Voices from Russia

Sunday, 19 January 2014

19 January 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. It’s the Last Day of the Svyatki… Here’s some Shchedrivki…

00 Cossack Christmas. Pre-Revolution. 19.01.14

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01 Old New Year a

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00 Fedoskino Palekh box. Christmas. 06.01.13

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01v To the New Year 2011

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00 Masha i Medved christmas 01.12

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New Year Strawberries 4

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The narration isn’t in English, but watch it for the images and music

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00 Slovak New Year 01

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00 Slovak New Years

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To end it all, here’s some “down home” traditional singing from Carpatho-Russia

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Shchedrivki are like kolyadki, but sung at the New Year and Epiphany (and here). It’s the end of the Svyatki for another year…

BMD

 

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

18 January 2014. A Photo Essay. It Was a VERY Cossack Christmas in Volgograd…

00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 01. 14.01.14

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00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 02. 14.01.14

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00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 03. 14.01.14

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00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 04. 14.01.14

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00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 05. 14.01.14

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00 cossack Christmas in Volgograd 06. 14.01.14

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00 cossack Christmas in Volgograd 07. 14.01.14

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The above images show the contemporary life of the Cossacks in Volgograd Oblast. I’ll say this… Cossack honour and Cossack duty haven’t changed one bit, have they? If I had to choose between Cossack integrity and decency and the lies of a poseur like Rod Dreher (Mr Dreher issued snarky comments on Cossacks), there’s no choice for good people, is there? I know whom I favour… and I confide that most of you agree with me on this one…

BMD

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Thursday, 16 January 2014

16 January 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Where was Vova on Orthodox Christmas?

00 Putin. Christmas 2014. Church of the Icon of Christ 'Not Made by Hands'. Sochi RF. 14.01.14

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Correction from the Cabinet 17.01.14:

Got this from a Cabineteer:

No, she’s wrong.  I watched the 3 hour video at Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Medvedev was there up front with family and other girls. Putin was more in centre of church. By himself, it seemed. This was Moscow.  Check the vid.

My info followed my source, which is usually reliable. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong; if it’s wrong, I’m wrong. God willing, the above is the righteous intel. I don’t have the time to vet everything… it’s why you rely on GOOD solid sources (such as RIA, VOR, patriarchia.ru, and RT), and not patently crank iffy sources (such as Portal-Credo, OrthoDixie, Byzantine Texas, Whiteford, or oca.org). Even then, errors creep in via the sources. Nevertheless, if my source is wrong, I’m wrong, and I apologise to youse guys. Be good…

BMD

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Where was President Putin on Orthodox Christmas? Where he was supposed to be, kids, at services. He attended the Church of the Icon of Christ “Not Made by Hands” in Sochi… no doubt, he was overseeing last-minute preparations for the Winter Olympics. Note well that Vova doesn’t hold himself aloof from his people. Of course, he does discount neoliberal elements, but they’re found only in Piter and at the Centre, besides, they’re not overly many, so, he easily avoids them.

Vova’s hated by all the right people… do note how some in the West try to claim that they have influence over him, especially, a loud arrogant Born Again sectarian shit named Lively (I kid you NOT). Pay such black propaganda no heed… it’s not true. Vladimir Vladimirovich is what he is, and, at least, he knows his limitations and his mortality. Don’t you wish that all leaders were as wise and prudent as he is? May God grant this decent man another ten good years…

BMD

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

City of Winnipeg sez “Bah, Humbug!” on Orthodox Christmas… Gives Tickets to Believers for Parking on Street Without Snow Emergency Signage

00 Christmas in Winnipeg. parking tickets. 14.01.14

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Parishioners from two churches in Winnipeg‘s North End got a nasty surprise from the city when they emerged from Orthodox Christmas services this week… parking tickets on their vehicles. The city issued 15 people with 75 CAD (2,890 Roubles. 69 USD. 76.25 AUD. 50.50 Euros. 42 UK Pounds) fines for parking on streets scheduled for snow removal. Twelve of those who received tickets attended Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection (ROCOR) on 732 Alfred Avenue, whilst three were from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Cathedral (OCA) at 643 Manitoba Avenue. On Tuesday morning, all were celebrating Orthodox Christmas when the city ticketed their vehicles on the streets outside the churches. Igumen Raphael Vereshak of Holy Resurrection parish said, “When they left the service, they all had these Christmas presents from the city, which were tickets on their cars”. The street was due for ploughing, but Igumen Raphael said that there wasn’t any signage near the church warning the parishioners, most of whom don’t live in the area.

On Wednesday night, some of those who got tickets expressed their outrage at the city. Yuri Sechan told CBC News, “I think it’s some kind of discrimination against us”. Fedor Ivashkin said, “I think everybody in City Hall knows that January 7 is a very big day for Orthodox people”. At Holy Trinity Cathedral, Fr Roman Pavlov said that his parishioners discovered parking tickets on their vehicles in the middle of his service on Tuesday. Fr Roman said that the fines put a damper on his congregation’s Ukrainian Christmas celebrations, saying, “They came and they were punished for their visit to the church. They showed their faith, and they [were] beat for that. Why?”

Some of the fined parishioners said that they called the city’s 311 line; it told them that they could fill out a complaint form, but that they wouldn’t get an answer for several weeks. Parking fines, if not paid in two weeks from the date of issue, go up from 75 CAD to 150 CAD (5,760 Roubles. 138 USD. 152.50 AUD. 101 Euros. 84 UK Pounds). Both priests asked their city councillor to help them lobby the Winnipeg Parking Authority into getting into the holiday spirit, to spare their parishioners. Igumen Raphael said, “We would really ask the parking authority to waive those tickets”. City officials told CBC News that they’d give out information on Thursday.

8 January 2014

CBC News

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/church-members-parking-tickets-orthodox-christmas-044348810.html

Editor’s Note:

I’ll bet ya that this is already resolved and put to bed. There are two reasons… firstly, Winnipeg is in the heart of the “Pierogie Empire” on the Prairies. There are more Ukies there than there are anywhere else on the planet save for Galicia itself. Secondly, Manitoba is hardcore NDP country (four of six premiers since 1969 have been NDP)… soulless Conservative Party greedsters don’t run it (as they do neighbouring Alberta). You CAN shame an NDPer into doing the right thing… but it’s impossible to shame a Conservative Party member… they’re as impervious and thickheaded as American Republicans are (compare the late Jack Layton with Stephen Harper… I rest my case).

Bah, humbug!

One last thing… by the way, the North End of Winnipeg is Redder than Rudolph’s nose! It’s always been pro-union and pro-working class. Trust me, the Ukies, Polacks, and Russkies were in the lead of the sansculotte rabble-rousers, yessiree! Our Russian Orthodox legacy in Canada and the USA is LEFTIST (after all, our dedes worked in the mines and mills, not the executive suite or counting house)… didn’t the rightie konvertsy learn our history before joining us? Silly wabbits…

BMD

This post has a reply written by Igumen Raphael, one of the priests mentioned in the above article. It’s good stuff… not konvertsy nonsense. I class it as “read n’ heed”…

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