On February 23 Russians celebrate the Day of the Defender of the Motherland, also known as the Day of the Russian Army. HAPPY HOLIDAY!
‘We are Russians, God is With Us!’ Or: ‘Russians Are Coming’! Remember the American film under this name?
Who would’ve known, turns out this famous phrase was coined in 18th century, by Russian Marshal Alexandr Suvorov! The words ‘Russkie idut’ or ‘Russians are coming’ are the refrain of this song.
This is a very inspired clip, the song is set to the Russian Army Victory Day parade on Red Square. What also impresses me are the many inspired international reactions to this video on YT. They truly are very telling and I couldn’t resist adding them here, with my translations, including some very cool poetry about Putin in the end. Check it out!
The song is simply great. It’s mind-boggling that its surprisingly relevant to today lyrics was written nearly two and a half centuries ago by Marshal Suvorov, probably the biggest military name in Russian history, who never in his very long career lost a battle, who is credited with defeating the Ottoman Empire and liberating entire Black Sea coast and part of the Balkans. Among other places, he liberated what would become my native Odessa, which was at the time the Ottoman fortress Khadzhibei, plus Bessarabia and the Danube estuary, Pridnestrovie (Transnistria) and Moldova.
Suvorov was also credited with being the most humanistic of the world’s generals, who ate simple foods together with his soldiers and cared deeply for them. His training methods included the protection of his troops and preservation of their lives. The lyrics talks about the Russian Army, protector of truth, freedom and motherland, and the honor of serving in it. How little has change since those days!
**On the video note at 3:50: a little boy wearing a marine cap that says ‘Odessa.’ This just warms my heart. Thank god Odessa and other places the ukro-nazis are trying to subdue, aren’t forgotten in Russia! One day they’ll all return to motherland, like Crimea did! A notable thing is that February 23, or the Day of the Russian/Soviet Army, is still celebrated secretly and often openly in Ukraine and other post-Soviet states, despite all desperate attempts to ban it.**
Мы Русские…С нами Бог!
Comments with my translations. Poem about Putin in the end.
Стоит моя Россия гордо!
А как весь запад ликовал, Когда амбал с пудовой мордой, как рубль Россию пропивал.
В угаре беспробудной пьянки Давал понять-мы все пропьем!
И потирали руки янки-Еще немного и добьем.
Но невысокий с ясным взглядом, С молитвой к Богу подошел
“Иди вперед. Я буду рядом”- Сказал Господь. И он пошел.
Он попросил у Бога силы. Без шума, пыли, болтовни,
Взвалил убитую РОССИЮ На плечи сильные свои.
Так Мать-Россия возрождалась, И становилась все сильней!
Но завопила, завизжала, Вся свора западных “друзей”.
Скрипит Америка зубами…Да,им, убогим , не понять,
Что НИКОГДА вот этот парень Не посрамит Россию-мать.
И возвышается над миром С улыбкой светлой и простой
Непобедимый князь Владимир- Достойный сын РУСИ СВЯТОЙ!!!
(Sorry, can’t adequately translate the poetic rhyming and Russian rhythm, but the content is there)
My Russia again stands tall,
But how the West had rejoiced when huge gorilla siting in the Kremlin drank the country into oblivion (LR: Yeltsin),
The drunkard was ready to sell it all, and the yanks were looking forward to Russia’s demise,
And that’s when a bright-eyed slight man came to god with a prayer.
‘Go, I’ll be with you,’ said god. And he went.
He asked god for strength, and quietly, with no noise, dirt, or drama,
He hoisted the nearly dead Russia on his strong shoulders.
And Mother Russia was reborn, and she grew stronger every day.
And immediately the howling and yelling came from the Western ‘friends.’
What those poor souls will never get is that this man will never betray his Russian land.
Above the world’s arguments and fights his simple smile shines.
He is the invincible Knyaz Vladimir, the true son of sacred Russia.
No question off-limits!
In 3+ hours, Putin answered scores of questions from all areas of life, asked by international journalists.
Putin’s new record: the largest ever number – 1392 journalists – took part in this press conference.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has held his 11th annual news conference with a special focus on international events. Similar Q&A sessions in the past have lasted up to several hours. The record was set in 2008, when Vladimir Putin spent 4 hours and 40 minutes speaking with journalists – LIVE UPDATES http://on.rt.com/6zp2
Complete 3-hour Q&A – Eng voiceover translation
Putin Q&A wrap up: Key points of 3-hours-long presser
Putin: I am very proud of my daughters, but I never discuss family, they’re not involved in politics and business
Full Q&A – Complete Russian version: Большая пресс-конференция Владимира Путина 2015 года
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