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The article should read: The West Turns a Blind Eye to Abuses in America!

I would like to know why I see so many articles about how bad the Human rights are in Russia? These articles many times come from American based Groups……

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MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that Western democracies are failing to put pressure on Russia over what the U.S.-based NGO sees as human rights violations…(Click: Read More)

“International criticism of Russia’s human rights record remains muted, with the European Union failing to challenge Russia on its human rights record in a consistent and sustained manner,” the rights organization said in an annual report, World Report 2008.

The HRW highlighted flaws in December’s parliamentary election in Russia, relations between public organizations and state bodies, as well as the situation in the North Caucasus and Russian nationals’ right to fair trials.

The report highlighted dispersals of opposition rallies and intimidation of opposition activists as major rights violations by Russian authorities last year.

“Authorities banned or severely restricted a series of opposition demonstrations known as “Dissenters’ Marches,” which were nonetheless held across Russia,” the report said.

“In November the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe cancelled its mission to observe Russia’s December 2 parliamentary elections, citing operational concerns. The Russian government had imposed unprecedented restrictions on the size of the mission and did not issue visas to observers in a timely manner.”

The organization also cited the barring of Russian sexual minorities from holding public gatherings last year.

“On May 27 several dozen Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and their supporters, tried to hold a peaceful demonstration outside Moscow’s City Hall. Police arrested 21 demonstrators and observers as the event’s organizers attempted to deliver a petition to the mayor’s office protesting its ban on a gay pride parade,” the report said.

On the situation in the North Caucasus, the HRW pointed to the activities of Chechen security officers, who allegedly torture terrorist suspects.

“2007 proved a landmark year for international justice on Chechnya. Unable to secure justice domestically, hundreds of victims of abuse have filed applications with the European Court of Human Rights.”

“In 11 rulings to date, the ECtHR found Russia responsible for serious human rights abuses in Chechnya, including torture, extrajudicial executions, and enforced disappearances. In every ruling the court has found a failure by the Russian government to launch a meaningful investigation,” the report said.
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This is my article from the past…………..

Hello,

I was drinking my morning cup of coffee and thinking about a video that I found. I also read an article about free countries and not free countries. The saying: “The pot, calling the kettle black!” comes to mind.

This is a contradictory situation of existance!

You see: I grew up in America……………………………………

I grew up, seeing a world that was very unfair to many people that lived in America. I grew up watching the African American be treated less than dogs.

I grew up in a world that put the American Indian in some of the worst pathetic land in the whole country.

I grew up in a world that when it was found out that this land that was given to the American Indian was rich in minerals and other precious things, they tried and did succeed to remove them.

I grew up in a world that allowed burning crosses in peoples front yards.

I grew up in a world that men are paid more than women.

I grew up in a world that, was so bad that we had to make rules on how to treat nonwhite people.

I grew up in a world that, labeled everyone! (white, black, minority, …..on and on)

I grew up in a world that, had to be politically correct!

I grew up in a world that had separate bath rooms and water fountains for whites and blacks.

I grew up in a world that treated people who were (claimed to be) communist. Like evil demons, then beaten, jailed and murdered.

I grew up in a World that talks down to the Mexican, but will work him in the fields for very little money.

I grew up in a world that dropped the first Atomic Bomb on Humans.

I grew up in a world that allowed white men to kill black men, with no repercussions.

I grew up in a world that with out money you are less than someone.

I grew up in a world that children bring guns to school and kill other kids.

I grew up in a world that Drugs are on every street corner including those near the schools.

I grew up in a world that saw girls at 13 pushing their baby stroller with their baby, and are impregnated with another child.

I grew up in a world that bussed white kids to the inner cities and black kids to the suburbs.

I grew up with open concept class rooms in school, (the only thing you learned was that you could shoot a spit ball 100 feet.)

I grew up with, “In God we trust” then they took “God” away from schools.

I grew up saying the “Pledge of Allegiance”. That offended some one and they said no more “Pledge of Allegiances”.

I grew up in a world that all men are created equal as long as you do not THINK!

I grew up in a world that if you are rich you can get away with murder.

The world I grew up in, allows most criminals more rights than the average person has.

I grew up in a world that made women fight for their rights before giving them some!

I grew up in a world that said only bad girls smoke, then they discovered that bad girls have money and created cigarette’s for them called slims.

I grew up in a world……(How many more examples do you need?)……

Some of these statements are from my past to now.

They all are truths because I have lived them all. America needs to reread the Constitution of the United States!

This video will give you something to think about.

I grew up in a world that I thought was better than what I see on this video!

Kyle Keeton

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Guess what I try to say all the time is, Make sure your own closet is in order before you accuse others of wrong doing!

Kyle

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Hello,

We did multiple articles in the past on: Yalta in the Crimea!

http://kylekeeton.com/2007/06/crimea-part-1
http://kylekeeton.com/2007/06/crimea-part-2
http://kylekeeton.com/2007/08/crimea-village

I thought I would pull out some more pictures that we never printed on the Blog! If you ever want to see what we consider one of the most beautiful areas of the world, just follow the links!

That is my Sweetie in the top picture! :)

Kyle

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Hello,

I was drinking my morning cup of coffee & thinking about the reports from travel agencies that more foreign travelers are coming to Moscow every year!

So I did some looking around and came up with this tidbit of information….
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MOSCOW, January 30 (RIA Novosti) – Over 4.1 million foreign tourists visited Moscow in 2007, 7.5% more than the previous year, the city’s tourism committee said on Wednesday. Germany had the largest number of tourists visiting the Russian capital, totaling over 296,000. The next four countries on the list were the United States, China, Britain, and France, respectively. The committee said the number of Moscow visitors is expected to increase to around 4.5 million this year, and to 5 million in 2010. A total of 3.7 million tourists visited the Russian capital in 2006.
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That is 11233 foreign visitors a day!

I think this is a very good sign for Russia! People are starting to think of Russia as a safer place to visit. Now if the Media from around the World, would quit the sensationalism about Russia and Past Cold War games, Russia could double those tourist numbers!

Would you travel to Russia?
Do you think Russia is safe?

Kyle & Svet

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31/01/2008 16:26 MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – Suicide is the primary cause of violent deaths globally with over one million people taking their own lives annually, the head of Moscow’s social and forensic psychiatry center said Thursday.

Suicide is the world’s eighth leading cause of death. Globally, suicide takes more lives than murder and war put together, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report.

“Since 1950 the figure has grown 60% worldwide,” said Professor Boris Polozhy of the Moscow Serbsky Institute for Social and Forensic Psychiatry.

In Europe the country with the highest rate, among both men and women aged 25-64 years, is Lithuania, followed by Belarus, Russia and Latvia. The region with the lowest suicide rate is Latin America.

In Russia, the number of suicides has plunged 30% from 2001 to 2006, when a total of 42,855 Russians committed suicide. Currently, the overall rate is 30 deaths per 100,000, with over 22% of suicides committed by people aged 40-49. Almost six times as many Russian males commit suicide than females.

“The peak suicide rate in Russia was in 1995, and the figure is now falling,” Polozhy said.

Research also shows that the most vulnerable jobs are psychiatrists, musicians, lawyers, military personnel and insurance agents……(Click: read more for rest of News Items)

31/01/2008 15:32 MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – Soviet soldiers buried in the Hungarian village of Kiskorpad will not be removed after the land was sold to a private owner, a Russian embassy spokesman said citing local authorities on Thursday.

The cemetery was sold “through a misunderstanding” and “Hungarian lawyers are considering the issue and drafting proposals in accordance with Hungarian laws,” Irina Zvonova said.

“A move is out of question,” she added citing the village mayor.

In May 2007, the removal of a monument to Soviet soldiers in another ex-Soviet country Estonia led to clashes between protestors and local police, leaving one dead, over 150 injured and more than 1,000 arrested.

The human rights group Amnesty International condemned the situation in Estonia and called on its leadership to respect the rights of ethnic Russians.

31/01/2008 15:42 MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe may refuse to monitor Russian presidential polls due to restrictions, a spokesman for the OSCE’s election-monitoring arm told a national daily.

In an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets published on Thursday, Curtis Budden, a spokesman for the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), said that conditions set by Russia’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC), meant that his organization would be unable to perform its functions fully.

He said Moscow had given permission for monitors to enter Russia on February 28, which would not give them enough time to adequately prepare to observe the March 2 vote.

The ODIHR refused to monitor Russia’s parliamentary election on December 2 last year, citing visa delays and restrictions. The OSCE subsequently declared the polls not free and not fair.

Budden said the invitation the OSCE had received for the presidential polls “has serious restrictions both in terms of the number of observers and time they are allowed to observe.”

The head of the CEC, Vladimir Churov, said on Monday that 70 ODIHR observers had been invited to monitor the presidential election.

The ODIHR asked Russia on Tuesday to reconsider its quotas for the number of observers as well as the observers’ mandates. A Russian election official said the CEC was studying the OSCE’s request, and the election body’s deputy chairman, Stanislav Vavilov, said a reply would be provided soon.

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia will not allow foreign countries to influence its presidential election.

Speaking at a session of the country’s state security service, the FSB, Putin called for measures to deter “attempts to interfere in Russia’s domestic affairs.”

31/01/2008 14:53 MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – The state-run VTsIOM opinion center forecast on Thursday that Dmitry Medvedev, a first deputy prime minister and a presidential runner, will receive 74.8% of the vote in the March 2 elections.

Another three candidates have passed the registration procedures ahead of the polls in addition to Medvedev: Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, the ultra nationalist Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Andrei Bogdanov, the leader of the tiny pro-Western Democratic Party.

“This is about the number [President] Vladimir Putin received in 2004 [71%],” VTsIOM Director General Valery Fyodorov told a news conference. He added that 75% of Medvedev’s electorate were those who voted for Putin in 2004.

Publicly endorsed as his choice of successor by Putin, Medvedev enjoys high popularity ratings in the country and is the clear front-runner.

Fyodorov forecast that Zyuganov would receive 12.8% of votes, Zhirinovsky 11.5% and Bogdanov a mere 0.9%.

Fyodorov said that a survey conducted among a sample of 1,600 in 46 Russian regions last weekend showed that 63.5 % of respondents would vote for Medvedev, 5.3% for Zyuganov, 5.5% for Zhirinovsky and 0.4% for Bogdanov.

Zyuganov said he would take part in the TV debates.

Fyodorov also said that voter turnout on March 2 would be around 70.7%.

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Hello,

I was drinking my second cup of coffee & I was thinking about the Moscow Metro. So I did a little home work on the Metro.
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Moscow Metro (Russian: Московский метрополитен), which spans almost the entire Russian capital, is one of the world’s most heavily used metro systems. It is well known for the ornate design of many of its stations, which contain beautiful examples of socialist realist art.In total, the Moscow Metro has 292.9 km of route length, 12 lines and 176 stations; on a normal weekday it carries over 7 million passengers. Passenger traffic is considerably lower on weekends bringing the average daily passenger traffic during the year to 6.8 million passengers per day. The Moscow Metro is a state-owned enterprise.
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The Moscow Metro is opens at about 5:30am until 1:00am the next day. The cost to ride the Metro is currently: (Jan, 2008) ; 1 ride is 19 rubles (78 US cents).

I think that the Moscow Metro is fabulous and this is the first of three articles that I am going to do on the Metro.

Lastest Statistics from Metro Site! Link…

Passengers 2475.6 million passengers
— privileged category 917.3 million passengers
—— students and schoolchildren 254.6 million passengers
Maximum daily ridership 9149.5 thousand passengers
Revenue from fares (2005) 15997.4 million rubles
Route length 292.9 km
Number of lines 12
Longest line Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya (41.2 km)
Shortest line Kakhovskaya (3.3 km)
Longest section StroginoKrylatskoye (6.7 km)
Shortest section Delovoy TsentrMezhdunarodnaya (502 m)
Number of stations 176
— transfer stations 60
— transfer points 27
— surface/elevated 15
Deepest station Park Pobedy (84 m)
Most shallow underground station Pechatniki
Station with the longest platform Vorobyevy Gory (282 m)
Number of stations single entrance 70
Total number of entrances 271
— with surface vestibules 122
Total area of cladding 754.3 thousand sq. m.
— with marble tiles 340.1 thousand sq. m.
— with granite tiles 68.6 thousand sq. m.
— with different tiles 210.7 thousand sq. m.
— Other cladding materials 134.9 thousand sq. m.
Number of turnstiles 2374
Number of stations with escalators 124
Number of escalators 631
— including Monorail stations 18
Total length of all escalator 65.4 km
Number of depots 15
Total number of train runs per day 9915
Average speed:
— commercial 41.71 km/h
— technical (2005) 48.85 km/h
Total number of cars (per day) 4428
Cars in service (average per day) 3397
Total run of cars 679.6 million car-kilometres
— with passengers 649.5 million car-kilometres
Average run of cars per day 548.1 car-kilometres
Average passengers per car 53 people
Longest escalator 126 m (Park Pobedy)
Total number of ventilation shafts 393
Number of ventilation systems 4965
Number of medical stations 46
Total number of employees 34792 people
— males 18291 people
— females 16448 people
Timetable fulfilment 99.96 %
Minimum average interval 90 sec
Average passenger trip 13.0 km

Kyle & Svet

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Hello,

I was drinking my morning cup of coffee & thinking about the Snow!

I have just finished walking the dog (Boza) & it is snowing very heavy outside. The weather is wonderful, the air is fresh and clean. All the roads and ground is covered with a new coat of white. Just like a fresh paint job.

Boza likes the snow, He sticks his head under the snow & looks for treasures! The picture to the right ====> If you look closely you will see a treasure popping up out of the snow by Boza’s nose…

How about you, Do you like the snow? (I Do)

Kyle & Svet

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RBC, 29.01.2008, Moscow 11:55:28.Foreign car sales surged 61 percent to 1.65m cars in Russia in 2007 compared to a year earlier, Russian Economy Minister Elvira Nabiullina said during the official signing of an agreement for the construction of a PSA Peugeot Citroen plant in Kaluga today. The Minister noted that total sales of both Russian and foreign cars (including those assembled in Russia) were expected to reach 4m in 2011. The ministry has already signed 23 agreements with car producers, and investments under these agreements total $5.2bn, Nabiullina stated, adding that total corporate investment in the automobile industry was projected to reach $6.5bn.

RBC, 29.01.2008, Moscow 11:41:59.Russia’s central Election Commission (CEC) has received an official notice from presidential candidate Dmitry Medvedev on his refusal to participate in televised debates prior to the upcoming election, CEC’s press office told RBC today. Meanwhile, another candidate Gennady Zyuganov has not yet filed a similar notice despite speculations on the matter in various media resources. Andrei Bogdanov is poised to participate in the debates…..(Click: read more for rest of the news!)

RBC, 29.01.2008, Moscow 10:41:05.About 30 minutes into this morning’s special dollar trading session for today deals, the low on deals stood at 24.30 RUB/USD, which is RUB 0.30, or 1.2 percent, lower than the official rate set by the Bank of Russia for January 29. The ruble’s noticeable advance against the dollar on the domestic market can be attributed to the euro’s considerable appreciation against the US currency on international exchanges. The euro is now trading at nearly USD 1.4760, up from around USD 1.4660 at the same time at the previous session. Consequently, the euro has gained almost 0.7 percent against the dollar on the global market since then.

RBC, 29.01.2008, Moscow 09:28:14.The owners of the Euroset group of companies do not intend to sell their stakes in the Russian mobile handset retailer and are not currently discussing any borrowings from the public market, the company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Yevgeny Chichvarkin told journalists. Meanwhile, the group’s President Alexei Chuykin added that any reports of a possible sale of their stakes in Euroset by the current owners were pure rumors that had been circulating for a fairly long time. Chuykin asserted that the company’s business was under no threat whatsoever at the moment, and thus selling stakes in the company would have been senseless. This follows reports citing Euroset executives that the owners were in a position to transfer up to 25 percent in the group to a third-party investor either through a sale and purchase transaction or an IPO. While denying the feasibility of an IPO in the near term due to extreme instability on stock exchanges, Chichvarkin nevertheless did not rule out such a possibility completely in the foreseeable future.

RBC, 28.01.2008, Moscow 19:57:19.Tatneft’s balance-sheet profit increased 27 percent in 2007 from a year earlier, reaching RUB 64bn (approx. USD 2.62bn), the Tatarstan-based company said in a statement. Its sales revenue rose RUB 198bn (approx. USD 8.1bn), up 13.8 percent from 2006. According to earlier reports, the company’s RAS-based net profit grew 3.6 percent to some RUB 34.29bn (approx. USD 1.4bn) in the first nine months of 2007 compared to the same period in 2006.

RBC, 28.01.2008, Moscow 18:22:30.Inflation is expected to range between 5.8 percent and 7 percent in Russia in 2009, Andrei Klepach, head of the Russian Economy Ministry’s macroeconomic forecasting department, told journalists today. This is the revised estimate of social and economic development for 2009-2010, which was discussed during today’s meeting of Russia’s government commission for budget planning. Klepach noted that inflation was expected to reach 7.5-8.5 percent in 2008. Meanwhile, the ministry intends to cut inflation to 5-6 percent by 2010 by means of structural changes in the economy, anti-inflation measures, and stricter monetary policy . Klepach added that the forecast figure could change in the future, but the government was doing everything possible to curb inflation.

RBC, 28.01.2008, Moscow 17:45:14.Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy today, the Russian leader’s press office reported. The two Presidents discussed a number of current issues of bilateral cooperation, including affairs in which third countries were involved. Putin also wished Sarkozy a happy birthday.

RBC, 28.01.2008, Moscow 16:27:56.Chairman of Russia’s Central Election Commission Vladimir Churov signed invitations to international observers during a press conference today. Among the observers invited to monitor Russia’s presidential election were Churov’s colleagues from Italy, the UK, Mongolia, Poland, and other states, including 70 officials from the OSCE. The number of observers invited to the presidential election remains the same as it was during the last parliamentary election.

RBC, 28.01.2008, Nizhny Novgorod 11:41:59.GAZ Group’s consolidated revenue increased 30 percent to RUB 154bn (approx. USD 6.3bn) in 2007, the Russian automotive giant’s press office reported. Sales on international markets including the CIS grew 40 percent to roughly RUB 10bn (approx. USD 409m).
Commercial passenger car sales rose 9.8 percent to 210,409 cars. GAZ Group attributes the increase to higher retail sales and real disposable incomes, as well as the implementation of national projects in the area of utilities and agriculture. GAZ’s consolidated revenue from sales of commercial passenger cars increased over 22 percent to RUB 49bn (approx. USD 2bn) in 2007. Heavy truck sales grew 47 percent to 15,773 vehicles, while bus sales increased 7.8 percent to 22,344 vehicles, with revenue in this segment rising by almost a quarter to RUB 19.1bn (approx. USD 782m).

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Natural Gas Production by Country

Group of Countries called, Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), which includes Russia, plan to set up an international organization on its basis, around the same principles as OPEC.

The forum doesn’t have fixed membership structure, however Algeria, Bolivia, Brunei, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, the UAE and Venezuela could be identified as current members. Turkmenistan, Bolivia, Indonesia, Libya and Oman have participated at different ministerial meetings. Norway has status of observer.

The charter of the new structure could be submitted at the forum’s seventh meeting in Moscow in June of 2008. Most of the charter that concerning membership, secretariat and financial provisions are almost a carbon-copy of OPEC’s charter.

GECF then could have more clout to control the gas market in the same way as OPEC does the oil market.

But experts do not believe that a gas OPEC will quickly become as influential as its oil counterpart, with opposition from the United States and the European Union.

The USA has vowed to fight against the GECF, because no one has invited them! :)

Kyle & Svet

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Hello,

My Wife was coming home from work & she came upon a Accordion Player in the Lubyanka Metro Station. She stopped and recorded this video!


Deep in the heart of the Moscow Metro was an old Gentleman playing beautiful music! The sound reminded us of an old Italian Movie!

Hope you enjoy the video, The Moscow Metro is full of interesting people & is a world all its own!

Kyle & Svet

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Hello,

The idea of this article came to me several days ago when I came at work and one of my colleagues played music on his computer. What it was – something good, what I knew before – but I could not recognize any words. Of course, that was not Russian or English words. I listened a little bit and realized – that was songs of Vladimir Vysotsky but his songs were translated on Hebrew!

Vysotsky wrote that there is a quatrain of Israel people are from here (Soviet Union). And people who came to Israel did not want to forget our culture. They kept “bard songs” and even translated the songs to Hebrew. I don’t know but after translation the song got something very special what take your heart and does not allow your heart back. That is at least my feeling about this translated songs. Maybe that’s my Jewish quarter, that talks to me about Eternity. Who knows…

Today is 25th of January: birthday of Vladimir Vysotsky. He would be 70 today, he died 27 years ago. He died but people still love his songs they translate and sing them on different languages (http://www.wysotsky.com/index.htm). Here is a link where you can get a lot of information about Vysotsky and his original songs: http://www.kulichki.com/vv/eng/.

More translations,
http://www.geocities.com/akbaramuhammad/word/

And here I’ll give you to listen my favorite song of him. This song is from his “Mountain circle”. And we will listen to the song in Hebrew!

You want to know what the song is about. Find a language what you know and follow the link. Don’t forget to listen to the original Vysotsky’s song – just click on the note’s sign at page with translation.

Горная лирическая

Български Лирична песен за алпийската стена Анна Колчакова 1990
български Надежда Асен Сираков 1987
български Планинска лирична Асен Сираков 1989
čeština NadějeJana Moravcová 1988
English A Day Akbar Ali Muhammad
English So there, the tremor left my hands… Andrey Kneller
English To a summit Natalie Golightly 2000
English To the top George Tokarev 2001
English Well, now, my hands don’t shake at all… Alec Vagapov 1999
français Vers les cimes
français Vers les cimes Sarah Struve
בריתאל הפסגהאלכסנדר בלפר
עבריתצמרמורתיונתן גפן1990
italiano È cessato il tremito delle mani Silvana Aversa 1992
Nederlands
Naar de top Hans Sleurink 1997
norsk Mot toppen Jørn Simen Øverli 1989
polski I oto znikło drżenie rąk… Paweł Orkisz 2005
polski Na szczyt
polski Ustąpił dreszcz… Jan Słowiński
svenska Mot toppen Ola & Carsten Palmær 1986
lietuvių Pradingo drebulys Irena
Aršauskienė 2001
español De las montañas lírica Illya Gendler 2007

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