> Just came to delete some pics. Our clocks went forward an hour, British summer time — GMT +1 hour. When does your clock in Russia go forward? > > So — effectively it is 6 o'clock, but it is already 7. We lost an hour. On the forum the time is Russian — 9 am. Off to work now) quoted1
Hi, we don't move clock forward since Medvedev issued an order about it
Hi, to be perfectly honest with you, i don’t look up any ballet shows ever, cause Angelina informs us all usually and asks if we want to come along, she can get any ballet show tickets at a short notice. — I think she has some places reserved on such shows on behalf of the school.
About to eat my lunch — takeaway sushi from Wasabi — Salmon Nigiri and California rolls with prawn and avocado — YUMMY!!!!
To be honest, I don't really care that much about the Ukrainian election. But it is nice to see new faces on the scene there.
At the moment we are going through hell with Brexit. May's deal was rejected — and quite rightly so, as it was a bad deal. But she has been continuously saying from the start of the Brexit process — that we were going to leave the EU on the 29th regardless, it was enrolled into Statute and now it turns out the law is not the law anymore, just shambles.
Secondly, to break the Brexit deadlock the Parliament is going to have another series of indicative votes by the MPs and Bercow (the speaker) chose only three amendments — one is to cancel Brexit, another is Customs Union with the EU (softer Brexit) and the third one is the Second referendum. He declined to choose any amendments proposed by the Tory Brexiteers. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/04/01/...
This is quite worrying, as it is like the Brexit betrayal is now in full swing.
Yesterday a guy — Briton — stopped 8 Euro Star trains in protest and they showed some interviews with people on BBC 1 — and a lot of people are enraged with fury at the MPs over this — so much so — that one bloke said he broke his telly by throwing his shoes at it while watching another useless Parliament debate.
I used to support softer Brexit before (the Customs Union or Norway plus), but actually — it is bad. Because that involves the freedom of movement, the whole point of the Brexit vote was to stop the freedom of movement. At the same time, it involves stripping the UK of all the powers in the EU that we have now — the right to veto, rebates, etc. We would be better off to stay in fully rather than choosing a softer Brexit. There is no point to it.
The papers also started hounding Rees Mogg calling him a fascist cause he held some talks with AFD — a far right German party. UKIP has turned further right and now they are saying that softer Brexit will break up the Conservatives — the party which has defined this country for centuries. It is all very sad to be honest. I am starting to get seriously disillusioned with democracy in this country. And if there is no true democracy here, that means it doesn't exist, period. Sad beyond belief.
> a fascist cause he held some talks with AFD — a far right German party quoted1
I'm curious why people in Europe call AFD far right/fascists when AFD is like a little lamb compared to far right Ukrainian politicans. But when RT calls some Ukrainian politicians fascists you all cry — KREMLIN PROPAGANDA! Only during the last year here and there I can see that some western journalists start to call them neo nazi (not just far right).
P.S. I had a good laugh after I watched how a TV Rain correspondent tried to take that interview https://twitter.com/dimsmirnov175/status/1112575... Well, I don't approve that thug. But I feel like there is some justice in the fact the TV Rain correspondent was bullied on air by one of the guys they tried to present as "true Ukrainian patriots". Eat this, TV Rain.
To my surprise, the MPs yesterday rejected all four amendments to do with cancelling Brexit, soft Brexit and the second referendum. I reckon they are scared of the public. So now — the only thing to break the deadlock is the General Election, but many predict that if it were to happen, it wouldn't resolve the deadlock as we would end up with Hung Parliament — no absolute majority for any one Party. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/04/01/...
> I'm curious why people in Europe call AFD far right/fascists when AFD is like a little lamb compared to far right Ukrainian politicans. But when RT calls some Ukrainian politicians fascists you all cry — KREMLIN PROPAGANDA! Only during the last year here and there I can see that some western journalists start to call them neo nazi (not just far right). quoted1
Well, the way they were presenting it here at one point was that anyone in Ukraine who would disagree with Putin's agenda for Ukraine's future was branded a «fascist» and «banderovets» by the Kremlin propaganda. Come on, now, admit — this is the case to an extent. That is not to say that there are no radical far right elements in Ukraine, but we have them here too, they exist in every country, yours included. Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
Just looked at bits of the interview — she sounds great, whatever the criticisms — she is incredibly talented and successful at what she is doing, good luck to her and her students. And she looks very glam and sounds posh. A very impressive lady.
Got to go now, it is 5:20 am, I am meeting my running mates at 6. Have a lovely day).
> Well, the way they were presenting it here at one point was that anyone in Ukraine who would disagree with Putin's agenda for Ukraine's future was branded a «fascist» and «banderovets» by the Kremlin propaganda. Come on, now, admit — this is the case to an extent. That is not to say that there are no radical far right elements in Ukraine, but we have them here too, they exist in every country, yours included. quoted1
I agree that RT was stretching and exaggerating, but situation in Ukraine is not like in your country or my country. Ukrainian Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy is a real fascist in my opinion. Not like AFD.
And they also have C14 who burned Roma camp near Kiev (there were casualties but no on was punished). Here is their boss standing next to Poroshenko
> Just looked at bits of the interview — she sounds great, whatever the criticisms — she is incredibly talented and successful at what she is doing, good luck to her and her students. And she looks very glam and sounds posh. A very impressive lady. quoted1
> agree that RT was stretching and exaggerating, but situation in Ukraine is not like in your country or my country. Ukrainian Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiyis a real fascist in my opinion. Not like AFD. quoted1
RT and the rest of the Kremlin propaganda are not just exaggerating, they are inciting hatred amongst the Russians towards the Ukrainians. Likewise, the Ukrainian propaganda does the same thing, but the other way around. But they have war going on -right on their territory, separatism incited and stirred by the Kremlin and of course — part of their territory was annexed. There is no getting away from that, you see. The Russians still do not see or respect Ukraine as a separate country, they don't get the concept. They can have revolutions, Maidans, whatever they like — they can stand on their heads naked if they wish, it is their country and their business and doesn't give anyone any rights to annex their territories or wage war against them.
Also — historically — for countries like Poland, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Moldova — you are occupiers. They see you as the country that brought poverty upon them, when you were busy spreading Communism around yourselves. The model didn't work. The British model did work — there is no hatred towards Britain from the Americans, New Zealanders, Canadians, Australians and so on. There is some hatred from the Irish — but the Irish conflict was not stirred by the British, it was a deep and genuine conflict based on religious differences amongst other things. The loss of the Soviet Union is seen as something humiliating by the Russians, but by the rest it is seen as liberation. Such is life.
The others shouldn't hate Russian people for that, they should just hate Communism. But the problem is of course that Russia is the successor of the USSR, it was the biggest country and those who live in smaller surrounding countries blame the Russians for everything, not Communism as a system. It would have helped if modern Russia denounced Communism, like Germany denounced fascism. But that is also hard to do — because the victory in the Second World War is associated with Communist Russia, Stalin and all that. It is hard.
But what politicians sometimes fail to see — is that anything bad can be seen as a great opportunity. There is a great saying here — when one door shuts, another one opens. The USSR was bankrupt by the beginning of the 1990s because the economy had been run in a very inefficient way for decades and when all those Republics started dropping off, this was the chance for Russia to concentrate on themselves and stop «feeding» and «carrying» others — financially, resource wise, etc. And it kind of started doing that to begin with.
I don't think now is the time to start throwing your weight around on the international stage, get involved in arms races or anything like that. The best way to attract those surrounding states to yourselves is to build an efficient, corrupt free economy (well, as free from corruption as possible) with a high standard of living and then all those around you will want to be a part of some sort of Union with you voluntarily. But this is hard, it requires democracy, reforms, greater accountability for those in power, etc. And I am afraid this is not gonna happen while Putin stays in power. But it will happen eventually.
Sometimes I think you are in a better position than Britain, at least you don't have the EU (a similar organisation to the former USSR) imposing shackles on you.
With Crimea — it is a complicated question. It is kind of Russian, they should have taken it when the USSR was breaking up. But what's done is done now. But you can't expect the Ukrainians to love you for taking Crimea, that is impossible. Take a walk in their shoes. You wouldn't be happy with such turn of events either.
> Now they help Poroshenko to take Ukrainian orthodox churches by force. More than 60 churches were taken by force in Ukraine already.https://golos.ua/i/673106I have a friend who leaves in Kharkiv. Any time there is a rumor that neo nazi are going to take over the Kiev Pechersk Lavra she goes to Kiev to help the monks resisthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiev _Pechersk_Lavr...She is a very brave women. Famous Ukrainian boxer is hated by nazi because he stands with the monkshttps://znaj.ua/ru/society/194521-u sik-shokuvav-...
That is terrible, it is all very sad to be honest. Especially for those who have Russian — Ukrainian backgrounds. It is heart breaking to see these countries — where more or less the same people live — at each others' throats. But it will all blow over in time and it will pass, time is the greatest healer.