May 10, 2023Liked by Cynthia Chung

Thank you Cynthia for posting this song. There is a history behind this folk song. In the 16th century and before the advent of steam engines, barge haulers pulled ships along the rivers against the current. The main "water road" was the Volga. Most often, these were desperate people who lost their household or had to do this by a court verdict, as hard labor( sometimes even women!).

Artels of barge haulers were assembled in the same way as men's, based on a thousand pounds of cargo (which is 16,360 kilograms). It took five women and three men. The work of barge haulers was monotonous and extremely difficult. Only the wind helped, which sometimes could be fair and blew into the sails. Walking heavily, people moved along the shore, and when it became very difficult, they sang songs.

It’s recognized part of Russian history, added in school education program in respect of hard labor and human sacrifice.

You can read more about it in this link: https://kulturologia.ru/blogs/191120/48194/

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May 10, 2023Liked by Cynthia Chung

When they try to silence our Victory, forget it, erase it from the memory of entire generations and peoples, it is useful to recall that in World War II they held out against the German troops:

Denmark - 6 hours;

Luxembourg - 1 day;

Holland - 5 days;

Yugoslavia - 11 days;

Belgium - 18 days;

Greece - 24 days;

Poland - 27 days;

France - 1 month and 12 days;

Norway - 2 months and 1 day.

Pavlov's house in Stalingrad held out for 58 days.

The Soviet Union held out for four years (1418 days) and ended the war in the enemy's lair - Germany capitulated.

Everyone should remember this. We need to tell our children and grandchildren about this - so that they remember!

Vasily Lanovoy

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Mama Rossiya w/English cc


с мама россией навсегда!

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May 10, 2023·edited May 11, 2023Liked by Cynthia Chung

i really appreciate the cultural insight, thank you, it communicates more feelings of the day and the people

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Thank you, Cynthia -- for posting this and honoring Russia 🇷🇺 It made me weep, listening to these, but it wasn’t sadness...it was the beauty of the music, the men’s glorious voices lifted up, and the depth of meaning behind the words.

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Thank you Cynthia! Its one of the songs that I grew up with, and its dear to my heart

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Thanks for reminding us that the Soviet Union lost 21 million people fighting the Nazis. China lost 33 million. The bulk of the Japanese army was in China, as the bulk of the Wehrmacht was on the Eastern front. The Normandy invasion and the Pacific island hopping campaign were sideshows compared to these.

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As fascism and its worst form, Nazism, rears its ugly head once again, the world will learn the costs of the loss of the USSR as the bulwark against the horrors that movement will inflict on us all. Shame on the USA for what it has done to remove the most valuable asset in eliminating fascism, as it moves in that direction itself.

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Thank you!!!

Happy Victory Day! The final Victory is in the making as we speak, in Novorossiya. The magnitude of the battle is of civilizational survival scale and we will be victorious!

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Shame on the west, I worked for the organizer of Odessa in Bariloche, they never lost hope, not all of the Germans that I knew there that had been in the war contacted with him strangely he had more clients between Germans not veterans of war and strangely enough with the ones that had seen it from far away, pomp and glitter without the blood. and the other were people of different nationalities that had been in the waffen ss, (purposeful lowercases). just imagine this going on in all the world, even in Germany divided families, but specially true in USA where the Democrats were not

far away from their ideas and specially the powerfuls. All over the world just think in Allende he was

an eugenetic, his Doctorate was about it, connected with the Fabians. No relations with the Russians but very friendly with the Chinese. Curious world. Great work Cynthia and Slava Russia our hope

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С Днём Победы!

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Great post, thank you.

I've always been impressed by Kharitonov's ability to hold the notes. Alexandrov's version with the choir members that died in the plane crash is stunning and uplifting. Always enjoyed singing along and was heartbroken when I read of the death of so many wonderful artists in that crash. The world of music is a poorer place for their passing.

Robson's version is heartwarming, but lacks that Slavic intensity. Loved his version of Polyushko-polye on the "songs of Free Men" album, though.

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Bloodthirsty are those who start wars, not those who end them

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First piano piece learned when very young...."Heave, oh heave, boys". Said it was a Volga boat song.

In any case, "war".....sacred? Never. Contradiction in terms.

"War!! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. "

Heck of a lot of folks is fascinated with war, tho. Weird. Very weird. Blood lust?

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Would you rather be enslaved, than die as a free man?

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"Woman is the slave of the world. " Source that quote.

Why was it not possible to enslave the Native North Americans?

Are you ready to sing you dying song? It's a good day to die.

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“Slavery, like energy, does not disappear; it only changes from one form into another.”

C.B. Smith

Actually :The law of conservation of energy, also known as the first law of thermodynamics, states that the energy of a closed system must remain constant—it can neither increase nor decrease without interference from outside. Meaning, energy doesn’t disappear, but transforms from one form into another.

Looks like it’s been taking out of context by C.B Smith. How is related to slavery, only person who wrote it knows. Slavery has nothing to do with law of thermodynamics, i would say it’s a state of mind.

“ Woman is the slave of the world”

C.B Smith

I am woman, and very happy about it,never actually felt aka slave, i felt like a queen of the world.


“Love is like quicksand; once you're in it's difficult to get out.”

C.B Smith

Love or obsession? Two completely different feelings.

I love and loved, never felt more free.

Very dark humor- C.B Smith

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feudalism never went away.

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