Russia Means Peace

When leaving Norway from Oslo airport Gardermoen, one could see sayings in various languages, embedded into the floor of the airport departure hall. After several modernisations and upgrades, only a few remain. One of them is in Russian. It reads: “И в чужих странах тот же мир”.

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I’ll translate it a bit later, please bear with me. First let us look at the last word: “мир”. The Russian word “Mir” is well-known in the Western world thanks to the second Soviet space station, which carried this name. What few of the Westerners realise, is that this word carries two meanings, depending on the context.

It means both “World” and “Peace”.

Coming back to the saying above, it can be translated as both “And in the foreign countries there is the same peace” and “And in the foreign countries there is the same world”. As there is no context here, both meanings apply.

World and Peace. Peace and World. Without peace, there is not world, and world is incomplete without being in the state of peace. That’s Russian philosophy in a nutshell, embedded into the Russian language itself.

Any literate and educated person, would have at least heard, if not read, the monumental work by the great Russian author Leo Tolsoy: “War and Peace”. The English translation of the title does not convey all the depth that Tolstoy put into it. The title in Russian is “Vojna i mir” (“Война и мир”). With the knowledge of the double meaning of the word “mir”, which I described above, my reader will quickly notice that “War and Peace” is only one side of the meaning of the epic work about the First Great Patriotic War of 1812. The other side is: “War and the World”, which is the profound intention of Leo Tolstoy – conveying how war affects people and relations in the world.

Incidentally, there is another Russian world that carries the meaning of “World”: “Свет” (Svet). And it too has two context-defined meanings. It’s other, more frequent, meaning is “Light”…

And Russia is busy trying to build conditions that would bring peace to the world, despite all the spanners that certain Western “partners” throw into the works, trying hard to coax a war. One such peace building work was the recent visit of President Putin to Vatican, meeting with the most powerful (in the quite way) man in the world, the Pope. Lada Ray expertly analysed this meeting in her article Putin’s New Ally: Pope Francis.

And as a postscript: I intentionally chose an English word with two contextual meanings for the title of this article. For even though “Russia” does not mean “Peace”, nevertheless, Russia definitely means peace.

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  5. How can Russia mean “peace”? Under Vladimir Putin, it has been involved in atrocities all over the world, lately, especially the Ukraine and Syria. Russia would like to take over more land, which would also involve the destruction of even more people (which would mean the destruction of humankind that both Putin and Donald Trump will play a role, according to the dead Bulgarian seer Baba Vanga). In addition, it viewed corruption as the way of life, along with criminality, leading to the beatings and murders of political opponents and journalists such as Alexei Navalny, Mikhail Kasyanov, Oleg Kashin, Boris Nemtsov, Alexander Litvinenko and Anna Politkovskaya, to name a few. It even perpetuated in disinformation campaigns and hackings to subvert Western democracies, such as the absurd episode revolving around the failure of their Phobos-Grunt mission in 2012 and a chain of events on the Internet, as well as its intervention in the 2016 U.S. elections that helped Donald Trump’s eventual rise to power, I presume. Vanga’s prediction in 1979, which also prophesied Putin along with Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce, goes as:

    “Everything will melt away like ice yet the glory of Vladimir, the glory of Russia are the only things that will remain. Russia will not only survive, it will dominate the world.”

    So, this is being realized right now, with the Trump presidency in the U.S., and all European far-right are coming into power. So, the phrase “Everything will melt away like ice” is something that is warned by many, including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who believes a third World War is the most imminent threat on the horizon.

    In his GQ interview in December 2015, he commented: “I don’t think we can discount the possibility of a third World War. You know, in 1912 they were proclaiming a new age of peace and prosperity, saying that it was a golden age, war was over. And then you had World War I followed by World War II followed by the Cold War. So I think we need to acknowledge that there’s certainly a possibility of a third World War, and if that does occur it could be far worse than anything that’s happened before.”

    Despite the toils and fumbles of humanity, mankind has had a history of making steady progress. Nevertheless, this progress may be stymied in the near future, warns Musk. Chances are high that humanity could regress back to the dark ages as a corollary of religious extremism, especially with the recent rise of ISIS and the Russia-friendly Christian extremist government in the US, under Donald Trump, who sees the power and devastation of nuclear weapons are important, which pushed the Doomsday clock 30 seconds closer to midnight, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

    “Let’s say nuclear weapons are used. I mean, there could be a very powerful social movement that’s anti-technology. There’s also growth in religious extremism,” he said.

    Musk sees the colonization of Mars as a moral duty to ensure the survival of mankind the same way a USB drive is meant to preserve data in case a computer crashes. A Martian colony could guarantee humanity survives in the event of a debacle that destroys life on Earth. “You back up your hard drive. Maybe we should back up life, too?” he asked.

  6. I take it as a badge of honour – if my blog is trolled, than it is doing and saying something right to attract such attention. So thank you.

    Oh, and Russia means Peace – in those cases it is at war, if finished wars that other have started. It never starts its own, unlike “the land of the free” and the British Empire before them.

    Also, you just listed a bunch of names – some of them are journalists, one – Litvininko, was murdered by the Brits for trying to blow a whistle of the Brishish Intelligence and Berezovskij’s connection to starting a war in Russian Chechenia. Others there are not journalists, but fifth column of Russopbobes, like Navalky and Nemtsov. Their agenda, which they openly state, is remove Putin and disband Russia. They never speak of how to make Russia even better, they speak of how push Russia back into the disastrous state of the Wild 90’s of the traitor Yeltsin, who was oh so beloved in the West…

    You must have never watched Russian newschannels, radio and TV to come up with the absurdity as above. Echo of Moscow – a 20% Soror-funed radio station has been operational for 25 years now, “Dozhd” (Rain) is another 5th column “liberal” station operates freely in Russia, pouring dirt of Russia and Russians. Fun fact: Putin’s Russia is not repeating the error of USSR, where such cesspits were forbidden thus peeking public interest to them. In modern Russia they are fully open and serve as a vaccine to show the Russian populace what the West really thinks of them and wants to do with them. And don’t even get me started on various talk shows, which invite rabidly russophobic elements, Ukrainian nazi-sympathising politicians and Western figures to the Russian studios.

    And after the first paragraph, you go into a complete nonsense (who gave you that material). But then again, US is very sore about losing their pet project of ISIS, as well as still being denied an outright war with Russia – Putin wisely not falling into any of the traps that the West has set for him since 2014. Demonisation of Putin began from 2007, btw, after his München speech, where he warned that the West is driving the world into chaos, and that Russia will once again be a guardian of peace.

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