Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (Mark 1:17)
This past New Year, Russian President Putin changed the way he usually does his annual greeting to the nation. In order to underscore his commitment to the war effort and to the troops, instead of sitting at his desk in the Kremlin, Putin delivered his speech while standing with a group of soldiers of the Russian Southern Military Region. All of whom received medals and awards that day. By the luck of the draw, the group showed itself to be nicely diverse, in terms of age, ethnicity and gender. (There are at least 3 women in the photo, although one in particular stands out, as we shall see.)
If Russia were a “nice” country, then Hollywood would surely approve of the wokeness and diversity on display here. Instead, Westies went on the attack!
SPOILER ALERT: At the expense of dragging out the suspense in order to spin a good mystery story, I decided to just jump ahead one step and divulge the name of this blonde woman right off the bat. Then we can work backwards to show how Westie media tried to make a lot of hay out of a nothing-burger.
This person is Guard Captain Anna Sidorenko. She serves in a Medical Unit on the Donbass front. She performed many acts of heroism by dragging wounded soldiers off the front lines and into the mobile clinic. For her feats of bravery she received a medal and a bouquet of flowers from President Putin’s own hands. Like the others in her unit who received awards, she also had the opportunity of posing for a one-on-one photo with the President.
A day or so after these photos were published, the pro-Ukrainian blogosphere lit up with conspiracy theories, then this “sensational find” was taken up eagerly by American Newsweek magazine. The claim was that the blonde woman, along with several others, are part of a “photo-op” corps who just follow Putin around and appear in photographs with him, to make him look like a man of the people. Specifically, Newsweek claimed that the blonde woman has played the role, not just of a soldier, but also a fisherwoman, and also a religious worshipper; whichever role is needed at the time.
Here she is in the army unit on the Southern front. And there she was on a fisherman’s boat along with two guys (numbered #1 and #2) who also showed up with her in the cathedral photo-op (the blonde this time wearing a pink head covering), worshipping alongside Putin.
If this were true, then one might even construct from this scenario an opera worthy of the musical genius of Jacques Offenbach: mysterious male and female figures who appear at various times in the history of our hero, then fade away, only to reappear in moments of crisis. The mysterious femme fatale: First a dancing mechanical doll, then a beautiful but doomed diva, finally in the countenance of a manipulative courtesan, plying the canals of Venice… Or in this case, a Fisherwoman, then a devout Worshipper, and finally a battleground heroine.
Anna And Larisa
Alas, the explanation is way more mundane. To explain this mystery to us, here is war reporter Alexander Kots.
Kots: There are two different women. Granted, their physical appearance is rather similar, similar hair, similar features, similar body build and height. But they are two different people. One woman is Captain Anna Sidorenko. The second woman is the owner of a fishing boat, her name is Larisa Sergukhina. Larisa appears in two sets of photographs with the President: first, onboard her fishing boat; and then a couple of months later, in the Cathedral, along with two members of her crew, which is why these men also appear in the two sets of photos.
It was back in September 2016 that Putin (along with his sidekick Medvedev) set off on a journey to Lake Ilmen, which is in the Lake Districts of the Novgorod region. There our heroes met Larisa and her crew of ordinary fishermen. They learned of their economic problems, as small business-persons, and promised to do something to help them.
A couple of months go by, now it’s Orthodox Christmas (January 7, 2017), Putin decides to worship in the Cathedral of the Savior of the Saint Yury Monastery in the town of Greater Novgorod. And so it came to pass, he invited that very same fishing collective to come and worship alongside him. And Larisa did come, wearing her pink head-covering and accompanied by two men of her fishing crew. Only this time, they were fishing for the souls of men. And Putin said unto them: “How did’st go with thy economic issues?”
And after the service Putin did invite the fisher-people for tea at a local restaurant. Which did result in still another photo-op and more fuel for Westie fire: “This woman is EVERYWHERE!”
Kots concludes: The woman in uniform who received the medal this past New Year, has no relationship with these fisher-people whom Putin met in 2016-2017. Admittedly, she is similar in appearance to Larisa Sergukhina. But the proof of the pudding is that one can apply specific names and identities to all of the participants of the Special Military Operation who that day received military awards and also valuable prizes from the hands of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. Some of the names include:
- Corporal of the Guard Timofei Matveev, this mechanic and tank driver of a T-72 was awarded the Hero of Russia medal;
- Private Alexander Amelin, a volunteer, received the Order of Valor;
- Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Zharkiy, who commands an artillery regiment, also received the Order of Valor.
- Last but not least Captain Anna Sidorenko, who has dragged more than one wounded fighter from the field of battle, thus earning the Order of Valor. And who has never spent a day of her life onboard a fishing boat.
… who has never spent a day of her life onboard a fishing boat.
Are you sure? I’ve read that there are a lot of lakes in Russia.
The more important point is that that was not Putin but one of his doubles. Putin is vacationing on that modest $600 million yacht in some undisclosed location in the Mediterranean, or do I mean the Caribbean, no wait, in the South Pacific. That’s it, around Tahiti!
This will be reported in the Daily Mail and the New York times in a day or so—citing me as the unidentified source.
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Do I understand correctly that Putin’s double doubles with a woman double doubling as a captain and non captain fisherwomen?
PS: how can Putin, a man supposedluy in posession of several quadrillion rubledollarseuroyuans in many foreign bank accounts, that the USA was not able to find because he likely used a pseudonym that those stupid 3L agencies were not able to discover, only own a 600 million$ yacht. Why cheapen out?
Or maybe he deviously stores all his illgotten gains from sucking the wealth of innocent oligarchs and the Russia public at large (pity those babushkas who had their pension stiolen by a dastardly evil Putin) in some abandoned goldmine in Siberia, protected by Siberian tigers and wolfes?
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They say that in a world of mirrors, the man with no reflection rules. And that would be ETA Hoffmann, after he sold his reflection to Giulietta, in return for a key to her boudoir.
I think I am getting a headache.
Oh, I am so sorry, John! You could try some ibuprofen. I do not recommend acetominophen. But please consult with your doctor first before taking any medication.
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and here i thought “they all look alike to me” was an unwoke thing to say. also funny how the western press drools over the magic beans of “facial recognition” software but couldn’t use it to fact check this one. maybe that’s for the best…
As in, “all blondes look alike” ? -LOL!
The main difference that I see, is that Larisa’s eyebrows are pointier than Anna’s. But definitely they could pass for each other if, for example, they wanted to play a joke on their husbands.
To me, it’s obvious that the two women aren’t the same person. One is younger, has hair parted on the other side and has a slightly lop-sided smile together with a straighter not so upturned button nose. I’m talking about the doc. And btw, she has no wedding ring, there, yalensis.
So anyway, intrigued at the way people dive down rabbitholes for fun and nourishment, I went looking. And sure enough, hidden away in a strange website that you have to read all of to find out that it’s Russian but is writtten in idiomatic English, I found scooptrade.com.
There, instead of talking much about Erdogan, we find:
“The site operates with the financial support of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.”
And there’s good articles on such things as the Ukies having buried themselves in the Soledar salt mines. Anyway, there’s one post with not one, but two videos including Dr Anna Siderenko, together with the lads who got awards (one of whose wives is a brunette bombshell) and VVP himself after handing out some gongs and downing some champers:
So, I’ve bookmarked the site myself.
Wow, Eagle Eye! I didn’t even notice her lack of a wedding ring. Do you check all women’s hands when you meet them?
Yes, because they surely check yours. Every time.
Did you notice VVP staggering about the room with his glass of bubbly, obviously in severe medical distress with liver disease, or cancer or both, the back of his hands showing signs of some skin disease a British Colonel (ret’d) noted a few weeks ago? I will say, he always has a perfectly knotted tie, and I envy him his dressers or his own skill. And, he didn’t miss a single clink of the champagne glasses.
In some corporate tests of managers several decades ago now, there was one where you got to study a photo of face for a few seconds. Then after aa minute, they showed a series of a half-dozen faces, not necessarily from quite the same angle, and asked if the original person was among them. I got 90% or so on that, including the times the face wasn’t included. Most people did worse than 50%, or blind guesses. Apparently, there is a small minority of the population who are good at flash facial recognition. Now, my problem is I simply cannot remember names to put to faces; hence I would be a useless politician. “Haven’t we met before? Er, um, ah — Bob was it?”
For some reason, I’m drawn to those two videos I linked to. I’ve seen gatherings where a mere CEO causes more trepidation than those Russian servicepeople evinced.
You forgot to mention that Putin also has Parkinson’s. That’s why somebody must always hold his glass of champagne for him, otherwise he would just jerk around and spill it all over the place.
Touché. Out of sheer politeness, I also left out ALS, muscular distrophy, kidney disease, schizophrenia, sociopathy, and pooping himself!
On the other hand, Forbes on Dec 3 ran this as part of an article by one Bruce Lee debunking claims about VVP’s poor health: “During an Aspen Institute Security Forum several months ago, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns did say that there’s been a lot of rumors about Putin’s health and “as far as we can tell, he’s entirely too healthy,”.
He’ll probably outlive us all. To the despair of Mark Feigin.
She’s the daughter of Forrest Gump from a brief encounter with Natasha Fatale
No way! Natasha was always faithful to her beloved Boris. The only “man” she would conceivably betray him for, was just Bullwinkle. Only Bullwinkle.
The woman’s Putin secret love child. The one he fathered with Frau Merkel [the childless one]…. No, honest. Scout’s
You let the cat out of the bag, Anna IS Putin’s love-child. Only it wasn’t Merkel, the mother was Julia Tymoshenko. You would see that clearly if she had tied her blonde hair up into a braid.
“Do you check all women’s hands when you meet them?”
Many Japanese women do check my left hand. I am married, but never wear any rings [as I don’t want to lose my finger].
Was she in the Moscow suite with Donald Trump?