Voices from Russia

Monday, 19 May 2014

19 May 2014. Photo Essay. The Revival Will NOT be Televised… The Revival Will Be LIVE!

00 velikoretskoye procession. russia. orthodox. 19.05.14

The Velikoretskaya procession takes place annually in Vyatka Oblast and draws thousands of pilgrims. This year, it’s from 3 to 8 June. The route covers 150 kilometres (92 miles), and it takes five days to complete.

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00 orthodox youth w VOV vets. 19.05.14

On Victory Day, Orthodox youth groups made a special effort to thank VOV vets for their service.

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00 belarus. blessing soldiers. orthodox. 16.05.14

In Belarus, priests bless new conscripts on their way to their units.

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00 church rally on the day of slavic literature. Moscow. 19.05.14

Church-sponsored cultural-patriotic rally on the Day of Slavic Literature in Moscow.

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00 white flower festival. 19.05.14

The proceeds collected during the “White Flower Festival” in Moscow go to aid disabled kids.

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00 Patriarch Kirill. Children Center psychoneurology. Moscow.  19.05.14

Patriarch Kirill bringing gifts to hospitalised kids on Easter at the Research Centre for Paediatric Psychoneurology of the Moscow Health Department.

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00 Patriarch Kirill. Marfa-mariinskoe Convent. Moscow.  19.05.14

Patriarch Kirill blesses a disabled child at the Marfa-Mariinskoe Convent in Moscow… all life is precious.

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HH spends every Easter and Christmas with hospitalised kids… without fail. That’s why I’d fight any of the phonies who snipe at him, especially, the SVS lot (and the Galician scummers). What HH does is REAL… what they do is NOT. The last picture floored me with its brutal honesty… that’s why I left it for last. That’s our RUSSIAN ORTHODOX patriarch… yes, sir, THE REVIVAL WILL BE LIVE.

BMD

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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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