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Russia Celebrates 65th Anniversary Of Victory Over Fascism
May 9 (EIRNS)The leaders and population of Russia, Ukraine, and the other countries formerly in the Soviet Union today marked the 65th anniversary of victory over Nazi fascism in the Great Patriotic WarWorld War II. In Russia, it was a huge patriotic mobilization, with parades from Kaliningrad in the West to Vladivostok on the Pacific scheduled to coincide in time, and the national news. Surviving veterans, now all in their late eighties, received free rail passes to come to Moscow, where the festive military parade also included a NATO grouping for the first time ever. In Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), where the Nazi invasion began to be turned back, the parade was led by one of the famous Soviet T-34 tanks, brought out of its usual museum location.
From Red Square, President Dmitri Medvedev led a group of visiting heads of state on foot to the eternal flame by the Kremlin wall, which marks the tomb of an unknown soldier from the Great Patriotic War. At the wreath-laying, he was flanked by President Hu Jintao of China, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and President Shimon Peres of Israel, together with leaders of the former Soviet republics.
In the late evening, a crowd estimated at 2.5 million people came out for a Victory Day fireworks display in Moscow.
Russian Commentator Notes LaRouche's Diagnosis of BRIC as a Controlled Creation
May 5 (EIRNS)Circulation in Russian of Lyndon LaRouche's March 13 webcast, in which he exposed the "BRIC" construct (Brazil-Russia-India-China) as controlled through the London Rothschilds' Inter-Alpha Group, is shaping discussion of the latest financial crisis developments among Russian commentators. The webcast video, with Russian voiceover, has been viewed by thousands of people.
In an April 29 column for FinTimes.ru and his own blog, financial commentator Mikhail Khazin cited LaRouche in connection with Russian "Subprime" Minister Alexei Kudrin's latest travels in the United States. Kudrin's included mission was to renegotiate Russia's World Bank quota. Noting that the so-called BRIC countries make up less than 50% of the World Bank quotas, Khazin added: "Incidentally, the very term BRIC was originally proposed by Goldman Sachs, which has recently been in the news because of accusations of fraud.... In the opinion of the well-known American dissident Lyndon LaRouche, this was done expressly in order that the financial authorities of Russia and Brazil, which are controlled by the world financial elite (such as Goldman Sachs), would serve to 'dilute' the stronger and, most importantly, more independent financial teams of India and China."
Japanese Governors See Future in East Siberian Development
May 6 (EIRNS)A group of Japanese governors is visiting Vladivostok in Russia's Far East. Gov. Wataru Aso of Fukuoka, who heads the National Governors' Association, and the governors of four other prefectures facing the Sea of Japan, arrived in the city yesterday.
They met with Gov. Sergei Darkin of Russia's Maritime Province, besides touring various development projects. Darkin called for further Japanese involvement in more than 60 development projects now underway in Vladivostok and elsewhere in his province. An increasing number of Japanese municipalities have shown interests in those projects. Some of them have set up offices in Vladivostok to help Japanese companies launch businesses in the region.