Non-state funeral of Gorbachev: Yeltsin was said goodbye much more magnificently

The farewell ceremony for the first president of the USSR will be similar to the farewell ceremony for Zhirinovsky

The funeral of the first president of the USSR will not be like the funeral of the first president of Russia. The ceremony will be about the same as that of Vladimir Zhirinovsky – without mourning and live broadcast. Farewell to Mikhail Gorbachev will take place on Saturday in the Hall of Columns, after which the politician will be buried next to his wife at the Novodevichy Cemetery. Gorbachev's daughter Irina, after visiting the Presidential Administration, could not clarify whether her father's funeral would have state status.

Gorbachev will be buried nearby with his wife at the Novodevichy cemetery. Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

In the public domain there are no documents regulating the funeral of presidents – former or current. However, how the ceremony should take place is known from the experience of 2007, when Boris Yeltsin was buried. Recall that the first president of Russia died on April 23 at 15.45. And already in the evening of the same day, Vladimir Putin's decree “on declaring mourning” appeared, in which he ordered the creation of a state commission headed by the head of the Presidential Administration, the cancellation of entertainment events and the live broadcast of the funeral on TV channels.

The decree also stated that Yeltsin would forever remain in the memory of Russians “as a reformer and consistent supporter of democratic reforms.” The burial place of the first president of the Russian Federation was determined by the Novodevichy cemetery. And the place of farewell is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It was the wish of Yeltsin's relatives, who wanted the ceremony to take place in a “holy place”, and not in the Hall of Columns, where they said goodbye to Soviet leaders.

The “people's” farewell lasted from evening until the morning of the next day: during this time, according to media reports, 20-30 thousand people passed by the coffin. Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov later said that in order to ensure mass participation, the city authorities had to attract state employees. The official ceremony, which took place behind the closed doors of the temple, was attended by Putin himself, all former prime ministers of Russia, leaders of the CIS countries, foreign ambassadors, as well as representatives of foreign states who personally knew the deceased (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, John Major, Lech Walesa, Giulio Andreotti, etc.). From the CSU to the Novodevichy cemetery, a hearse with the body of Yeltsin was accompanied by an escort of motorcyclists.

Then the coffin was placed on a cannon carriage, and the last part of the journey he did on the shoulders of the officers of the Moscow Military District. The funeral ended with an artillery salute and the anthem of the Russian Federation performed by a military band. In addition, a funeral reception for 500 people was held in the Georgievsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, where Vladimir Putin made a short speech.

In 2017, from a document posted by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on the portal of draft regulatory legal acts, it became known how much is laid for the funeral of senior officials. It indicated that it was about the “presidents of the USSR and Russia”, that is, at that time it was assumed that Mikhail Gorbachev, in the event of his death, would be buried according to the state protocol and at public expense. The Ministry of Defense estimated the burial of the coffin with the body at 706 thousand rubles. (in 2017 prices), and the burial of an urn with ashes (if the relatives of the deceased decide on cremation) – 592 thousand rubles.

It was planned to spend 3.9 million rubles on the installation of the tombstone. It is obvious that the adjustment of these rates should have been carried out every year. But such documents were no longer in the public space.

However, in any case, Mikhail Gorbachev will not be buried the way Yeltsin was buried. This became obvious after the comments of Dmitry Peskov, who said that the “format of the procedure” and Vladimir Putin’s participation in it would depend “on the wishes” of the relatives and friends of the deceased politician. At the time of signing the issue, the president had not issued a decree on the formation of a state commission to organize the funeral of the first and only president of the USSR (recall that when Yeltsin died, it took just a few hours).

It is known that Gorbachev's daughter Irina went to a meeting with the Presidential Administration. A source familiar with the details of the discussion told MK that “the ceremony will be modest” – the farewell will take place on Saturday. A civil memorial service will be held in the Hall of Columns from 10 am to 2 pm – everyone will be allowed in there. The protocol service of the President of the Russian Federation is responsible for the organization.

Whether politicians from countries unfriendly to Russia will be able to say goodbye is not entirely clear. However, so far only the former President of Poland, Lech Walesa, has publicly announced his desire to see Gorby on his last journey. “I'm not afraid to go to Russia. I have lived my life and I have no problems with the Russians, because I know that I am right, not they,” he said.

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel refused to attend the ceremony, citing a knee injury she suffered three weeks ago. And the current Western leaders have so far limited themselves to statements about the outstanding role of Gorbachev in modern history. At the same time, it is necessary to understand that many high-ranking EU politicians are banned from entering the Russian Federation, their planes cannot cross the country's air borders due to sanctions.

On Wednesday afternoon, the president held a meeting with members of the government: contrary to expectations, no a moment of silence was announced and no mention was made of Gorbachev's death at all. When Yeltsin died, Putin recorded a video message and also rescheduled the address to the Federal Assembly, which he was supposed to deliver on the day of his predecessor's funeral.

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Gorbachev ends Cold War with China

What Deng Xiaoping recalled during the visit of the Soviet General Secretary to Beijing

Among the good deeds of the newly deceased Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, one must certainly mention the restoration of official relations between the CPSU and the Communist Party of China. Normal ties between the two ruling parties made it possible to build up cooperation between the USSR and the PRC in all areas. Mikhail Gorbachev viewed the end of the Cold War with Beijing as part of the global strategy of “new thinking”. In preparation for this overdue result, several years before his trip to Beijing, he ordered the end of anti-Chinese propaganda.

On Tiananmen Square in 1989 welcomed the Soviet General Secretary. Photo: Yury Tavrovsky

The author of these lines had a chance to put this decision into practice while working in the Department of International Information of the Central Committee of the CPSU. I also participated in the preparation of the visit and in the work of the Soviet delegation on May 15–18, 1989.

The Soviet leader was enthusiastically greeted in Beijing by young people who had already captured Tiananmen Square. There were even slogans in Russian. A reserved position was taken by some of Gorbachev's interlocutors. Thus, during the meeting, Deng Xiaoping recalled “one and a half million square kilometers of Chinese land received by Russia.” At the same time, however, he called for closing this chapter in history and starting it from scratch.

The visit of the head of the CPSU and the USSR opened up wide opportunities for the normalization and positive development of relations. However, the aggravation of internal instability (the events in Tiananmen Square) crossed them out of Beijing's priority list.

The slow agony of perestroika also reduced Soviet interest in ties with the PRC. Only in May 1991 was the “Agreement between the USSR and the PRC on the Soviet-Chinese state border in its eastern part” signed in Moscow. Almost throughout the entire length, the borders east of Mongolia were clarified and marked on maps on the basis of previous documents on the border and taking into account modern international law.

By his activity in the Chinese direction, Mikhail Gorbachev cleared some of the rubble on the way to new relations after the collapse of the USSR and the formation of the Russian Federation. There is also his contribution to the current strategic partnership between Moscow and Beijing. Eternal memory.


A friend of Gorbachev told why he did not prevent the collapse of the Union: he was afraid

“Mikhail Sergeevich admitted that there was no team next to him”

Mikhail Gorbachev comes from the Stavropol Territory. Today, in those parts, the first president of the USSR is remembered with special warmth. The former head of the Krasnogvardeisky district of the Stavropol Territory, Sergei Belykh, was in close contact with Gorbachev. In recent years, their relationship has been interrupted. Belykh told what Mikhail Sergeevich said about the collapse of the Soviet Union and how he assessed the consequences of the anti-alcohol campaign.

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– We had a good relationship, although we are not very suitable for each other in age, – Sergei Belykh began the conversation. But nevertheless, we were friends. I remember that in the 2000s Gorbachev and I were going to transport Germans to our region, we planned to build a settlement for them here. About 3,000 families had to be recruited. We found 1700, people were ready for negotiations. In 2000, Gorbachev came here with a serious delegation. Among those present was an elderly American, as I understand it, a specific CIA officer. The agreements have already been signed at the level of the governor and the German consul. The Germans themselves planned to seriously invest in the project, the place for the construction of the village has already been determined. School, kindergarten thought to build. Create jobs. But things fell apart, something went wrong. Not that I or Gorbachev is to blame. It just happened. I left my position. And those who came decided that they shouldn't do it.

– Westerners loved him, it's obvious.

– Probably didn't want to leave. So he lived in the suburbs at the state dacha.

– In 1989-90s, I brought him delicacies from our places to his dacha a couple of times: baked pies, roast duck. But we were not allowed into the territory. Guards came out to the gate and took away our bags. Closer communication with Gorbachev began in 1996 and lasted until 2012. In those days, I often flew to Moscow and met with him. But I never visited his dacha, we usually met at the Fund. I even remember when some ambassadors came to him, he could not bear our meeting, he always received me. Apparently, he was seriously nostalgic for his homeland, for those times.

Once director Vitaly Mansky came to our region to shoot a film about Gorbachev. I attended those shoots. I remember when Mikhail Sergeyevich showed where he lived and worked, tears came to his eyes. Then we sat down at the table, and Gorbachev sang songs. Russian, Cossack, two or three sang. He does sing great. There was another guy in our company who parodied Yeltsin and Gorbachev well. Mikhail Sergeevich allowed him to show the number. He parodied. And then Gorbachev stood up: “I didn’t say that.” Offended a little. But nothing, everything worked out.

– Not much. Gorbachev, let's say, took a sip. I could drink only 100-150 grams for three hours. I usually drank cognac, as far as I know.

– I somehow came to him in 2009, brought a tincture of “Strizhament”, crayfish, pies. We drank 100-150 grams, and the conversation turned on this topic. Mikhail Sergeevich then said something from the series “make a fool pray to God, he will hurt his forehead.” He explained: “Serezha, after all, the anti-alcohol campaign was planned in a completely different way. They thought to teach people the culture of drinking, to instill healthy lifestyle habits. And in the end we got what we got. My mistake was. They went too far.”

– I once asked him if he knew when the guys gathered in Belarus to sign an agreement on the collapse of the Union? He replied that he knew, he was informed. I asked him why he didn't intervene. “I was afraid,” Mikhail Sergeevich admitted. Then there was a pause. He sat and thought and added: “I didn’t have a good team, like-minded people.” In other interviews, he also talked about this, maybe in a milder form.

– From his intonation, I understood that he regretted what had happened. But I thought people would understand and support him. This is just my value judgment. Unfortunately, people stopped understanding him, as it seemed to me.

– Maybe he was afraid to come here? I'll tell you one story. In 2000, I invited him to come to Privolnoe, to visit the grave of his parents. On the eve of the trip to the village, we were sitting with him in a city hotel, and suddenly he began to doubt: “How will they meet me there?”. I'm confused. Christmas trees, sticks, what if they beat him there? After all, when he ran for the presidency of Russia in 1996, he was poorly received in his native village, to put it mildly. I lingered a little. I thought maybe the same thing will happen. He urgently drove the Cossacks to guard him and the event more or less passed. But in the end, he was warmly welcomed, people were happy. And he was satisfied.

– This is not about Mikhail Sergeevich. He was very worried that the people did not understand him.

– In 2005.

– I constantly told him, let's open a museum there. It is clear that the Russians do not particularly go there, and if the Germans visit those regions, they strive to get to Gorbachev's homeland. And what do they see? Destroyed house. Gorbachev didn't mind. But he was in no hurry to resolve the issue. Once I heard from him: “I will not make a museum during my lifetime.”

– Maybe, on the contrary, they will take it now. Suddenly, the daughter organizes something. Although the times are incomprehensible now, you can’t speak for yourself, much less I won’t decide for others.

– In 2014. Since then, I began to visit Moscow less often. When I called him, he was often busy, health problems began. Soon he himself limited himself in communication. Left a narrow circle of people nearby. I stopped calling so as not to seem intrusive.

– I'll contact my Moscow friends, maybe I'll go. From here to Moscow is only 18 hours by car. I think there will be a lot of people at the funeral. Perhaps his friends from America, Germany will come.

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Korotchenko spoke about the composition of the IAEA delegation: there may be career intelligence officers

“This mission is, in fact, extreme military-technical tourism”

The IAEA mission, which is heading to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant without special passes, is stuck in line at the contact line. Only bypassing the checkpoint and strict inspection, you can get to the territory controlled by the Russian Federation and further to the station. There are about 1,500 people in line. And on a general basis — 19 vehicles with international IAEA inspectors. About who might actually be part of this team, and what its true goals, we talked with a military expert, editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine; Igor Korotchenko.

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According to the head of the military-civilian administration (CAA) of the Zaporozhye region Yevgeny Balitsky, the local authorities asked to expedite the process of entry of the IAEA delegation to the liberated territory of the Zaporozhye region. But the VGA did not meet them halfway. Having decided that it would be useful for the inspectors to stand in a general queue and talk with the people.

Evgeny Balitsky specified that, most likely, the delegation would arrive at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant only on the morning of Thursday, September 1.

< p>“This IAEA mission is, in fact, extreme military-technical tourism,” says Igor Korotchenko. “We need the constant presence of IAEA specialists at the Zaporizhzhya NPP so that they can record the Ukrainian shelling of the plant. Or serve as a counter to such shelling. If suddenly Ukraine decides to strike, then representatives of the IAEA may suffer, too.

– It can be assumed that the delegation includes members of the special services, career intelligence officers. This concerns, first of all, such states as Poland and Lithuania, where, by the way, there are no nuclear power plants, however, these specialists are included in the arriving team.

We remember the OSCE observers who “observed” the ceasefire in Donbas. As it turned out later, half of them were regular officers of the Western intelligence services. Plus, they transmitted information, intelligence to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

– The goal of the West and Ukraine, and maybe the IAEA, we will look at their practical deeds, is to force the Russian armed forces to leave both the territory of the nuclear power plant and the surrounding areas. But this is unrealistic, because our side does not have any weapons on the territory of the nuclear power plant, much less shelling Ukrainian positions from there. And, on the contrary, Ukraine strikes in the expectation that there will be a depressurization of the storage of spent nuclear fuel, which will entail a large-scale man-made disaster.

– First of all, this is a political gesture of support for Ukraine. Secondly, Zelensky admonished them. One can imagine what this parting word was: put pressure on Russia, force it to leave all the territories adjacent to the nuclear power plant. Transfer the station to Ukrainian control.

Listen, that's not how it's done. It will not happen. Therefore, I emphasize once again, we will draw conclusions based on the final results. But personally, I do not expect any specific results in this format. For us, the end result is the cessation of UAF strikes on the station. And, apparently, this trip, in many ways, is on duty and familiarization.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the IAEA mission planned to arrive at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant on August 31 and stay there with an inspection until September 3.


A resident of Berdyansk spoke about the main mistake of Kyiv: they came up with second-class people

“Russian speakers have become their enemies”

Do you want to once again be convinced of the correctness of the special military operation launched on February 24? There is a relatively simple way. Talk to people who these days stand in line for days to apply for Russian citizenship in the territories liberated from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. I found such a line in the resort town of Berdyansk, from which the Armed Forces left in March. The stories of those who decided to become Russians confirm that the Kyiv authorities, over 30 years of imaginary independence, brought the country to the edge, and millions of people turned hostile against themselves.

Photo: Sergey Valchenko

It's amazing: ordinary citizens – not politicians, not leaders – understand life better than hundreds of Ukrainian bureaucrats in various councils and governments. What are they talking about? About, for example, that life was best when everyone was together, in a single Soviet Union, when everyone supported each other. In relation to the Kyiv authorities for 30 years of their rule, there are only negative emotions.

Here is a married couple from Ugledar who arrived in Berdyansk. The city is still under the APU. They say that they did not personally vote for Zelensky, but many people believed him. In the second round, where he went out with Poroshenko, people voted not for Zelensky but against Poroshenko, that is, against the war. He deceived everyone. People understand this and hate him for cheating. The biggest sin is deception of those who trusted.

Michael, a native of Berdyansk, director of the local equestrian club “Wild Division” also came here for Russian citizenship. His story about the last thirty years of his life helps to understand a lot about what is happening today in Ukraine.

“Listen, I was born in the Soviet Union,” Mikhail began, “I grew up under it, entered a military school. And then suddenly Belovezhskaya Pushcha – the signing of agreements, the Soviet Union collapsed. By that time I was studying at the military school of the ground forces in Odessa. He entered under the USSR, graduated under Ukraine.

As an officer, instead of doing combat training, he whitewashed the walls, painted houses, and cleaned up military camps with a brush. When I said all this to the general, the division commander, I was dismissed with a bang.

And then, when the events in 2014-2015 began, everyone abruptly remembered me. But I forgot about them. Twice they tried to draft me into the army, I went to the Crimea twice. My aunt lives in the Crimea, near Sevastopol.

– How did you manage to avoid mobilization?

– Because I studied to be a scout in the army (smiles). The specifics helped. The first time, if I had been called up, I would have ended up in the Debaltsevo cauldron, and if in the second, a little later, then in Ilovaisky. Well, okay, if a person is killed, then half the trouble. Well, no and no. And if you return disabled – without an arm, without a leg, without a brain? They promise a lot but actually do nothing. from the word “absolutely”.

Here they say, in Ukraine, they say, democracy, freedom of speech. But, if a person spoke about what he was thinking about, you were abruptly summoned to the Security Service of Ukraine. I was called twice. You've been warned not to say too much. Our TV channels were closed. Double standards all around. Some oligarchs are imprisoned, others are released.

Those who told a lot, they were taken away – and make ends meet. Have you heard – Mariupol, “Airport”, “Library”? (prisons of the national battalion “Azov” banned in the Russian Federation. – “MK”). They took me twice. For calling a spade a spade. And this could not be done.

I criticized the authorities for tariffs. I will never forget when one deputy from the Green Party said on the TV screen: “If you have nothing to pay utility bills or live on, then sell the dog – pay for gas.”

I'm still the ataman of the Cossacks, the Cossack squad Yesaul. Once we were gathered in the city executive committee. A Cossack general arrived from Zaporozhye, with a bunch of orders on his chest, as if he had gone through three wars, and an American with him. And they began to teach how to properly take action against people who came from Donbass.

And when he asked me about the attitude towards the Maidan, I honestly say: this is an armed coup supported by local oligarchs and paid for by Western countries. Immediately after that, an inconspicuous little man approached me and said: your data. I ask, who are you? “I am from the SBU,” he replies. I'm very happy, I say. I gave my name, surname, where I live. What do I have to lose? The next day, a summons to the army came, at the moment.

– Why did you go to a military school in your youth?

– I wanted to defend my homeland – the Soviet Union. Our homeland was one, large and multinational. And under Ukraine, they began to impose: “Ukraine needs to be used”, Ukrainians are a caste of God, the Black Sea was dug out with shovels, and other nations are secondary. And the last straw for me was that in 2014, the herald of the Maidan, the future Minister of Culture Oniychuk, speaking on television, said that the people of the south-west are people of the “zavezeny” and second-class.

That is, when Western Ukraine was flooded with streams, floods, Donbass and we helped them. And now, if you speak Russian (and our region is such that the majority speak Russian), then we have become enemies for them.

But I think so, but what difference does it make what language the person is talking. He is either a person or not a person – this is the main thing.

If by blood, then I am 25 percent Ukrainian. 75 percent – Russian. because for years, for centuries, destinies intertwined: a wife from Russia – a husband from Ukraine or vice versa.

To be honest, people were intimidated. Because everyone was afraid of losing their jobs so that there would be no complications for family members. And so the majority kept quiet.

I remember on the Kolomoisky TV channel “1 + 1” there was a program on how people survive, rummaging through landfills and trash cans. It does not enter any gate. No, for example, to call “We can!”, “We will do it!”, “We will break through!”, “Everything will be great with us!”

Instead, the leadership (they say correctly: the fish rots from the head) said: “they will give us”, “they will help us.” The richest country – Ukraine, with hardworking people, with the richest lands, resources – stands on the porch, God forgive me, like a prostitute with outstretched hand – give, give, give, give.

– Your friends want to get a Russian passport ?

– The bulk – yes, they want to. But there are those with clouded brains, washed out by television. And I judge business. Here Berdyansk is a resort town. This year the holiday season has been cancelled, you know why. And you have to feed the horses. This is not a car that I put in the garage and forgot about it. They need to eat every day. What to do? We in the equestrian club did not ask anyone for anything. The new authorities themselves came to us. found out what our problems are, what we need. They filled us with grain. Help in other matters. Seeing this and comparing how it was and how it is, I, no longer young, have a tear in my eyes.

I am an optimist. In the Crimea, at first, there were also empty beaches, but now there is nowhere for an apple to fall. So everything will work out.

Berdyansk, Zaporozhye region.


The Pentagon clarified when Kyiv will receive NASAMS

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The US military did not send NASAMS mobile anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) to the Ukrainian military, which allow combating maneuvering aerodynamic targets at low and medium altitudes. Kyiv will receive these systems after the execution of the contract for their production, explained Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder.

“According to my information, these systems will first be produced and then delivered,” he told reporters, answering a question, right Perhaps that NASAMS did not arrive in Ukraine.

Recall that the Pentagon signed a contract with the American defense concern Raytheon Technologies in the amount of $182 million to purchase NASAMS for Ukraine.


The Prime Minister of Finland announced the transition to a “war economy”

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said the country is now living in a “war economy” due to the energy crisis.


Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, in an interview with the Yle portal, said that now, due to the energy crisis, the country has begun to live in a “war economy”.

She clarified that the current energy crisis is unprecedented. Exceptional measures are needed to solve it. Among other things, she expressed the hope that the European Commission would help Finland in resolving this situation.

“Now we live in a war economy. I think that such an economic situation is not normal,” said Marin.

According to the head of the Finnish government, one of the measures to help overcome the crisis should be the establishment of a price ceiling for electricity.


Foreign Affairs: The appearance of NATO soldiers in Ukraine could provoke a nuclear conflict

The appearance of NATO troops on the territory of Ukraine may lead to the start of a nuclear war.


The American magazine Foreign Affairs reported that the appearance of NATO troops on the territory of Ukraine could lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war.

According to the authors of the article, at the moment, the United States, together with its allies, is trying to prevent any kind of escalation of the conflict that could provoke a direct conflict between the alliance and Russia.

“In the event that NATO troops appear in the air, on land or the Black Sea, this may push the Russian field commander to take actions that will lead to the death or injury of soldiers of the North Atlantic Alliance. This would be followed by an immediate NATO response, potentially starting a cycle of escalation. The worst scenario of which could be a nuclear war,” the newspaper notes.

The authors of the magazine urged to avoid this scenario at all costs and pointed out that Western countries are now increasingly supplying Ukraine with modern weapons and intelligence data.< /p>


Putin: “I just, excuse me, opened my mouth”

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At the open all-Russian lesson “Talk about the important” in Kaliningrad, Russian President Vladimir Putin told how he was shocked by the information received from the head of the Ministry of Education Sergey Kravtsov.

“He was in Donetsk and in other territories, and said that the children do not know about the existence of the Crimean bridge. They think it's fake. Excuse me, I just opened my mouth,” Putin said.

The head of state added that schoolchildren were not aware that Ukraine and Russia used to be part of the same state.


The Russian leader stressed that most adults in Ukraine do not know that the republic has never had its own statehood. As an administrative unit, Ukraine appeared only as part of the USSR, when primordially Russian territories were annexed to it.

During the lesson “Talk about important things,” Putin shook hands with a boy who asked him to shake hands with his dad, who respects the president very much.


Ukraine refused to guarantee the safety of the IAEA mission at the ZNPP

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Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Galushchenko told The Guardian that Kyiv cannot guarantee the protection of the IAEA inspector group on the territory Zaporozhye NPP.

He called what was happening around the plant a “mess” and told General Director Rafael Grossi that mission safety was his personal responsibility. The head of the IAEA replied that Ukraine had fulfilled its international obligations, and took all subsequent risks upon itself.

Galushchenko admitted that Grossi had some kind of “security agreement” with Russia, and admitted that the mission of the organization will end in a few days. The head of the IAEA is due to return to Novooleksandrivka, which is under Ukrainian control, today.

The Ukrainian state nuclear company Energoatom has announced that five experts will remain at the nuclear power plant until September 3. Four and nine mission vehicles left the territory of the station

See also: “Russia requested a meeting of the UN Security Council because of the events at the ZNPP”


Schoolchild at a meeting with Lukashenka showed a sign “Save”

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An unexpected episode occurred at a meeting between President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and schoolchildren on Knowledge Day.

While one of the schoolchildren was asking the head of state a question about his attitude to history, another young man held up a notebook on which pen was written “SAVE” and showed it to the camera. At the same time, his face remained impassive.

Journalists who noticed this inscription are now expressing concern for the fate of the schoolboy.

There is no data yet, whether something really threatens the student, or whether it was some joke for friends.


Georgia refuses to revise visa-free regime with Russia


The Georgian authorities have decided not to revise the visa-free regime with Russia, as some other European countries have done.


As emphasized by the chairman of the ruling party “Georgian Dream” Irakli Kobakhidze, Tbilisi sees no risk from the presence of Russian citizens in the country.

“There are no grounds for revising the visa-free regime … adopted by the previous authorities. We do not see any risks when Russian citizens stay with us, so there is no need to revise this regime,” he stressed.


Investigation: Biden administration censored social media


Louisiana and Missouri attorneys general Jeff Landry and Eric Schmitt issued a joint statement blaming the US administration Joe Biden in the regular censorship of social networks.

According to them, the investigation data shows that the White House and other government agencies, including the FBI, the Treasury, the Electoral Commission and others, regularly contacted the leadership of the largest online platforms in order to clarify , what information should be considered “incorrect”.

“The communications presented show an extensive “censorship enterprise” between multiple federal agencies. 45 federal officials identified who interacted with social media platforms,” prosecutors said.



Details of the attempts of the attack of three battalions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Kherson appeared


At least three battalions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with armored vehicles are trying to break into Kherson. This was reported by the Telegram channel “Russian Spring Military Correspondents”.

It is noted that intense battles continue in the southern direction. As a result, several dozen tanks, as well as infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) again went on the offensive across the fields. However, in the end, the Ukrainian troops encountered “dense fire” from the artillery of the Airborne Forces and the infantry of the Russian Federation.

The actions of the Russian military were also corrected with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles. It is also reported about a powerful “onslaught of the enemy” in this direction.

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that another attempt by the regime of Vladimir Zelensky to resume the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Nikolaev-Krivoy Rog and other directions failed. During the unsuccessful attacks on the settlements of Arkhangelsk, Olgino and Ternovye Pody, “the enemy suffered significant losses and was driven back by Russian troops.”

And also, over the past two days, the Ukrainian army lost more than 1,700 servicemen due to an attempted counteroffensive. They were destroyed by the RF Armed Forces. At the same time, two Ukrainian Su-25s, one Su-24, one MiG-29, three Mi-8 helicopters were shot down.

It was stated that 63 tanks, 59 infantry fighting vehicles, and another 48 other military armored vehicles, 14 pickup trucks equipped with heavy machine guns. The Ministry of Defense added that most of the 12 tanks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that were previously delivered to Ukraine by Poland were destroyed.


Yushchenko said EU leaders urged Zelensky to negotiate

Former head of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko said that the leaders of the EU countries unsuccessfully tried to persuade Vladimir Zelensky to start negotiations to resolve the conflict.


The former head of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, in an interview with Ukrainska Pravda, said that the leaders of the EU countries unsuccessfully tried to persuade Vladimir Zelensky to start negotiations to resolve the conflict.

According to him, with appeals Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger spoke to diplomacy.

“I won't name names, but representatives of European countries came with a message for Zelensky: “Sit down at the negotiating table, then we'll figure it out,” Yushchenko said.

HE specified that Ukraine is unlikely to agree to a diplomatic settlement of the conflict.


Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast on September 1

Reports of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, testimonies of correspondents, world reaction

Temporarily stopped gas supplies via Nord Stream. Europe has recognized that it is impossible to impose anti-Russian sanctions forever. But the time for diplomacy has not yet come. The DPR reported that the Russian coalition is trying to destroy missiles for the Himars MLRS with a range of up to 300 kilometers, which have already been delivered to Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry reported the destruction of about 1,700 UAF fighters over the past two days. The EU countries were unable to agree on a ban on issuing visas to Russians. The IAEA mission arrived in Zaporozhye. The Armed Forces of Ukraine struck at the Makeevskaya penal colony. One of the wounded died. A referendum on the status of the liberated territories of the Zaporizhia region will be held in September 2022. Distance learning is being introduced in 15 schools in the border areas of the Bryansk region. Read the previous broadcast here.

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14:14 Ukrainian saboteurs who planned to seize the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant underwent special training in the UK. This was stated on Thursday by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the CAA of the Zaporozhye region, on the air of the Rossiya-1 TV channel.

14:10 All events in Energodar dedicated to the Day of Knowledge have been canceled due to shelling, the city administration reported.

13:35 A car with the head of the IAEA Rafael Grossi drove into the territory controlled by Russian troops, said the pro-Russian head of the Zaporozhye region Yevgeny Balitsky.

13:06 The authorities of the Zaporozhye region reported the capture of three Ukrainian soldiers from the sabotage and reconnaissance group that landed at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

12:37 "Officers of Russia" asked the Prosecutor General's Office to bring Maxim Galkin for financing terrorism.

11:56 The city of Energodar remains de-energized, mobile communications have stopped working in it, said Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region.

11:45The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement about its readiness to accept the IAEA mission to the ZNPP: “Despite the attempts of the Kyiv regime to disrupt the arrival of a group of IAEA experts at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the Russian side confirms its readiness to accept them with full safety for further work. The situation around the nuclear power plant is difficult, but remains under complete control.”

11:12 The fifth power unit of the Zaporozhye NPP was stopped after the start of shelling of the station, said the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration Balitsky. At the same time, the IAEA mission stopped at a checkpoint in Aleksandrovka. The movement of the convoy has been suspended.

10:58 The Ukrainian landing force, which landed near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, was destroyed, said Balitsky, head of the Zaporizhzhya Regional State Administration.

10:36 The Russian Ministry of Defense explained Kyiv's attempt to take control of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. The provocation was aimed at disrupting the arrival of the IAEA working group.

10:28The British edition of the Times reported the death of 48-year-old British mercenary Craig Mackintosh in the NWO zone. He died on August 24 as a result of a wound in the neck when a tank shell exploded.  He arrived in Ukraine in March of this year.

10:20 Volodymyr Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that out of 60 Ukrainian paratroopers who landed near the ZNPP, about 40 had already been destroyed people.

09:49 Ukrainian expert Oleg Zhdanov acknowledged the failure of the “counteroffensive on Kherson”. According to him, the situation at the front has changed not in favor of Ukraine.

09:46 The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that up to 60 Ukrainian saboteurs attempted to take control of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

09:38 The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that four shells of the Armed Forces of Ukraine exploded at a distance of 400 meters from the first ZAS power unit.

09:31 Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that the main goal of shelling the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye is disruption of the visit of the IAEA mission, as well as the paralysis of protection and protection of the ZNPP.

09:17 Former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Taras Chernovol said that Pope Francis demonstrated his “intellectual limitations”; when he was assessing the causes of SWO in Ukraine.

08:47 An IAEA mission headed towards the Zaporizhzhya NPP, located in Energozhar.

08 :36 Ukrainian troops landed near Energodar, head of the city administration Oleksandr Volga said.


Single voting day will be held under the auspices of the regional agenda

According to experts, those political forces that have maintained stability will get the best score

According to experts, regional topics will “steer” in these elections. Although against the backdrop of the consolidation of society around the president, the parties and politicians he supports have an obvious plus, the people still yearn for real deeds on the ground. Forecasts of the voting results were discussed by analysts and experts at the round table: “Single Voting Day – 2022: specifics, trends and results forecast”, held on Wednesday, August 31, at the Civil Society Development Foundation (ForGO).

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According to the chairman of the board of the FORGO, Konstantin Kostin, the main factor that influenced the election campaigns was the patriotic consensus that emerged as a result of the NWO and the sanctions of the collective West. This is a high rating of the president's support and, as a result, the support of those political forces that have his approval. First of all, we are talking about the governors, whose political association is connected with the president, and, of course, the United Russia party.

“If we talk about the preliminary forecast, then United Russia can get one of the best their results. The party can repeat and multiply its success in 2017. We can say that the negative effect that was observed after the implementation of the Pension reform will be compensated,” he added.

Aleksey Chesnakov, director of the Center for Current Politics, said that after the announcement of the SVO, several informal political groups essentially arose. The first is a party of alarmists who proposed not to hold elections at all. The second is the pragmatists who also proposed to cancel the elections until better times, but not because “everything is lost”, but because “there is no need to spend money on political processes.” The third group is the deconstructors who believed that now is the time to change all approaches to the political system. And the fourth he called the “party of stability.” These are politicians who offered to leave everything as it is.

“I have identified six advantages of this approach. Situational – there are no significant signs of a change in the attitude of the people towards the elections. Psychological – changes could be perceived as uncertainty of power. Technological – to change the procedures associated with the postponement or cancellation of elections, it would be necessary to carry out significant legislative work. Normative – in the context of the newly changed constitution, it would be rather strange to carry out new changes in the political system. Strategic – campaigns complete a regional cycle that began back in 2017. And the factor of legitimacy – the citizens will be painfully perceived by the deprivation of the opportunity to vote,” he commented on the pluses of the “Party of Stability”.

“In the regions where we worked, the question of whether or not to hold elections was not for the people. On the part of the people, in the context of the unprecedented pressure that is taking place, the request to the regional authorities on local issues has increased,” Viktor Poturemsky, director of political analysis at the Institute of Social Marketing (INSOMAR), confirmed the words of his colleague.

“People do not wait talk about geopolitics, NWO or CIA machinations, they are waiting for work within their fields. This year, the elective regions are far from the places of hostilities, so the demand is as if the country is living an ordinary life. The election agenda is regional,” said Gleb Kuznetsov, head of the Expert Council of the Expert Institute for Social Research (EISI).

Mikhail Vinogradov, President of the Petersburg Politics Foundation, shared the alignment of political forces today.

“What are the main potential risks that could come out in these elections? The first is a counter-productive agenda, sometimes set by the authorities themselves. The second is the 2022 seasonal challenge, and the third is the activity of the counter players. As for the latter, so far these players have not shown themselves in any way. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is busy “eating up” the remnants of the LDPR, which is what A Just Russia and New People are doing in a difficult situation, since they are not mounted with a radical agenda, and they are not yet ready to declare a moderate one. The protest voices are dying down, interest in people like Navalny is declining for a number of reasons. Partly because for an anti-government voter, the figures of Zelensky and Arestovich are now great symbols of resistance,” he said.

In general, according to experts, the upcoming elections do not promise to bring any surprises to voters even in opposition-minded regions.


Finnish political scientist Beckman outlined the key problem of Western countries in Ukraine

The West sees no point in sending more weapons to Kyiv

At the end of August, The Wall Street Journal reported that due to the fighting in Ukraine, the United States was depleting the stocks of a number of weapons that the Pentagon did not have time to replenish. It is noted that American officials are beginning to worry about this situation, as they fear for the combat readiness of their own country. Finnish political scientist Johan Beckman noted that Western countries have already begun to supply fewer weapons to Kyiv due to the fact that they are faced with the main problem of the Ukrainian conflict.

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In an interview with, Beckman explained that the main problem for the West and NATO is the failure of their own plans in Ukraine. According to the political scientist, dozens of portions of weapons were sent to Kyiv, but this does not help, no success is observed. The expert believes that this means “the failure of the Ukrainian project.”

At the same time, as Beckman noted, NATO is already predicting a new threat from Russia. The political scientist gave an example that the head of the Finnish parliamentary committee, Jussi Halla-aho, just recently visited Kyiv, and some time later said that Russia would soon win in Ukraine, and a new conflict could begin in a couple of years.

But less expert stressed that Western countries have already reduced the volume of arms supplies to Ukraine. According to Beckman, the West understands that it makes no sense to send more weapons if there is still no result, and the European Union, in turn, is skeptical about the ban on issuing visas to Russians. One way or another, the political scientist added that the West still has plans for a full-scale confrontation, and in the European Union they even started talking about a “war economy”, but this “can drive you crazy.”

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The Americans held “war games” before the “counteroffensive” announced by Kyiv

Western sources do not believe much in the success of the Ukrainian operation

More evidence of the direct involvement of the United States in the conflict in Ukraine appeared in connection with the so-called “counteroffensive” touted by Kyiv propagandists. The Americans played “war games” with the Ukrainian side and gave advice on the goals and geography of the operation.

Photo: Global Look Press < p>In the run-up to Ukraine's alleged “counteroffensive,” the US has urged Kyiv to limit the operation both in terms of targets and geography to avoid over-expansion and bogging down on multiple fronts, multiple US and Western officials, as well as Ukrainian sources, tell CNN.

These discussions, sources said, included American participation in “war games” with Kyiv, a analytic exercise designed to help Ukrainian forces understand what levels of force they need to muster in order to succeed in various scenarios.

The Ukrainians initially considered a broader counteroffensive, but in recent weeks have narrowed their mission to the south, in the Kherson region, US and Ukrainian officials said.

Pentagon Spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told CNN that “the United States has routine military dialogue at several levels with Ukraine. We will not comment on the specifics of these clashes. Generally speaking, we provide Ukrainians with information to help them better understand the threats they face.”

As CNN notes, Western officials are hesitant to call the nascent Ukrainian operation in the Kherson region a real “counteroffensive.” Channel sources are less than enthusiastic about Ukraine's ability to regain lost territories.

At the same time, Ukraine's American and Western advisers are counting on the fact that the supply of modern Western weapons (in particular, highly mobile artillery missile systems, or HIMARS) will allow Kyiv troops to achieve parity with the enemy

An administration official told CNN that in recent months Ukraine has been asking the US for weapons specifically suited to its planned southern counteroffensive. The U.S. has complied with many of these requests, including more ammunition, artillery and Javelins, in several presidential aid packages given to Ukraine over the past two months, the official said.

Planning exercises have also helped the United States better understand what equipment, ammunition or intelligence they can offer for Ukraine. During the conflict, the US regularly provided Ukraine with military advice and intelligence, as well as billions of dollars worth of equipment and weapons, according to CNN.

However, US officials are not betting that Kyiv will be accompanied success in a much-hyped “counteroffensive.”

“I'm not sure it's going to be the big, massive counteroffensive that people can expect – maybe fewer forces will be deployed,” a U.S. military source told CNN.


Trump boasted of “intelligence” about Macron’s sex life

FBI searches in Mar-a-Lago spark 'transatlantic hype' between Paris and Washington

Amid the searches of the former US president's Mar-a-Lago estate, a new scandal has arisen . It is alleged that Donald Trump boasted to his close people that he knew the secrets of Emmanuel Macron's sex life from US intelligence sources.

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The Rolling Stone report comes after the publication of court documents about classified and national defense documents found during a search of Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago on August 8, which mention a folder referred to as “information about the President of France.” /p>

It is unclear whether the materials on Macron were classified and what they contain, The Guardian notes. But Rolling Stone claimed that the mention in the official inventory of what was captured at Mar-a-Lago caused a “transatlantic stir”; between Paris and Washington.

A spokesman for the French embassy said: “We do not comment on legal proceedings in the United States, and (…) the embassy did not ask the administration for any information about the documents found at the residence of former President Trump.”

Neither the State Department nor the Trump office are commenting on this story yet.

A Rolling Stone story says that during and after his presidency, Trump told some of his closest associates that he knew details of Macron's intimate life that he gleaned from “intelligence” he saw or was informed about.

Trump and Macron have had a tense relationship during their tenure as President of the United States, writes Politico. Although at first they showed friendship — Trump held Macron's hand, hugged him and even brushed dandruff off his French colleague's shoulder, — they ultimately clashed over NATO policies and Trump's isolationism, among other differences.

Initially, Macron tried to build bridges with Trump by inviting him to the 2017 Bastille Day military parade, just two months after his election, which inspired the US president to demand that his generals put on a similar military spectacle in Washington.

Relations between the two leaders soon soured, especially after Macron failed to convince Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. Trump withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018.

Macron and Trump also fell out over the U.S. president's blunt order to withdraw troops from northern Syria and his distrust of NATO. In December 2019, Trump called Macron a “pain in the ass” to a group of UN ambassadors.

French and US officials are now trying to find out what Trump had against Macron and the French government and assess whether there was a major national security breach, Rolling Stone reports, citing “sources familiar with the situation.”


However, publicly the French government remains silent. “We will not comment on litigation in a foreign country — in this case in the United States”, — said a spokesman for the Champs Elysees.

Trump has a long history of hinting that he knows incriminating information about the people around him — from friends to political opponents and government officials, — even if he doesn't know it.

Since coming to power, Trump has regularly promised — but never provided — incriminating evidence about his supposed enemies, he also regularly alluded to “conflicts” that were either exaggerated or non-existent regarding people like former FBI Director James Comey or Robert Mueller, who led the Russian trail investigation; in the Trump campaign.


China responds to West accusations of crimes against humanity

UN Human Rights Commissioner releases report on Xinjiang persecution

A fresh round of anti-Chinese allegations have caused a furore in the West after the UN Human Rights Commissioner released a report on how China deals with the Uighurs. Michelle Bachelet, who released the scandalous report just minutes before her term expired, believes that Beijing could be accused of crimes against humanity. We asked an expert to evaluate the significance of this report and its impact on China.

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Outgoing UN Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said China has committed “serious human rights violations” against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region who may be equated with crimes against humanity.

According to The Guardian, Bachelet's report was released just 11 minutes before her term expired at midnight Geneva time.

Beijing, which tried to stop the publication of the report until the last moment, dismisses it as slander against China, while time as Uyghur human rights groups cheered.

A 45-page report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights argues that “the extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim groups under law and policy in the context of restrictions and deprivations more generally of fundamental rights enjoyed by individuals and collectively, may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”

The Chinese government said the report is “based on misinformation and lies fabricated by anti-Chinese forces” and that it “slander and slander senselessly” on the PRC, representing interference in the internal affairs of the country.

The Chinese response was accompanied by a 121-page counter-report highlighting the threat of terrorism and the counter stability brought to Xinjiang by the state's “de-radicalization” program and “vocational education and training centers.”

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The West blames China for sending an estimated one million Uyghurs and other minority groups to internment camps over the past five years, which Beijing calls training centers. Some centers have since closed, but are believed to still hold hundreds of thousands of people.

Of 26 ex-detainees interviewed by UN investigators, two-thirds “reported to have been subjected to treatment amounting to torture and/or other forms of abuse.”

The US and some other countries have said that the mass imprisonment of Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, the destruction of mosques and communities, forced abortions and sterilizations amount to genocide. The UN report does not mention the genocide, but says allegations of torture, including forced medical procedures, and sexual abuse are “credible”.

“I think that there is nothing unexpected either in the report itself or in China’s reaction,” Andrei Vinogradov, professor at RUDN University, chief researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, comments to MK. – I do not think that this is a major event that will somehow affect something. This is such a routine: the condemnation of China and the reaction of the PRC to the wrongful condemnation biased by the West. Indeed, the Xinjiang problem has been discussed for a long time. It especially peaked in the 2000s, when, in connection with the events in Afghanistan and Central Asia, there were a number of terrorist acts and there were many victims. For the past five years (perhaps even more) there have been no terrorist attacks in Xinjiang, the standard of living is growing, China is successfully solving the inter-religious and inter-ethnic problem. So, this is not a major event – neither the report itself, nor China's reaction to it. In any case, this is much less for all parties than what we see in relations with Taiwan, for example. This report will not turn out to be anything serious for China. I suppose that this report will receive a response from some low-level official. The report, in fact, does not represent anything, there is not even anything to talk about.


The scout called “suicide bombers” saboteurs who swung at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant

Two versions of the landing of Ukrainians on the Kakhovka reservoir put forward

The sabotage groups that tried to seize the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant early Thursday morning have already been called by some military experts a “suicide squad”. The calculation of the saboteurs was on surprise, however, the Russian armed forces were prepared for the attack and were able to repel the blow. Three of them were taken prisoner. Military intelligence officer, Colonel Rustem Klupov told MK what goals the Ukrainian landing was pursuing and why the attack was a failure.

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According to official data from the Russian military department, two sabotage groups of about 60 people landed early in the morning on seven boats on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir, three kilometers northeast of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and attempted to seize the power plant. The Ministry of Defense also clarified that “measures were taken to destroy the enemy, including with the use of army aviation.” A little later it became known that 47 saboteurs were killed, three were taken prisoner, two were in serious condition. A group of 12 people was blocked from three sides and cut off from water and boats.

According to the military expert of “MK” Rustem Klupov, there are two versions of the attack by sabotage groups:

– First option. These acts of sabotage were aimed at disrupting the arrival of the IAEA delegation. The whole calculation was on surprise.

The sabotage groups were supposed to instantly sneak in, seize the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and proclaim that it belongs to Ukraine or something like that. This is a purely populist move. The main task is to attract the attention of the world community. In the event of the capture of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the whole world would have to shudder and say something like “we forbid Russia to conduct military operations on the territory of the nuclear power plant and we do not allow the possibility of an assault.” If it worked out, then they would be covered in chocolate. But everything went wrong. Namely, it went wrong that they were opened in a timely manner, blocked and are now methodically liquidated. Those who do not surrender will remain on this shore.

According to the military expert, according to the second version, the unsuccessful sortie of saboteurs is part of the counteroffensive:

– There is another version. The sabotage groups are the forward detachment of the crossing of the Dnieper River near Ugledar as part of the general counteroffensive led by Ukraine. The appearance of saboteurs was supposed to be a distraction. How likely this version is, today will show. It all depends on what forces are and what they are doing on the other side of the Dnieper.

If there is a mechanized or infantry air assault brigade or even more, then perhaps these 60 people are really the first group that landed in order to capture the bridgehead. Then the alignment is completely different.

According to the expert, additional ground forces should have come out to land on the Kakhovka reservoir:

– The fact is that any landing force that we land in the course of an offensive or defensive operation has certain tasks of capturing some military or strategically important facility. Therefore, any landing that we land, sooner or later, the main forces must approach. If this is a company, then it will live no more than 12 hours on its own, especially on such a patch of land. If it does not come out with auxiliary ground forces, it is doomed.

Either these are forces from Kherson, which is a complete fantasy, or forces that broke through the defenses from Zaporozhye, or forces that crossed the Dnieper directly in the Ugledar direction. If this does not happen – and the chances of the Ukrainians here are close to zero – then the sabotage groups that landed are suicide bombers. It is premature to say anything more significant about the counteroffensive and, in particular, about these airborne units, because we do not yet see the full picture.


“Saboteurs wanted to hide behind the IAEA staff”

The operation to seize the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant could have been developed with the help of the US and the UK

On September 1, when the IAEA mission was supposed to arrive at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine landed on the shore of the Kakhovka reservoir in seven boats and tried to capture the station. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, all measures were taken to destroy the enemy. Later, the Russian military sank two self-propelled barges with a tactical assault force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which tried to land near the village of Vodiane. Igor Korotchenko, a military expert and editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine, told MK what the intention of the Ukrainian side might have been.

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– An attempt by Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage groups to seize the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, quite obviously, was synchronized with the arrival of the IAEA mission, – says Igor Yuryevich. – The idea, apparently, was this: to capture a nuclear power plant. And then, hiding behind the IAEA staff as a human shield, to ensure massive political pressure based on Western countries in order to force Russia to withdraw its units both from Energodar and from the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP. And transfer them under the control of the armed forces of Ukraine.

Otherwise, according to the expert, Ukrainian saboteurs could threaten to bring one of the reactors to a critical operating mode and repeat the situation that was at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

— During the ongoing activities Ukrainian saboteurs are detected and will be destroyed, including, as reported, with the help of army aviation. And partially taken prisoner.

Igor Korotchenko emphasizes that this kind of operation was unambiguously carried out with the approval and consent of the United States and Great Britain, whose special services provided the Ukrainian armed forces with the necessary intelligence information.

And it is quite possible that they developed the operation itself.


Tokayev played preemptively: the background of early presidential elections in Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev dropped out of history – his successor stopped mentioning him

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced an amnesty for ordinary participants in the January rebellion and immediately “cut off the term” for himself – but only for in order to add it again a little later. Confused? Then everything is in order.


Presidential elections will be held in autumn in Kazakhstan. Instead of waiting until the summer of 2024, Tokayev decided to renew his mandate now. But Tokaev's next presidential term (let's not say for the sake of appearances that someone other than the current head of state has a chance to win the election) will no longer be five years, but seven years.

Why did the second president of Kazakhstan need this mixture of political balancing act with political arithmetic? The official explanation sounds very weighty, but at the same time extremely vague: “I consider it necessary to start a comprehensive reset of key state institutions.” But the keys to understanding his real motives should, in my opinion, be sought in the following phrase of Tokayev: “We are faced with a particularly important task – to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.”

From whom exactly does Nursultan Nazarbayev's successor intend to save the “sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Kazakhstan? There is something that lies on the surface – at least in pieces. And there is something that is not directly mentioned, but at the same time it is understood, if not by everyone, then by almost everyone.

Unexpected unrest in large cities at the beginning of this year shook the entire foundation of Kazakhstan's statehood to its foundations. The country, which positioned itself as the most developed, most modern, strongest and most stable power in Central Asia, for several days delivered to the news feed “pictures” typical of failed states (“failed states”) from the most backward corners of the third world. And this misfortune did not come from abroad in the form of mythical (well, or, I will be more careful, semi-mythical) “international terrorists”. The trouble came from within – from the very heart of the Kazakh ruling elite.

The other day, an official named Darkhan Satybaldy was appointed as the new akim (governor) of the Turkestan region of Kazakhstan. And do you know what journalists asked him first of all? Whether he is going to change his last name.

Why did such a question arise? Because the same name is given to the nephew of ex-president Nazarbayev, Kairat Satybaldy, who is now under arrest and on whom more and more corruption charges are being poured. Justified, by the way, the accusations – I'm almost 100% sure of this. And with the same probability, I am sure that in fact the former “chief nephew of Kazakhstan” is taking the rap not only and not so much because of his immoderate financial appetites.

On one of the buildings of the CIA headquarters in Langley is engraved with a quote from the Bible: “You will know the truth, and that truth will set you free.” But sometimes the truth does not liberate, but destroys and discredits.

The second president of Kazakhstan cannot directly say who was behind the January attempt to overthrow him. (Hint: I am by no means alluding to Nazarbayev himself. He is only to blame for letting go of the reins and ceasing to control some especially frostbitten figures from among his own relatives.) But on the other hand, Tokayev can continue gradually different (including those described above) ) ways to change the configuration of the Kazakh elite. And it is easier for him to do this by renewing his presidential mandate.

In the 2019 elections, Tokayev won as a protege of Nazarbayev, a kind of “junior president”. He is going to the 2022 elections as “his own person”.

Almost everything was said in Tokayev's speech to parliament on September 1 (“There are still interruptions in the supply of bitumen. This is nonsense for a major oil-producing country”). But I didn’t find any mention of Elbasy (“leader of the nation” – the title of Nazarbayev) in the text of the speech of the second president of the country. In terms of Tokayev's career trajectory, Elbasy has already done his job and now he can rest easy in retirement. Isn’t it worth it for the sake of symbolic design of such a “reset” (Tokayev’s term is not mine) for the Kazakh authorities to hold early presidential elections?

But this, of course, is just a joke – I don’t know how successful or unsuccessful. And this is definitely not a joke. In Kazakhstan, they seriously fear that the political turbulence caused by the conflict in Ukraine may in one way or another affect their own state.

Wait, maybe I didn't express myself very clearly. The political storm in the heart of the former Soviet Union is already affecting Kazakhstan most directly. And in order to neutralize (and even better – to use in their own interests) the consequences of this turbulence, Tokayev considered it necessary to urgently update his presidential mandate. This is a classic game of preemption, to suppress a potential source of political instability. All other “verbal lace” is just a side dish for this main political dish.

And this definition – a garnish – unfortunately, also applies to another outwardly loud political initiative of Tokayev: “I propose to establish a limitation of the president's mandate to a single term of 7 years without the right to re-election.”

Here is my forecast about the future this initiative. Tokayev himself will indeed not remain in power after the end of his future seven-year presidential term – by this time he will be already under 80. But the third president of Kazakhstan will first work out his “only term”, and then “at the insistent requests of the working people” he will still achieve “ re-election rights.”

However, why am I so far into the future? Let's talk better about the present, in which, you won't believe it, sometimes there is really good news. One of them is, for example, in the following words of Tokaev: “There are discussions in society around teaching the Kazakh and Russian languages ​​in schools. I will say very clearly: we must bring up children who are fluent in both Kazakh and Russian.

This is in the interests of the younger generation. The Ministry of Education should proceed precisely from the interests of children, not follow the lead of populists.”

Splendidly said, Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich! And it sounds especially great in conjunction with your other thesis: “People are tired of empty declarations and endless presentations of a bright future. Citizens expect from government agencies the actual, not formal, fulfillment of their promises.” As a native and a great patriot of Kazakhstan (I believe that one can be both a great patriot of Russia and a great patriot of Kazakhstan), I ask you to rank me among these citizens.


The IAEA mission reached the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant with huge obstacles

Ukrainians detained cars at a checkpoint

The world community wondered whether they would get there or not for half a day, watching the movements of the IAEA mission in the “gray zone” between Zaporozhye and Energodar, a satellite town of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. At 2 p.m., news agencies posted a video of the mission entering the territory controlled by Russian troops, and then to the station itself.

The passage looked impressive: in front was an armored personnel carrier, followed by a traffic police car, and then a string of cars of international inspectors in escorted by a helicopter flying low over forest plantations. In general, we got there. Despite the real horror that played out that day.

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In the morning, Energodar, already accustomed to shelling, woke up from explosions at about 6.00. A day earlier, more than 100 UAVs and artillery hit the city. Several explosions thundered in the area of ​​the Sovremennik Palace of Culture, a fire broke out in two kindergartens, and the facades of several residential buildings were damaged. At least three residents were killed and five were injured. Due to regular shelling in Energodar, all planned events for September 1 had to be cancelled.

The ZNPP was not left alone either: four shells exploded 400 meters from the first power unit. The fifth power unit was stopped, shifting the entire load to the sixth. For some time, part of the urban areas remained without electricity and mobile communications, which were promptly restored.

At this time, around 8 am, IAEA representatives left Zaporozhye in 9 white jeeps and headed to Energodar. The head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, was aware of the shelling that had begun, but the column continued to move in the direction of the city. However, at the checkpoint near the line of contact, the Ukrainian side delayed the main part of the convoy for three hours, allowing only the first vehicles, where there were representatives of the mission without basic authority, to go ahead. These cars continued to move and were freely passed by the CAA of the Zaporozhye region.

Remaining on Ukrainian territory, Grossi was forced to negotiate with representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine so that they would not delay the mission. After some time, the Ukrainians decided to let the IAEA inspectors through. The main part of the convoy, including the car with Grossi, only by 13:20 passed to the territories controlled by Russia through the Vasilievka checkpoint, from where the mission was escorted by Tigr armored vehicles.

It is likely that the delay of the inspectors at the checkpoint of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was due to the hopes for the success of the sabotage operation, which the Ukrainian side intended to carry out on the day the IAEA mission arrived at the ZNPP. Several Ukrainian groups tried to storm the Zaporozhye station. But unsuccessfully.

As promised, Russia provided security for its part and, despite the difficult situation in the station area, did not interfere with the arrival of the mission. Now the word is up to the specialists from the IAEA.

Read the material “The scout called the saboteurs who swung at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant “suicide bombers”


The expert explained why the President of Kazakhstan Tokayev needs early elections

“It is important for him to retain power”

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered his annual address to the people on September 1, in which he proposed holding snap presidential elections this fall. According to Tokayev, it is also necessary to review the number and duration of presidential terms. According to the head of state, the president should henceforth be elected for 7 years, but only for one term (now the president of Kazakhstan is elected for 5 years and no more than two times in a row).


In addition, Tokayev's message announces a number of important reforms. A “new economic course” is proclaimed, the president promises to raise the minimum wage by 10,000 tenge (about 1,300 rubles), introduce a luxury tax, and prepare a new Tax Code. The president also promises that 50% of the annual investment income of the National Fund will be deducted to special savings accounts for children until they reach 18 years of age, without the right to early withdrawal. Tokayev also said that children in Kazakhstan should be fluent in both Kazakh and Russian. Thus, he dissociated himself from the “populists” who have recently persecuted people in Kazakhstan for speaking Russian.

Why does Tokayev go to early elections and shorten his term in office? About this “MK” spoke with political scientist, expert on Central Asia, Yuri Solozobov.  

– Tokayev as an experienced politician acts proactively. After the tragic events of January in Kazakhstan, the former system of government actually collapsed, and the institutions of power were devalued. According to opinion polls, it is not political parties, parliament or other structures that have a high trust rating, but only the president – as the winner of the bout in January. Tokayev uses this potential of his to hold snap elections. Today he has no real competitors in the political field, but in the near future certain intrigues on the subject of succession may begin in the elites, or alternative candidates from the “old guard” may be nominated in the upcoming regular elections. Early elections will help him avoid these dangers and, relying on a popular mandate, carry out reforms in a very difficult foreign political and economic situation.

The next stage will be the formation of the parliament. The ruling party “Nur Otan”, despite its rebranding and renaming to “Amanat”, could not get the confidence that the president has, but it has experience, many party organizations, and management structures. Other parties are far behind, and the new parties simply won't have time to get going. Therefore, the predominance of the current ruling party in the future parliament is practically a foregone conclusion.

– As for Tokayev personally, he has nothing to lose. Given the seven-year term, he will have the opportunity to rule Kazakhstan until 2029. Now, in actual wartime conditions, a year goes by two or three. Given the high turbulence of political processes, this is quite enough to carry out the necessary reforms. And what will happen next, life will show. Maybe the Constitutional Court will decide that the president can stay for a second term. Let's live – we'll see.

– The message speaks of socio-economic reforms. This is, in fact, a populist message, there are many promises. There are questions about how and by what means these promises will be fulfilled. The National Fund of Kazakhstan is shrinking, it may not be enough for the long term. Nobody thinks about it today. But in general, as a politician, Tokayev showed himself from the best side: he is proactive. It is important for him to retain power right now. Because public discontent is ripening, the economic situation is deteriorating. He needs to get re-elected while he can.

– The January events were due to three factors. This is a split in the elites, this is a difficult economic situation and the impoverishment of the population, this is the archaization of the population. There is uncontrolled demographic growth, especially in the south, Islamization, low quality of education. A more primitive structure of society is reproduced. This archaic society will require not such a liberal-democratic president as Tokaev, but maybe a simpler guy – a national populist or even an Islamic figure. Here is the same trap that the Shah of Iran fell into: he carried out liberal reforms, and received a conservative revolution, the ayatollahs. Iran – this is an example of the fact that political modernization should not be ahead of the socio-economic one. Tokayev's message – it is an attempt to take the next step: to confirm their political modernization with socio-economic steps. How far this will turn out will also determine the political stability of power in Kazakhstan.   

– Good. And why is he bad? Kazakhstan provides parallel imports. We have increased the number of supplied smartphones by 20 times. Kazakhstan supplies us with components. It's an invisible thing. What is more important to us – Tokayev's participation in Solovyov's talk show or parallel imports, logistics? If the latter, then Tokayev fulfills all his allied obligations. If it is important for us to participate in a political show, then yes, Tokayev here does not reach the level of our propagandists. The second point: Tokayev in his message speaks about the Russian language, that it is important for children to learn it along with Kazakh, contrary to the calls of national populists.

There is such a thing as secondary sanctions, so it is important not to be identified here, not to say: “I'm helping Russia”, but to do it. Why We Don't “Jump” on China, which actually threw us? Because he's big and scary? After all, Chinese banks do not work with us due to sanctions… 


IAEA mission proved incompetent to assess Ukrainian shelling

How the capture of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was thwarted

The operation to seize the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant by Ukrainian paratroopers has been thwarted. A team of IAEA experts began working at the station – the head of the agency, Grossi, said that they had collected a lot of important information. We talked to political scientist Marat Bashirov about how the operation could have been planned and what might fall within the competence of the IAEA staff.

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– Here our scouts did a great job. Judging by how quickly the first group of 60 people, who crossed in seven rubber boats, was localized, we were ready for this.

By the way, according to some reports, they had special silent engines installed on their boats. The operation was prepared very carefully. The paratroopers had to catch on, create a bridgehead. Help followed.

Two self-propelled barges with tactical troops (presumably 140 fighters each) began to cross from Nikopol to the shore of the Kakhovka reservoir, where the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant stands. They could already carry medium-heavy weapons. You can't carry mortars on rubber boats. And the barges that were sunk by the Russian military were also a technical weapons depot. If the Ukrainian paratroopers managed to cross on barges and unload assault guns and mortars, it would be a different military situation. They could create a barrage of fire.

The third barge was also preparing for departure from Nikopol, on which there were 50 fighters and heavy weapons, as well as mines to mine the area around the station and the ZNPP itself. Thanks to our scouts and aviation, this barge was destroyed on the shore.

This is being confirmed more and more. The Americans are responsible for strategic cooperation, they are more responsible for the supply of weapons. And the British intelligence service MI6 and consultants from the special air service SAS are more often involved in the operational game.

“We will know for sure when the experts examine their bodies. It is clear that they will all be without documents, without tokens. But there is a base of faces. In addition, three Ukrainian saboteurs who tried to seize the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant were taken prisoner. Some of the fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continued to conduct military operations in the dacha village, where they were driven by Russian troops.

– I have no doubt that all the terrorist acts that are now taking place in the liberated territories, and the one that was committed in the suburbs, when a car with Daria Dugina was blown up, coordinated by the British intelligence services.

In order to avoid a leak, the paratroopers who were supposed to take part in the operation to seize the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant could be taken to the territory of one of the military bases where British special forces are being trained. They could be isolated, their phones taken away. And then transported to Odessa and then transferred to Nikopol, on the shore of the Kakhovka reservoir.

– Capture the station and force the Russian troops to withdraw. Put the station under your control. If we cut their wires, on the eve of winter, Ukraine would lose 20% of the total energy generated on the eve of winter. And, of course, the capture of the station would be a big “win” for them.

– According to my information, the members of the delegation all the morning of the first of September conducted an active radio exchange on satellite phones. And they were given the “go-ahead” to travel.

– I think that they are all intelligence officers there, who work for different governments. Therefore, someone could know about the special operation. For example, those who represent Poland, and the head of the Grossi mission himself. I generally have suspicions that there could be collusion between the mission leadership and those who planned this operation.

— No, it is not in their competence. When the trip was just being planned, the conditions for the arrival of the IAEA mission to the station were being discussed, our side demanded that ballistics specialists be included in the delegation. Those who have arrived at the station now will see how safe it is in terms of operation, how spent nuclear fuel is stored. That is, to assess the real situation and help to stabilize it.

I liked the latest information that a group of foreign and Russian journalists arrived through Russia, which should go to the station along with the IAEA mission. This group is quite large, about 20 people. Moscow is maximally interested in showing what the IAEA staff will do at the station. Journalists will follow the inspectors with their tail, filming everything that happens at the Zaporizhzhya NPP.

– Zelensky all the time needs to transfer arrows to someone. He cannot blame the British handlers for the failure of the operation. Accordingly, he will look for “scapegoats” among his military. It is quite possible that this will be the reason for a series of resignations in the top leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


These people are pitiful: tightening the issuance of Schengen visas turned out to be stupid

They were afraid to show Europe to the Russians

“This is ridiculous, these people are pitiful,” Lavrov commented on the EU decision to terminate the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. diplomat, however. Because in fact, the actions of the European Union are senseless nonsense from impotent rage. Jupiter, you're angry, so you're wrong.

Photo: AGN “Moskva”

It was not possible to agree on a complete ban on Schengen visas for Russians in Europe, although the Baltic limitrophes insisted on this (apparently, they are especially offended that they were considered exclusively as a transit site, since there was nothing to consider on the site itself after gaining “independence”). We only agreed to stop the simplified procedure for issuing visas and that the countries bordering Russia could impose a ban on the entry of Russians on Schengen visas.

What will change in reality? A visa will rise in price from 35 to 80 euros, more documents will need to be submitted, and the period for obtaining a visa can now be up to 6 months. Perhaps they will introduce restrictions on the number of long-term and multiple-entry Schengen visas issued, or they will be canceled altogether. There is no complete ban on the issuance of short-term visas for tourist trips.

By the way, how many of our people went to Europe?

In pre-Covid 2019, 4.133 million applications were submitted by Russians for Schengen (24% of all visa applications). In 2021 – 536.2 thousand. Two-thirds of our population generally live without passports.

Now, it means that it will be more difficult to obtain a visa. Well, terrible, unbearable suffering now awaits the Russian people. True, only a small layer of the tender metropolitan public will feel them.

The closest neighbors understand this, they see that the EU is underperforming and they are rushing ahead of the locomotive. Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, which already intend to ban the issuance of visas to Russian citizens at the national level.

Finland generally undertook to play the role of a gopnik – they began to take away currency from Russians at the border when leaving. Since it seems like the import of euros into Russia is prohibited. There was no official explanation from the “sanctioners” on this matter, and the Finnish customs officers interpret the ban as they see fit. Mostly on the principle of “what if I find it?”

Don't believe? Attempts to hide cash for transportation across the Finnish border to Russia can be regarded as smuggling, chief customs inspector Jarkko Keskinen warned. Although, maybe the Finns are saving the budget: they stopped paying customs officers salaries and transferred them to pasture – what you find is yours.

But this is not all Finnish novelties. The Finnish government is considering introducing a new type of visa “for human rights activists, members of civil society and opposition journalists.” Such visas for “good Russians”. That's why? In order for the Russian competent authorities to know exactly who to take into circulation?

The idea of ​​creating discontent in Russian society by restricting ordinary people is generally understandable. But the level of its implementation is a good indication of the level of competence of European politicians.

After all, logic dictates that the opposite should be done. It is necessary to make it as easy as possible for Russians to enter Europe – let them see cities brightly lit in the evenings, warm and comfortable houses, the highest standard of living without inflation, friendly transvestites, clean streets without migrant crime, and in general all this is Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité … Well, and compare.

Maybe this is where the dog is buried? In comparison?

And once again, Lavrov is right when he said that “we do not need to close, reciprocate and collectively punish citizens of European countries.” I’ll add on my own: it’s better for Europeans to arrange visa-free travel to Russia. Let them come as much as possible, look, compare. Maybe they will understand.

Welcome to Russia, as they say.


In memory of M.S. Gorbachev

Famous Russian businessman, poet and philanthropist Mikhail Gutseriev shared his memories of the first President of the USSR Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

There are individuals whom history puts on the pages of textbooks. Just like that, out of chronological necessity. And there are those who write this story in a sweeping manner, not shy about blots and edits, crossing out or tearing out entire pages if they are filled with lies and fear.

Photo: Mikhail Kovalev

Such is Gorbachev. With his kind, sincere squint, the famous gesture of throwing his hands forward, meaningful silence. He gave the country youth, speeding up time much, much, thereby turning an hour into a minute. He gave the country a bright, spring morning, sun-drenched, filled with joy, hope, and the future.

He rejected the blood of Afghanistan. He put Orthodox crosses and a Muslim crescent on us, allowed us to read the Bible and the Koran. He allowed us to pray, make pilgrimages and openly confess our faith in God. Only because Gorbachev brought people back to God by destroying the satanic regime that cut people off from the divine universe, the regime that kills clergy, destroys temples, kills and evicts entire nations, he deserves to have his name left for centuries. And even if everything else was a mistake, only by returning people to God, Mikhail Sergeevich has already perpetuated the memory of himself. The right to believe has opened the way for spiritual development to millions of those who are striving for the search for moral truth. But it is important that everything else was done correctly. Mikhail Sergeevich chose a very difficult, but the only true path, not thinking about himself, not looking back at ill-wishers, not looking for benefits, sincerely believing in the historical necessity of transformations. He managed not only to understand this historical necessity, but also to feel it with his big heart.

Gorbachev opened the world to us. And us to the world. Like small unintelligent children, he showed that for a normal, human life, one does not need to steal, but one can simply earn money, one does not have to flee abroad, but one can simply go, that the world is not limited by the editorial of Pravda and sprat in tomato with doctor's sausage. He showed and proved to us that we ourselves, and not the 6th article of the Constitution, should tailor our lives, raise our children, without coercion, without a whip, love and respect our Motherland.

For me, the appearance of Gorbachev, his historical significance repeats the importance of the decision to free the peasants, the collapse of serfdom. Different eras, but does the creation of the first cooperatives, the liberation of rallies and the appearance of Bulgakov on the bookshelves, and Sakharova on the Kremlin podium mean less for modern Russia than the distant decree of Emperor Alexander II?

Today, any words summing up the life of Mikhail Sergeevich pale against the backdrop of the scale of his personality. With his political will and wisdom, unique capacity for work and, of course, sincere devotion to his people, he managed to accomplish the impossible: the countries of the former USSR, choking on the inefficiency of state mechanisms, external and internal conflicts, the passivity of the majority of the population, escaped from the grip of a communist utopia, embarking on a democratic path of development .

Mikhail Sergeevich made a huge contribution to the formation of a new country built on the desire for the fundamental rights and freedoms of every citizen, aimed at integrating into the world economic and political system. He managed to carry out reforms, without which modern Russia is unthinkable, he created the basis for the development of entrepreneurial initiative and market relations. Gorbachev rediscovered capitalism for Russia. And no matter how this system is criticized, time has shown that no one in the world has yet come up with a stronger foundation for the social and financial well-being of society.

With the brightest, warmest feelings, with deep and genuine gratitude, many of his contemporaries and representatives of future generations will remember Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev. Millions of people around the world are grateful to him for the air of freedom and democracy, for perestroika and glasnost, for the opening of cultural and communication boundaries. It is to him that we owe the fact that a free market appeared in the USSR, the first cooperatives, small enterprises, a new type of free people was formed – people of creation who managed to get out of the kitchens onto the streets, those who believed Mikhail Sergeevich in 1985 and followed him , including me.

In my memory he will forever remain young, courageous, thinking boldly, freely and at the same time carefully in relation to eternal human values. I was in the native village of Mikhail Sergeevich – Privolnoye, Stavropol Territory. Was it not by the will of the Most High, by God's providence, that the appearance in this wilderness, a small village, of a person of such a level and significance was determined? But, apparently, it was the knowledge of real life that helped him not to break away from the people, to understand their aspirations, to feel their pain. He was real. I will never forget our rare but very meaningful meetings in Moscow and London, his memories of the country's past, discussions about its present and future, his wisdom and humanity, his concern for the fate of the world and sincere devotion to his family.

I remember meeting with Mikhail Sergeyevich at the Gorbachev Foundation at 39 Leningradsky Prospekt. These were important conversations for me, rich in meaning. I admired the simplicity and naturalness with which Mikhail Sergeevich always carried himself. He had the true dignity of a great man. I remember his smile and glowing eyes, touching attention to the people around him. He was completely devoid of symptoms of the main disease of our time – indifference. A lot fell to his lot: with what modesty he accepted fame and recognition, and with what calm wisdom – treason and unfair reproaches. He knew how to forgive and not keep a stone in his bosom, he was generous. He was always above the fuss and squabbles, not sullying his conscience and good name with either corruption, or acquisitiveness, or betrayal of his homeland. This is how he will always be. Above us…

God has one day, which is a thousand years, and a thousand years, which is one day. Often only time makes obvious what was not visible to contemporaries. But now it does not take thousands of years for humanity to realize the scale of the irreparable loss. I am sure that even today the young generation of free people appreciates and will appreciate the importance for Russia and the whole world of a great man, our compatriot Mikhail Gorbachev.

I express my sincere condolences to the relatives of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev and the staff of the Gorbachev Foundation.

M.S. Gutseriev


Putin told schoolchildren about San Sanych, who turned everything in his head

“Industriousness is not just, excuse me, a rubber butt”

On September 1, Vladimir Putin taught teachers a master class on how new academic year introduced in all Russian schools. He answered many questions of the guys and gave them various useful tips.


Lessons “Talk about the important” according to the plan of the Ministry of Education on a regular basis should begin on September 5. Every Monday, teachers will have conversations with schoolchildren on various patriotic topics, answer their questions and expose fakes that children may inadvertently hear or read on the Internet. But for the excellent students and activists of children's organizations who gathered in Kaliningrad, the first such conversation took place already on September 1. And it was held personally by Vladimir Putin. However, the President, apparently, did not delve too deeply into the recommendations of officials. “We are serious about everything. Some lesson there. But I hope that the conversation will be useful for you,” he told the schoolchildren. According to Putin, adult life begins with a trip to the first class, because he has responsibilities. The main goal of 11 years of study is to find yourself in order to get satisfaction from life. And the successes of each are very important, because they make up the success of the country. After that, the president asked the students to ask him their questions.

None of the children directly asked about the special operation in Ukraine. But Vladimir Putin, apparently, really wanted to answer those who did not have the opportunity to ask. Therefore, taking advantage of the issue of materials for school museums, the president said that the presentation of events should be based on reliable materials. Here he recalled his recent conversation with Minister of Education Sergei Kravtsov, according to whom, children in the DPR, LPR and other Ukrainian territories that came under the control of the Russian Federation did not know about the existence of the Crimean bridge and that Russia and Ukraine used to be part of a single Soviet states. Putin admitted that he opened his mouth when he heard about it. “And not only children, but also adults do not know that Ukraine did not have its own statehood before the formation of the Soviet Union. Even this no one there knows, ”continued VVP. He said that it was the Communist Party that formed Ukraine, transferring a significant part of the historical Russian territories to this republic, although the inhabitants of Donbass and other regions did not want to and opposed it. Initially, according to Putin, they were supposed to go to Russia, but Vladimir Lenin intervened and “ordered to reconsider.” So, against their will, the DPR, LPR and other eastern lands turned out to be part of Ukraine. At the present stage, in 2014, their inhabitants, according to Putin, opposed the coup d'état, and the result of this was the war that Kyiv unleashed against the unrecognized republics. “Our mission is to end this war. To protect people and protect Russia itself,” VVP emphasized, explaining that protection was needed, because. on the territory of today's Ukraine began to create an “anti-Russian enclave”. Therefore, the special operation is fair, it is not “some kind of aggression” on the part of Russia. “You need to know how the Donbass ended up separated from Russia in order to understand whether we are doing something right or not,” Putin said. He also explained to schoolchildren what Russian soldiers are fighting for and dying for in Ukraine: “They are fighting for Russia and for the people who live in Donbas.”

The meeting participants did not ask additional questions on this topic. They were more interested in the president's advice – how not to make a mistake with the choice of a life path, how to choose the right mentor and cultivate the necessary qualities in oneself. One boy called Putin “one of the most disciplined individuals” and asked how he achieved this. However, the GDP refused to recognize itself as a model of discipline. And he named more important, in his opinion, qualities – the desire to achieve the goal, the breadth of views, a creative approach to solving any problems, individual freedom and diligence. “Industriousness is a separate talent, and not just, excuse me, a rubber butt,” Putin believes.

Among his mentors, the president named school teachers, a judo coach, and senior KGB colleague San Sanych , who had been in illegal work for 25 years. “An illegal immigrant is not covered by a diplomatic passport, he takes risks every day,” VVP explained to schoolchildren. San Sanych, according to him, did not expect gratitude. He himself was grateful to the Motherland that at one time she entrusted him with what she did not entrust to others, and he felt his demand. “When I heard this, everything turned upside down in my head,” the president said with feeling, after which it became obvious that the creed of the old intelligence officer had become his own creed. And he is also grateful to the Motherland for the special trust. Responding to another participant in the meeting, Putin confirmed that he was satisfied with the way his life had turned out.