, Washington is trying to fulfill its “dream of a unipolar world,” a source within the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“This decision fits into the US policy of ditching the international agreements which impose equal obligations on it and its partners, and render the ‘exceptionalism’ concept vulnerable.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov denounced Trump’s threats as “blackmail” and said that Washington wants to dismantle the INF because it views the deal as a “problem” on its course for “total domination” in the military sphere.

The issue of nuclear arms treaties is too vital for national and global security to rush into hastily-made “emotional” decisions, the official explained. Russia is expecting to hear more on the US’ plans from Trump’s top security adviser, John Bolton, who is set to hold talks in Moscow tomorrow.

President Trump has been open about unilaterally pulling the US out of various international agreements if he deems them to be damaging to national interests. Earlier this year, Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program. All other signatories to the landmark agreement, including Russia, China, and the EU, decided to stick to the deal, while blasting Trump for leaving.

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Kiev ‘Patriarch’ prepares to seize Moscow properties in Ukraine

Although Constantinople besought the Kiev church to stop property seizures, they were ignored and used, or perhaps, complicit.

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The attack on the Eastern Orthodox Church, brought about by the US State Department and its proxies in Constantinople and Ukraine, is continuing. On October 20, 2018, the illegitimate “Kyiv (Kiev) Patriarchate”, led by Filaret Denisenko who is calling himself “Patriarch Filaret”, had a synodal meeting in which it changed the commemoration title of the leader of the church to include the Kyiv Caves and Pochaev Lavras.

This is a problem because Metropolitan Onuphry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church which is canonically accepted and acts as a very autonomous church under the Moscow Patriarchate has these places under his pastoral care.

This move takes place only one week after Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople unilaterally (and illegally) lifted the excommunications, depositions (removal from priestly ranks as punishment) and anathemas against Filaret and Makary that were imposed on them by the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate.

These two censures are very serious matters in the Orthodox Church. Excommunication means that the person or church so considered cannot receive Holy Communion or any of the other Mysteries (called Sacraments in the West) in a neighboring local Orthodox Church. Anathema is even more serious, for this happens when a cleric disregards his excommunication and deposition (removal from the priesthood), and acts as a priest or a bishop anyway.

Filaret Denisenko received all these censures in 1992, and Patriarch Bartholomew accepted this decision at the time, as stated in a letter he sent to Moscow shortly after the censures. However, three years later, Patriarch Bartholomew received a group of Ukrainian autocephalist bishops called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA, who had been in communion with Filaret’s group. While this move may have been motivated by the factor of Bartholomew’s almost total isolation within Istanbul, Turkey, it is nonetheless non-canonical.

This year’s moves have far exceeded previous ones, though, and now the possibility for a real clash that could cost lives is raised. With Filaret’s “church” – really an agglomeration of Ukrainian ultranationalists and Neo-Nazis in the mix, plus millions of no doubt innocent Ukrainian faithful who are deluded about the problems of their church, challenging an existing arrangement regarding Ukraine and Russia’s two most holy sites, the results are not likely to be good at all.

Here is the report about today’s developments, reprinted in part from OrthoChristian.com:

Meeting today in Kiev, the Synod of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) has officially changed the title of its primate, “Patriarch” Philaret, to include the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras under his jurisdiction.

The primate’s new official title, as given on the site of the KP, is “His Holiness and Beatitude (name), Archbishop and Metropolitan of Kiev—Mother of the cities of Rus’, and Galicia, Patriarch of All Rus’-Ukraine, Svyaschenno-Archimandrite of the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras.”

…Thus, the KP Synod is declaring that “Patriarch” Philaret has jurisdiction over the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras, although they are canonically under the omophorion of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Philaret and his followers and nationalistic radicals have continually proclaimed that they will take the Lavras for themselves.

This claim to the ancient and venerable monasteries comes after the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it had removed the anathema placed upon Philaret by the Russian Orthodox Church and had restored him to his hierarchical office. Philaret was a metropolitan of the canonical Church, becoming patriarch in his schismatic organization.

Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate have clarified that they consider Philaret to be the “former Metropolitan of Kiev,” but he and his organization continue to consider him an active patriarch, with jurisdiction in Ukraine.

Constantinople’s statement also appealed to all in Ukraine to “avoid appropriation of churches, monasteries, and other properties,” which the Synod of the KP ignored in today’s decision.

The KP primate’s abbreviated title will be, “His Holiness (name), Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus’-Ukraine,” and the acceptable form for relations with other Local Churches is “His Beatitude Archbishop (name), Metropolitan of Kiev and All Rus’-Ukraine.”

The Russian Orthodox Church broke eucharistic communion and all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate over this matter earlier this week. Of the fourteen local Orthodox Churches recognized the world over, twelve have expressed the viewpoint that Constantinople’s move was in violation of the canons of the Holy Orthodox Church. Only one local Church supported Constantinople wholeheartedly, and all jurisdictions except Constantinople have appealed for an interOrthodox Synod to address and solve the Ukrainian matter in a legitimate manner.

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