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78 years ago: 1943 – the year the tide turned in World War II

The Kursk Bulge, July 1943. Reserve troops moving to front | Fedor Levshin/RIA Novosti



(May 8, 2018) – The peoples of Russia remember 1943 as the year that everything changed; a year of decisive battles that altered the course of the Great Patriotic War and World War II as a whole. It was the year of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Battle of the Caucasus, the Battle of Kursk, and the Battle of the Dnieper. It began with the lifting of the siege of Leningrad and ended with the Red Army’s liberation of two thirds of the Soviet territory temporarily occupied by the Nazis – 38,000 localities, including 162 towns. Continue reading

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Russia, Turkey agree to deliver second shipment of S-400 missile system

Russia, Turkey agree to deliver second shipment of S-400 missilsystem

Moscow, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) – Russia and Turkey signed a contract for the delivery of a second regiment of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said today.
Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheev did not reveal more details when he talked to RIA Novosti news agency.

In 2017, Russia and Turkey concluded an agreement worth approximately $2.5 billion to supply Ankara with the S-400 missile system, with delivery completed in 2019. Turkey is the first member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to purchase this air defence system from Russia.

The S-400 is considered the most advanced of its kind in Russia, capable of destroying targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometres and at up to 30 kilometres high.

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Word. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, addresses the United Nations

“Leading Western countries are trying to impede the development of the polycentric world, to recover their privileged positions, to impose standards of conduct based on the narrow Western interpretation of liberalism on others. In a nutshell, “we are liberals, and we can do anything”. Pursuing these aspirations, the West is less frequently recalling international law and more often and importunately dwelling upon the ‘rules-based order’.”

Transcript of speech by H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, New York, September 27, 2019

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Ten dollars of pure democracy

The 12.7 mm bullet that killed the Ukrainian opera singer Vasyl Slipak [Zelensky retold this story during the UN session, hence why he has a bullet in his hand – ed] costs $10. It, in general, is correct that the price is given in dollars. Because the country that produces these dollars has a direct bearing on everything that is happening in Ukraine now. Continue reading

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Photo Review – May Day 2017: Workers celebrate their achievements and set their direction for the coming year


Across Canada and Quebec
• Workers Celebrate Their Achievements and Set Their Direction for the Coming Year
United States
• Revitalized May Day Actions Defend Immigrant Rights and the Rights of All
Around the World
• Militant Affirmation of Rights and Sovereignty Continue reading

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Russian-Iranian canal could connect Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf


(April 8) – Russia and Iran are discussing building a navigable canal from the Caspian sea to the Persian Gulf, announced the ambassador of Iran in Russia Mehdi Snai at the meeting with students of St. Petersburg State University, reports TASS. Continue reading

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Sighting. More about Oymyakon, the world’s coldest town

coldest city woman in black

Yakutian woman amidst the fog of city center – created by cars, people, and steam from factories, the fog is thick and heavy through the coldest weeks of winter | Amos Chapple

New England was engulfed recently for what many media called a “historic snowstorm.” The U.S. sports media complained that the NBA All-Star Game was being held in “a cold city” (Toronto, where the temperature that weekend was -23 C). Today it is snowing again, my door is blocked by a drift, the lane to the road – I call it “The Dr Zhivago Memorial Lane” – is impassable due to the drifting snow, cabin fever is setting in, and so I returned to learn more about that one city in particular that has it hands down, and just about every single day. I had posted an article and photos about it just a few days ago. Some people dream about being on  a deserted island; I look at those in seemingly more adverse conditions.
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On Putin’s interview with the German media


Putin meeting with reporters from Bild-Zeitung in Sochi, January 5, 2016

Putin used Russia’s Christmas break to give an interview for the German tabloid Bild-Zeitung (see here and here).

Unusually for the Western media, the German interviewers proved to be both well-informed and intelligent and avoided cliches, giving Putin a good opportunity to explain himself concisely on a wide range of topics.

The fact the interviewers from Bild-Zeitung conducted the interview so intelligently incidentally shows that the true causes of the present tensions in international relations are well understood in Germany – including by the media there – even if they are not openly articulated. Continue reading

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TML publishes special online supplement ‘The 70th Anniversary of the Defeat of Fascism in Europe’


8 May marked the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich in Berlin in 1945 and the defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe – a date recognized throughout the world with the photograph of the flag of the Soviet Red Army flying over the Reichstag, the German Parliament. To this day, that flag is recognized as the Victory Banner.  It is called Victory in Europe Day and other countries of the former Soviet Union where it marks the victory of the Great Patriotic War. It marked the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, as well as the founding of the United Nations.

More than 80 countries and regions and about two billion people in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania were engulfed in the flames of war and suffered grave disasters. The defeat of fascism in Europe was a historic event with a permanent significance not only for the Soviet Union and Europe but for all peoples, who made the greatest contribution to its defeat. Imperialists and fascists can be stopped; their weapons can be silenced; freedom, liberation and the very right-to-be can be won.

Activities to commemorate the occasion were held in major Canadian cities including parades of World War II veterans from the former USSR together with the veterans from Allied countries, meetings, banquets, and presentations. As part of the international commemorations, the editors of TML Weekly published an informative special online supplement on the significance of the victory of the peoples of the world and related events. As one commentary underlines gravely: “To forget the past means to betray; to tamper with history means the start of following the same disastrous road.” Continue reading


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Did a Chinese-Russian-Iranian coalition opposing NATO debut in Moscow?

 The Moscow Conference on International Security in April was used as a venue to give notice to the US and NATO that other world powers will not let them do as they please. By MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA

Russia’s Defense Minister Shoigu and Iran’s Defense Minister Dehghan at the IV Moscow Conference on International Security (RIA Novosti/Iliya Pitalev)

 Talk about joint efforts between China, India, Russia and Iran against NATO expansion was augmented with plans for tripartite military talks between Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran.
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China announces $242 billion Moscow-Beijing high-speed rail link

China-Moscow rail earth imageChina will build a high-speed railway connecting Beijing and Moscow, estimated to cost 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s municipal government announced on January 21, Sputniknews reported. The announcement has significant economic and geostrategic implications. Continue reading


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Trade routes: Russia dreams of creating an alternative to Suez

Railways across Siberia and the Far East might become alternatives to the sea route.

Russia dreams of creating an alternative to Suez

Eastern promise: freight trains at 
sidings in Siberia. The expansion plans have been criticised as ‘utopian.’ Source: Max Avdeev

Ilya Dashkovsky, RBTH (Aug. 26.) –  An ambitious program of railway expansion in Russia’s Far East opens up the prospect of creating rapid new trade routes between Asia and Europe. At least $17bn is to be invested in modernising the ageing Baikal-Amur (BAM) and Trans-Siberian railways. Supporters of the plan say that it will create a total of half a million jobs and boost industry in Siberia and the Far East region, pointing out that there is already a shortage of rail capacity for transporting freight. Continue reading

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