Our friends the Russians - seriously!

#1
Nice to see these articles on Russian News websites about the ceremony held on board HMS Belfast yesterday to honour the Arctic convoys. It was presided over by Lord West of Spithead, the former First Sea Lord:ITV covered it here:The BBC didn't mention it at all.

We can also thank the Russians for keeping HMS Belfast afloat on the Thames:
 
#2
Nice articles, Putins Dad was a Marine and wounded at Leningrad iirc.
 
#4
Portsmouth News 29 Aug 2012 said:
HUNDREDS of people took advantage of the chance to get aboard a visiting Russian battleship.

Lengthy queues formed from the moment the public were allowed to have a look around the RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov during its four-day stay in Portsmouth. Sailors from the ship’s 300-strong crew were on hand to greet their visitors, pose for numerous photos and try to speak a little English...
Actually it was a Udaloy class destroyer, not a battleship, but Defence doesn't seem to be the media's strong point these days.

Also published this week:

Portsmouth News 27 Aug 2012 said:
THE Russian government is planning to give another medal to the survivors of the Arctic Convoys.

The Russian Embassy has written to the survivors of the harrowing Second World War campaign telling them it intends to give them the prestigious Medal of Ushakov for their heroic role. This would be the second time the country has honoured the veterans – it gave them a medal in 1993 to mark the 50th anniversary of the convoys...
 
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Mr_Tigger

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#5
I have the book about Russia one of the Dimbleby brothers wrote nocking around here somewhere. He met a Russian veteran while in Murmansk who only had nice things to say about GB. His last dream was to go with some of his fellow veterans to parade past the cenotaph to pay their respects one November 11th but apparently our government told them to get fucked (or words to that effect). Personally I tend to like Russians. I have worked with many of them in the past few years and if you know how to take them they mostly seem a good crowd.
 
#6
I have the book about Russia one of the Dimbleby brothers wrote nocking around here somewhere. He met a Russian veteran while in Murmansk who only had nice things to say about GB. His last dream was to go with some of his fellow veterans to parade past the cenotaph to pay their respects one November 11th but apparently our government told them to get fucked (or words to that effect). Personally I tend to like Russians. I have worked with many of them in the past few years and if you know how to take them they mostly seem a good crowd.
I concur, although you do need a cast iron liver to survive the encounters with them.
 
#7
Yay I knew this day would come where our Russia comrades save us from the evil Jews.

I for one welcome our Russian overlords and will help them find anyone working against the new regime.

Wonder if America will get jealous of our new special relationship and try and bribe us with cheap aircraft and shiny things?
 
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#10
Sorry had enough dealings with Russians before and after the great awakening to know I want absolutely nothing to do with them or their culture - if you can call it that.
 
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goatrutar

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#11
Yay I knew this day would come where our Russia comrades save us from the evil Jews.

I for one welcome our Russian overlords and will help them find anyone working against the new regime.

Wonder if America will get jealous of our new special relationship and try and bribe us with cheap aircraft and shiny things?
I'm waiting for either China or Indonesia to do the same to us. I'm just torn between which language to learn so I can converse with our new masters.
 
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Tremaine

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#12
As people, I reckon the Russians aren't too shabby. Politics well that's different. Soon after the wall came down in Berlin a couple of us took a van fitted out with beds up to Rostock. A kind of eastie beastie Baltic jolly just to have a look. At some stage on the way up or back we passed through Colditz. Having a few beers and a BBQ up in Rostock we heard loud singing so Trem decides we'd have a look. They're Russians, said my oppo. Good, says I, let's take some beers. So we did, we walked in to their Pub and being half cut we chucked up our arms and said we're Brits, are you Russian? Have a beer. Gobsmacked is a good word. It turned out alright. There was bread and strong mustard stuff with pickles. They were pretty friendly, and trying their English. True dit.

Fast forward twenty three years and it's Russian builders in Afghanistan. Working with the Brits and Septics, and in management teams. They're a bit pushy and aggressive, but they're outgoing decent blokes if you know how to go on with them. This crew were pretty clear they were from the old country, and they are "russians". "**** Gorbachev, he sold us out". Problem was, socialising with them meant more mustard and pickles. No booze allowed on base in AFGN but if they had the chance...and the women, if I had my chance ;)
 
#13
Sorry had enough dealings with Russians before and after the great awakening to know I want absolutely nothing to do with them or their culture - if you can call it that.
Be fair they did (inadvertantly) keep a lot of us in Beer and Bratty land during the cold war
 
#14
How did a thread about remembering the Arctic Convoys in WWII come to this?
 
#15
I've had a few dealings with the Russians. They throw a good party.

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