Meeting with Active Participants of the "Everything for Victory!" Forum
Now that the interview’s done, although still generating much discussion, it’s time to get back to the queue of events that were placed on hold. The Plenary Session of the Everything for Victory group was already posted. This is the meeting that preceded that session and was attended by a smaller group of professionals as the Kremlin described:
The forum "Everything for victory!", organized by the All-Russian Popular Front, brought together 600 representatives of various professions from all regions of Russia: workers, engineers of defense enterprises and other industries, employees of the scientific sphere, public organizations, doctors, war correspondents, and volunteers. Within the framework of thematic sections, participants discussed issues related to the organization of assistance to SVOS.
Group photo. The words above Putin mean People’s Front
The event’s video is 80 minutes long and the photos reveal a serious discussion (what discussion with Putin nowadays isn’t serious?). What Putin speaks to at the outset is something that doesn’t seem to exist within Ukraine and is a massive asset for Russia. Readers will find a very sharp contrast to Interview Putin with Defense Industry Discussion Putin, which IMO is how it ought to be. Putin has a major attribute that most other leaders lack that readers have seen but might not have quantified: Hands on and personal involvement in most everything. And readers here at the Gym will certainly see more of it because that’s Putin. Now for the discussion; all emphasis mine:
Vladimir Putin: Dear friends, good afternoon!
You know, you are participants in this process today – here, at the initiative of the Popular Front, a large forum is being held in Tula, one of the recognized historical centers of Russian gunsmiths. It brought together many people who are somehow connected with the conduct of a special military operation, and all their work and life over the past year and a half has been aimed at supporting our guys on the front line.
Of course, we think first of all about them, about people who do not spare their lives and their health in order to ensure the interests of Russia.
But in this big work, it is impossible to achieve success, it is impossible to achieve victories, if there is no support, and the support is very different, versatile. In this regard, of course, the most important contribution to the overall work is made by enterprises of the defense industry and the military-industrial complex. This is a large part of our industry, a large, huge army of people who work in this area.
We have six thousand enterprises that employ 3.5 million people in the military-industrial complex. A lot. But if we keep in mind that in addition to these purely defense enterprises, ten thousand more enterprises are somehow connected with the defense industry, are their subcontractors, their contractors in some part, then you can imagine what this is, what kind of army.
Over the past year and a half alone, 520,000 new jobs have been created in the defense industry, more than half a million jobs. But it's not just like that, people came and get paid. Everyone works there, and they work very hard. They work in two, and in some places in three shifts.
First of all, these are high-tech complexes, research organizations, and design bureaus. The defense industry requires a high level of qualification from engineering personnel and from working personnel, because almost everything is high-tech production.
In order to be successful on the battlefield today, you need to respond quickly and adequately to events taking place on the battlefield. Success is achieved by those who quickly respond to the means of destruction, reconnaissance and suppression that the enemy uses, react quickly to this, and not only find the opportunity to suppress them, but also make their own, more effective means. That's who does it all faster, he wins. This is a current feature of the conduct of armed struggle. And our defense industry is showing very good pace and quality of work here.
Of course, if we compare modern NATO weapons and weapons of the last period of the Soviet era-there it is somewhat inferior. By the way, not always. And if we take our latest weapons, they are clearly superior to everyone, this is an obvious fact. I mean both missile technology, and armored vehicles, and everything that is used on the battlefield.
I must say that we are not only… you not only provide-I am now addressing those who work at these enterprises-not only provide such high quality, but also quantity. Body armor is the most necessary thing. We have increased the production of body armor for our soldiers tenfold, uniforms-2.5 times. Later, when I speak, I will tell you how many times (not as a percentage) the number of armored vehicles, other means of conducting armed struggle, aircraft, rocket technology, including "high-precision" and long-range "high-precision" has increased.
Almost the entire range of products, both quality and quantity are provided at very good, high rates that the country needs. This is what our defense industry does. I know more than that-that people work hard at enterprises, but if necessary, they go directly to the combat zone, directly to the front line, and look at what works and how it works, make appropriate adjustments. What can I say here? If the guys work right on the "front", then this is a real heroism.
For its part, the country is trying to provide this work with the necessary funds, primarily, of course, financial ones. The defense industry knows that concessional financing is secured – 5.5 percent, Promstroybank submits these loans. Moreover, the Ministry of Defense advances this work to customers by almost 80 percent. This is a good help for the rhythmic work of the defense complex. Heads of enterprises (one of them is [V.Filippov] is present here) they were given the right to encourage the work of those who work overtime, and their decisions to accrue appropriate incentive payments.
We will also work and think about solving other social issues, first of all, of course, raising and further raising wages, solving housing issues, and solving social issues in the broadest sense of the word. In general, we will continue to work in all these areas.
But, of course, what the country does is not limited to the work of the defense industry. The work of all our citizens who help the front in one way or another is extremely important here. Among the first of them, of course, I will mention doctors, because doctors on the front line, doctors in military hospitals, doctors in civilian medical institutions do everything to support our children, provide them with help and support, and apply the latest means and methods of treatment in time. This is the most important component of all success.
I'm not even talking about volunteers, this is a very broad movement all over the country. I'm not talking about schoolchildren – I've only recently talked about this when meeting them. People of all ages, not only schoolchildren, but also the elderly, all take part in this huge joint work in one way or another. I do not know, this is probably 99 percent of the entire population of the country. Everyone is here, everyone works for the guys who are at the forefront of fighting with today's neo-Nazis who seized power in Ukraine a few years ago as a result of a coup. And their owners aim them at Russia, use them as a tool in the fight against Russia.
I repeat, the overwhelming majority of our country's citizens are with the army, with the navy, together with our soldiers, and this is the foundation of our success. Because this unity is what the guys who are fighting at the front have behind them. They, feeling this support, of course, gain new strength in order to perform the most difficult and dangerous tasks that they perform.
Perhaps this is what I would like to say first. We still have a broad forum ahead of us. I should note that several years ago we introduced the badge of honor for successful work, and now-yesterday I signed, probably already published, the Decree [on the order] "For Valiant Labor".
In Soviet times, as you know, there were orders that were awarded to people for labor valor – the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and many other rewards. Of course, some of this needs to be restored, especially today, when it is so necessary, so much in demand, and it is necessary to celebrate people who achieve, without any exaggeration, outstanding success in the business to which they devoted themselves, devoted their lives. And today the Tula enterprise "Splav" will be awarded the first such order.
This is probably what I would like to say first. I will be happy to listen to you, your suggestions and comments. Let's discuss it and, if possible, respond as quickly as possible.
A. Litvinova: Hello, Vladimir Vladimirovich!
Dear colleagues, good afternoon!
My name is Anastasia Litvinova, I head the metrological service of one of the leading defense plants in the Tula region – Tulatochmash Joint-stock Company, where we are all now, and I am the chairman of the Council of Young Specialists of our enterprise.
Our employees are involved in the implementation of the state defense order for the production of air defense equipment, including the Pantsir anti-aircraft missile gun system, and landfill equipment. Also, Tulatochmash develops and serially produces melee weapons, flamethrower systems, training equipment, and is engaged in the restoration and adjustment of equipment directly at the field of operation – that's what you mentioned – in military units, in their deployment zones. This is extremely important right now.
We, gunsmiths of Tula, like our grandfathers and great-grandfathers during the Great Patriotic War, work under the motto " Everything for the front! Everything for victory!", and today we are faced with the task of increasing the volume of products produced and developing new products.
The hard work of our engineers is aimed at improving structures and introducing new technologies. Factories deploy new production sites and train young personnel. We are doing everything possible for the speedy and final victory of our Motherland over the enemy.
We, gunsmiths of Tula, are always inspired by the high demand for our products, the products of our enterprises. It is important for us that by conscientiously performing our work, we pay our debt to the Motherland. The management of our factories and our region highly appreciates our work. Our families are confident in the future, and all this drives our teams forward.
I am sure that we, the country's military-industrial complex, can safely be counted among the allies of Russia that Emperor Alexander III once spoke about.
In Soviet times, you noted, there was this motivating practice of awarding orders to enterprises, which inspired collectives to perform labor feats. We are very grateful to you for the fact that yesterday your decree established such an award, because in our region there are many enterprises that deserve this honorary title. This gives us professional pride and marks the high level of cohesion of our teams.
thank you very much.
Vladimir Putin: Please.
Alexander III seems to have also mentioned the Church among Russia's allies, although in Soviet times they preferred not to notice this. The Army, the navy, and the Orthodox Church are just that, in my opinion, but we need to check it out.
And as for defense enterprises in general and Tula in particular-of course, now, we all understand, there are a lot of orders there. But apart from the current requirements of today, I don't know about your company, which makes Pantsiri... And Pantsiri is highly in demand, and I must say that they are very popular on the international arms markets, they are in hot demand like hot cakes – just give it to me. I must say that last year we also decently delivered, oddly enough, our military equipment worth billions of dollars to world markets. But, of course, we need them today in order to cover both civilian objects and infrastructure, because we see how this government behaves-it hits civilian objects, they need to be covered, and the border needs to be covered. Therefore, your products are highly sought after.
But in general, I would like to note that the defense industry enterprises (as strange as it may seem even at first glance, if it is necessary to supply weapons to the front line) have increased the output of civilian products to almost 30 percent – 27 percent, to be more precise-over the past year and a half. This is a very good indicator.
This means that, first of all, we will both load now and reload in the near future with military products, since we need to create stocks, replenish what was used up during the fighting. But among other things, we will strongly support all initiatives related to the development of the civilian part of production.
Therefore, I have no doubts, especially since such enterprises, as I have already said, are enterprises with high quality, level, production culture, high-tech enterprises, they will certainly be provided with work and orders. There is no doubt about it.
So good luck to you. Thank you very much.
You are welcome.
Vladimir Savinov: Hello, Mr President!
Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon!
Vladimir Savinov: My name is Vladimir Savinov, and I work as a shop manager at NPO Mashinostroeniya. As part of the Tactical Missile Armament Corporation, we produce and develop high-precision weapons. Over the past year, we have increased the production of missiles several times.
A lot of people who work on our tasks, completing everything on time, are primarily interested in the housing issue. Our staff has grown significantly over the past year and a half, 40 percent of them are young people, and about a third, unfortunately, do not have their own apartment and are forced to rent.
Since 2012, our corporation has been implementing its own housing program. More than three thousand employees and specialists bought housing at a reduced price, but, unfortunately, many of them took out housing mortgages.
Vladimir Putin: Why "unfortunately"? It's good.
Vladimir Savinov: Yes, very well.
At the same time, some employees were forced to abandon the purchase of housing after the bank announced interest rates.
Here's a live example. A young guy, a locksmith – assembler of a product, came to my shop. Denis came from Bryansk, and you know what a difficult situation there is right now. Recently married, growing up professionally, studying by correspondence, but even at a reduced price, he refused to buy an apartment, because the housing that the company built for him, for employees, that is, the interest rates that the bank announced were very high for him.
Vladimir Putin: Do they have any children?
Vladimir Savinov: No, he just got married.
Vladimir Putin: Give him advice: "Denis, let's have children. Young family – preferential mortgage". And if we immediately give him a preferential mortgage, and the children will be postponed.
Vladimir Savinov: Yes, I agree with you. We must offer it.
Vladimir Putin: Tell him so.
Vladimir Savinov: I will definitely offer it to him. Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich.
I know that there are many preferential programs, including the ones you mentioned. But in the Far East, on your instructions, a program is already working, which already includes employees of defense enterprises. But, unfortunately, there is no such program in other regions yet.
After all, we can make sure that other employees of defense enterprises from all over the country can be included in this program, so that we can attract and retain young promising personnel.
There is also a second point. A very young worker comes to me. He has just arrived, is just joining the team and is not ready to buy a house yet – and on salary, well, there are no funds yet. Is it possible to create a rental housing fund so that defense industry workers can rent this housing for a moderate fee while they are involved in the process, while they are being trained and just gain experience in production?
Vladimir Putin: Please sit down.
Denis, about whom you spoke, what is his salary?
Vladimir Savinov: Now we have an average salary in Reutov for an enterprise somewhere in the order of 89-90 thousand.
Vladimir Putin: This is slightly more than in the country. In the country as a whole, an average of 77 thousand.
Vladimir Savinov: Yes. Now – yes, in the military – industrial complex-it was already said on the forum-salaries have increased significantly.
Vladimir Putin: The average is 77.
Vladimir Savinov: Yes, the average is 77.
Vladimir Putin: See, you're a little taller. But, of course, this "almost" does not allow you to buy an apartment, but nevertheless for young families with children, this benefit remains. And in general, of course, a young family should – well, "should" is not the right word, but it can think about it.
Vladimir Savinov: I will advise him. Yes, of course, I need to talk to his wife about how she is. He can't do it alone, obviously. But let him persuade her, let him persuade her.
Vladimir Putin: Matkapital. Matkapital can already be obtained after the first child with us, we have introduced matkapital for the first child right now. I was only on the second one to encourage [the birth of] a second child, then we decided: okay, we will give mother capital for the first child, and for the second one. I would like more and even more, but these [measures], what the state is now able to [do] in order to maintain the macroeconomic stability of the economy as a whole, are in principle such serious steps there.
Then the support goes not only because of the preferential rate, but we also help to pay off the loan if another child appears – we immediately give 450 thousand rubles to repay the loan, and so on. There is a whole set of benefits appears.
But, of course, children appear, and the family's expenses increase, this is understandable. But the child itself is the whole meaning of life, so you will call him to yourself, or better-together with his wife.
Vladimir Savinov: Very well. Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich.
Vladimir Putin: As for the Far East, you are right. After all, why did they introduce a 2% interest rate? Because we have 12 million people living in the Urals. Do you understand what's going on? We [the country's population] is almost 150 million, and beyond the Urals-12 million, and in order to attract people there, so that people stay there, live there, put down roots, we need to offer them special conditions. That's the point.
I'm not saying that it shouldn't be done in other regions. By the way, we have introduced the same preferential rate for defense industry workers in the Arctic. Both in the Far East and in the Arctic. Just what is the normal logic? If there is such a bid here and there, then they will not go there, they will stay here. That's all. Really?
Vladimir Savinov: Yes, everything is correct.
Vladimir Putin: Of course. But nevertheless, you need to think about it. You know, we probably need to think about at least those cities in the European part, in the Urals, in Siberia, where we need personnel who have to move from other places and who are coming. As in your case, a person has arrived from another city and needs to settle in. But you can think about it. This is the first one.
The second one concerns rental housing. I think I mentioned exactly this in my Address last February. We have already started to do this, and in 2024 the corresponding money from the federal budget will be allocated for the purchase and provision of rental housing and for subsidizing the cost of paying for this rental housing. We, God forbid, have allocated about 1.5 billion rubles for this purpose for the defense industry system and we expect that this will affect 38 thousand people in one way or another, including, of course, employees of your enterprise.
Vladimir Savinov: Thank you, Mr President.
Alexey Dyumin: A very important question has just been raised. We have been working together with our enterprises in our region for a little over a year – the Government was also involved in this work, a special body was created to help – about 15 thousand people got a job at the request of our enterprises.
Vladimir Putin: 15 thousand?
A. Dyumin: 15 thousand, that's for sure. And in the short term, for the period of the new year, 2024, we need another 5 thousand people.
What you are saying now, at the federal level – I think, based on the fact that these are large holdings, large corporations, here we can also talk to the management of our corporations, so that they can also participate in some such areas and provide some lifting services - maybe compensation rent and so on, so that they can expand the social package. They have it, but now is the time when you can… Moreover, the money is big, there is a support bank that works in the interests of the entire defense industry. You can also look at the bank, and the heads of consulting companies and armory holdings.
Vladimir Putin: That's fair enough. You can and should talk. Simply, as soon as you say, give money for something, immediately in response you will hear Yaroslavna crying that there is no money. Although the accounts payable are very large, that is, they are very well credited. There are large amounts of money in your accounts. Defense industry companies have a lot of money. Yes? You probably have one too. All defense industry enterprises have a good financial foundation.
A. Dyumin: From the customer.
Vladimir Putin: The customer has it, but also on the accounts of enterprises. It's true. But there you always need to look at what funds are needed for the implementation of the state defense order, which is increasing, and what the company can spend on solving social issues. Of course, you need to look for sources. The governor [of the Tula region] just didn't say anything about himself. Can the region participate?
Alexey Dyumin: Mr President, the region is participating.
Vladimir Putin: It's clear. That is, in principle, the region can participate, and the enterprise itself, and the federal budget. In such matters of a social nature, everyone should make a decision and everyone should take part, because these are still your people, I mean Tula residents-they also live here, so, of course, they should be taken care of, the enterprise should take care of them, because these are their employees, and the Federation, of course. Our citizens.
Alexey Dyumin: We can't do it without support. 20 percent of the military-industrial complex is located here, in the armory capital. A large number of enterprises – 27 enterprises.
Vladimir Putin: Good. The idea itself is correct, you need to think about it further.
Alexey Dyumin: Thank you.
Vladimir Putin: Please.
Konstantin Bespalov: Mr President, good afternoon! [The man in the wheelchair]
My name is Kirill Bespalov. I am Russian, was born in Crimea, grew up and always waited and knew from childhood that Crimea would return home. Thank you very much for this.
When the SVO began, naturally, he could not stand aside as any patriot, any Russian. Unfortunately, I can't go to the front for health reasons, so I decided to help the guys, carry loads in my car. The machine is equipped with manual control.
On June 6, when the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station was blown up, I was there. We went with two girls-volunteers, took textbooks to the children's school, the day of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was on June 6. And our boys were also taken to the front line a lot of things, on the way back they got under a lot of water, the car sank, the girls got out through the roof. They drove them away, but I stayed in the car, even recorded a farewell video, I think they will find me, I will tell you what I was doing here. Suddenly, our brave guys, special forces, appeared, blocked the water with their car, and pulled me out. My complexion is rather big, they pulled it out. True, at first it didn't work out, then they pulled sharply, I tell everyone, like carrots from the garden.
I will explain why I am focusing on this, because later, over time, they once said: you are now a "carrot", and since you were at the front – you are a "combat carrot". That's how I live with this nickname, or call sign, and now.
The Popular Front found out about this story. I got into the stream on the Popular Front, and caring people from all over the country raised money and helped buy me a new car. I've been driving ever since. The car was marked with a sticker "People's Front. Humanitarian mission, combat carrot". Once, at one of the posts somewhere near Kherson region, soldiers from the Caucasus stopped and said: "Why ' carrot'? You look more like a cabbage." I say :" Here is such a "carrot" turned out."
Now I continue to work, also ride with my combat girlfriend. Her name is Nastya Pinchuk from the organization "Call of the Heart". A real Russian woman, an example to everyone, who sacrifices everything for the sake of victory, for the sake of the Motherland.
Why am I telling you all this? I don't have any requests, I don't need anything. I just wanted to say a huge, big thank you to you for raising the country from its knees at all. You should know that we, in Crimea, are with you. We'll have to fight our way to Washington, and we'll fight our way there. We're all going to heaven anyway.
Thank you very much.
Vladimir Putin: You know, Kirill, you said "thank you" to me, I want to return this "puck" to you, and here's what I want to say. If I wasn't sure that in our country – both in Crimea and throughout our vast Homeland – the overwhelming majority of our citizens think as you do, I wouldn't do anything in Crimea either. But I was sure that both Crimeans and the whole of Russia wanted this return to their homeland. Just as the vast majority of people in the country want to help the Donbass. They don't want to throw people under the wheels of these neo-Nazis.
It pains me to say it now, but I'll say it anyway. When our units withdrew from the Kharkiv region, we know what was going on there, what these scum were doing. Only neo-Nazis can do that. That's what it's all about. That's what we're dealing with.
If it wasn't for this attitude of society, nothing would have happened. We do what people expect us to do.
Now Kirill said about patriotism – it is treated differently at different times and different stamps were pasted. I say "so-called" people, because liberalism is not a curse of some kind, there are also many different directions, but still, people of this direction have long since stuck a stamp like this: patriotism is a refuge for scoundrels. Why? Because there are people who hide behind love for the Motherland, patriotism, and under this sign do anything. There are some of them. Of course, there are always people who abuse something. But this cannot undermine the very idea of love for the Motherland. That's what's important. Here's what we need to understand. And therefore, anyone who tries to slander the love of the Motherland either does not understand what he is doing, or does it deliberately on the order of our enemy. And the very love of the Motherland is a very bright feeling.
Why do we always remember our small homeland and family when we talk about the Motherland, patriotism, and love for the Motherland? Why do we keep talking about this? Why do we put both together in the same row? Yes, it's very simple.
Look at this. If we don't do anything, if we don't protect our people in the Donbas, and now in the Kherson region, Zaporizhia, and Novorossiya, if we don't do anything, if we don't help and abandon people in Crimea, what would our country become in the end? In a decrepit, not self-sufficient, really useless country, which, with its large amount of natural resources, everyone from the outside would pat patronizingly on the head and give us rotten potatoes as humanitarian aid, and at the same time would always think about what and how to chop off.
But we are all here-right in front of my eyes, these two decades, I watched what is happening. The speeches are sweet and good, but everyone is thinking to take a bite out of them, to take a bite out of them here, to create such rules in the world economy so that all our competitive advantages are extinguished, and everything that can be taken away from us, taking into account their advantages in the defense sector, for example, and their advantages in the political sphere.
If we don't want to leave such a decrepit, useless country, if we don't want to doom our children to feel like second-class people, of course, we should not abandon our people in any case – neither in Crimea, nor in Novorossiya or in the Donbas, we must make our country better self-sufficient. This is the main manifestation of sovereignty. And what you are all doing together, in the economy as a whole, when it became clear to the whole world and, most importantly, to ourselves that we are a self-sufficient country.
Look at this. They have an economy ... yes, they will improve, the fundamentals of the economy there-in the United States and in Europe-are good, they will improve. But today they are at the bottom, there is a minus in the main economies. And we have a plus.
It's not just that today it's like this, but that we have shown ourselves and everyone that we are a self-sufficient country. They expected that our financial system would collapse in three months, the economy in six months, and businesses would close. Where will they "close"? I said that only half a million people came to your sector in a year and a half. And so on in many other areas, including in high-tech industries. We are becoming a self-sufficient country in the sphere of economy, finance, defense and security, and in the social sphere.
We are now talking about housing. But we do it all, it all happens. We have the largest figure in the entire history of the country for housing construction – more than 110 million square meters of housing were built. This has never happened before, and we did it.
If we think about the future, what kind of country our children will live in, what we will leave them, it's all together: love for the family, for children, for parents, for a small homeland, for the country as a whole – this is patriotism. So we are on the right track.
Thank you very much.
Dmitry Saprygin: Hello, Mr President!
My name is Denis Saprygin. I was born in Petropavlovsk, North Kazakhstan region, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, we moved to the city of Suzdal in the Vladimir region. I graduated from the Dmitry Pozharsky Vladimir Cadet Corps. In 2016, he moved to Crimea.
Since the beginning of SVO, together with a group of radio electronics and programming enthusiasts, we have developed and produce small-scale devices for detecting and suppressing complex UAVs. It all started with the fact that our fighters turned to us and asked us to develop trench tools for detecting enemy UAVs.
The first device, from the diagram to the product in the case, was made in three weeks in April 2022 and handed over to a group of snipers working in Popasnaya. The device proved to be effective, and we decided to continue this direction. So we came up with the idea to equip at least key units in the SVO zone with drone detectors. We were supported by the head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and the management of the company CEN, where I work.
Our Russian Dome Design Bureau has developed and manufactured a number of instruments. Some of them have already been accredited and recommended for purchase by the Ministry of Defense. But in order for all this to be comprehensive and timely, we got acquainted with the Kulibin Club of the Popular Front through bloggers, and we developed the concept of supplying individual or semi-stationary drone detectors with placement on equipment along with Thunderstorm-type suppressors. Together, we have already delivered more than 1,200 complexes to the front.
Separately, I would like to mention our colleagues who make Groza suppressors, because they actively develop and produce effective suppressors, although this is not their main specifics. We always get feedback from the front line, make our devices more efficient and better. Now some models are even the size of a wristwatch.
Based on our experience, it is the complex issue of detecting, suppressing and countering enemy UAV calculations that gives the maximum effect. So, with timely detection, it is possible to suppress up to 80 percent of enemy UAVs. We toured the units along the entire line of contact to train our fighters themselves in the correct use. Sometimes we have to leave even at night, when our assault groups enter new frontiers, in order, so to speak, to have time to deliver devices to the fighters along the gray line.
A week ago, my colleagues from the Ministry of Defense and the Popular Front visited the UPMI [Department of Advanced Interspecific Research and Special Projects of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation]. Our colleagues were interested in our devices, and we agreed that after the forum we would immediately go to the test site.
In connection with all our activities, I have a question. We know that a large project is currently being implemented in the country to create domestic radio electronics. Can we integrate into it, synchronize our developments and get some kind of access to the element base produced in the country for radio transmitting and receiving devices?
Vladimir Putin: You have just said yourself how important what you do is. I can only repeat that you are already a professional, which I do not consider myself, but I know for sure that this is important, because in daily contacts with the military, with the guys who are fighting on the front line, all this is clear.
I only talked to the General Staff in the morning. At one of the sites, of course, the complexity of the situation is related to unmanned aerial vehicles. This is almost always the case. Therefore, what you do is extremely important, and, of course, we need to help you. Denis Manturov is here, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry. We are now investing most of our money in reviving microelectronics, not just radio electronics, but microelectronics. But all the same, we have relevant research institutions in this area, they are working, and they are working efficiently, and they are achieving good results.
Unfortunately, there is, to put it mildly, something to work on. This is our Achilles ' heel, one of them. But we are moving in the right direction, the horizon is not constantly moving away. Competitors are moving too, but our pace is quite good. I won't go into details now, because there are some things that are very sensitive, and it's better not to talk about them out loud yet.
But the fact that you need to be supported – Denis Valentinovich, take a look, please, talk to a colleague, especially through existing, functioning, well-functioning research institutes, this can definitely be done. See what you can do to help the guys, okay? Make.
Elena Zubun: Hello, Mr President.
I am Elena Zubun, head of the regional executive Committee of the Popular Front of the Irkutsk region.
We have been collecting money and ammunition for more than a year and a half under the motto "Everything for victory!". We collected 11 billion rubles. I would like to thank the residents of the country who do amazing things for our children. Only 3.5 million people transferred money, and most of them are ordinary people. Most of all transfers – 1 thousand rubles, send both 500 and 300-who can do as much as they can, bring things. The Popular Front started doing this because there was a big request from citizens who wanted to help our military on the front line.
We, the People's Front from the Irkutsk region, went to the front line, took everything collected and purchased to the guys 13 times, and we know for sure that motor vehicles are in the top of requests. And in December alone, 63 cars were sent from our region alone, and most of them are from ordinary people. Many thanks to the Russian railway workers, without them it would have been impossible to deliver equipment for almost six thousand kilometers.
And I also have such a dear thing to my heart-a medal from our tankers. Back in March of last year, I asked the guys what they needed most. They answered: an excavator is a lot of earthworks that are difficult to perform manually on the front line. I began to search, and in the north of the Irkutsk region, entrepreneur Ivan responded, handed over his excavator, called it "Ilim" -like a river, a tributary of the Angara, and among the tankers there was an excavator operator with 20 years of experience, having received the equipment, he immediately fell in love with it.
Vladimir Putin: How can Ivan stay away from the interests of the army? Of course not. The Russian Army.
E. Zubun: By the way, the excavator operator is also Ivan. Now the excavator is working around the clock, and Ivan continues to help. He has already purchased and sent spare parts for several million rubles and says that after the victory he will make this excavator a monument to the SVO.
We try to put the right things in all the cars that we bring. And most of all, electronic warfare, detectors and "Groza" are very much in demand – what Denis Saprygin just said. And recently, the Ministry of Industry and Trade purchased one and a half thousand UAZ trucks from Sollers at once. We are now delivering them and distributing them together with the Ministry of Defense to military units.
More than 800 cars have already been delivered, and the military received another 800 cars due to the fact that the authorities and state corporations can now transfer unused cars to the Popular Front. This is an invaluable support for our guys, these are thousands of lives saved, and I know that these are two of your decisions.
Thank you very much for this.
Vladimir Putin: These are my decisions, but they were made in response to the wishes formulated by the guys at the front and your colleagues from the Popular Front. This is a natural response to the needs of people who are at war. Indeed, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has purchased one and a half thousand UAZ trucks.
You said that citizens have collected 11 billion rubles. You see, it's not even about the amount, but the fact that people go, and give a thousand, as much as they can, to support our guys who are risking their lives on the front line. This, of course, is evidence of the unity of Russian society, of the unity of Russia, and of a multi-ethnic, multi-faceted, multi-confessional Russia. And this general attitude to the current events, the general concern for the future of the country, of course, is even shocking, there is something in it. There is something in this that absolutely reliably guarantees Russia's victory.
Thank you very much to you and your colleagues. Once I was in Volgograd, and the name of this movement was born – the Popular Front. It turned out to be very useful. Thank you very much.
And, of course, a huge thank you to all the citizens of the country and a low bow for everything they do to support our fighters.
Elena Zubun: Mr President, I still have a question.
The Popular Front has revealed one injustice: when assigning social benefits to children in families of conscripts, where the income of parents is taken into account, that it should not exceed the norm, and the salary of children who serve on the front line, it is not taken into account. That is, they have this benefit, in the families of those who are mobilized, for the families of those who are mobilized, there is such a benefit. And the relatives of their comrades-in-arms-contract soldiers and volunteers-do not have this benefit.
Vladimir Putin: I don't really understand what kind of benefit we are talking about specifically?
E. Zubun: Social benefits for children. For example, early pregnancy, when a woman is registered, is a payment. For example, [payments] from three to seven years inclusive.
In families of conscripts, the salary is not taken into account, that is, a certain limit on the income of the parents of the family, when this allowance can be assigned. It turns out that in the families of conscripts, the income of children who serve in the SVO is not taken into account. But contractors and volunteers – their relatives do not have this benefit. Is it possible to equalize their rights?
Vladimir Putin: We need to fix this. I have to take a look and sort out the details.
Of course, I have said many times that all those who fight should have equal rights. What difference does it make to the state, along which line a person got into a war zone? Of course, everyone should have absolutely identical rights. We'll definitely take a look.
Elena Zubun: Thank you very much.
Vladimir Putin: But we just need you to tell our colleagues what specific benefits we are talking about. We will definitely do it.
E. Zubun: All right, I'll put it concretely. Thank you very much.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you for paying attention to this.
Yes, please, please.
A. Grechko: Good health, dear Vladimir Vladimirovich!
Vladimir Putin: Are you a doctor?
Alexander Grechko: Yes. Thanks
Andrey Grechko, Director of the Federal Center for Neuro-Resuscitation.
We are engaged in the rescue and recovery of the most severe category of patients – with brain catastrophes, who are in critical condition. At the same time, we perform a full range of high-tech neurosurgical operations, including skull reconstruction.
I really wanted to help our guys on the front line. And we talked about our opportunities in the Popular Front. We were immediately supported and supported by everyone who could: the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Science, the Ministry of Health and the Popular Front itself. We have organized permanent work in the special military operation zone on a rotational basis. We have permanent medical shifts there, we perform high-tech open-brain surgeries there, and we performed 200 such operations last month alone. Together with our colleagues from the military department, we sort and select the most serious patients, whom we evacuate from Lugansk, Rostov, from all absolutely military hospitals in the Moscow region, as well as Belgorod, Kursk, Voronezh and a number of other cities.
A simple example is a recent one: a 30-year-old boy, a sergeant, was hit by a mine-explosive [wound] – a fragment [hit] the brain, changed direction, went into the neck, broke the carotid artery, the jugular vein. Coma, critical condition-taken over, eight weeks of neuro-resuscitation. Now the guy is asking back, absolutely restored. Professional happiness is simple, by God.
And I would like to emphasize that the center currently has everything…
Vladimir Putin: Asking to go back where? To the front?
A. Grechko: Yes, this is the first thing he started talking to us about, when he started communicating with us, when his verbality was restored: "Will I be able to serve further?"
Hundreds of patients go through our hands after a coma, all of them who can, immediately start talking, they immediately ask this question. All of them, without exception. It's just amazing. We also learn from them.
Vladimir Putin: We have amazing people.
A. Grechko: Amazing.
Vladimir Vladimirovich, I would like to emphasize that the center has serious competitive advantages on the world stage in terms of competencies, science, and clinics.
At the moment, the number of children and adolescents who need high-tech assistance in neuro-resuscitation and neuro-rehabilitation in the same intensive care unit continues to increase. The issue is very complex and expensive, and, of course, there is such a dream in the future – to create such a center. And taking into account the fact that doctors have a constant, now very extensive experience of working with patients in critical condition, scientists and our high technologies will allow us to create such a center very quickly.
We have a huge request to you, Mr President, if possible, to instruct the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation to work out the issue of creating a center for early neurorehabilitation in a high-tech neuro-intensive care unit. We can save many children's lives.
Thank you very much, Vladimir Vladimirovich.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you very much for what you are doing. Please convey the warmest words of gratitude to all your colleagues who work with our guys, with the military.
But I would like to clarify. We have the [Russian Neurosurgical Research Institute] Polenov, in my opinion, in St. Petersburg, and there are leading leading research institutions in Moscow. How should the center you are talking about differ from them? I just want to understand what it is.
Alexey Grechko: The Federal Scientific Clinical Center for Resuscitation and Rehabilitation – the full name of the center-deals specifically with the recovery of patients who are in a long-term critical condition. These are the consequences of traumatic brain injury, strokes, and neuro-oncology.
When it comes to FNKTSRR, these are the most serious patients, who, if we do not take the military departments now, we evacuate from our colleagues from the Burdenko Institute of Neurosurgery, from the Institute of Emergency Medicine, and put them on their feet. This is a long stay in the neuro-intensive care unit and an early, first stage of neuro-rehabilitation in the neuro-intensive care unit.
We are very well equipped, very well equipped, and we have had this center built not so long ago over the years…
Vladimir Putin: Are we talking about transforming your center into the institution you mentioned?
Alexander Grechko: No. We treat only adults. And we have focused science, we have a lot of science, we develop technologies. And even in December of last year, our team received the prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology.
Vladimir Putin: Do you want "childhood" to appear there as well?
Alexander Grechko: Yes.
Vladimir Putin: Look, the Health Minister should be here in Tula right now, and we will go with him to the cancer treatment facility that has already been opened, and he will be there today. I'll talk to him now and ask him to… What, he won't be there?
Remark: There will be a video conference call on the videoconferencing system.
Vladimir Putin: It will be on the VKS, of course, it will be connected. But it doesn't matter, we will still have contact with him today, I will talk to him, I will definitely tell him about it. I think if he's here, you could talk directly today. But it doesn't matter, please leave all your details. (To A. Dyumin.) Alexey Gennadyevich, please take it. Okay?
A. Grechko: Thank you very much. The Ministry of Health is aware of this issue and is also working on it. We are subordinate to the Ministry of Science.
Vladimir Putin: I'll talk to him. I will talk to him and I will definitely talk to the Minister of Science today. Okay?
Alexey Grechko: Thank you very much. May God grant you good health. Thanks
Vladimir Putin: Thank you very much.
Alexey Dyumin: The broadcast is on, and the Minister is watching it now.
Vladimir Putin: He sees us, doesn't he? Good. Alexey says that the Minister sees us. But I'll talk to him anyway, no matter what he sees. This is very important, I understand.
Thank you very much. It's such a difficult job for you.
A. Grechko: She's a favorite.
Vladimir Putin: My favorite? I can't imagine how this can be a favorite job, poking around in the brain, just some horror. But it is people, apparently, so the soul and heart are set up to help people. This is a mission, just like a priest's mission.
Good luck to you! thank you very much.
Mikhail Kamyshev: Good afternoon, Vladimir Vladimirovich!
My name is Mikhail Kamyshev, I am engaged in digital development in the Popular Front.
With the support of the Main Intelligence Directorate, we have developed a mobile application "Radar", which helps all Russian citizens to send a signal about an enemy drone to the competent authorities.
It works very simply: you need to download the app, point your mobile device in the direction of movement of this object, take a photo. That's it. A few seconds, and the signal is received.
I would like to thank the Ministry of Defense for responding to our public initiative and supporting us. This is really very expensive. The app has already been downloaded by more than 350 thousand Russians, and more than two thousand signals have already been received.
Thanks to the "Radar", as the military says, it was possible to eliminate more than 10 drones. The information that enters the system helps the Ministry of Defense not only in eliminating targets, but also in analyzing the route of UAV movements, in understanding the types of UAVs, in regionality, and so on.
The app is available for all Android phones. Apple, apparently, is participating on the side of the enemy in the SVO, because they removed not only the Radar app, but also all the Popular Front apps in general. But we supported this functionality in Telegram.
Recently, we came across a similar app in Ukraine and found a very interesting feature. Unlike us, they first need to watch three commercials before sending a signal about a drone, and only then will they be able to report it. Yes, there are all sorts of casinos advertising and so on. Nightmare. A very significant difference, of course.
Vladimir Putin: Remember the "12 chairs": "I recognize my brother Fedya." Or who is there, what brother is there.
Mikhail Kamyshev: Yes.
I try to communicate with all citizens who leave messages to modify the app and improve it.
One of the recent stories. Alexander from the Voronezh Region went out in the evening to take a walk in the yard without a phone and saw a drone. He remembered that he had heard about the "Radar" app, ran home to get his phone, and while he was returning to the street, he managed to download the app, register, and also give a signal. And this signal helped bring down the drone. That is, instant reaction and success.
Vladimir Putin: What's his name?
M. Kamyshev: Alexander.
Vladimir Putin: Greetings to Alexander Goryachy. Well done.
Mikhail Kamyshev: I will definitely tell you and call you back.
We plan to create a map of safe shelters in Belgorod with the ability to build routes to them through the app, as well as integrate with 112 systems so that we can notify citizens about the danger through notifications in the app.
Taking advantage of this unique opportunity, I would like to advertise the application: download " Radar.NF", and to thank all the citizens who have already downloaded and use it. And also yesterday, at the digital security session, there was a very heated discussion, and we formed proposals for you, Vladimir Vladimirovich.
I would like to add "digital hygiene" lessons to computer science classes in schools, that is, introduce them, integrate them, so that our children from school understand perfectly well how to distinguish fake from non-fake, how to understand information, and develop critical thinking in them, since the enemy is fighting not only on the battlefield, but also on the battlefield. a digital battlefield.
Thank you very much.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you for your suggestions.
I will definitely talk to Minister Sergey Kravtsov, I promise you. But you've already done half the job, because you were so professional in looking at the camera and setting out what you needed, paying attention to what you were offering. The offers are good and certainly in demand. We will definitely work on this. But our schools are already engaged in digital education in one way or another, but at different levels and in different ways, but nevertheless this is a very important area. Thank you for your suggestions.
Mikhail Kamyshev: Thank you.
Vladimir Putin: Well, are we going to finish up? No, we won't, of course.
Elena Nikolaeva: No, it's too early.
Vladimir Vladimirovich, I have a presentation of our product, our innovation, and how can I convey it to you?
Vladimir Putin: Give it to the guys, they're sitting in the back.
Elena Nikolaeva: Hello again, my name is Ekaterina Nikolaeva, I have been developing and manufacturing fire-resistant equipment for motorsport for more than 20 years. I am a biologist-physiologist, Candidate of Sciences in the Biology Department of Moscow State University, and an economist – technologist in the textile industry. Plus, I'm a racing driver, a master of sports in motorsport. That is, my profile is here from all sides.
Vladimir Putin: What cars did you race?
Elena Nikolaeva: We drive Nivas for rally raids, and now I am the organizer of autocross, the chairman of the Cross-Country Committee of Moscow and the Moscow region, the organizer.
Vladimir Putin: It's a dangerous sport.
Elena Nikolaeva: I am here to further deepen our knowledge of burns and fire resistance…
Vladimir Putin: Make it thicker and wider.
Elena Nikolaeva: Yes. Our youngest son is also a racing driver. When he was 11 years old, he was involved in a racing accident. Back then, children still went in ordinary clothes. Immediately, on this day, a law was passed that children too… I had fought for many years to make it. In one day of our trouble, the law was immediately passed. Accordingly, the child is completely healthy, a 15-year-old blockhead, a champion, continues to ride, a basketball player. But we treated him so long and hard that even now we are convinced that it is much more important to prevent burns than to treat them so hard and long.
Vladimir Putin: His car was on fire, wasn't it?
E. Nikolaeva: Yes, a buggy. It overturned, spilled gasoline, that is, there may not have been much saved and something else.
Knowing what kind of tailoring we have, knowing what kind of experience we have, knowing our family history, Kulibin Club (it was already mentioned today) from the Popular Front turned to us and said: let's develop everything together for tankers. Because the functionality of clothing and tasks for tankers and racers are exactly the same. That is, an object caught fire, no matter whether it's a tank or a racing car, now it's "banging". It is not necessary to extinguish, no one can extinguish, we must quickly run away.
In other words, what is the functionality of clothing? Clothing should withstand 40-45 seconds of direct fire, clothing should be very light, comfortable, do not restrict movement, clothing should not catch on anything. That is, the clothing of firefighters and the Ministry of Emergency Situations, it is radically different – they are standing there inside the fire. That is, nothing in common.
When we were sending the first shipments, they were filming TV reports with us, and our report was seen by Lieutenant-General of the Chemical Protection Forces Igor Anatolyevich Kirillov. I do not know how, but a day later I visited him at the Ministry of Defense. We burned a few rags together, and he twirled and twisted and tasted our coveralls almost to the teeth, and was completely delighted. So we are ready to help not only the drivers of armored vehicles, tankers, but also our valiant flamethrowers.
Vladimir Putin: You see, we have strong, necessary people not only at the level of soldiers and ordinary officers, but also at the level of generals.
E. Nikolaeva: His subordinates told me while I was being led away: "You know, he takes care of every soldier." While I was being led, this was told to me: "That's why you're here."
And the Popular Front and I have sent several parties, and we are currently discussing which circulations will go further. And here the seriousness, how we approach all this, the level is very important. We test fabrics for fire resistance at military-chemical landfills, that is, we burn all the options many times, we test not only according to all the racing criteria,but also military ones. Plus, we are constantly stuck at the tank training ground, we put tankers in our overalls, and they climb back and forth. And they are very much asking for more of them, in large numbers.
And we took all the available, accumulated 60 years of experience in world motorsport, how to make fire-resistant equipment. Starting in the 60s of that century, fire-resistant equipment was introduced in motorsport. What's the most important thing? Multi-layered: two layers and an air gap between them, and only this kit provides maximum protection.
If the top layer-a racing or tanker jumpsuit-is a rather complex product, then the bottom layer is a balaclava, all non-flammable underwear and gloves-we undertake to produce a huge amount very quickly. And just this one set, worn even under a normal suit, will already give 50 percent protection from fire.
Vladimir Vladimirovich, the production of aramid fabrics in our country is now, so to speak, at the very beginning. We are still at the beginning. And we are ready to use all our extensive experience, we have a lot of experience on Aramids, all our best practices, plus some personal history, we treat this all very painfully, we are ready to put all our strength, all our soul, to protect as many of our guys as possible from the fire as quickly as possible. And we can do it.
Vladimir Putin: Great. For my part, how can I support you? You already have such contacts in the Ministry of Defense.
Elena Nikolaeva: I won't say anything.
Vladimir Putin: That is, I met him, hugged him, kissed him, and said that everything was fine.
E. Nikolaeva: No, they gave me a gas mask.
Vladimir Putin: Did they give it to you?
Elena Nikolaeva: Yes.
Vladimir Putin: Should we try to push your idea more energetically?
E. Nikolaeva: I do not know, there are not so many flamethrowers, there are not so many" Sunbeams " – well, how many we have, but there are a lot of tankers and armored vehicle drivers.
Vladimir Putin: There are more and more Solntsepeks. They work very efficiently. Yes, they also use armored vehicles.
Please leave all your details – where you work, all your details, okay? I'll talk to the Minister.
E. Nikolaeva: And who should I leave it to?
Replica: The data is all there.
E. Nikolaeva: Exactly, everything is there.
Vladimir Putin: Do you have any data? (To D. Manturov.) I'll talk to the Minister today. And you yourself are a Minister, even more so-a Deputy Prime Minister.
Ultimately, this is a matter of industry, so the Minister is here, he is also a deputy prime Minister, a big boss. So you can talk to him directly, and I'll come back to this issue a little later and see what's been done there.
Elena Nikolaeva: Thank you very much.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you very much for doing this.
You just said that when a car or tank is on fire, there is nothing to put out, we must evacuate as quickly as possible. You're right, that's what you should do, because the ammunition can detonate and so on.
But I know of other cases. When our tank was damaged and caught fire, the tank commander pulled the crew out to a safe zone, returned himself, extinguished the tank, then attached it to another tank and returned it to the unit, and then to the repair base.
We have a lot of such guys. But you're right – security comes first. So let's do this, and then Denis Valentinovich [Manturov] will report to me after a while and tell me what has been done in your direction. Ok?
Thank you very much.
I think we need to move out, because – you know – a lot of people have gathered for the second part of the event. Everyone's in the gym already, right?
Alexey Dyumin: Yes, 800 people.
Vladimir Putin: There are 800 people in the hall.
Come on, you tell me, and we'll leave it at that, especially since you've already taken the microphone.
G. Yakovleva: Hello, Mr President.
My name is Galina Nikolaevna. I came from Donetsk. I have been working at the Republican Center for Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine for 43 years.
All our residents and health workers thank you for standing up and accepting us to the Russian Federation. It's very hard for us right now. We serve not only residents of the city-wounded soldiers, people injured after the shelling. But we are not alone, we are at home, we feel the great care of our whole country, all these guys who help us.
Colleagues from other regions, doctors from the Ministry of Health of the Belgorod Region come to us. We have recently been helped with new cars and new medical equipment, which we did not have in Ukraine. I have been working for 43 years, but I have never seen such new equipment appear in our company. We are all happy, we just asked you to pass on a big thank you.
The Popular Front and Doctor of Peace helped provide the ambulance with bulletproof vests and hard hats, they are also very necessary and help us. Every day, a mobile brigade in its own city can come under fire.
Last summer, a paramilitary mountain rescue unit was heavily shelled. We were the first to reach the wounded people who were hiding in the destroyed houses. All the cars were on fire, the houses were on fire, black smoke was pouring out, it was impossible to see where anyone was at all. We brought the wounded out of hiding, and somewhere in the distance a man was shouting: "Help!" It was useless to go to him, it was deadly, because everything was burning, cracking, we didn't know how to get to him, but we had to crawl. When we got to him, he had a traumatic leg amputation and was bleeding profusely. After helping him, we couldn't carry him because we couldn't physically carry him, so we took him by the hands and slowly moved him, about five centimeters at a time, to the shelter. And the shelter is the walls of a destroyed house. We sat for about an hour and a half. The fire that started to burn everywhere and around us-the driver noticed this and ran with a soft stretcher to us, and then there was another explosion. We pulled out this victim, and the guys from the Ministry of Emergency Situations and journalists who came to film this event came to our aid. When we were hospitalized in traumatology, we went outside to the car, the whole car was hit by shrapnel, all the equipment was damaged. If our driver hadn't come running to us at that moment, he would have died on the spot.
Recently, the ambulance service has been a target for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We lost six people: three paramedics, two drivers and an orderly. This is after the second arrival, when they provided assistance to the victims. Every day there is a mobile brigade, it is one big family – we also go to the shelling, saving the lives of others, risking our own lives.
Vladimir Vladimirovich, I would like to resolve the issue of our drivers. Medical staff, doctors, paramedics, orderlies receive a special payment, but drivers do not, but they risk their lives together with us. Is it possible to provide some kind of payment for them?
Thank you very much.
Vladimir Putin: You may have noticed that while you were talking, there was complete silence in the hall. And your story doesn't need a comment, I can't even add anything to it, and I don't want to add anything to it. What is called the Ukrainian Armed Forces has, of course, turned into such a terrorist organization. They shoot at ambulances.
You know, I remember some time ago, a year ago, I don't remember, I didn't say anything about it (we don't have anything so secret here anymore), the interception was just when the APU armored vehicles were trying to enter Donetsk. Interception. Just tankers talking to each other on the connection in the tank. A local resident came out of the house, from a private house, he has a family there, the children are running around somewhere. One of the tankers, a soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, took and shot him, and he came out in a tracksuit. The second [soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine] asks him: "Why did you do this?" Just a man in a tracksuit came out of the house, he has a family at home, and you can hear the children running around there. Answer: "They're all terrorists here." Just like that, he took it and shot it. What is it but neo-Nazism? That's what it is. Not to mention the applause for the real SS men in Canada. This is such a practice. And shooting at medical personnel, at medical vehicles.
What I've told you is just an intercept, I just need to read it. These are not made-up stories. And you just told me – of course, it's impossible to think of that.
In this regard, I want to say something. First of all, we know the burden on you and the medical staff of these territories as a whole. We know that there are wounded and seriously wounded, there are both local guys and ours. And your girls, young nurses, how they take care of these people – they are all your heroines. You're all heroines and heroes out there, that's for sure perfect.
So I don't even want to comment on anything. I just want to convey my most sincere thanks to you, bow low and say that, of course, we will certainly resolve this issue regarding drivers.
G. Yakovleva: Thanks
Hard to summarize after that last story when the same sorts of happening occur in Gaza daily. If Ukies are terrorists for shooting at ambulances, doing “double taps” and such, then the Zionists are also terrorists. There can be no double standards on this issue. I wonder if Putin made the connection or someone on his staff made it for him. If not, then a serious problem exists.
The amazing pulling together of Russians is once again displayed in this discussion. Personally, I’m again astounded. But there was one critical factor this meeting brought out that provides one of the reasons why the West cannot expand its weapons production—there’s no social support, not to mention lack of skilled workers. But even if there were enough workers, there’re no places for them to live given the dear costs of housing. And to expect MIC corps to provide housing for their employees?!? In the West, that’s not going to happen because of Neoliberal dogma and decades of anti-labor legislation combined with the misnamed Protestant Work Ethic.
Another important point brought forth: recognition of outstanding effort at the national level that was a Soviet norm and has slowly returned to Russia for what ought to be obvious reasons. The West doesn’t practice anything like that and gets predictable results. And the Neocon answer to these sorts of discussions: Russian Propaganda. Right. And Apple’s attempt to block the drone-spotting app from its phones never happened—what an amazing invention, and the EW entrepreneurs with their anti-drone devices the size of a wristwatch.
Those in the Deep State made a big mistake regarding Russia, thinking that after WW2’s extension via the Cold War and the destruction to Soviet society during the 1990s that somehow Russians wouldn’t fight back when given the chance? Russians well knew the terrorists were sponsored by CIA and what their goal was. They knew who was responsible for Serbia, Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I wonder what contemporary Russians would say about 911. IMO, the massive show of support for Putin, Russia, and the troops is not only genuine, but is also done to send a message to those watching their events—not people like us but the spooks. Like the Crimean guy in the wheelchair who well knows Russia’s enemy: “We'll have to fight our way to Washington, and we'll fight our way there.” His following remark showed a degree of fatalism that we might as well go down fighting for our freedom as “[w]e're all going to heaven anyway.”
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