On Friday, a spokesman for the municipal authorities in Mezhdurechensk in Kemerovo Oblast announced the opening of a chapel in memory of the victims of the May 2010 accident at the Raspadskaya Mine that killed about a hundred miners. The construction of the chapel dedicated to St Barbara, the patron saint of workers in hazardous occupations (including miners), began in August 2011 near the city park at the intersection of 50th Anniversary of the Komsomol Prospekt and Kosmanavtov Street. The relatives of the victims chose the location of the chapel. The brick building has a height of 20 metres (66 feet) and a floor area of 665 square metres (7,158 square feet), in a cruciform shape. On the main façade, there’s a mosaic icon of St Barbara, made in the style of ancient New Roman (Byzantine) images. Inside the building, there’s a carved oak iconostas with 11 icons and a memorial marble plaque with the names of those killed in the Raspadskaya Mine disaster. On the night of 9 May 2010, two explosions ripped through the Raspadskaya Mine, killing 90 miners, including 20 rescuers. The bodies of 11 miners are still entombed in the mine.
17 August 2012
More than 70 bikers from several Siberian cities will take part in a two-day Orthodox motorcycle rally, passing through Kemerovo Oblast. The route of rally will cover more than 100 kilometres, a spokesman of the local diocese informed Interfax on Friday. On 23 July, a molieben will kick off the event, then, riders will go to the Fountain of St John the Baptist, after that, they’ll ride on to Belovo. A concert and entertainment will end the first day of the rally; the participants, including riders from Barnaul and Novosibirsk, will sleep out in tents under the open sky. The next day, the bikers will disperse to go home. Both baptised and unbaptised riders are welcome; their age or the type of motorcycle they ride doesn’t matter. The purpose of the rally is to involve young people in the Orthodox faith.
22 July 2011
Some silly konvertsy think that Russia and Greece are “holy lands” (conversely, others attack the home countries mercilessly). They’re dense… Russia and Greece are full of ordinary sinful-ginful folks (most of whom are baptised Orthodox, though). They’re full of all the faults that fallen mankind’s prey to… yet, they’re ORTHODOX societies deep down… America is NOT, emphatically so. That doesn’t mean that we cave in, assimilate to Sectarian heresy, and act like the heretics surrounding us, as some wish us to do. No… however, it does mean that the average American isn’t receptive to Orthodoxy and its worldview… most are deeply Sectarian, they require YEARS to rid themselves of its malign influence. Look at how they misuse and abuse the Fathers and the Canons. Lordy! It makes you want to have a bonfire of their godforsaken books in the churchyard… I DO mean that! The Church isn’t a set of rules… it isn’t a set of books to memorise… it isn’t a “look” to imitate down to the last detail… it’s the bikers from Kemerovo Oblast who’re going to have one hell of a good time, and remember their God whilst they’re at it. That’s what I believe… and I do think that most of you agree with me…
Bees in the Slammer
Bailiffs seized four beehives from a resident of Yurginsky Raion (north of the Kuznetsk Basin) because he was 50,000 Roubles (1,654 USD 1,265 Euros 1,059 UK Pounds) in arrears in his child support payments for his three-year-old daughter. Officials said that the beekeeper didn’t pay child support from November 2009. “The debtor claimed that serious illness prevents him from working, so he can’t pay, but he didn’t present medical documentation to the bailiffs confirming his disability. As an attempt to collect this debt, bailiffs seized four beehives on a garden plot in lieu of payment”, a source at the UFSSP said. According to preliminary estimates, each beehive is valued at 2,000 Roubles (66 USD 51 Euros 42 UK Pounds). The man has 10 days to repay the arrears; otherwise, the bees will be sold “under the auctioneer’s hammer”.
28 July 2010