Voices from Russia

Friday, 24 October 2014

24 October 2014. Something to Think About… Shouldn’t We Be One?

00 OCA family. 19.05.14

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Here is a picture of one of our Russian Orthodox clergy families. I really think that we Russian Orthodox people here in the English-speaking diaspora have to have a serious discussion about Church Unity. Before we can reach out to anyone else, we have to solve our own internal disunity and intramural problems first. There’s no such thing as “American Orthodox”, and you don’t have to be “Russian” to be “Russian Orthodox”. We’re a social and sociological whole… we should unite, the way the Antiochians did.

Let’s start the discussion… that’s the first step on the road, isn’t it? That they may be as one… that’s what Our Lord Christ wanted… and the best way to start it is to unite all the Russian Orthodox first. That’s my thought, any road…

BMD

24 October 2014. What’s Shakin’ at the Yekaterinburg Zoo? Eka, the Aardvark, That’s What!

00 Eka the aardvark. Yekaterinburg. Russia. 24.10.14

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A little Aardvark and the Ant fun…

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Aardvark Eka is the first aardvark in born in a Russian zoo. Soon, Eka will go to a new home at the Dvůr Králové nad Labem Zoo in Czechia. “Hey, ant! Wanna come on over for dinner?”

BMD

It’s Gonna be Napolitano in Karelia! Valaam Monastery to Send Monk to Italy to Learn Secrets of Mozzarella Makin’… No Lie

Sergei Yolkin. It's Not a Cow; It's a Dairy Centre Prodution Unit. 2011

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There have been all sorts of interesting (but expected) fallout from the sanctions. Makfa, which was already the biggest domestic pasta maker in Russia (they’re in Yekaterinburg), just got bigger… they’re cracking down on Mickey Dee’s… but this one is a “Strange, but Nonetheless True”. The famous Valaam Monastery in Karelia is sending one of the brothers to Italy… to ferret out the secrets of mozzarella makin’. Perspirin’ minds wanna know… are they gonna bring in gen-u-wine Eye-tal-i-an water buffaloes for the real deal mozzarell’ di bufala or are they just gonna make wimpy old cow’s milk mozzarell’ with the milk from their own dairy herd? On the other hand, is the said brother gonna do his best to convert Joey the Cheese-Maker and entice him to come to northern climes? In that case, he’d be “The Spy that Came INTO the Cold!” (A little riff on John le Carré‘s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, for them in the know.) Now, that’s a mystery well-worth cracking!

BMD

24 October 2014. Latest Sitrep Map from the Front… The Lugatino Pocket Is No More

00 novorossiya sitrep map 01. 24.10.14

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The Lugatino pocket is no more. There are only two junta pockets left the patriot MLR. The present muddy season stymies all sides, but especially the junta forces. Let me give you a practical illustration of what the ground conditions mean… in the USA, Amish farmers can plant earlier after the spring thaw than other farmers because they use horse-drawn equipment that’s lighter than the mechanised units used by others. In this case, as the rasputitsa is still on, the junta forces can’t use heavy armoured forces to attempt to relieve the pockets. At best, they can use ATVs and other specialised offroad vehicles, but they can’t use heavy armoured units or soft admin vehicles except on metalled roads. Shall the VSN reduce the pockets before the ground hardens? The junta’s intentions are out… that means that there may NOT be an early offensive. However, one has to factor in the junta’s clueless American advisors… they believe in such boneheaded idiocy as “positive mental attitude” and other such rot. They might attempt to force the junta forces to attack, even though surprise is gone… the Americans are in control, and their arrogance and refusal to face reality will do them in, I’m sure. Shall there be an attack before the American election? Your guess is as good as mine is…

BMD

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