Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

25 December 2013. RIA-Novosti Presents… Let’s Meet Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost)! Russia’s One n’ Only Answer to Santa Claus…

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Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost), the Russian Santa Claus, has two homes, one in Veliky Ustyug, in northwestern Vologda Oblast, and the other in Moscow’s Kuzminki Park, where he spends the New Year’s holidays.


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Dede has a granddaughter, Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden).


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Traditionally, Dede travels by sleigh.


00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 04. 24.12.13

Ahead of New Year’s, Dede has to morph into as many copies as we need to light up New Year’s Trees across the entire country.


00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 05. 24.12.13

Dede reads the letters that children send to him to learn what each one of them would like to have for a New Year’s gift.


00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 06. 24.12.13

Dede’s bedroom in his residence at Moscow’s Kuzminki Park.


00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 07. 24.12.13

Performances dedicated to Dede are an essential part of New Year’s celebrations at Russian schools and kindergartens.


00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 08. 24.12.13

Where his sleigh will not pass, Dede uses other modes of transportation, such as this air cushion vehicle in St Petersburg.


00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 09. 24.12.13

Dede in a vintage car in a parade on St Petersburg’s Senate Square.


00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 10. 24.12.13

Dede has many foreign colleagues, such as Norway’s Julenissen.


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Dede sitting in his Moscow residence


24 December 2013



Editor’s Note:

Dede is part of the secular New Year’s celebration… he isn’t religious at all. The hyper-religious can all get down from their high horses and they can all sit in the corner with their long faces, tight-arsed attitude, and general killjoy spirit. Meanwhile, the rest of us normal human beings can pop a cork or two and SMILE. God gave us this life, and it’s GOOD. Everything has its place, and the secular is just as important for us as the religious is. In any case, Dede is for EVERYBODY… New Year is a “Party for Everybody” (as Buranovskiye Babushki sang (click here for this fab song)). It’s a time when ALL of us can bow to one another, wish one another a good year, hug one another, be unashamedly happy, and do it as one. I see much good… and no bad… in that. Those who think otherwise can kiss my ass, and that’s that.


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ded Moroz to Feature in Tajik New Year Festivities After All

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Ded Moroz (Russian for “Grandpa Frost”) will make it onto Tajikistan’s TV screens this New Year after all. A state media boss in the predominately-Muslim former Soviet nation announced earlier this week that he’d would ban Ded Moroz this year… a cheerful white-bearded figure equivalent to Father Christmas… as he isn’t in keeping with local traditions. However, Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, the influential mayor of the capital city, Dushanbe, put an end to that killjoy move and insisted that he be part of the festive celebrations. In recent years, Ded Moroz and other associated traditions, which are a legacy of Tajikistan’s history as a former Soviet republic, came under fire from hardline Muslims. The state broadcasting head, in announcing the Ded Moroz prohibition, said that New Year’s Eve programming would feature music, singing, dancing, and countdown festivities, but that they couldn’t show alcohol consumption. A Dushanbe city hall source insisted that no one slapped a ban, official or otherwise, on traditional New Year symbols, which typically include Ded Moroz and his comely granddaughter Snegurochka.

18 December 2013



Friday, 13 December 2013

13 December 2013. The Holiday Season is HERE… Have a Smile and ENJOY It!

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Shop Assistants at GUM in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION



00 New Year's Fair. Red Square. Moscow RUSSIA. 13.12.13

New Year‘s Fair on Red Square in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION



00 Ded Moroz Parade. Kazan. Tatar Republic. RUSSIA. 13.12.13

Ded Moroz parade in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan) RUSSIAN FEDERATION


It’s time to smile and be happy. Put another log on the fire, pop the top off another bottle, and love the one you’re with. Don’t listen to the naysayers with the long faces and the tight-arsed hatred of any fun (trust me, religion doesn’t make people do that, but “religion” does… ponder that one, kids). Emulate Our Lord Christ! He turned water into wine, not wine into water (Evangelicals, take note). Remember, before you can be a good Christian, you have to be a good human being. Throw the lectures, preaching, and moralising into the shitcan… that’s NOT what Our Lord Christ did, nor should we.

A big hug from me to ALL my readers. It’s a happy time of year… it’s no time to be condemnatory. I’m working on being decent… when I reach that, I’ll tackle holiness. You can’t have the second without the first… think on that one.



Monday, 14 January 2013

13 January 2013. It’s Old New Year’s Eve



Belarusians shall celebrate the Old New Year. The tradition of observing Old New Year appeared in 1918, when the new calendar was introduced in Russia. The difference between the two styles was 13 days. This tradition is also observed in Russia, the Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Serbia, and Montenegro. Click on the first URL below for a 36-second video (on the page presented, click on “watch”, it’ll download… and you can play it, and, then, delete it). Even if you don’t know Russian, it has good visuals.

In the evening of 13/14 January people will celebrate the Old New Year by singing shchedrivky. On this day, people gather as family, cover the table with a generous variety of food, and go carolling. What else does one need to do to ensure success for the whole year? Our correspondents visited a rehearsal of the celebration at the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life for the Svyatki (Holy Days). It was at a typical village house, typical of those found in Kopyl Raion, showcasing the traditional rituals of the Christmas period. One of the customs was that you’d try to “steal” your neighbour’s decorations, but, of course, you’d have to return them the next morning. It was believed that if the person who stole them wasn’t caught, they’d have good luck on their farm for the next year. Only here, in the open-air museum by village Ozertso, can you witness a folklore festival and learn how our ancestors celebrated prosperity and success in the New Year. The organisers invited groups from all parts of Belarus. One, from the north, in Lepel Raion, another, from the south, was the ensemble Chornabrytsy. Many in  the crowd warmed up dancing and singing, whilst others learned the basics of making Christmas stars, and one did a little Christmas goat… a good luck charm. From now on, for the rest of the week, the museum will present carolling with shchedrivki. Click on the second URL to download a three-minute video with interesting visuals. By the way, notice that the people are singing songs claimed by Ukie nationalists… NEVER argue with such sorts… it’s not only pointless, they use such arguments to accuse YOU of “hate speech” (what a laugh)… take that threat seriously, these people aren’t wrapped too tightly and they’re fanatics.

For the twelfth year, the Minsk House of Mercy brought together residents and visitors for a Christmas pageant. On Old New Year’s Eve, Ded Moroz is once again in the spotlight. He showed up at the House of Mercy on Frantsiska Skorina Street. Ded Moroz and Snegurochka flew in by helicopter; his landing was the highpoint of the celebration. Joyful kids met the magician after his voyage. Archpriest Fyodor Karpov, the rector of All Saints Chapel at the House of Mercy said that families coming to the House of Mercy for this pageant have started a good tradition. After all, spirituality in the family is the key to its well-being; by the way, I think that most would agree that’s the point of the holiday. Click on the third URL to download a three-minute video with good visuals.

This is how “nasty” and “dictatorial” Belarus keeps the feast. C’mon… aren’t most of you ashamed of supporting those who hate them? It’s clear that Belarus isn’t Hell on Earth… it isn’t the Lap of Luxury, either, but it isn’t the cesspit depicted by the Western media and some Western political factions. They DO have a noxious, put-on, and deceitful agenda, after all (amply illustrated by the likes of Rod Dreher, Terrence Mattingly, and Freddie M-G, amongst others)…

13 January 2013





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