Wednesday, October 30, 2013

M.N.: Learn your history

Learn your history. Leave behind the historically fallacious, dysfunctional, counterproductive, self-destructive paradigm of the ideological (and by extension military and other types of) competition stemming from the centuries old, half forgotten and senseless Christian religious struggles; or this atavistic luggage will destroy you, just like it destroyed your historical predecessor empires. Learn the truth rather than ideologies. Be at least as much, if not more scientists than the fighters-conquerors-robbers-politicians. Try to understand the nature of your wounds and help to get them healed by simple supportive measures and hope for the best. Most importantly, get rid of the criminality, of the pervasive criminal element in the state, social and cultural structures. Leave the issues of the wounds of others (if any) to others, you are not to understand and to deal with them. Work on your paradigm shift. See the details in my today lecture, type it up and submit it back to me for proofreading, corrections, additions, expansions and attachment of links and references. Hey, hey, hey! Stop this nonsense and get real. 

bogdanov - GS

  • Alexander Bogdanov

  • Alexander Aleksandrovich Bogdanov was a Russian physician, philosopher, science fiction writer, and revolutionary of Belarusian ethnicity. Wikipedia

  • alexander bogdanov - GS

    alexander bogdanov vs lenin - GS

    1. Lenin: A Letter to A. A. Bogdanov and S. I. Gusev

      A Letter to A. A. Bogdanov and S. I. Gusev. ... Not one of them is interested in it orfinds it necessary to discuss it. And now—by wire.... A nice business: we talk of ...

    2. Bogdanov and Lenin: Epistemology and Revolution - jstor

      by DG Rowley - ‎1996 - ‎Related articles
      materialism, empiriocriticism. Alexander Bogdanov is remembered by Western historians of Bol shevism as a moderate alternative to Lenin. The only Bolshevik.

      alexander bogdanov and lenin - GS

      V. I.   Lenin

      A Letter to A. A. Bogdanov and S. I. Gusev

      Published: First published in 1925 in the magazine Proletarskaya Revolutsia, No. 4 (39). Published according to the manuscript.
      Source: Lenin Collected Works, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1962, Moscow, Volume 8, pages 143-147.
      Translated: Bernard Isaacs and The Late Isidor Lasker
      Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
      Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2003). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit “Marxists Internet Archive” as your source.
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      February 11, 1905
      I wired my consent to your changes yesterday, although I emphatically do not agree with what I could gather from your letter. But I am so sick of this procrastination, and your questions seemed such a mockery, that I just gave it up, thinking, If only they did something! If only they gave notice of the Congress, any kind of notice, so long as they gave it, instead of just talking about it. You will be surprised at my use of the word mockery. But just stop and think: two months ago I sent my draft to all members of the Bureau.[1] Not one of them is interested in it or finds it necessary to discuss it. And now—by wire.... A nice business: we talk of organisation, of centralism, while actually there is such disunity, such amateurism among even the closest comrades in the centre, that one feels like chucking it all in disgust. Just look at the Bundists: they do not prate about centralism, but every one of them writes to the centre weekly and contact is thusactually maintained. You only have to pick up their Posledniye Izvestia[2] to see this contact. We, however, here are issuing the sixth number of yet one of our editors (Rakhmetov) has not written a single line, either about or for Vperyod. Our people “talk” of extensive literary connections in St. Petersburg and in Moscow, and of the Majority’s young forces, while we here, two months after the issuance of the call for collaboration (the announcement of Vperyod and a letter in connection with it), have seen or heard nothing from them. The Russian committees   (Caucasus, Nizhni-Novgorod, not to speak of the Volga region or the South) consider the Bureau a “myth”, and with perfect justification. We did “hear” from strangers about some sort of alliance between the St. Petersburg Committee of the Majority and a group of Mensheviks, but from our own people not a word. We refuse to believe that Bolsheviks could have taken such an imbecilic, suicidal step. We did “hear” from strangers about a conference of Social-Democrats and the formation of a “bloc”, but from our own people not a word, although there are rumours that this is a fait accompi. Evidently, the members of the Majority are anxious to be imposed upon again.
      Our only strength lies in utter frankness, in solidarity, and indetermined assault. But people, it seems, have gone soft now that we have a “revolution”! At a time when organisation is needed a hundred times more than ever before they sell out to the disrupters. It is evident from the proposed changes in the draft of the declaration and Congress call (set forth in the letter so vaguely as to be almost unintelligible) that “loyalty” has been put on a pedestal. Papasba[3] actually uses that word, adding that if the centres are not mentioned, no one will come to the Congress! Well, gentlemen, I can wager that if   t h i s is the way you are going to act, you will never have a congress and never escape from under the thumb of the Bonapartists of the Central Organ and the Central Committee. To call a congress against the central bodies, in which lack of confidence has been expressed, to call this Congress in the name of a revolutionary bureau (which, if we are to pay slavish obeisance to the loyal Party Rules, is non-existent and fictitious), and to recognise the unqualified right of the nine Bonapartists, the League (ha! ha!), and the Bonapartist creatures (the freshly hatched committees) to attend that Congress, means to make our selves ridiculous and to lose all right to respect. The centres may and should be invited, but to accord them voting status is, I repeat, madness. The centres, of course, will not come to our Congress anyway; but why give them another chance to spit in our faces? Why this hypocrisy, this game of hide-and-seek? It is a positive shame! We bring the split into the open,   we call the Vperyod-ists to a congress, we want to organise a Vperyod-ist party, and we break immediately any and all connections with the disorganisers—and yet we are having loyalty dinned into our ears, we are asked to act as though a joint congress of Iskra and Vperyod were possible. What a farce! The very first day, the very first hour of the Congress (if it does take place) will beyond doubt ring down the curtain on this farce; but until the Congress meets such deceit can do us untold harm.
      Really, I sometimes think that nine-tenths of the Bolsheviks are actually formalists. Either we shall rally all who are out to fight into a really iron-strong organisation and with this small but strong party quash that sprawling monster, the new-Iskra motley elements, or we shall prove by our conduct that we deserve to go under for being contemptible formalists. How is it that people do not understand that prior to the Bureau and prior to “Vperyod” we did all we could to save loyalty, to save unity, to save the formal, i.e., higher methods of settling the conflict?! But now,after the Bureau, after “Vperyod”, the split is a fact. And when the split had become a fact it became evident that materially we were very much weaker. We have yet to convert our moral strength into material strength. The Mensheviks have more money, more literature, more transportation facilities, more agents, more “names”, and a larger staff of contributors. It would be unpardonable childishness not to see that. And if we do not wish to present to the world the repulsive spectacle of a dried-up and anaemic old maid, proud of her barren moral purity, then we must understand that we need war and a battle organisation. Only after a long battle, and only with the aid of an excellent organisation can we turn our moral strength into material strength.
      We need funds. The plan to hold the Congress   i n   L o n d o n is sublimely ridiculous, for it would cost twice as much. We cannot suspend publication of Vperyod, which is what a long absence would mean. The Congress must be a simple affair, brief, and small in attendance. This is a congress for the organisation of the battle. Clearly, you are cherishing illusions in this respect.
      We need people to work on Vperyod. There are not enough of us. If we do not get two or three extra people from Russia   as permanent contributors, there is no sense in continuing to prate about a struggle against Iskra. Pamphlets and leaflets are needed, and needed desperately.
      We need young forces. I am for shooting on the spot any one who presumes to say that there are no people to be had. The people in Russia are legion; all we have to do is to recruit young people more widely and boldly, more boldly and widely, and again more widely and again more boldly, without fearing them. This is a time of war. The youth—the students, and still more so the young workers—will decide the issue of the whole struggle. Get rid of all the old habits of immobility, of respect for rank, and so on. Form hundreds of circles of Vperyod-ists from among the youth and encourage them to work at full blast. Enlarge the Committee threefold by accepting young people into it, set up half a dozen or a dozen subcommittees, “co-opt” any and every honest and energetic person. Allow every subcommittee to write and publish leaflets without any red tape (there is no harm if they do make a mistake; we on Vperyod will “gently” correct them). We must, with desperate speed, unite all people with revolutionary initiative and set them to work. Do not fear their lack of training, do not tremble at their inexperience and lack of development. In the first place, if you fail to organise them and spur them on to action, they will follow the Mensheviks and the Gapons, and this very inexperience of theirs will cause five times more harm. In the second place, events themselves will teach them in our spirit. Events are already teaching everyone precisely in the Vperyod spirit.
      Only you must be sure to organise, organise, and organise hundreds of circles, completely pushing into the back ground the customary, well-meant committee (hierarchic) stupidities. This is a time of war. Either you create new, young, fresh, energetic battle organisations everywhere for revolutionary Social-Democratic work of all varieties among all strata, or you will go under, wearing the aureole of “committee” bureaucrats.
      P.S. You must make it your aim to revolutionise the delivery of Vperyod into Russia. Carry on widespread propaganda for subscriptions from St. Petersburg. Let students and especiallyworkers subscribe for scores and hundreds of copies to be sent to their own addresses. It is absurd to have fears on this score in times like these. The police can never intercept all the copies. Half the number or a third will arrive, and that amounts to very much. Suggest this idea to any youth circle, and it will find hundreds of ways of its own to make connections abroad. Distribute addresses more widely, as widely as possible, for the transmission of letters to Vperyod.


      [1] See present edition, Vol. 7, pp. 540-42.—Ed.
      [2] The Latest News.—Ed.
      [3] See Note 22.—Ed.

      [4] See pp. 211-20 of this volume.—Ed.

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

    How does Russia Rate G-8 Membership? - American Thinker - by Kim Zigfeld

    » How does Russia Rate G-8 Membership? - American Thinker
    26/10/13 06:49 from Russia - Google News
    How does Russia Rate G-8 Membership?American ThinkerOnce again, an avalanche of data has forced the world to ask: What is Russia doing in the G-8? There are no empirical criteria you can name which support Russian membership. It is an ou...

    » Accusations of Racism Haunting Russia - New York Times
    26/10/13 02:04 from Russia - Google News
    New York TimesAccusations of Racism Haunting RussiaNew York TimesMOSCOW — Russia's readiness to serve as the host of major international sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup faced new criticism after a top player from ...

    » Khodorkovsky: 'Russia Heading For Revolution' - Sky News
    26/10/13 00:50 from Russia - Google News
    Financial Times (registration) (blog)Khodorkovsky: 'Russia Heading For Revolution'Sky NewsTen years ago, Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested at gunpoint on board his private jet. In the decade since he has gone fro...

    » Worldwide Khodorkovsky Solidarity Events Held on Anniversary
    25/10/13 20:00 from The St. Petersburg Times
    Readings of extracts from Mikhail Khodorkovsky\'s prison writings were held on Friday around the world as a part of a series of solidarity events coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of his arrest.

    » Khodorkovsky: 'Russia Heading For Revolution' - Sky News
    25/10/13 18:12 from Russia - Google News
    Financial Times (registration) (blog)Khodorkovsky: 'Russia Heading For Revolution'Sky NewsTen years ago, Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested at gunpoint on board his private jet. In the decade since he has gone fro...

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Russia denies head of U.S. exchange program recruiting spies - 24/10/13 16:44 - from Reuters: International

    » Russia denies head of U.S. exchange program recruiting spies
    24/10/13 16:44 from Reuters: International
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia angrily denied U.S. media reports that the Russian director of a cultural exchange program may be recruiting Americans as spies, saying such allegations risked damaging ties between the two countries. 

    » FBI Probing Russian 'Spy Recruitment Centre'
    24/10/13 15:04 from Sky News | World News | First For Breaking News
    A claim that the head of a Russian centre in DC is recruiting Americans as spies brings echoes of the Cold War and enrages Moscow.

    Catherine Merridale's 'Red Fortress' offers a magnificent microcosmic history of Russia, says George Walden

    » Red Fortress by Catherine Merridale, review
    24/10/13 06:00 from Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news
    Catherine Merridale's 'Red Fortress' offers a magnificent microcosmic history of Russia, says George Walden    

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Вовчик-муэллим, карасивый чалма нашёл, каланюсь, чесиний слова!

    Вовчик-муэллим, карасивый чалма нашёл, каланюсь, чесиний слова! Ищщо карасивший чем старый. А на верехушка у ниё там чиво: кирестик иля иголька такой? Скажи тивой Аналитициский Совет: пусь аналисирует, можит догадася будит. 

    Или эта тожа сикаладной, a la "патриарх" Кирилл: когда надо - навериху идёт, когда надо - винизу? Савирименный, портативний, удобний, кгб-пириспособлиний?

    Складной крест патриарха

    А тивой новый дурузья пачему такой чалма не носит? Надо им хороший подарок делать, чтобы на голова крепко сидел. На чей голова кто сидеть будет? Скажи тивой Аналитициский Отдел, пусь разибирася будит.

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan (L), Secretary-General of Saudi Arabia's National Security Council, shakes hands with Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow July 14, 2008. RUSSIA/RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool

    И косинка тоже карасивый (хорошо косит, э), каланюсь, чесний слова! Почему такой не носись? Такой тоже носи, торговать вместе будись, чорний золота навар-гешефт - qazanc-ربح делать. Э, лязат, рахат-лукум! 

    А эта чиво здесь такой? Уфа оперный-балет тиатыр? Вижу, вижу. А Рудик Нуриев почему не пириглашал? Потому шта он гей был? А вот эта уже самсем никрасива! Ты пачему свой антигейский мировой заговор-кабал устраиваись, висех на эта свой новый палатаформа обиединять хоцись? Висех на эта свой такой рилигиозный новый хомофобский-антигейский-антиамериканский Пилат-форма виместе посадила: и хиристиана и мусулюмана и иудей меестный тожа. Ты у нас хитрий-умний такой? А-а-а? Are you smart? Великий Вовчик Обиединитель стала! Вах! Можит сивой Нобелевский премий следущий год получись. Конечено, есели сама куда-нибудь ищщо садися не будись. А теперича - покедова. Ещё один телеграм про "Русский Антереприз" посиляй, только твой учителька-муэллимяр, который тебе учит, угрожай-стреляй no es necesario, а то самсем никрасива будить! Тебе никито боисся ни биваит, сам боисся бивай! Сивой домашний работ хорошо делай, сивой кгб-школа ходи, питёрка получай. Учися! Хороший малчик - с палчик (но не с дубинка) постарася бивай! 


    Links and News: 

    » Nationalists Arrested and Charged
    23/10/13 20:00 from The St. Petersburg Times
    The police have said that the alleged attacks on local residents by migrants during the Oct. 15 Muslim festival of Kurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha) had in fact been faked by nationalist Nikolai Bondarik and his associates in order to provoke...

    » Russia's Unwelcome Embrace - National Review Online (blog)
    23/10/13 20:17 from Russia - Google News
    Russia's Unwelcome EmbraceNational Review Online (blog)The country has put huge pressure on its neighbors to join Russian-dominated institutions, the most important of which is the Customs Union that Russia has formed with Kazakhstan...

    » Russia's Putin warns foreign rivals not to use Islam to weaken the Russia state - euronews
    23/10/13 18:23 from Russia - Google News
    Russia's Putin warns foreign rivals not to use Islam to weaken the Russia stateeuronewsRussia is still cleaning up in the aftermath of a bomb that exploded outside the Southern Russian city of Volgograd on Monday. A female suicide bo...

    » Russia tinderbox to watch as Muslims rise - The Australian (blog)
    23/10/13 13:48 from Russia - Google News
    RTRussia tinderbox to watch as Muslims riseThe Australian (blog)THE stabbing murder on October 10 of an ethnic Russian, Yegor Shcherbakov, 25, apparently by a Muslim from Azerbaijan, led to anti-migrant disturbances in Moscow, vandalism ...

    » Russia’s Collapse is Inevitable
    23/10/13 13:32 from The InterpreterThe Interpreter
    A prominent Russian businessman and former State Duma deputy Konstantin Borovoy writes this editorial for Echo Moskvy, a liberal online newspaper. At face value, it is an apocalyptic scare piece, but there is also insight about the geogr...

    » Is Russia Turning Muslim? - Forbes
    23/10/13 13:04 from Russia - Google News
    Is Russia Turning Muslim?ForbesCurious as to where Pipes got his numbers, I set out to try and see what the variation between ethnic Russian and Muslim birth rates actually is. Now as far as I am aware Rosstat, the Russian statistical ag...

    » Uzbek Cotton-Picking Claims Eighth Victim
    23/10/13 13:02 from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
    A student has died in Uzbekistan's northwestern province of Khorezm during mandatory cotton picking.

    » NATO Notes Obstacles In Russian Relations
    23/10/13 10:39 from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has pointed to successes in the alliance's relations with Russia but noted the two sides have still not found common ground on a number of issues.

    » FBI Probing Whether Russia Used Cultural Junkets to Recruit American ... - Mother Jones
    23/10/13 10:17 from Russia - Google News
    Mother JonesFBI Probing Whether Russia Used Cultural Junkets to Recruit American ...Mother JonesSince 2001, Zaytsev's organization, Rossotrudnichestvo, has footed the bill for about 130 young Americans—including political aides, nonp...

    FBI Probing Whether Russia Used Cultural Junkets to Recruit American Intelligence Assets

    Did a senior Russian embassy officer set up exchange trips to Moscow to cultivate young, up-and-coming Americans as Russian intelligence assets?

    | Wed Oct. 23, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

    On September 30, Richard Portwood, a 27-year-old Georgetown University graduate student, received a phone call from an FBI agent who said the bureau wanted to meet with him urgently. Portwood didn't know why the FBI would have any interest in him, but two days later he sat down with a pair of agents at a coffee shop near his apartment. They told him they suspected that Yury Zaytsev, the US director of a Russian government-run cultural exchange program that Portwood had participated in, was a spy.
    Since 2001, Zaytsev's organization, Rossotrudnichestvo, has footed the bill for about 130 young Americans—including political aides, nonprofit advocates, and business executives—to visit Russia. Along with Portwood, Mother Jones has spoken to two other Rossotrudnichestvo participants who were questioned by the FBI about Zaytsev, who also heads the Russian Cultural Center in Washington.
    Yuri Zaytsev
    Yury Zaytsev, a Russian diplomat. Multiple sources tell us he is the subject of an extensive FBI investigation.Rossotrudnichestvo
    The FBI agents "have been very up front about" their investigation into whether Zaytsev is a Russian intelligence agent, says a 24-year-old nonprofit worker whom the FBI has interviewed twice and who asked not to be identified. The FBI agents, according to this source, said, "We're investigating Yury for spying activities. We just want to know what interactions you've had with him." The nonprofit worker was shocked. Zaytsev, he says, is "what you imagine when you imagine a Russian diplomat. He's fairly stoic, tall, pale." Zaytsev did not travel on the exchange trips he helped arrange, and his contact with the Americans who went on these trips was limited.
    The agents who interviewed the Rossotrudnichestvo participants did not tell them what evidence they possessed to support their suspicions. FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson declined to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation into Zaytsev or answer any questions about FBI actions regarding the Russian. (The FBI did not ask Mother Jones to withhold this story.) But based on what the bureau's agents said during the interviews, the Americans who were questioned concluded the FBI suspects that Zaytsev and Rossotrudnichestvo have used the all-expenses-paid trips to Russia in an effort to cultivate young Americans as intelligence assets. (An asset could be someone who actually works with an intelligence service to gather information, or merely a contact who provides information, opinions, or gossip, not realizing it is being collected by an intelligence officer.) The nonprofit worker says the FBI agents told him that Zaytsev had identified him as a potential asset. Zaytsev or his associates, the agents said, had begun to build a file on the nonprofit worker and at least one other Rossotrudnichestvo participant who had been an adviser to an American governor.
    Many countries—including the United States—place spies abroad under diplomatic cover, and it's common for law enforcement agencies to keep a close eye on foreign diplomats who might be engaged in espionage. The Americans interviewed by the FBI say the agents did not indicate whether they believed Zaytsev had succeeded in developing Americans as assets. 
    The FBI appears to be mounting an extensive investigation of Zaytsev. The three Americans interviewed by the FBI say the agents told them the bureau is trying to interview every American who has attended these trips. The nonprofit worker says that FBI agents went so far as to contact a married couple, who are Rossotrudnichestvo alums, while they were vacationing in Japan. He says the agents told him they were also scouring flight manifests associated with Rossotrudnichestvo trips for names that showed up repeatedly and could be Zaytsev collaborators.
    All three former participants describe their Rossotrudnichestvo experience as a typical cultural exchange program, albeit a ritzy one. The organization paid for meals, travel, lodging, and every other expense associated with the trip, down to the visa fee. During the St. Petersburg leg of a June 2012 trip, participants stayed at the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge, a luxury hotel that has hosted delegations for the G8 and G20 summits. Participants on that trip met with the governors of Moscow and St. Petersburg and with Aleksander Torshin, a high-ranking member of Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. Since 2011, Rossotrudnichestvo has organized six trips. Most included about 25 people, although roughly 50 visited Russia during the group's first trip in December 2011. 
    The application process for this exchange program is simple. The application form calls for basic personal details—including the applicant’s place of work and job title—copies of the applicant's passport, and a one-page letter "briefly outlining why you should be selected, why you are interested and what interests you have in collaboration with Russia." Applicants tend to find the program through referrals. (Portwood has referred about 50 people to Rossotrudnichestvo. To his knowledge, Rossotrudnichestvo never denied any applicants.) The group also offers similar exchanges to young professionals in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe.
    When I called the Russian Cultural Center last week, Zaytsev answered. He declined to answer questions about the FBI’s investigation on the phone, but he eagerly invited me to visit him at the center two days later. "I welcome any questions you have for me," he said. When I arrived, though, Galina Komissarova, a center employee, asked me to leave, saying I hadn't sent questions in advance as Zaytsev had requested. (He hadn't.) Komissarova would not disclose her title or role at the center. "I just clean," she said sternly, showing me the door. I discovered later that Komissarova is Zaytsev's wife.
    Since then, Zaytsev has not replied to written questions or returned repeated phone calls.
    A State Department spokeswoman confirms that Zaytsev is on a list of foreign mission staff who have diplomatic immunity. If it chose to, the United States could revoke his immunity, forcing Russia to call him home.
    Portwood, who attended Rossotrudnichestvo trips in 2011 and 2012, and the other Americans questioned by the FBI were asked a similar set of questions. The agents wanted to know how they had heard about the exchange program and where in Russia they traveled. They also asked whether participants had encountered any anti-American sentiment on their trip, were offered jobs, or had suspicious interactions with Rossotrudnichestvo afterward. Portwood and the two other participants said they answered "no" to these questions.
    According to three Rossotrudnichestvo alums, Zaytsev displayed no suspicious behavior and none developed an ongoing relationship with him after their excursion. For most Rossotrudnichestvo participants, they say, Zaytsev was merely the name on the congratulatory letter they received when they were accepted into the exchange program.
    The third participant who spoke to Mother Jones about the exchange program, a 26-year-old resident of Washington, DC, is not surprised by the FBI's allegations—and doesn't care whether he was targeted as a possible intelligence asset. "There's not a single American diplomat anywhere in the American sphere of influence who doesn't have an open line of communication with the CIA. … [What Zaytsev is doing] is not something that every other single [foreign] cultural center in DC isn't also doing," he says. "And that doesn’t bother me. I don't have a security clearance. I don't work for an elected official. I run a social enterprise that has absolutely nothing to do with US-Russia relations."
    Rossotrudnichestvo's most recent Russia trip was scheduled for mid-October and it's unclear whether or not it went forward as planned. After he was questioned by the FBI, Portwood emailed people he had earlier referred to the organization and discouraged them from participating. His email read, in part: "The FBI disclosed to me that Yury Zaytsev is a Russian Foreign Intelligence officer and a professional spy, acting as the Director of the Russian Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.…only so that he can maintain a residence here in the United States. In fact, the FBI alleges that part of Mr. Zaytsev's mission is sending young professionals from the United States to Russia as part of a cultural program wherein participants are evaluated and/or assessed for Russian counterintelligence purposes."
    Portwood was disappointed to learn the exchange program may have been a cover for Russian intelligence work. "It passed the smell test," he says. "But I guess Russia's Russia, you know?

    » Moscow Denies U.S.-Based Diplomat Tried to Recruit Young Spies
    24/10/13 05:40 from The Moscow Times Top Stories
    Moscow has angrily denied that one of its diplomats in Washington tried to recruit young Americans to spy for Russian intelligence agencies, calling the allegations a "horror story" reminiscent of the Cold War.

    Moscow Denies U.S.-Based Diplomat Sought Young Spies

    Yury Zaitsev, head of the Russian Center for Science and Culture.
    Yury Zaitsev, head of the Russian Center for Science and Culture.

    Moscow has angrily rejected allegations that one of its diplomats in Washington tried to recruit young Americans to spy for Russian intelligence agencies, calling them a “horror story” reminiscent of the Cold War.
    The spy flap centering around the 59-year-old head of a Kremlin-funded cultural exchange program raises the specter of a new, potentially damaging dispute rocking already stormy relations between Russia and the U.S.
    The FBI is investigating whether Yury Zaitsev, head of the Russian Center for Science and Culture, is a Russian intelligence officer who arranged all-expense-paid trips to Russia aimed at grooming young Americans, including students, political aides, nonprofit sector workers and business executives, according to Mother Jones, which first broke the story.
    The Russian Embassy in Washington and Zaitsev himself denied the allegations and expressed concern that unknown people were trying to ruin efforts by Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin to expand ties.
    "It's a shame that Russian-American relations periodically echo the Cold War," Zaitsev, who refused to speak to Mother Jones on the issue, said late Wednesday in an interview with state news agency Itar-Tass. “Someone apparently wants to see the iron curtain fall between our two countries once again.”
    “This kind of horror story very much resembles the Cold War era,” embassy spokesman Yevgeny Khorishko said in a statement released to Russian media. “A blunt attempt is being made to distort and discredit the activities of the Russian cultural center, which focuses on developing trust and cooperation between our two countries and people.”
    He warned that “somebody intends to torpedo” a goal set by Obama and Putin at a Group of Eight summit in June to expand direct contracts between Americans and Russians in order to raise U.S.-Russian relations to a new level.
    But Khorishko vowed that Moscow would not be deterred by the spy allegations. ”The Russian cultural center has been working to expand contacts and improve understanding between Russian and American citizens and will continue to do this work,” he said.

    The Russian center is housed in a 1895 mansion purchased by Moscow in 1957. (
    Mother Jones and other U.S. media reported that FBI officials have met with people who traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg on trips organized by the Russian cultural center and quizzed them on whether Zaitsev worked for Russian intelligence and whether any attempts had been made to recruit them during their stay. The media reports, citing trip participants, said none had been approached to work for Russia.
    The FBI has refused to comment on whether it has opened an investigation into Zaitsev.
    Zaitsev has diplomatic immunity, so U.S. prosecutors could not press charges against him in the FBI were to conclude that he has broken the law. But the State Department could withdraw his immunity, forcing the Russian Foreign Ministry to recall him to Moscow.
    The cultural center has brought 128 Americans on “short-term, fact-finding trips” to Russia since the exchange program was created under a presidential decree in 2011, according to program information on its website. The global program, which seeks participants aged 25 to 35, has also invited 1,219 people from other countries, including 283 from Europe, 157 from Asia and the Middle East, 29 from Africa and South America and 750 from other former Soviet republics.
    About 25 people participated in each trip from the U.S., and they stayed at five-star hotels and met with senior politicians like the mayors of Moscow and St. Petersburg and Federation Council Deputy Speaker Alexander Torshin, Mother Jones said.
    Zaitsev, a St. Petersburg native, said trip participants were being targeted in a “witch hunt” rooted in U.S. society's fear of Russia.
    “I think this is simply unacceptable that they are ordered to tell what, why, how and why,” he said.
    In a reminder of lingering suspicions in both countries, Zaitsev pointed out that the U.S. government also organizes exchange programs that bring young Russians to the United States and insisted that his program was as transparent as any of the U.S. programs.
    "All of the information about our programs and projects is publicly available on our website," he said.
    Zaitsev, who received a doctorate in economics from the Leningrad Technological Institute in 1980, worked in several government-run student organizations until the Soviet collapse. From 1992 until he was appointed head of the cultural center in July 2010, he worked in unspecified “leadership positions in private companies,” according to his biography on the cultural center's website. He is married and has one adult son.

    The center's second floor has a space library focusing on Russian-U.S. cooperation. (
    Relations between the Russia and the U.S. have soured since Putin returned to the presidency last year, with Washington deploring a Kremlin crackdown on the opposition and a ban on U.S. parents adopting Russian children. Moscow for its part has assailed the U.S. Magnitsky blacklist of Russian officials accused of human rights violations.
    The tensions have cast a shadow over yearlong events mean to celebrate the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
    The Russian cultural center, also known as Rossotrudnichestvo, is “the official home of Russian culture in the United States” and was created in 2001 under a bilateral agreement aimed at fostering relations, according to its website.
    It is housed in a 1895 mansion located 20 minutes by foot from the White House that the Soviet government bought in 1957 and used for the embassy's consular services for 40 years.
    The first floor contains the Moscow Room, decorated in cream and gold leaf and with paintings of the Bolshoi Theater, the Kremlin, Moscow State University and Christ the Savior Cathedral; the Hall of Mirrors, with two gala portraits of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great; and the Russian-American Room, with a colorful panorama depicting key moments in Russian-American relations.
    The second floor hosts the Pushkin Library, with more than 2,000 books, 300 movies on video and DVD and more than 100 audiobooks; a space library focusing on Russian-U.S. cooperation in space exploration; and classrooms where Russian-language lessons are taught.
    The third floor contains two guest rooms, while the basement has a kitchen that prepares meals for the center's receptions and offers classes on Russian cuisine.

    Zaitsev speaking at a cultural center event marking Russian Language Day on June 6, 2013.

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    » Putin Hands Responsibility for Ethnic Relations to Governors
    23/10/13 06:11 from The Moscow Times Top Stories
    President Vladimir Putin has signed a law giving local authorities more responsibility for handling relations between ethnic communities in a sign that the government is growing nervous about nationalist-tinged discontent rising in Russia.

    Putin Hands Responsibility for Ethnic Relations to Governors

    RIA Novosti

    Putin speaking to religious leaders in Ufa on Tuesday before taking part in the celebrations to mark the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Central Spiritual Board of Muslims of Russia.
    Putin speaking to religious leaders in Ufa on Tuesday before taking part in the celebrations to mark the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Central Spiritual Board of Muslims of Russia.

    UFA — President Vladimir Putin has signed a law giving local authorities more responsibility for handling relations between ethnic communities in a sign that the government is growing nervous about nationalist-tinged discontent rising in Russia.
    Speaking Tuesday at the Interethnic Relations Council in the Urals town of Ufa, Putin lashed out at local governments for what he said was their lackluster record in implementing the government's long-term strategy to minimize tensions among the numerous ethnic groups living in Russia.
    Under the terms of the law signed Tuesday by Putin, municipal leaders will face dismissal for failing to stifle ethnic tensions.
    The legislation empowers regional authorities to take measures to integrate migrants.
    The law was adopted to ensure the implementation of Russia's National Ethnic Policy Strategy through to 2025, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Putin complained that little progress has been made on the strategy so far and that only nine out of Russia's 83 federal regions have forged specific plans.
    "All we're talking about are plans, about the initial required measures. If we look at the specific work done, the picture is far more depressing," Putin told the Interethnic Relations Council.
    Putin appeared to recognize that events in the Moscow district of Biryulyovo — where riots broke out after a Russia was stabbed to death, with an Azeri being named as a suspect — were the outcome of failure by local authorities to address local concerns, about rampant migration among other things.
    "Local authorities often prefer armchair leadership, which is of little or no use," he said.
    In the wake of Biryulyovo, vocal opposition candidate Alexei Navalny posted a petition on his website proposing a visa regime be introduced for migrant laborers coming to Russia from former Soviet republics in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
    Putin dismissed such suggestions, saying they would do little to solve migration issues. He instead urged better bureaucratic management over migration.

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    » Security Forces Hunt for Husband of Volgograd Bomber
    22/10/13 20:00 from The Moscow Times Top Stories
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    » A Grudge Against the World
    22/10/13 20:00 from The St. Petersburg Times
    Prominent patriot and State Duma Deputy Andrei Isayev and his aide were kicked off a plane two weeks ago for drunken shenanigans. But because the incident occurred on Russian territory, the authorities took no punitive action other than ...


    Published: October 23, 2013 (Issue # 1783)

    Prominent patriot and State Duma Deputy Andrei Isayev and his aide were kicked off a plane two weeks ago for drunken shenanigans. But because the incident occurred on Russian territory, the authorities took no punitive action other than forcing Isayev to give up his symbolic post as United Russia deputy secretary.
    However, when Russian diplomat to The Hague, Dmitry Borodin, got equally drunk, he landed in a Dutch jail. It all started when Borodin’s drunken wife smashed four cars just outside their home in the Netherlands. When police arrived on the scene, neighbors raised concerns about the couple’s treatment of their children. Investigating further, the police encountered the disheveled and drunken Borodin. He raised such a ruckus that his young children appeared, causing the police officers to become concerned for the minors’ safety.
    Because this incident occurred on Dutch soil and not onboard a domestic Aeroflot flight, President Vladimir Putin personally demanded “apologies and punishment of those responsible.”
    The psychological motive behind Moscow’s behavior is clear: the Netherlands has sued Russia for arresting Greenpeace activists, including two Dutch nationals, and Kremlin officials do not like being on the defensive. They prefer to cast themselves as victims of unjust persecution. Such behavior is characteristic of a hysterical housewife who forgot to turn off the iron and accidentally set fire to the apartment. When her husband comes home she yells, “You jerk, can’t you iron your own shirts?! This is all because of you!”
    It is this attitude that I find most upsetting in the legumes-carrots-sour cream wars that Russia perpetually carries on with the outside world.
    Moscow is either locked in a gas war with Kiev, bickering with Minsk over sour cream, finding fault with Norwegian salmon or raising red flags over imports of U.S. chicken. Not even a full month had passed since Russia banned Ukrainian imports before a similar spat erupted with Lithuania.
    The underlying causes behind these altercations are frustratingly similar. Putin is not so much trying to resurrect the Soviet Union as he is trying to give his friends control over the industries and economies of neighboring countries. When he is frustrated in these attempts, he becomes deeply offended.
    For example, the feud between Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych boils down to the fact that Kremlin cronies seriously expected to be able to buy up choice Ukrainian businesses after Yanukovych came to power, but instead, Yanukovych began selling everything to his own friends.
    As for Lithuania, the Kremlin is irritated over that country’s lawsuit against Gazprom. If Vilnius wins, Gazprom risks having to relinquish control over the Lithuanian gas transportation system and pay millions of dollars in compensation for inflated rates.
    That lawsuit is a good example of the rule that if Putin’s foreign policy is based on enriching his closest friends at the expense of others — calling it the “restoration of Russia’s influence” — the results will inevitably backfire on him. Not only will their pockets go empty, but Russia’s influence will collapse. Such wars over sour cream and chicken legs are not only immoral, they are ineffective.
    There is no better way to lose all influence over a neighbor than to repeatedly behave in an unpredictable, rude and petty manner. And there is no better way to prove that it does not pay to buy gas from Gazprom than to show the world what happens to a client that challenges its monopolistic excesses.

    Yulia Latynina hosts a political talk show on Ekho Moskvy radio.

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    22/10/13 20:00 from The St. Petersburg Times
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    The St. Petersburg TimesIssue #1783 (42)
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    Migrants to Face Weekly Raids

    The St. Petersburg Times

    MOSCOW — In the latest step by authorities to fight unlawful immigration following an anti-migrant riot earlier this month, the city’s police chief said that Moscow police will raid apartments reportedly occupied by illegal migrants every Friday until the end of the year.

    The initiative, announced by top cop Anatoly Yakunin on the order of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, was promptly condemned by the head of Russia’s top migrant organization, who said it would instigate “immigrant phobia” in society. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny also ridiculed it, saying it would breed corruption — and allow illegal migrants to hide.

    As the government rolls out more anti-migrant measures in reaction to the riot in Moscow’s Biryulyovo district, nationalists have stepped up their activities as well, with police preventing more than 120 activists, some armed with baseball bats, from raiding residences of migrants outside Moscow over the weekend.

    Yakunin told a City Hall meeting on Oct. 18 that police will “hold a massive crime-prevention operation code-named ‘Signal’ on Fridays,” RIA Novosti reported.

    As part of the operation, city police working jointly with vigilantes, private security guards and other law enforcement organizations will raid apartments where migrants are reported to be living and patrol the streets in search of migrants, Yakunin said.

    About 130,000 apartments in Moscow are leased illegally, Sobyanin told the meeting, RIA Novosti reported. All of them will be examined by the year’s end, Yakunin said.

    Sobyanin asked Yakunin to “reinforce this work.”
    “Until we know who lives in our houses, until the major part of them are registered, there will always be serious problems with public order,” the mayor said.
    The new police measures were triggered by a riot of more than a thousand local residents and nationalists last weekend in Biryulyovo to protest the stabbing death of 25-year-old Yegor Shcherbakov on Oct. 10. The rioters blamed the killing on a migrant who worked at a local vegetable warehouse.
    Police later detained Azeri national Orkhan Zeinalov for the crime, and initially he admitted his guilt but on Oct. 17 rescinded the confession. On Oct. 19, Azerbaijan sent Russia the second of two notes of protest over Russian authorities’ failure to organize a meeting of Azeri diplomats with Zeinalov, Interfax reported.
    Muhammad Amin Madzhumder, head of the Russian Migrants Federation, told The St. Petersburg Times on Sunday that he was “disappointed with the initiative” of police to carry out raids on migrants.
    “Recently, our authorities have set a course for immigrant phobia,” Madzhumder said.
    “Not only do the police hold raids but they take nationalists with them, which is a very dangerous trend,” he said, in an apparent reference to the numerous vigilante groups that participate in raids on residences where illegal migrants supposedly live and report them to police and migration officials.
    In one example of coordination between the authorities and civilians in finding illegal migrants, top Moscow region migration official Oleg Molodiyevsky on Oct. 19 offered to let residents of the local town of Dolgoprudny take part in anti-migrant raids, Interfax reported.
    The confusion that could be engendered by such raids was also on display over the weekend.
    On Sunday, police detained five organizers of a civilian anti-migrant raid in the town of Khimki, just north of Moscow, and rounded up some 40 participants at a local park, nationalist leader Dmitry Dyomushkin told Interfax. But police later said that only three organizers were briefly detained after police mistook them for “apartment burglars,” the news agency reported.
    Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, an outspoken proponent of stricter immigration policies, ridiculed the idea of police raiding apartments every Friday, saying it would only serve to increase corruption.
    “The Interior Ministry simply made an official announcement: On Fridays, we will be visiting construction sites and markets, collecting dough. So prepare envelopes and hide migrants so that we ‘do not find’ them,” Navalny wrote Sunday on his Livejournal blog.
    Anton Orekh, a commentator on radio Ekho Moskvy, said in a blog entry on Oct. 18 that he wondered whether the declared campaign meant that police “can break into any apartment.”
    Some observers have accused the authorities of encouraging anti-migrant sentiment in an attempt to redirect popular discontent with government policies. In a demonstration of rising nationalist activity, authorities prevented nationalists in the Moscow region towns of Lyubertsy and Khimki from holding anti-migrant raids over the weekend, media reports said.
    In Lyubertsy on Oct. 19, police detained 78 people armed with baseball bats, 60 of them minors, Interfax reported. The young people had gathered to beat migrants in reaction to the suspected beating and rape of a local woman by three Kyrgyz nationals on Oct. 17 in the neighboring district of Novokosino.
    Most of the adult participants were fined for being drunk in a public place.

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    » Putin Discusses Interethnic Relations In Ufa
    22/10/13 19:07 from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
    President Vladimir Putin has called on Muslim clerics in Russia to get involved in educating the country's Muslims in order to prevent extremism and politicizing of Islam.

    October 22, 2013

    Putin Discusses Interethnic Relations In Ufa

    President Vladimir Putin has called on Muslim clerics in Russia to get involved in educating the country's Muslims in order to prevent extremism and politicizing of Islam.

    Addressing Muslim leaders at a session of the presidential Council on Interethnic Relations in Ufa, the capital of Russia's mostly Muslim Republic of Bashkortostan, on October 22, Putin also urged them to help Muslim immigrants adapt to life in Russia to reduce the likelihood of violence.

    Putin was taking part in marking the 225th anniversary of the founding of Russia's Central Spiritual Council of Muslims.

    The gathering in Ufa is being held amid renewed ethnic tensions across Russia triggered by the killing earlier this month of a young Muscovite, allegedly by a migrant worker from Azerbaijan.

    That incident was followed by violent antimigrant rioting in Moscow.

    Authorities said after an apparent suicide bombing killed at least six people on a passenger bus in Volgograd on October 21 that a young woman from Daghestan who had converted to Islam and was married to a North Caucasus insurgent leader had carried out that attack.

    Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax

    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty © 2013 RFE/RL, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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    Putin says foreign foes use radical Islam to weaken RussiaReutersUFA, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals on Tuesday of using radical Islam to weaken Russia and appealed to Muslim clerics to help reduce ten...

    Putin says foreign foes use radical Islam to weaken Russia

    Tue, Oct 22 2013
    UFA, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals on Tuesday of using radical Islam to weaken Russia and appealed to Muslim clerics to help reduce tensions after a deadly suicide bombing and nationalist riots.
    The comments, his first on this month's riots in Moscow, were delivered in the mainly Muslim region of Bashkortostan and underlined Kremlin concerns that ethnic or religious tensions could threaten the unity of the Russian state.
    Monday's suicide bombing, blamed on a Muslim woman from the North Caucasus, killed six people on a bus in Volgograd and raised fears about attacks as Russia prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
    "Some political forces use Islam, the radical currents within it ... to weaken our state and create conflicts on Russian soil that can be managed from abroad," Putin told Muslim clerics meeting in Ufa, Bashkortostan's capital, in southern Russia.
    "Tensions between the West and the Islamic world are rising today, and someone is trying to gamble on that by pouring fuel on the fire," he added.
    Putin did not say which foreign rivals could be fostering Islamist separatism. But he has often accused other countries, including the United States, of interfering in Russia's affairs and sought to deflect blame for problems onto other nations since securing a six-year third term as president last year.
    The Moscow rioting began over suspicions that an ethnic Slav was stabbed to death by an Azeri national. Russian police later responded by rounding up hundreds of migrants.
    Putin urged the clerics to help Muslim immigrants adapt to life in Russia to reduce the likelihood of such violence.
    "They need to hear your voice," he said. "Otherwise they become the objects of propaganda by various fundamentalist groups."
    The former KGB officer became president after directing a war against separatist Muslims in power in the Chechnya region of the North Caucasus in 1999 when he was prime minister.
    But Russia is still struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus and the Kremlin is concerned violence could spread to other mainly Muslim regions of Russia.
    A bomb was discovered and safely detonated by Russian security forces near a trade center on Tuesday in Khasavyurt in Dagestan, in the North Caucasus, law enforcement officials said, underlining the daily threat of violence in the region.
    Russia's 20 million Muslims make up around 15 percent of the population of more than 140 million, and the percentage is expected to grow.
    The threat of violence spreading is a particular concern for Putin because Russia hosts the Winter Olympics in February and the soccer World Cup finals in 2018.
    He has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Olympics in Sochi, on the Black Sea, but has said security there is improving too slowly. Volgograd, where the female suicide bomber struck, is due to be a World Cup venue.
    Attacks by insurgents from the North Caucasus include a suicide bombing at a Moscow airport that killed 37 people in 2011 and subway bombings that killed 40 in 2010.
    Putin deflected any responsibility for ethnic and religious strife, putting the blame partly on local authorities which turned "a deaf ear to the people".
    The president also depicted Russia as a force for peace in the Middle East at what he said was a time of meddling by other countries.
    The Kremlin takes pride in a diplomatic initiative brokered with Washington last month to eliminate Syrian chemical arsenals following attacks on civilians blamed by other countries, but not Moscow, on President Bashar al-Assad.

    (Editing by Timothy Heritage/Ruth Pitchford)


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    Рудольф Нуреев. Д/ф "Украденное бессмертие".

    Published on Sep 18, 2012
    Rudolf Nureev. Film "The stolen immortality".
    Премьерный показ этого фильма состоялся спустя почти 5 лет после его создания - в дни XVIII Международного фестиваля балетного искусства, носящего имя великого танцовщика. Премьера фильма состоялась в Уфе 4 июня 2012 года в кинотеатре "Родина". Радик Кудояров -- давний почитатель таланта прославленного земляка, потратил несколько лет на съемки этого необычного фильма. Он по крупицам воссоздавал историю нелегкой судьбы человека, который навсегда вошел в число величайших танцовщиков всех времен и народов. Кудояров несколько раз летал в Париж, где Нуреев много лет возглавлял главный театр Франции -- Grand Opera, встречался с друзьями, коллегами артиста, даже с его личным врачом. Съемки велись в Монако, на островах в Средиземном море, где у Нуреева была недвижимость. Ведь, как известно знаменитый танцовщик был миллионером и владел внушительной коллекцией антиквариата, которую он собирал до конца жизни. Зрители узнают о неизвестных страницах жизни "великого и ужасного Руди", как его часто называли в Париже. Фильм является авторским проектом "Лаборатории политического кино" при участии кинокомпании РАЙТ и кинотеатра "Родина". (Мила Киян для "Комсомольской правды")
    За годы, проведенные на Западе, Рудольф Нуриев стал самым известным танцовщиком мирового балета и миллионером. Великий артист оставил огромное состояние. Квартиры в Нью-Йорке, Париже, Монте-Карло. Дома на Карибах и во Французских Альпах. Ранчо в Америке, остров в Италии. Миллионы на банковских счетах, дорогой антиквариат, ювелирные украшения и многие другие ценности.
    Есть версия, что памятник великому танцовщику скрывает тайну клада, оставленного Нуриевым. Ковер -- зашифрованная карта -- путь к богатству суперзвезды. В этой версии достоверно одно -- золото Нуриева реально существует. "Золото Нуриева" - так журналисты назвали многомиллионное состояние, оставшееся после смерти артиста. Эта тайна 20 века по сей день не раскрыта. Вместе с создателями фильма мы попытаемся найти следы этого богатства и узнаем о последних днях жизни "Божественного Нуриева".


    Альбом: Ролан Пети
    На музыку Пассакальи Иогана Себастьяна Баха. "Я поставил балет "Юноша и смерть" в 46-м году, с тех пор возвращался к нему сотни раз. Он идет на лучших сценах мира, но горжусь я не этим, а тем, что за все эти годы не изменил в нем ни одного движения", - рассказал хореограф, автор балета "Юноша и смерть" Ролан Пети. Мужскую партию в 20-минутной миниатюре танцевали Жан Бабиле, Михаил Барышников. Рудик, как называют в Большом Рудольфа Нуреева, первым надел джинсы. И на всех один Ролан Пети. "Юноша и смерть" триумфально прожил XX век, успешно вошел и в XXI. На вопросы о современной трактовке тем смерти, любви и внутреннего конфликта ответ у Пети, кажется, давно готов: "Дети мои, смерть была, есть и будет. Человек рождается только для того, чтобы любить, потом сделать ребенка, вырастить его и попрощаться с жизнью". 
    Last Update: 10.24.13