Travel – Adventure – Experience Russia


Russia outside its touristic “facade” Moscow with its Red Square and the Kremlin, St. Petersburg with its palaces, but in an entirely different perspective. Why not pet a wild animal in Vladivostok’s marine reserve, watch bears catch fish, take a walk on Kamchatka’s volcano, or bathe in champagne in Krasnodar region!



On September 2, Vladivostok will host the Eastern Economic Forum, which will be attended by President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Abe. The forum members will hold a lot of meetings, discussions, round-table discussions and press conferences. And in the evenings, they will be offered an extensive cultural program.

There is a lot to see in Vladivostok: the Maritime scene of the Mariinsky Theatre; Zolotoy Rog Bay; the Russky Bridge, the masterpiece of engineering; Russky Island and hyper-modern campus of the Far Eastern University, where the forum will take place.

Forbes considered Vladivostok one of the most comfortable Russian cities for recreation. National Geographic included it in the top 10 most beautiful coastal cities of the world. From the Peter the Great Gulf even distant islands are visible, some of which are located in the Far Eastern Marine Reserve, the first marine reserve in Russia and the only one, 98% of which is the water area. More than 5,000 species of plant and animal live there.

These cherished places can not only be seen from a distance — you can go there and even touch some marine creatures. From an environmental standpoint, the reserve has a global significance, because rare birds live there, which are included in the Red List of Korea, China, Japan and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. For those who prefer active holidays, Vladivostok provides plenty of opportunities: windsurfing and kite surfing, diving, sea kayaking and extreme jumping from the cliffs into the sea.

Kamchatka is a true paradise for tourists. Here you can walk along the slope of an active volcano; watch bears catching fish; take a swim and take selfies with the geysers in the background. There are also waterfalls and glaciers there.

Ice Cave


And that is just a tiny part of mysterious Russia.



Shadow Government: WikiLeaks Exposes George Soros Controlling Clinton

The extraordianary discovery brings to mind Theodore Roosevelt’s quote regarding the shadow government:

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”— Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

Soros has long been accused of being a puppet master manipulating world affairs and markets for his own benefit, however this is the first time forensic evidence of him issuing orders to a senior government figure to meddle in the affairs of a sovereign state has been exposed.

Considering Soros has also been exposed giving tens of millions of dollars to Clinton, and has now been caught issuing orders to her, the question of whether a vote for Clinton is a vote for Soros and his agenda is a legitimate one.

The email can be viewed in full here.

Stolen Kosovo: the Czech Documentary

Although the Czech Television (Česká televize) was one of the sponsors of the documentary, it delayed broadcasting it several times, claiming the documentary was “unbalanced” and marked with “pro-Serbian bias”, and so “the tone of the documentary could cause negative emotions.”   Václav Dvořák, the director, responded that the same could be said for “Holocaust documentaries, where the Nazi Germany ‘side’ and ‘views’ are also appropriately ignored”.

The documentary producer, Aleš Bednář, additionally stated the film-makers don’t rule out that some viewers could feel it was “unbalanced”, but only because they had been “lopsidedly informed about Balkan conflicts through years, above all by television, but by other media as well.”

Its first broadcasting, scheduled for 17 March 2008, on the 4th anniversary of the ethnic clashes in Kosovo in 2004, was postponed until April, and was eventually broadcaste with a follow-up show analyzing the Kosovo conflict from the point of view of the Kosovo Albanians.  The creators of the documentary published it on YouTube, where it is still available (as of September 2015).

Beijing calls for Russia-China New World Order

As the United States and Europe embark on an increasingly hawkish policy towards China, Beijing has moved to welcome the formation of an alliance with Russia to counter NATO

Speaking at the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party last month, Xi Jinping delivered what Western analysts are calling an “incendiary speech” in which he called for a military union with Russia that would render NATO “powerless” and “put an end to the imperialist desires of the West.”

The harsh statements come at a time when both Beijing and Moscow find themselves vulnerable to an increasingly hawkish US foreign policy that has resulted in a series of massive war games on both countries’ doorstep and the placement of missile shields in strategic quadrants to limit the ability of both Russia and China to defend themselves if conflict were ever to ensue.

“The world is on the verge of radical change,” said the increasingly frustrated Chinese President. “We see how the European Union is gradually collapsing, as is the US economy – it is all over for the new world order.”

Rallying support among his countrymen, Xi Jinping declared “it will never be as it was before, in 10 years we will have a new world order in which the key will be the union of China and Russia.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long welcomed the development of a broader military and economic relationship with China referring to existing cooperation as an “all-embracing and strategic partnership.”

With the international community stacking up against Beijing in recent weeks in the wake of the South China Sea ruling and the placement of the THAAD anti-missile systems in South Korea, Russia has stood steadfast in its support of the Chinese engaging in massive joint military exercises in the Pacific.


Russia and China may create a unified missile defense system for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. That’s the conclusion of experts speaking at a forum dedicated to the US deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea.

Experts in Moscow and Beijing spoke via video conference on the implications for regional security of the US deployment of missile defense systems in South Korea. And while the forum focused mostly on political and military implications of the THAAD deployment, experts also intrigued observers by indicating that it was possible for Russia and China to join together to create a single missile defense shield over the entirety of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the political, economic and military organization involving much of eastern Eurasia.

Recently, the analyst recalled, Japan, South Korea and the United States conducted drills practicing the interception of ballistic missiles using the maritime-based US Aegis system. The appropriate response from Moscow and Beijing would be for the two countries’ air defense forces to conduct similar joint exercises at the Ashuluk range in Russia’s Astrakhan region.


Western Media – Brief history of Anti Russian propaganda


Nikolai Gorshkov


The latest spate of allegations by western media and politicians about Russian propaganda is nothing new. The UK Cabinet files from 1980-s just released by National Archives in London reveal the British establishment’s obsession with a propaganda war against Moscow.

Ministers were worried over “the confused state of British public opinion (America seen as a great a threat to peace as Russia)” and “a strong strain of anti-Reagan and anti-American sentiment”. They put this down to “Soviet propaganda” and the gullibility of the British public.

A number of memos to Prime Minister Thatcher recommended countering this with support for pro-government groups in the UK as well as expanded radio broadcasts to the Soviet Union and its “satellites” to “project” western culture and wean the countries of Eastern and Central Europe off their alliance with Moscow.

But the story of anti-Russian propaganda goes far back than last century.

‘Contempt for the Russian People’

Over 460 years ago an English navigator Richard Chancellor arrived in Moscow via the Russian port of Archangel on the White Sea. He was entertained by Tsar Ivan the Terrible who granted freedom of trade to English merchants, looking for a direct route to China to bypass the monopoly of Venice. Despite this hospitality, the English almost immediately formed a view of Russia as a “barbaric” country.

Anthony Cross, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge is the editor of ‘A People Passing Rude: British Responses to Russian Culture’.

“Among the earliest and most influential Elizabethan accounts of Russia were those collected and published by Richard Hakluyt in two editions at the end of the 16th century, but two other publications, appearing before Hakluyt but then included by him in emasculated form, were influential in establishing a largely negative perception of Russia that extended way beyond intense cold and ubiquitous bears to religious obscurantism, tyrannical rule, and almost willful ignorance.”

Professor Cross took the title for his book from an epistle by the English poet George Turbervile, secretary to Thomas Randolph during his embassy to Muscovy in 1568, who entertained London society with damning depictions of “a people passing rude to vices vile inclin’d.”

In a much more scholarly ‘Of the Russe Commonwealth’ treatise another English Ambassador Giles Fletcher (1588-9) described Russians as ignorant and godless.

The famous author of “Paradise Lost” (and “Regained”) poet John Milton also had a jab at the Russians. In his ‘Brief History of Muscovia’, a compilation of 16th century accounts, published posthumously in 1682  he echoed Fletcher in suggesting that the Russians ‘have no learning, nor will suffer it to be among them’.

Milton claimed his book was based on witness accounts.

But as an American researcher of Muscovia John B Gleason observed:

“No one seems to have asked whether the eyewitnesses were truthfull, well-informed, conscientious. The Muscovia never raises such questions but uses every kind of assertion indiscriminately.”

Another expert on the subject Lloyd E Berry has identified “two ‘thematic’ similarities between Giles Fletcher’s and Milton’s books on Russia:  “pride in the accomplishments of the English people and [their] system of government” and “contempt for the Russian people” and “Russian institutions.”

Russian Spies at the Palace

This western contempt for Russia and its people manifested itself during the Crimean War of 1853-56.

Russia had been putting military pressure on the Ottoman Empire in an effort to force political concessions from Turkey, particularly in regard to the governance of Orthodox Christian populations of the Balkan lands under Ottoman rule. Russia expected support from the Christian rulers of Britain, France, Prussia, and Austria, but both Catholics and Protestants of Western Europe viewed Muslim Turks as a lesser evil than Orthodox Russians.

In a Punch parody of an Orthodox Christian icon, the Tsar is seated on cannon balls, with a ramrod as a crozier, a mortar as a mitre, and a halo of bayonets.

That the Balkan peoples who rebelled against the Ottomans saw Russia as their protector and liberator made London, Paris and Vienna worry more about geopolitics than national aspirations of the oppressed.

It was England, particularly the Home Secretary Lord Palmerston, and the British press, led by The Times and the satirical magazine Punch who pushed hardest for the western powers to declare war on Russia. Such was the war fever brought about by the press that rumours abounded about Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, being a Russian agent. Thousands waited by the Tower of London to see Prince Albert escorted into the infamous prison.

The Bear Season

In a reference to Aesop’s fable about bees defending their hive from an intruding bear a Punch cartoon shows Turkish, Austrian, Prussian, French, and English ‘bees’, protecting the ‘hives’ of Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, against the angry Russian ‘bear’.

The first depictions of Russia as a fearsome beast appeared in the 16th century Poland who was trying to establish its influence over its “less European” brethren. But it was the English who mastered the art almost to perfection. The first ever allegory of Russia as a bear appeared on a series of English engravings ‘The European Race’ started in 1737.

The Punch, established in 1841 made this allegory a household item. From then on the fearsome beast has been invoked each time the West wanted to depict Russia as a savage country.

Even the infamously bungled charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava was used by The Times to belittle the Russians as compared to the English:

“If the exhibition of the most brilliant valor, of the excess of courage, and of a daring which would have reflected luster on the best days of chivalry can afford full consolation for the disaster of today, we can have no reason to regret the melancholy loss which we sustained in a contest with a savage and barbarian enemy.”

The British were equally disdainful towards their Turkish allies whom London purported to “save” from the Russian “bear.”

Varying Degrees of Ignorance

In 1921, after the end of the Russian Civil War and military intervention by Britain, the United States and a dozen other western countries, a group of American journalists went to Moscow. Their task was to report on the changes happening in Soviet Russia. The Soviet government lent them rooms at the Savoy Hotel free of charge. Much later, in a book by an American journalist Whitman Basso ‘The Moscow Correspondents: Reporting on Russia from the Revolution to Glasnost’ they reminisced about the challenges they faced.

They admitted they did not know the language, the history, the politics, or very much about the men who shaped the momentous events. Among the inhabitants of the Savoy Hotel there were no Soviet experts, nor even, as British journalist Paul Winterton later put it, people with “varying degrees of ignorance.” What little they knew about Soviet Russia they probably learned from their own newspapers.

British journalists appeared to be a lot more knowledgeable than their American colleagues at the time but many used their knowledge of Russia in a peculiar way.

In 1924, the Daily Mail published a forgery that threw Anglo-Russian relations off-course for a long time. The Daily Mail made the most of a fake letter allegedly written by the head of Comintern Zinoviev to the British Communists, calling it “Moscow’s orders to our Reds.” Following the publication of the forged letter London reversed its decision taken earlier that year to recognize Soviet Russia and cancelled a treaty with Moscow that was meant to move the East-West relations from confrontation to cooperation.

It could be argued that it was this letter and not Churchill’s Fulton speech 22 years later that laid the foundations of the Cold War. It is not widely known that Churchill borrowed his famous — or infamous — reference to the ‘Iron Curtain’ from no other than the ace of Nazi propaganda Goebbels who had used the metaphor to justify war on communism.

The relay was swiftly picked up by the American press. “Every Communist is Moscow’s Spy” was the battle cry of Senator McCarthy’s ‘Un-American Activities Committee’ in the 1950s.

Even Hollywood wartime films about the anti-Nazi alliance with Moscow, commissioned by the White House, were declared pro-Soviet propaganda. The Russian bear leaped from the British onto of the American pages. In time for the Olympic Games in Moscow the top-selling Rider’s Digest magazine called on the Americans to “Stand Up to the Russian Bear.”

The US athletes boycotted the Games, but the rest of the world saw a different kind of bear — a huggable Olympic mascot Misha The Bear who shed a tear of sorrow at the Moscow Olympiad’s closing ceremony.

Since then Russia has shed its communist past but the West does not appear to be ready to drop its propaganda war.

Summing it up in 2014 Roger Cockrell wrote in Slavonic and East European Review:

“Time and again we are reminded of the ambiguities in British attitudes towards Russia and Russian culture, covering the spectrum from extravagant praise to profound distrust, and embracing purely negative traits such as ignorance, fear, stereotyping and condescension. How many would argue that such reactions and attitudes belong simply to the past?”

Two years on such attitudes are stronger than ever…

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