Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

1 October 2013. A Photo Essay. Our Great Russian Motherland… The Kola Peninsula in Autumn

00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 01. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 02. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 03. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 04. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 05. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 06. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 07. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 08. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 09. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 10. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 11. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 12. 30.09.13

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One of the most northernmost parts of Russia is the Kola Peninsula. The ice-free port of Murmansk is here, along with the main Northern Fleet bases of Polyarny and Severomorsk. The Peninsula lies completely within Murmansk Oblast, and virtually all of the oblast’s territory is on the Peninsula. This is one of the most militarily-significant regions in Russia, the main base for Russia’s submarine strategic nuclear deterrent force is here (although Sevmash, the builder of all Russian nuclear-powered submarines, is in Severodvinsk near Arkhangelsk). Nevertheless, most of the Peninsula is wild, with the total population of 800,000 spread over an area of 144,900 square kilometres (55,946 square miles)… 40 percent of the population is in the single city of Murmansk. Most of the people live in a small area between Polyarny on the Barents Sea and Kandalaksha on the White Sea.

BMD

Saturday, 2 February 2013

2 February 2013. There was a REASON for the Revolution…

00 This is Why There was a Revolution. Russia. Pralevke. 1891-2. 02.02.13

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This snap of the village of Pralevka in Lukoyanovskoye County in Nizhny Novgorod Guberniya (in present-day Novoslobodsky Rural Council of Bolshoye Boldino Raion in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast) (taken in 1891-92) in the Volga region is by the famed photographer Maksim Dmitriev (1858-1948). Unlike the pioneering colour pictures of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky (which are a unique treasure), the photos of Dmitriev didn’t show a picture-postcard Russia. He took photos showing the actual conditions found in the countryside. If you wish a fully-rounded view of Tsarist Russia, you must take into account both Prokudin-Gorsky and Dmitriev. Otherwise, you end as a self-serving propagandist of either the left or the right (the latter bunch has taken over sections of the ROCOR and it issues bootless and ungrounded attacks on the Soviet period, without mentioning ANY of the blemishes of the tsarist era, or mentioning that many of their families were Nazi collaborators in the VOV). There were serious social problems, real weaknesses that the World War exacerbated. The tsarist state wasn’t “doomed to die”, but the actions of many of its supporters did hasten that end. That’s something to think about, isn’t it?

BMD

Saturday, 17 November 2012

17 November 2012. A Photo Spread. Our Great Russian Motherland… Up on the Roof… in Piter

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Mood music… Up on the Roof by the Drifters

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St Petersburg, as seen from a rooftop vantage-point. There are nutters who’re dangerous, there are nutters who’re harmless, there are nutters who’re humorous, and there are nutters who’re kinda fun. These “roofies” appear to be of the last sort. It’s kinda nuts to go crawling over roofs, but you’ve gotta admit, they take arse-kicking photos… these snaps are by daredevil photographer Sergei Degtyaryov.

Give ‘em a tip of the jug…

BMD

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

23 May 2012. A Photo Essay. From the Russian Web… Photographs Brimming with Love and Humanity

The Smile of a Child…

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A Small Life in the Midst of Much Death…

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‘Till Death Do Us Part…

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A Brother’s Love…

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A Love for Old Lost Comrades…

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In the Midst of Pain… Hope… the Love of Life…

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The Love of God… “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them”

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I want to say that, even with wars, turmoil, and political upheaval, there’s really a point to life in this world. The main thing is to keep hold of our humanity, no matter what occurs. In all the confusion, we sometimes don’t seem to notice the most important things. Let’s take pleasure in and be thankful for all that we do have…

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