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The Miners' Next Step and Donbass news

The Miners' Next Step

In 1912 - this year that will be 110 years ago -
some of the best minds in Wales met 
produced a pamphlet:- 'The Miners' Next
Step' to guide miners to a 
better world,
so working people can build 
a future
without parasites or back-stabbers,
or bosses, or short-sighted greed.

Just like the people of Donbass, who, before
Russia's revolution, lived in the Free Lands
and worked to build their world... with love.

Their vision became - unfairly, in my opinion -
labelled as anarcho-syndicalism..... so was
discounted as a way forward by socialists
in Wales and the U.K.

Yet their analysis is as relevant today,
as ever, on questions like true
democracy and leadership.

Their pamphlet can be accessed
online, and I would urge you to
read it! If you want to create a
fab future for your loved ones..

P.S. hope you like the song!


The people of Donbass (pictured) are united and organised..

The Donbass and Wales and
The Miners' Next Step

people of Donbass run their own army, police and civil

affairs, and run a successful economy, based on soviet
style factory 
and mine local democracy --- so they
decide how 
their buildings and parks, facilities
and arts and 
crafts, fulfill their needs
and values.

Because the Kiev government - brought into being
by US money and the Maiden violent insurrection
and coup - helped to power, extreme nationalist
forces.. the rest of Ukraine is trapped and
being stripped of its material wealth.

Local oligarchs, bowing to a West desperate to
keep its old role, as ''the chosen ones'' - plus
a group of psychotic 'US 'neo-cons'', who
genuinely welcome a ''decider'' world
war, now run things in Ukraine.
Millions of Ukrainians are leaving the country...
as prices rise and their economy is stripped,
and the war on the Donbass, backed by
 US-led NATO, is an open sore.

All in the middle of  a pandemic
and the Earth being poisoned
against humanity...  well!

And the miners of Wales who met in 1912,
planned.. then explained... how to work 
and achieve a better life, by realising
dreams of the vast majority.

Their solution was to use the power
of organisation, to create

They, at that time, planned to have 
lodges use their organisational

skills.. to set up many businesses...

but any organisation can, right now,
call on a number of volunteers to
gladly work an hour a month...
and many will be happy to do
more. From each, according
to their ability and to each,
according to 
their need. 

the spirit. 

It's simple... and the only way
to achieve a beautiful world,
is bit by bit, until it's done. 

If three people or a few hundred
give one hour a month...  then
an affordable child nursery
for working parents, or a 
centre to entertain the
children after school,
are all possible.

 The reward?

No-one has to fight against anyone,
or rob or borrow money, as people
will volunteer, either their time,
gifts, or 
money, to a cause
benefits all in your

Love will grow even stronger
in your community.

The better place everyone wants,
will grow slowly, in peace, 
like a baby grows in
the womb.

That's the miners' Next Step 2.

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   

This does not mean, by the way, that 
public ownership is a bad thing, but
that creative thinking is necessary.

We have seen how nationalised industries
 lack democratic accountability, and can
be used badly, by both Labour & Tory
governments --- as milk cows by the
private sector, or to massage the
unemployment figures.

And time and time again, after the public
has paid for 
investments, to make them
profitable...  they are ''re-privatised''.  

There are alternatives to the old failed model
of public ownership, as seen in this country.
Worker co-ops, Foundations, even charity
status... could be tried.

There's nothing especially socialist, about
nationalisation - Tories, even fascists use
it, when private ownership has failed..

successful public ownership and
control... that brings real lasting
benefits, that's what we want!

The 'National Coal Board' closed more
collieries down, than even Thatcher!

Image: The Miners' Strike mementos of love

Many many thanks to Richard Gould,
a true genius, who has his own
group, yet gave up his time
to generate the music.

Also to Ceri of Big Pit, who might not
necessarily have agreed with the
politics, but was so generous
with his time and photos.

And to the Clydach Vale lake and cafe,
which is the best nearby example
of what is possible!

And last, but definitely not least,
a massive thank you to Becs...
who has the smile to warm
the world - and the guts
and generosity - to
appear on video.

Image: DAN news info about Donbass

DPR steelworks operate 

at 50% of capacity level

January 21st, 5:13pm (DAN) 










DPR smelters production amounted to 41 bln roubles

in 10 months of 2021, the Ministry of Industry and

 Trade said.


"The production rate grew by 19% in the ten months 

of 2021 and amounted to 41.3 bln roubles in the 10

 months of 2021. The  capacity utilization grew 

during 2020 and the 10 months of 2021 by 

12.4% to attain 49%," the report reads.


The total of 54 steel enterprises 

are operating in the DPR.


"Steelworks contribution to the industrial goods

 exports is more than 82%. The importers are 

the LPR and Russia. The export share of 

smelters increased by 9.3% last year." 


[Rhondda Records adds: dare
we ask, what about Wales?]


More than 60,000 people

 take part in Baptism Day 

celebrations in DPR

January 20th, 6:55am (DAN)










 More than 60,000 people visited Orthodox 

churches on Baptism day, the Interior 

Ministry said on Wednesday.


"Ceremonies took place in 131 cathedrals 

in 55 townships across the DPR, 

gathering 60,000 people."


Order was ensured by 330 policemen, an 

additional 150 officers were on duty at 

bathing locations. No public order 

violations have been recorded.


The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 

- or Theophany - is the feast day 

commemorating the baptism 
of Jesus in the Jordan River

 by John the Baptist.


Orthodox Christians take the traditional 

plunge into freezing waters today,
the annual celebrations.





DPR Office thanks OSCE

 for monitoring Stirol 


January 18th, 2:24pm (DAN)










 The Donetsk People’s Republic Office at the 

Joint Centre for Control and Coordination 

has expressed gratitude to the OSCE 

Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, for 

working in the Strirol plant area

in recent days.


Earlier, the SMM said that “on January 16th and 17th 

it followed up on the reports of a possible ammonia

 leak at the plant in Gorlovka.”


“The SMM observed a calm situation there and 

will continue to follow up on the information,”

 it said.


“We’re thankful to the Mission for its immediate

 monitoring of the situation,” the DPR Office 

said, reminding that on January the 15th, 

Ukraine disseminated information: 

...alleging a leak of poisonous 

chemicals in the plant area.”


The Ukrainian yellow mass media copied the 

report, without presenting any facts or 

evidence of the accident.


“We urge Ukraine, to stop speculations on the

chemical topic”, in order not to mislead the

 international community, and not to 

threaten the local population,” the 

DPR Office at the JCCC said.




DPR allocates 15 bln RUB of
support to families with 

children since 2015

January 14th, 11:53am (DAN) 










The DPR has allocated more than 4 bln roubles

 to families with children in 2021, the Ministry 

of Labour and Social Policy said.


"The average monthly number of recipients was 

82.2 thousand people; the total expenditure 

was 4.2 bln roubles," the statement reads.


Eight of 14 social benefits are covering families with

 children. Among those, are pregnancy benefits and
baby bonus, children-under-three allowances, 

assistance for single parents, benefits for 

large families, etc.


The payments are being made since 2015, the

 total amount of payments, is 15 bln roubles. 



 DPR budget flush with

cash from businesses

January 13th, 7:08pm (DAN) 










Donetsk People’s Republic's budget revenue from

 businesses increased by 21.8 percent in 2021 

year-on-year, the DPR Tax and Revenues 

Ministry said in a preliminary report

 received by the Donetsk

 News Agency.


The Ministry expects to meet the overall revenue

target at 104.7 percent. The following is the 

contribution by major revenue sources

 (% of target): income tax - 104.1, profit

tax - 105.5 %, turnover tax - 103.5 %, 

excise tax on manufactured excised 

products - 105.1% including petrol-

eum products (102.4 percent), 

simplified tax - 101.5 percent 

and land tax - 102.6 percent. 


A larger number of taxpayers contributed 

to the budget revenue increase.


Insurance payments from businesses in 2021 are

 expected to meet the target at 129.7 percent, a 

31 percent increase year-on-year, the

 Ministry said. 


In 2022, the Tax and Revenues Ministry will 

work towards creating a friendly business

environment, full budget revenue 

collection, protecting domestic 

producers and bolstering 

economic activity... by

improving the quality 

and effectiveness of

 tax administration. 





Tearing down blockade:

New economic reality 

arises for Donbass

January 12th, 1:39pm (DAN) 










DPR and LPR-made products, are actively entering

the Russian market, as many Donbass enterprises 

are shifting their focus onto exports, the DPR 

Ministry of Industry and Trade told Donetsk 

News Agency on Wednesday.


"The decree of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, 

creates a new economic reality for our industrial
enterprises, as it officially opens up the market
opportunities necessary for our industries.

This political decision tears down the 

economic blockade imposed by 

Ukraine," the statement reads.


It says that DPR industry is currently shifting its focus

 to exports: in the last 10 months of 2021 exports 

grew by 10% --- with shipments to Russia 

contributing 80.1 % to the total exports.


The Yenakiyevo meat processing plant has shipped

 the first 1,500 kilograms of sausage products to

 Russia’s Rostov region, the Donetsk People’s

 Republic Agro-industrial Policy and Food 

Ministry reported, on Tuesday.


Russian President, Vladimir Putin, signed a decree on

 November 15th to ease the access of Donbass-made
products to Russian markets.


The decree orders to develop the legislation to

 recognise DPR and LPR certificates of origin 

and make Donbass-made products eligible, 

on equal terms with Russian goods, for 

state and municipal procurement,
purchases by certain types
legal entities.




DPR pays 1 billion RUB compensation

 to victims of Ukrainian aggression

January 10th, 10:29am  (DAN)










Lump sum compensations paid to DPR residents 

for damage to health and wellbeing caused by 

Ukrainian armed aggression have totalled 

1 billion roubles, the Ministry of Labour 

and Social Policy told DAN.


"The total sum of one-time payments made to DPR 

residents who suffered damages, following the 

Ukrainian aggression has totalled 985.7 million

 roubles since 2014, there were 14 partial 

tranches," the statement reads.


Last year, the total of 301.2 million roubles 

in compensations were paid.


The payments are made under the 2014 Law on 

Urgent Social Measures to Protect DPR 

Residents in the Circumstances of 

Ukrainian Army and Armed 

Formations Aggression.


Families of killed or deceased, including service 

members or law enforcement members, as a 

result of the aggression;  civilians qualified 

as persons with disability as a result of an 

injury or trauma incurred as a result of the 

aggression; injured or disabled without 

obtaining a disabled person status are 

entitled to compensations of 50,000 - 

800,000 hryvnia, paid in roubles. 




DPR to increase welfare benefits 

for 27 groups of recipients from 

January 1st, 2022 - official

December 30th, 1:20pm (DAN) 










Welfare benefits in the Donetsk People’s Republic will

 increase for 27 groups of recipients starting January

 1st, 2022, DPR Labour and Social Policy Minister,

 Larisa Tolstykina, said at a press briefing at
Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.


''DPR Head Denis Pushilin’s Decree No 414 dated 

December 28th, 2021, increased 11 of the 14
of benefits for 27 groups of recipients
January 1st, 2022,” Tolstykina said.
 increase ranges between
5 and
 140 percent.”


Special attention is paid to families with children,

 individuals with disabilities and persons in 

difficult circumstances, she added.


Maternity allowances will increase to 8,000 rubles.

 Childbirth allowances paid in the first three years 

will amount to 7,000. Survivor's benefits will 

increase to 7,885 rubles and the allowance 

with the nursing supplement for disabled 

children and lifelong disabled persons,  

will reach 7,500 to 16,000 rubles 

depending on the category.


“The DPR is launching new payments in 2022, similar 

to the children’s benefits in Russia’s Rostov region.

 They are a lump sum payment of 17,450 rubles 

when a baby is handed over to a family, a 

30,000-ruble lump sum payment to a new 

adoptive family, and supplementary 

payments to foster parents per 

child with disabilities in the 

amount of 4,500 rubles,”

 the minister said.


Payments to low-income families will increase to 4,000

 rubles while supplement payments per child, will

 increase to 1,500 rubles. Persons who are not 

entitled to an old age pension, and disabled 

persons will get 7,300 to 8,000 rubles.

 compensation for taking care of 1st 

disability group persons and elderly 

persons over 80 years of age, will 

increase from 500 rubles to 

1,200 rubles.


Every month, the DPR pays welfare 

benefits to some 125,000 residents.


Benefits last increased on July 1st, 2021 

in accordance with DPR Head Denis

 Pushilin’s decree.. which allocated 

more than 500 million rubles from

 the Republic’s budget, for

 the purpose.






Arthouse producers building

 first film studio in DPR

Donetsk, December 24th, 6:14am (DAN)  










They shot the feature film “Intent” in the Donetsk

 People’s Republic... and ran it in many towns in 

Russia and the Czech Republic, and now they 

are building their own studio at a fantastic 

rate. The Donfilm group’s ambition is to 

achieve what others have never been 

able to accomplish, namely...  turn 

Donbass into a film-making centre.


The arthouse film “Intent” was screened in 2019 and 

has been available on YouTube since 2020. The 

views count reached 2.5 million. “Intent” rather

 looks like a post-modernist fairy-tale puzzle. 

It is a story of a boy’s journey... to a higher 

plane of existence where he watches the 

struggle of notions that govern our 

routine life on Earth. 


Donfilm founder, Dmitry Zodchiy, who authored
directed “Intent” defines its genre as
“trickster film.“


”INTENT” (2019)


Enthusiasts shot the film without the assistance
government bodies or commercial companies 

but by using Zodchiy’s money. Viewers helped 

launch the construction of the first film 

studio in the DPR after a money raising
action, on the Donfilm website. 


The construction site, is located in the outskirts of 

the town of Shakhtyorsk in the eastern part of the 

Republic. The work on the main building and 

adjacent pavilions, is nearing completion.


Donfilm participants hope... that a village with its own

 infrastructure will spring up in the area in the future. 

It will  include a park, a children’s playground, a 

cinema house, a concert stage , a store and 

houses for the staff and studio guests.
will also accommodate shops to

produce costumes, stage sets
and props. 


The immediate plans, are to create prerequisites
 shooting a second film. According to Dmitry 

Zodchiy, it might begin as early as the first 

half of 2022.


Find more information on the Donfilm studio and 

the Donbass film production timeline, in the 

Russian language version of the Donetsk 

News Agency.





DPR, LPR announce website 

to gather data on Ukraine’s 

war crimes

November 25th, 3:12pm (DAN)










The Donbass Republics have launched a website that will
gather information on Ukraine’s war crimes and missing
persons. It was presented at Thursday's online
conference: “The Seared Memory of 
Ukrainian army’s war crimes... 
and new
information on the massacres 
of civilians.”


“The website is expected to consolidate our efforts,

 provide authentic information on the number of

 casualties during the conflict, show progress 

in our work and tell what made mass graves 

come about.  A large number of people are

 missing. The website will post the stories 

of the people who experienced Ukrainian 

aggression & lost their kin, since 2014,” 

LPR Public Chamber member, Sergey 

Belov, said.


The website address is donbasstragedy.info.


 It contains a photo gallery and a feedback window. 

Any resident of the region can contribute their 

stories.. share their information about a mass 

grave or send photos. It is planned to launch 

website versions in several languages...

 including French and German.


This last summer, the DPR and the LPR stepped up 

the search for missing persons. They established

 specialized bodies which included officials, law
enforcers and experts. These bodies were 

tasked with organizing the search for the 

missing persons, composing a register 

of the missing, gathering information 

on them, creating a database of the 

missing and deceased and their 

relatives, and coordinating 

exhumation efforts, the

identification of bodies 

and... handing them 

over to relatives.


In the DPR, the first exhumation was carried out in

 Snezhnoye’s Ovsyanoe cemetery on August 19th. 


As of now, the remains of 150 unidentified Donbass 

conflict victims have been exhumed in the DPR, 

since 2014.




DPR development Programme 

provides for 70% GDP increase

Donetsk, November 24th, 1:33pm (DAN) 










The DPR Social and Economic Development

 Programme previews a 70 pc GDP increase 

by 2025, and a similar increase in exports, 

the Minister of Economic Development 

of the Republic, Alexey Polovyan,

 told DAN.


“The expected result of the implementation of the

 Programme for 2022-2024, is: the growth of GDP 

by more than 70% (compared to 2020); a more 

than 70% growth of the GDP per capita. Also, 

by 2025, we are aiming at an increase in 

exports by 70%, and an increase in the 

foreign trade balance by almost 30%,” 

the minister said.


He added that one of the key targets of the Programme

 is to at least double wages in the industry and the coal

 sector. Earlier, it was reported that the average 

monthly salary is expected to be increased 

by 2.3 times.


The Socio-Economic Development Programme
 2022-2024.... was adopted in September.
It includes:
 raising wages and pensions,
creating tens of 
thousands of jobs,
measures to support 
and infrastructure development. 





 DPR coal and energy sector

 to receive 5 bln roubles

 of investment

Donetsk, November 12th, 4:37pm (DAN)










 The investments into DPR coal and energy sectors 

will amount to five billion roubles (USD 70 mln),
Deputy Minister of Coal and Energy,
Vasilenko, said, at the round
organized by the Donetsk

 Republic social movement.


"The investment programmes provide for 1 bln roubles

 subsidies in 2022-2024 for coal enterprises and 1 bln

 roubles subsidies for overhaul projects of energy

 companies in 2023-2024," he said.


Investment programmes cover the reconstruction of the 

energy unit No.10 of the Starobeshevo coal power plant,

 repair works at the cooling tower No.2 of the Zuevo coal 

power plant, to provide for a more flexible management 

of the station's resources, and to put all three power 

units into operation.


Earlier reports said that the Republic plans to 

produce 21.2 mln tons of coal, in three years. 





DPR Post issues postal card

 on the October Socialist 

Revolution anniversary

November 1st, 4:28pm (DAN)


 DPR State Post issued post cards with an 

original stamp, for the Day of the Great 

October Socialist Revolution.


"The "Soviet Holidays" series... is supplemented 

with a postal card commemorating one of the 

greatest holidays of the Soviet state. Postal 

cards with the "Great October Socialist 

Revolution" stamps... were issued on 

November 3rd, 2021," the Post said.


Cards are available at the Post shop,
at 72 
Artyoma Street, Donetsk. 


The October Revolution was a revolution in Russia 

led by the Bolshevik Party of Vladimir Lenin. 

November 7th, 2021 marked the 104th 

anniversary... of the uprising in 

Petrograd (St Petersburg). 


The following day, the Winter Palace (the seat of the

 Provisional government located in Petrograd, then 

capital of Russia) was captured. This coup, is 

considered to have started the creation of
the state 
known as... the Soviet Union.



Donbass Post
 issues its first 

stamp featuring metal & coal

Donetsk, October 25th, 11:03am (DAN)


 DPR State Post has issued a metal stamp, 

for the first time ever, featuring samples 

of coal: to commemorate the 300th 

anniversary of the discovery of 

coal deposits in Donbass.


"We are extremely proud to present our new 

"stamp in metal" - an installation combining

the real rock and metal," the press
issued by the
Post, says.


The stamp is made of brass, it is 

30 mm in diameter, its weight, 

is 17 grams.


The installation is decorated with 

a guiding star, and mining tools.


The first-day-envelope, with a black-and-

gold lining is also available for purchase.


The price of the commemorative sign is 

900 rubles, the envelope in a frame 

costs 1,000 rubles, at the store
 72, Artyoma street. 




DPR Post issues stamps featuring 

Welsh engineer John Hughes, 

founder of Donetsk

April 2nd, 2021 at 2:28pm

 (DAN news agency) 

The DPR's State Post has issued a postal stamp featuring 

John James Hughes, a Welsh engineer, businessman and 

founder of the city of Donetsk.


The stamp is decorated with Donetsk coat-of-arms and 

Hughes portrait. The stamp can be used for registered 

letters with receipt up to 20 gr, in accordance with the 

current fee rate of 44 rubles.


The number of copies issued is 30,024.


The envelope for the new stamp features pictograms 

representing industrial objects and clippings of 

Donbass geological map.


Hughes moved to the Russian Empire, in the summer of 1870, 

at the age of 55, as Millwall Iron Works Company received an 

order, from the Imperial Russian Government, for the plating 

of a naval fortress being built at Kronstadt on the Baltic Sea.


He immediately started to build metal works close to the 

river Kalmius, at a site near the village of Alexandrovka.


Over the next twenty years, the works prospered and
first under John Hughes and then, after
his death, in 1889, 
under the management of
four of his sons.


John Hughes died on June 17th, in 1889,
a business trip to St Petersburg.


According to some sources, Hughes taught
to write, and could only read
capital letters.


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