Biden called the rise in gasoline prices a “by-product” of aid to Kyiv

The authorities are making efforts to slow down the rise in prices, but Americans will have to live with this “for a while”, the president said

assistance to Ukraine, said President Joe Biden, who hosted the Democratic National Committee, his words are quoted on the White House website.

“It will cost Western countries [expensive]. It will cost NATO [expensive]. It will cost [expensive] to European countries and cost [expensively] to us. You know what was going to happen: Gasoline and diesel prices were going to go up, food prices were going to go up,— Biden said.

Authorities are making efforts to slow price increases, he said. “For a while, we will live with this inflation. It will gradually decline, but we will live with it for a while,»— said the American leader.

Gasoline prices at American gas stations have again updated their historical high, exceeding $5 per gallon (3.785 liters).

According to the US Department of Labor, annual inflation in the country in May accelerated to 8.6%— highest since December 1981. Commenting on these data, Biden linked the situation with the “Putin tax”; for fuel and food. “America already knows” Putin's rise in prices is hitting America hard: gas station prices, energy and food prices account for half of the monthly price increase in May, — he pointed out, assuring that the authorities would be able to fight inflation “from a position of strength, like no other country in the world.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, stated that the wave of global inflation, Western mistakes in economic policy and “illegitimate sanctions” led to a sharp increase in poverty and food shortages.

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Estonia urged not to rush to resume business ties with Russia

Prime Minister Kaya Kallas said it was impossible to go back to the way things were with Russia before. “In fact, there should be no business relationship,” she is convinced

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas urged not to rush to resume business relations with Russia after the events in Ukraine. She said this in an interview with the Telegraph newspaper.

“Our policy must be based on the understanding that the Russian threat will not disappear tomorrow. You can't go back to the business relationship [with Russia] that you had before. In fact, there should not be any business relationship,»— considers Kallas.

According to her, European countries also should not be afraid of breaking off relations with Moscow. “Gas may be expensive, but freedom is priceless,” — concluded the head of the Estonian government.

Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ruled out the lifting of sanctions against Russia after the completion of the military operation in Ukraine. According to him, Moscow must realize that it cannot dictate terms of peace to Kyiv and strive for dialogue with Ukraine.

In early June, the European Union introduced the next, sixth package of restrictions against Russia, including a partial embargo for Russian oil.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov compared Western restrictive measures to agony. At the same time, he doubted that they would be quickly canceled. “The speed with which they were introduced and their volume show that they were not composed in one night. They have been prepared for a long time. These sanctions will hardly be lifted, — he believes.

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Kim Jong Un declares ‘full support’ in telegram to Putin on Russia Day

The Russian people “bravely overcoming the challenges and difficulties encountered, achieve great success in doing a just cause to protect the dignity, security and development rights of the country,” and the DPRK supports them, he wrote

< p bis_size="{"x":20,"y":20,"w":616,"h":102,"abs_x":710,"abs_y":1000}">North Korean leader Kim Jong-un congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on Russia Day and expressed full support for the Russian people on behalf of the people of North Korea, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports, citing a copy of the document.

“Under your leadership, the Russian people, bravely overcoming the challenges and difficulties encountered, achieve great success in doing a just cause to protect the dignity, security and rights to the development of the country, to which our people give full support,” — said in the telegram.

He added that the DPRK government cherishes Korean-Russian relations, which have “a long history and tradition of friendship and good neighborliness.” and is going to “expand and develop them in accordance with the dictates of the new era and the aspirations of the peoples of the two countries.”

The Head of State also wished well-being and prosperity to the people of Russia.

Russia Day is traditionally celebrated in the country on June 12, the holiday is dedicated to the date of the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the RSFSR in 1990.

Earlier, on June 9, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov congratulated Putin on the upcoming Russia Day. He did this in person, as he was in Moscow on an official visit.

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China’s Defense Ministry says sanctions will not help resolve conflict in Ukraine

Beijing does not support the conflict in Ukraine, but at the same time believes that sanctions pressure will not help correct the situation, but will only complicate it, said the Chinese defense minister

China does not believe that anti-Russian sanctions can help resolve the conflict in Ukraine, said Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue conference; in Singapore.

«Conflict or war— this is the last thing China would like to see, at the same time we do not believe that maximum pressure or sanctions can solve the problem. They can even increase the tension and complicate the situation even more, — he explained (quote from RIA Novosti).

The Minister also stressed that Beijing has never provided material support to Russia in the framework of the Ukrainian crisis, and recalled that China supports the holding of peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv.

At the end of May, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the situation in Ukraine “has reached a crossroads.” In his opinion, on the one hand, the conflict is dragging on and becoming more complicated, on the other hand— efforts to negotiate and achieve peace are accumulating. Wang Yi urged to make more efforts towards a peaceful settlement and not to “add fuel to the fire”.

Beijing has repeatedly urged other countries to focus on the process of achieving peace in Ukraine. In early April, the Chinese Foreign Minister emphasized that while peace talks were ongoing, “there is a possibility of a ceasefire and hope for peace.”

Russian-Ukrainian negotiations were actively going on in March, but by April the negotiation process stalled. Moscow claimed that Kyiv had abandoned the agreements reached in Istanbul on March 29. According to President Vladimir Putin, there was a “stalemate” in the negotiations.

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French parliamentary elections begin

The main struggle will unfold between the pro-presidential centrists and the left bloc, led by Mélenchon, who took third place in the presidential election. Le Pen's party may improve positions, but will not become a leading force =”Parliamentary elections have started in France” />

Voting at the polling stations began on the morning of June 12, and the final results of the elections will be known only after June 19, when the second round will take place. The fact is that 577 deputies of the lower house of parliament are elected in majoritarian districts (a total of 6293 candidates are registered).

The main struggle unfolds between three electoral blocs: the centrist, formed around the presidential Renaissance party, the left, whose main force was Jean-Luc Mélenchon's France Insubordinate party, and the right, formed with the participation of the Republicans party. Marine Le Pen's National Rally Party participates in elections without partners. According to Ifop's pre-election poll, Macron's camp could win between 250 and 290 seats, with 289 needed to win a majority. However, according to Politico's forecast, the centrists could win up to 310 seats. The bloc led by Mélenchon can expect to occupy from 190 to 235 seats, right— from 42 to 62, and the party of Le Pen— from 25 to 28.

To win in the first round, a candidate must receive an absolute majority and at least 25% of the votes of registered voters. If none of the candidates has achieved this, a second round is held, in which politicians who have gained at least 12.5% ​​take part. The winner is the one with the most votes.

Term of deputy powers— five years. Monthly salary— €7.2 thousand per month, deputies can make an unlimited number of trips by rail free of charge, as well as up to 80 flights per year between the capital and the constituency. Parliamentarians are also reimbursed for hotel expenses and are given the opportunity to live in one of the parliament buildings during their term of office.

What are the chances for the presidential party

In the last elections in 2017, Macron's center party Forward, Republic! (La République en marche/LREM) received the absolute majority of seats— 308, and in association with the party “Democratic Movement” (Mouvement démocrate) centrist bloc consisted of 350 deputies. However, the presidential majority turned out to be unstable, and by the end of the term, 267 deputies remained in the LREM faction.

The presidential party is going to these elections as part of the “Together!” coalition. The name of the party itself has also changed, now it is called “Renaissance”. The new name refers to the Renaissance and encourages voters to “always choose enlightenment over obscurantism,” party general secretary Stanislas Guerini explained at a press conference in Paris. The election campaign is led by Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne. She was appointed to the post of head of government on May 16, after Macron was re-elected for a second term. The coalition also includes the “Democratic Movement”; François Bayrou and the new party “Horizons” under the leadership of a former prime minister and a member of the right-wing Republican Party; Edouard Philippe.

Now, unlike in the past elections, Macron's party can no longer play on the novelty of the newly created team, so it relies on policy promises. The most important area of ​​work in case of victory is declared to be overcoming the crisis caused by the rising cost of living. The emphasis is on working with the president and delivering on his campaign promises: Macron promised a series of tax, welfare and environmental reforms over the next five years.

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The polls promise a major defeat for the right-wing bloc led by the Republicans, which also includes the Union of Democrats and Independents. and “Centrists”. Their coalition fielded candidates in virtually every constituency, but polls show they can win no more than 52 seats. It can hardly count on more and the “National Association” Marine Le Pen, although the politician herself received 41.5% of the vote in the second round of the presidential election in May. In April, she called the result a resounding victory and set her sights on serious competition during legislative elections. Le Pen called on her supporters to elect a parliament that would be a counterbalance to Macron's power: “The role of a strong, effective, committed opposition is to prevent the president of the republic from doing what he wants, because what he wants will greatly hurt the French". According to experts, although the ultranationalists will improve their position in parliament (in the elections five years ago, the “National Association” got only eight deputies into parliament), they are unlikely to get more than 37 seats.

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A series of explosions occurred in Berdyansk

According to preliminary data, one of them occurred at an electrical substation, some residents were left without electricity. The other two could have been caused by car fires


A series of explosions occurred in Berdyansk, Zaporozhye region, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the region, said in Telegram.

He posted a video with the caption “Video from the site of the explosions in Berdyansk.” It shows a large plume of smoke, but its source is unclear.

The three explosions in Berdyansk are also reported by RIA Melitopol. According to the agency, two cars were burned in the parking lot near one of the cafes, and one of the electrical substations was damaged.

The Berdyansk city council confirmed on Telegram that one of the explosions could have occurred at a substation. Part of the city is de-energized, they specified there. A video released by the city council shows several columns of smoke and flames.

Since the end of February, Berdyansk, which is located in the south of the Zaporozhye region, has been occupied by Russian troops. A new administration was appointed in the city, Alexander Saulenko became acting mayor.

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Last week, explosions occurred in the port of the city. The administration said that mine clearance was the reason.

On May 29, Vladimir Rogov reported that the port of Berdyansk would be able to resume work in full within a few weeks. According to him, the infrastructure of the port is “in good condition, despite numerous shellings.”

“The port is important in terms of supplying large volumes of cargo: food, grain, fuel, engineering products, and so on.” ,— he explained.

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Ex-Foreign Minister of Poland said about the right of the West to give Ukraine nuclear weapons

Radoslav Sikorsky recalled the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum, according to which Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees. In his opinion, Moscow violated the obligations enshrined in the document

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Former Polish Foreign Minister and current MEP Radoslaw Sikorski said that Russia violated the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum, therefore Western countries have the right “gift” Ukraine nuclear weapons. He said this on the air of the Espresso TV channel.

“As you know, Ukraine gave up its nuclear potential after the Budapest Memorandum was signed in 1994. Today, Russians and some still say that these were not guarantees [of its independence], but everyone then understood that Ukraine, in exchange for this, would be an independent country within the borders established since the times of the USSR. But since Russia violated this Budapest Memorandum, I believe that we, as the West, would have the right to give Ukraine nuclear warheads. So that she can defend her independence,— explained Sikorsky.

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994 by Ukraine, Russia, Great Britain and the USA. The document provided security guarantees for Ukraine in exchange for its renunciation of nuclear weapons. The signatory countries pledged to respect the independence, sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, to refrain from threats to its territorial integrity.

On February 19, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced his desire to convene a summit of countries— members of the Budapest Memorandum for consultations. If the summit does not convene, Ukraine could invalidate the document, he argued.

On February 27, President Vladimir Putin ordered the containment forces to be put on special alert. He explained his decision by “aggressive statements”; against Russia by senior officials of NATO countries. Junior researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, RIAC expert Ilya Kramnik explained that we are talking about increasing the readiness of nuclear forces.

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Putin will not hold a meeting with the heads of foreign companies at SPIEF

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov announced the planned meetings of Vladimir Putin with the presidents of countries at SPIEF 2022, without specifying which leaders he is talking about. According to him, the United States can put pressure on them

At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with foreign leaders, but their list has not been made public due to possible US pressure. This was stated in a conversation with TASS by the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov.

“In order not to give more work to American ambassadors, I will not announce anything now,” he said, explaining that the heads of US diplomatic missions around the world are putting pressure on the leadership of other states.

“We are expecting a very, very interesting plenary session,”— noted Peskov.

There will be no separate traditional meeting of Putin with the leadership of foreign companies and international investors at the forum. At the same time, Peskov added that he does not rule out the possibility of the president meeting with some foreign businessmen and investors.

The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said earlier that he would accept participation in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

This year SPIEF will be held for the 25th time— from 15 to 18 June at the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Center. Main theme: «New World— new opportunities». According to the organizers, it “reflects the global processes of change taking place in the world, leading to the formation of a new economic model”, and allows you to establish a dialogue “with all stakeholders”.

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Participation in forum was confirmed by more than 2.7 thousand business representatives, of which more than 1 thousand— company heads. Representatives of 127 countries and territories also confirmed their participation in the forum, the organizers noted. More than 500 speakers will speak to the participants. Foreign guests will be able to enter the country without epidemiological entry restrictions, as they will be lifted the day before the forum, on June 14.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will also speak at the SPIEF plenary session. The meeting will be moderated by Russia Today Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.

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Russian Foreign Ministry: the idea of ​​transferring nuclear weapons to Ukraine endangers the people of Poland

The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the proposal of former Polish Foreign Minister Rodoslav Sikorsky. Now a member of the European Parliament has asked Western countries to transfer nuclear weapons to Ukraine.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, quoted Sikorsky's words in her Telegram channel. He believes that our country has violated the Budapest Memorandum. And therefore, in his opinion, the West has the right “to give Ukraine nuclear warheads to protect its independence.”

Polish politicians, controlled by the American transmission belt, display an extremist ideology, Zakharova reacted. They spread hatred and foment conflicts, and now they threaten the planet with “violation of the nuclear non-proliferation regime,” wrote the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Maria Zakharova emphasized that “the most important thing is that they endanger the Polish people, who is being drawn into the nuclear redivision of the world.”



Moskalkova: mothers of Ukrainian prisoners are asked not to return them


Mothers of Ukrainian prisoners of war held in the Russian Federation began to ask not to return their sons back to Ukraine. Relatives fear that young people will either be sent back to the front or subjected to repression. Tatyana Moskalkova, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, told reporters about this.

“When I held a reception of Ukrainian citizens, prisoners of war in Sevastopol, most of them asked me to inform their families about their fate,” the Ombudsman said. “My staff and I fully complied with the requests,” she said. Now Moskalkova receives new appeals from Ukrainian mothers. They ask not to return their sons, because, according to the mothers, “they will either be sent back to the front, or they will be subjected to repression.” Similar appeals were received from two prisoners, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation added.



Putin announced successes in the fight against cancer in Russia

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, during an informal conversation with the Heroes of Labor and laureates of state awards, noted the success of Russian medicine in the fight against cancer.

Putin said that earlier only 7% of children could be cured of cancer. Now this number has increased to 85%. He recalled the words of Alexander Rumyantsev, the winner of the State Prize, that in 30 years the results of treating patients have been improved tenfold.

Putin also said that the field of combating cancer in Russia is developing, unique results are appearing even in provincial centers . Putin noted that a German specialist he knew advised a Swiss family with a child with leukemia to undergo treatment in Yekaterinburg.



Finnish President Says He’s Surprised By Turkey’s Unwillingness To Join NATO

photo: Sauli Niinistö. source: wikipedia

Turkey's objections to Finnish accession to NATO came as a surprise to President Sauli Niinistö.

“I was surprised by Turkey's position, but we must take the topics of concern seriously,” Niinistö told reporters on Sunday.

He said he hopes “that we can find a solution that suits everyone.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who is currently in Finland on a visit, added to this that “any fears need to be dispelled.”

Earlier, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that Finland and Sweden prove their non-involvement in supporting the Kurdish rebels, whom Ankara considers terrorists. Then only Turkey will remove objections regarding the possibility of joining the two countries to the alliance.

The Erdogan administration reported, in particular, that Sweden supplied weapons to terrorists who committed terrorist attacks in Turkey.



Kravtsov: schoolchildren of Zaporizhia will continue to study the Ukrainian language

Schoolchildren of the Zaporizhia region will continue to study the Ukrainian language, following the example of how it is done with languages ​​in the national republics that are subjects of the Russian Federation, Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Sergey Kravtsov said, TASS reports.

Also, Kravtsov noted that graduates from the Zaporozhye region who want to enter Russian universities will be provided with places to study.

Russia's efforts will be aimed at ensuring that schools in the region open and work according to Russian standards from September 1, the minister added education.

Earlier it was reported that the authorities of the Zaporozhye region plan to maintain the status of Russian and Ukrainian languages ​​as state languages ​​in the liberated territory, the issue may be put to a referendum.

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov also said that the Ukrainian language will remain in the status of the state language in the liberated territories.

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Russia Day celebration in 2022

The State holiday Day of Russia has been celebrated every year since 1992. By tradition, on this day, festive events, solemn & nbsp; concerts are held in the country and abroad, fireworks are launched. This year several                     in the photo feed.

Oleg Gazmanov at a concert dedicated to the Day of Russia in Minsk. © RIA Novosti/Viktor Tolochko

Tricolor of flowers in Krasnodar. © RIA Novosti/Vitaly Timkiv

Action on the occasion of the Day of Russia in Lugansk. © RIA Novosti/Maxim Zakharov

Day of Russia in Melitopol. © RIA Novosti/Alexey Maishev

June 12 in Melitopol. © RIA Novosti/Alexey Maishev

Day of Russia in Yekaterinburg. © RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn

The largest copy of the Victory Banner was unfurled on Russia Day near the walls of the Victory Museum on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow. © RIA Novosti/Anton Denisov

The newlyweds after the solemn wedding ceremony at the Mayakovskaya station of the Moscow metro, June 12, 2021 © RIA Novosti/Evgeny Odinokov

Two submarines were laid down at JSC Admiralty Shipyards on the Day of Russia. © RIA Novosti/Press Service of JSC “Admiralty Shipyards”

On June 12, the President of the Russian Federation presented State Prizes and gold medals to the Hero of Labor. In the photo: Vladimir Putin and conductor Yuri Bashmet. © RIA Novosti/Evgeny Biyatov Estimated reading time: less than a minute



How Afrikanych became a Diamond. The story of a unique milker from Yakutia

In the late 1940s, 6 km from the Yakut village of Krestyakh, on the Sokolina Spit, the first diamond crystals were found. Today, the city of Mirny is primarily associated with the mining of minerals, and Krestakh, like the entire Suntarsky district, — purely agricultural area. And revered here is a diamond of a different kind — by nickname "Africa".

Greeting with friendly lowing

An exotic patronymic of the milkers of the agricultural production cooperative “Krestyakh” Mikhailov is indebted to the priest who baptized his father in the 1920s. Now in & nbsp; the village of Mikhailov is called exclusively Afrikanych, and & nbsp; more often simply Africa. He is not upset, reconciled.

At official the same events, he is presented as follows: “famous milker”, because the enumeration of all the regalia does not fit into one regulation. Cavalier of the Order of Honor, Order of Labor Glory I, II, III degrees, the highest award of Yakutia — Order of the Polar Star, Honored Worker of the National Economy of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Laureate of the Lenin Komsomol Prize of Yakutia … And Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation. The highest award for special labor merits Vladimir Afrikanovich was presented in the Kremlin on June Day of Russia.

He applies to titles and awards with gratitude, but calmly. He is extremely shy when he is asked to wear a formal “uniform” for official events. And while waiting the reception of the President in Moscow     was most worried about how his cows were. Are they milked on time, conscientious did they clean up, are they full? And most importantly, have did the Burëns received their due portion of kind words?

Afrikanych's cows smell from afar and greet with friendly lowing. And no wonder: Mikhailov spends more time with them than with his family.

“Farm, cows”— this what he lives by, — says spouse Elizaveta Petrovna.    wakes up at 3.30 and, after a hasty breakfast, goes to farm and returns home by 8–9 in the evening. And so all year round. Vladimir with cows, as with children, nurses. He feeds himself, he cleans them himself, although there are other people for this. He takes care of their health, massages the udder himself. And with heifers he is generally a personal obstetrician. And so — childhood».

The first production record for milk — 2 thousand l s s one cow per year — Mikhailov beat in the early 1970s. And  manager of all the milkers of the Komsomol-youth farm "Sardana" They are with & nbsp; a half turn: "Forward!" The author of the call himself milked 3413 l — an unheard-of result at the time. Today Vladimir Afrikanovich is still in record holders— last year, for example, milked more than 4.5 thousand liters. And not fame and not for the sake of money (in   Kresty&rdash; payment according to the laws of the USSR — each according to work), he can otherwise cannot 

Vladimir Afrikanovich Mikhailov. Photo: Press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Yakutia

And in fire, and in water

And & nbsp; after all, a noble milker could become a dancer. No seriously! Once, a commission came to his native village of Bordon in search of young talents. Little Vova impressed them with his natural flexibility. “You must do ballet. Such data! Do you want to go to Yakutsk?» He wanted something, but the parents said a categorical "no" — the eldest of seven children was the main assistant.

And Volodya continued to help on state farm — worked as a milk collector, and then a milker. After graduating from 8 & nbsp; classes, I didn’t even think about going in & nbsp; in search of a & nbsp; better life. In & nbsp; his native village, life for him and so was a miracle how good. Although Vladimir Afrikanovich today no, no, yes, he will remember about the failed career of a ballet dancer. But at the same time, every time he says: "I and no regret".

In  Kresty, only the closest people know about the youthful exploits of Africa. As a ten-year-old boy, he saved more than a dozen state farm cows, managing to knock out the closed door of a burning barn. Six years later, he rushed into the river to the drowning boy. On the shore, he pumped out the baby, making artificial respiration. (The kid today is already an adult man, and when he visits his native lands, he invariably visits Vladimir Afrikanovich with a bow.) A year later, he pulled a helpless man out of a burning house.

Africa shares everything that it earns with honest and very hard work with those who need it at the moment: it brings money for treatment, it helps poor families with children with money or food, at regional sports competitions it gives its prize. And during the collective contract on self-support he rejected personal record performance in in favor of collectivity». Ask him now why? He will say: “At that moment, it was the only right way.”

He and his wife often remember the times of the USSR with a kind word, but and in the present   everything suits them. "And it was good — says Mikhailov, — and not bad now". And & nbsp; true, SHPK "Krestyakh" in Yakutia, there is hardly the only such large dairy and meat-processing farm — several thousand heads.

Almost office romance

In Krestyakh Mikhailov moved from Bordon in 1999 when the economy there began to fall apart. Doyar suggested ways out of the crisis to the then management of the farm, but they did not listen to the authoritative opinion of Vladimir Afrikanovich. And & nbsp; here is the chapter "Crosses" called to them to move — don't go to  a fortune teller, I was waiting for this moment. Mikhailov agreed.

This is how Vladimir Afrikanovich and Elizaveta Petrovna met. He by by by that time already free from family ties      her  "history" — divorce and three children. At first we talked about work, then feelings appeared. We met secretly (for him, for a second, it’s good for 50, for her — to 40). In the Yakut village, the attempts of a divorced woman with children to establish a personal life are still disapproving. “There was a case, they were hiding, — laughs Elizaveta Petrovna. — Even the closest people didn know about our relationship. When we legalized them in the registry office, it was like a bolt from the blue for everyone. Many didn't even believe it, thought — rumors.

Photo: Press Service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Yakutia

If anyone in the  village and discussed-condemned this “incident”, then delicately, respecting the merits of Africa. Today, however, the villagers often say: “It is good that Africa chose Elizabeth. Nice couple».

Yes   what what to talk about when Vladimir Afrikanovich and Elizaveta Petrovna released three older children into a great life. "We have 8 grandchildren"" — Elizaveta Petrovna shares with pride. But she and her husband not only grandma and grandfather, but also and young parents. Their common daughter, 11-year-old Violetta, is growing up in the family. "Farm Helper?" — I guess. "No, no, her father does allow to cows — — Elizaveta Petrovna confesses. — Says her main work — to study. And she is smart with us, she loves mathematics most of all».

Returning from the capital, Vladimir Afrikanovich with relief hung up his dress suit —  — and immediately to the farm! The title of Hero of Labor is not a reason for idleness — on the contrary, an incentive to & nbsp; new records. By the way, Mikhailov dedicated this award to his wife.

Just the facts:

The village.800 people live in Kresty. «Cross» — literally “with” a cross. There is a new comfortable school in the village.

Cattle.In the farm of the cooperative — 600 dairy cows. The farm recently purchased Kalmyk cows — a breed that adapts perfectly to a sharply continental climate. Doesn't require an insulated barn. Even considering that in winter in Yakutia the air temperature drops to minus 50-55 degrees.

Salaries. In SHPK they are worthy. A novice milker, who still cannot boast of experience and large milk yields, receives 60,000 rubles. rub. — This is the minimum wage. The record holder's salary reaches 300 thousand and higher.

Transport. There is a Toyota Land Cruiser in Vladimir Mikhailov's garage, but he does drive and does have a driving   — wife. A powerful SUV in Yakutia is not a luxury, but a necessary means of transportation.

Economy.The Mikhailovs do not have — once. The couple spend all day on the farm. Elizaveta Petrovna is currently working in a managerial cooperative.

Traditions. Each family has national costumes that the villagers wear on holidays.

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