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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Catering Staff of the RF Presidential Administration will Prepare 17,500 Kulichi and more than 5,000 Paskhas

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On Tuesday, Viktor Khrekov, a government spokesman, told Interfax-Religion that the catering staff of the RF Presidential Administration would prepare a range of foods for Easter in their own facilities. In particular, they plan to bake kulichi weighing from 500 grammes (1.1 pounds) to 1.3 kilos (2.9 pounds), make tvorog-based paskhas from 100 grammes (4.5 ounces) to 1 kilo (2.2 pounds), and dye chicken and quail eggs and apply Easter appliques to them. The plans call for them to produce and distribute about 17,500 kulichi, more than 5,000 paskhas, and 22,400 dyed eggs. According to size, kulichi will cost 35-600 Roubles (1.00-16.50 USD. 1.10-18.20 CAD. 1.07-17.75 AUD. 0.70-12 Euros. 0.60-9.90 UK Pounds) and paskhas will cost 55-560 Roubles (1.50-15.50 USD. 1.65-17 CAD. 1.60-16.50 AUD. 1.10-11.20 Euros. 0.90-9.25 UK Pounds). In addition, the catering staff is taking orders for kulichi; they’ve arranged a tradeshow of Easter products. Besides this, culinary experts offer advice on how to prepare kulichi, paskhas, and Easter eggs, and teach classes on how to set an “Easter table”. This affects all catering facilities in the Kremlin, the RF Government, the RF Gosduma, the Federation Council, and the Chamber of Accounts. Daily, these dining rooms feed about 15,000 people.


A Christian society requires practical preparation as well as spiritual preparation. It ain’t easy getting all the details nailed down. The above indicates that there’s gonna be a whole lot of celebratin’ going on. We’re Christians… that’s what we do. Stand up and cheer! It’s the high point of the Christian Year!


15 April 2014



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Saturday, 12 April 2014

12 April 2014. The “Men in Black” Remind You… Easter IS on the Way… Ya Only got to Stomach Beans and Spuds for Another Week

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The “Men in Black” remind you… Easter IS on the way, it’s only a week off, kids. They also remind you that long faces are from the devil, not from God! God made all sorts of good things for us, and He doesn’t appreciate it when we scorn his Creation in the name of oddbod “religion”. Easter is the centrepiece of our faith… If Christ be not risen from the dead, then your faith is in vain. The Apostle said that… there it is, in a nutshell. Keep it focused, tomorrow is Palm Sunday, which means that the Great Lent’s almost over. The Last Homely Home is our REAL abode… never forget that! Get ready for a dyn-no-mite Easter (Catholic and Orthodox Easter are on the same date this year)! Have the ham, kulich, and paskha ready… God expects you to CELEBRATE!

We’re Christians… that’s what we do. Lent’s only for a time, but Easter IS eternal!


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Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Revival Will NOT be Televised… Canned Beans Very Popular in Moscow During Lent… The Revival IS Live!

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Squash and bean soup… a fave Russian nosh in the Fast…


Aleksei Nemeryuk, head of the Moscow City Department of Trade and Services, said that canned beans were a leader in the growth of demand for canned goods amongst Muscovites during the Great Lent. At a press conference on Thursday, he said, “Baked beans was the leader in growth amongst canned vegetables this year; the demand for them increased more than 30 percent. Consumption of mushrooms was up by 45 percent, vegetables and berries by 26 percent, kasha and oatmeal by 20 percent, and barley by 10 percent. The most popular cereal with buyers was buckwheat; the demand for it grew by more than 50 percent. The turnover in nuts and dried fruit increased more than 30 percent, whilst frozen vegetables and fruit increased 20 percent”.


You want PROOF that folks are keeping the Lent? Here it is! Note well that beans, long a jocular Lenten staple amongst in-the-know Orthodox, are leading the pack (which means that the other two mainstays of Russian Lent, boiled potatoes and stewed prunes, can’t be far behind). You were wondrin’ why the morning commute was suddenly more FRAGRANT? It’s those beans… TOOT! TOOT! Is biological warfare occurring on the elektrichka every morning? Perspirin’ minds wanna know (what will the Russian Army do without funky footcloths (portyanki) as a chemical weapon?)…

The Revolution will not be televised… the Revolution IS alive! (hat-tip to Gil Scott Heron)


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Friday, 28 February 2014

VTsIOM: Many Russians Believe that there was a Putsch in the Ukraine, Most Russians Think that the Berkut Acted Correctly

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On its website, the all-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) presented data on how Russians view the current events in the Ukraine. Today, about three-quarters (74 percent) of Russians are following the situation in the Ukraine. As a whole, Russians are more interested in current events in the Ukraine and not events that occurred in the past. Particularly, residents of Moscow and St Petersburg (84 percent), people over 60 (83 percent), and KPRF supporters (84 percent) closely watch the unfolding news. One in four (25 percent) believed that there was a putsch in the Ukraine, resulting in a seizure of power. 29 percent said that there’s rampant anarchy and banditry, and 27 percent called the developing situation the beginning of a civil war. Half of the respondents (50 percent) didn’t like any of the sides in the political conflict. One-third backed the legitimate Yanukovich government, with higher percentages amongst residents of medium-sized cities and those with moderate incomes (37 percent). Only 8 percent were in favour of the Timoshenko junta.

One-fifth (21 percent) thought that Yanukovich should resign and call early elections. On the other hand, 31 percent took the opposite POV, believing that Yanukovich had to suppress the rioters using police action. In turn, 26 percent believed that the authorities should enter into negotiations with the oppositionists and form a coalition government, but the percentage of those who gave this response decreased significantly compared to the beginning of February (when 37 percent said so). Most refused to condemn the actions of the Berkut spetsnaz troops (88 percent); 56 percent said that they were just doing their duty, and 32 percent believed that they saved their country from falling to pieces and sinking into chaos. Only 6 percent thought that the Berkut beat ordinary people with no cause, that they protected a criminal régime. According to 40 percent, the Ukrainian protest movement will morph into disorder, threatening a collapse of the country. Another 22 percent believed that the protests would continue, but that their popularity and scale would decrease. Only 17 percent think that there’s going to be an imminent end to the current discontent and protest actions.

28 February 2014

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