VDV chaplains awaiting the “green light” to jump
Exterior of inflatable mobile field chapel
Interior of mobile field chapel… icons are stuck to the walls with velcro fasteners. Do note that the priest’s wearing a telnyashka under his riassa, and that the ribbons on his riassa indicate that he’s a former serving officer.
Chaplains now serve with all manner of military units as “Assistants to the Commander” (in place of the old Sov-period zampoliti (“Political Assistants”)
Foreign cadets at the Ryazan Margelov Higher Airborne Command School (Twice Order of the Red Banner) take all of the above in… shall they take their observations home with them? One hopes so…
The sign in the background reads, ”Parachutist! If the chute doesn’t open – pull the ring!”
Click here for a 3-minute vid of a group of VDV paratrooper chaplains jumping from a transport plane with a large mobile chapel that they set up in the field upon landing.
30 March 2013
Click here for a 26-minute VOR audio presentation on the religious aspects of the VOV. Please, note that that the programme doesn’t “start” until 1:30 into the presentation. It presents the truth… not the self-serving lies spouted by Victor Potapov and Peter Lukianov. You can believe the truth as presented here… or the bilious pro-oligarch rot regurgitated by Potapov and Lukianov. It’s up to you… I can’t decide for you. However, don’t forget that Potapov sucks up to sectarian heretics (such as the Moonies who own the Washington Times)… can you trust someone who hangs out voluntarily with such (who proselytise amongst real Christians) merely because they share the same unhinged radical political notions? I wouldn’t, if I were you.
I pray that the “truth will out”… never forget that St Serafim Vyritsky prayed EVERY DAY for the victory of the Red Army. He did NOT pray for the victory of the Vlasovtsy collaborationist pigs (who, after the war, entered the service of Western powers to harm Russia for personal gain, the same as they did for the Nazis). We should follow our saints, no?
This truthful VOR production had the Mother Church’s blessing… Potapov’s lying American crapitalist propaganda didn’t… that should tell you something. These sorts can march in the so-called “March for Life” for a 100 years, but it’ll be for nought until they repent of the evil and deceitful treachery of their parents… a treason far worse than anything Stalin ever did (that’s why the ROCOR should remove Potapov’s screed against Stalin from its website and apologise for having made it appear that the Church blesses treason and treachery). By the way, the Mother Church had NOTHING to repent of… but the ones who screamed for “repentance” from the Motherland were the ones who truly needed repentance (for having dared to stab their Rodina and Naroda in the back in the interest of Russia’s sworn enemies in return for a “mess of pottage“). I find that an interesting paradox…
The Old is the New… Or, Is the New the Old?
Shoigu is in uniform, indicating that the dalliance with “civilian” control of the Minobrony is over, there’s a pair of old-style boots with footcloths in the corner, and there’s a Soviet banner behind the map. All of this points up that Yolkin doesn’t believe that the Serdyukov “reforms” have any oomph or staying power. It was much the same after 1918… the Red Army became an organic continuation of the old tsarist forces in the end, just as the current forces are, essentially, an organic continuation of the Red Army. The generals LIKE the “old army”… it DID win the Great Victory, didn’t it?
The Russian armed forces may see some of the major reforms launched by former Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov scrapped, as his recently appointed successor, Sergei Shoigu, continues to give in to generals on lesser issues that still have an impact on the big picture. Serdyukov’s reforms came under heavy criticism within the military, resulting as they did in the dismissal of tens of thousands of officers, the liquidation of hundreds of army units, and the closure of dozens of military training centres. The abolition of the mass-mobilisation concept, which was at the base of all these painful decisions, marked a break with 300 years of Russian military culture. The counter-reform currently underway is an inevitable result of the decision that President Putin made when he appointed Shoigu… the decision to make the Minister of Defence an Army General once again. When commenting on this decision, analysts close to the Kremlin insisted that the president was trying to help the newly-appointed Shoigu build up his authority… something that the fiercely-denounced civilian Serdyukov lacked. However, Russian generals are skilful manipulators. They can easily make any new commander believe that he’s part of the army machine, and each new head of the Minobrony inevitably feels like part of the military corporation.
17 January 2013
Russia Beyond the Headlines
In December 2012, the Ministry of Defence (Minobrony) proposed a new field uniform. The Minobrony projected that the updated uniform, 500 sets of which have already passed state trials in polar regions, tropical regions, Siberia, and Central Russia, would enter general service in the forces by 2014. The new military wardrobe consists of 19 items… underwear, outerwear, jackets, and waistcoats, augmented with several kinds of accessories such as hats, shoes, and gloves. The uniform design employs the latest modern technologies; jackets and vests have water-repellent coating, winter clothing has an insulating layer that doesn’t soak through and keeps the wearer warm. Each uniform has an expected lifespan of at least three years. The Minobrony will issue 70,000 uniform sets in 2013. RIA-Novosti received the information on the new uniform patterns from the BTK Group.
26 December 2012