Voices from Russia

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Cardinal Koch Sez the End of Communism Wasn’t All Good for Christianity



On Monday, Cardinal Kurt Koch, the top Roman Catholic official for inter-church relations, said that the end of communist rule in Europe, which began 25 years ago this month, wasn’t all positive for Christianity because it brought tensions between Rome and Russia back to the surface. He said that the re-emergence of Uniates in the Ukraine and Romania after decades of suppression created major tensions with the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian Orthodox leaders accused the Vatican-aligned Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs) of trying to take back churches and woo away believers from the MP. The UGKTs and the Vatican deny this. MP bishops cited this as a hurdle to closer ties between Orthodox and Catholics, which for decades prayed for the conversion of the USSR, only to see the newly resurgent Russian Orthodox Church become a difficult partner. Koch told Vatican Radio, “The changes in 1989 weren’t advantageous for ecumenical relations. Eastern Catholic churches banned by Stalin re-emerged, especially in the Ukraine and Romania, and the Orthodox brought out old accusations about Uniate churches and proselytism”. “Uniate” refers to Eastern (sic) churches with Orthodox-style liturgies that recognise the pope as their spiritual leader.

Later this month, Pope Francisco Bergoglio will meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis in Istanbul. Bartholomew supports more cooperation with Rome, but can’t ignore the wary Russians, who make up two-thirds of the world’s 300 million Orthodox. Koch, who spoke a week after the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall, and on the same day as Czechs marked the start of their democratic revolution, noted that talks on closer ties between Catholic and Orthodox theologians were suspended between 2000 and 2006 because of tensions between the two sides, saying, “There are always setbacks, but I’m convinced that we can make more progress”. He noted that persecution of Christians in the Middle East brought Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants there together, but the Ukrainian crisis heightened tensions among churches, saying, “We’ve repeatedly heard major complaints from the Russian Orthodox. This is unfortunate because churches are supposed to be a factor for unity and reconciliation”. Last month, Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev, the Number Two man {not so… it’s a common ignorant Western misconception: editor} in the Moscow Patriarchate, used his guest presentation to a Vatican synod on the family to accuse the UGKTs of trying to poach Orthodox believers.

17 November 2014

Tom Heneghan

Kevin Liffey



Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society to Create White Book Commemorating All the Christians Killed and Tortured in the Middle East

00 The face of the Syrian opposition. 27.10.13


On Friday, Yelena Agapova, Vice-Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), stated that the IOPS would create a White Book containing the names of all the Christians killed and tortured by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation and other radical militant groups, saying at a press conference at Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, “The IOPS community centre for the protection of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa has begun preparing a White Book, where we give the names of victims, glaring instances of harassment and persecution of Christians, and which we’d pass to UN structures and present for the judgement of the world public”. She spoke of the situation in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which now has almost no Christians, despite the fact that under former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein they accounted for 40 percent of the population. Agapova said, “Today, for the first time in 16 centuries, there are no worship services in Mosul’s churches”. She stated that IS militants forced local Christians either to convert to Islam, or pay a special tax of 250 USD (11,450 Roubles. 1,530 Renminbi. 15,400 INR. 280 CAD. 288 AUD. 202 Euros. 160 UK Pounds) per month for each family member, or leave the city. The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has fought the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group extended its attacks to northern and western Iraq, declaring a caliphate over the territory that it controls.

28 October 2014

Sputnik International


22 November 2014. JP Starts Crackbrained Facebook Page… Konvertsy Eating It UP… What’s Wrong With That Picture?

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I got this from a Cabinet member:

I don’t know if you’re on Facebook, but Met Jonah started a Facebook page entitled Free Met Jonah, which he is posting on… what the hell’s wrong with him…. the converts are eating this up, but they haven’t any idea how the Church works.

I’d only say that I wasn’t the only one who saw Fatso schmoozing with Nathanael Kapner last Pentecost… he’s paying for his oddbod connections to Kapner and Platina, for his ties to godless Uniates and sectarians, and for his whoring for American neocons. The konvertsy don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. When Fatso surfaced on patriarchia.ru, they didn’t realise that Polar explorer A N Chilingarov was the main honoree… they also didn’t notice that the Blunder was present, but Varsonofy Sudakov and V A Chaplin weren’t (the main giveaway was the fact that Fatso only appeared in one photograph). In short, the two closest advisors of HH were ABSENT. Of course, the konvertsy are so stupid that they think that the Blunder’s the most important man in the MP after HH (they think that because the papists and Proddies think so, they lack any facility in Russian, and they’re generally of rather dim wattage… think of Dreher and Freddie M-G, and you’ve got them nailed). Fats was tight with Yustinian Ovchinnikov, y’ know, the MP bishop recently caught in nasty doings (the MP Holy Synod “exiled” YO to Kalmykiya for propositioning a man, I heard). One of my Moscow friends said:

He knows all the poofters in the American Church… they called him in to grill him on his gay pals. They don’t want another Yustinian.

This move guarantees that the OCA Holy Synod will nix any and all petitions for canonical release. This shows not only a basic misunderstanding of how the Church operates in the real world, it’s an extraordinarily stupid action lacking in good-sense… you don’t get people to vote in your favour by pushing their faces in the shit and caterwauling like a spoilt overindulged toddler. Oh, well… just another day in diaspora Russian Orthodoxy… it sure ain’t boring, is it?


Friday, 21 November 2014

Coal Shortage Looming in the Ukraine

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Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuri Zyukov said in an interview with the Ukrainian edition of Главком (Glavkom: Commander-in-Chief) that there’s a critical situation regarding the coal supplies available. On the eve of winter, the Ukraine doesn’t have the required minimum monthly coal reserves of 3.1 million tons. Thus, on the morning of 19 November, two out of ten Ukrainian thermal power plants only have enough coal left for a few more days. He said, “Did you know that the Zmievskoi TPP has 30,000 tons left, and the Tripolskoi TPP has 50,000 tons left? That is, the stock will only last for a few more days. In fact, now, we’re scraping the bottom. That’s why we needed coal from South Africa… we needed coal reserves”. He pointed up that normal consumption dictated that TPPs have to have a minimum of 3-3.1 million tons of coal in their stockpiles… about a month’s supply, warning, “It’d be better if we had more. However, this is a minimum below which it’s impossible to operate. We don’t have it. What’ll happen if there’s some glitch with the railroad, with customs clearance, or weather conditions, or with the military situation, or with something else? It could be anything… the TPPs would grind to a halt, and there’d be an energy shortage”. As of today, Zyukov believes that there are three options for buying coal, firstly, from Ukrainian state-owned enterprises, secondly, through open bidding in coal-exporting countries… and finally, buying it from Russia. He noted, “We purchase gas from Russia, so, we could buy coal from Russia. Again, nuclear fuel, we buy it there. We’re tied into their system”. Of course, many Ukrainian politicians and officials, including P A Poroshenko and A P Yatsenyuk, declared in public speeches that there’s a war with Russia in Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts (sic). However, no one’s issued an official declaration of war against Russia.

20 November 2014




For 23 years, the Uniates leeched off Russia, whilst calling us every filthy name in the book. At the same time, the oligarchs stole the country blind. As long as the Uniates got a cut to subsidise their opium dreams in Galicia, they didn’t care if the country went into the shitter. Today, the great shipyards at Nikolaev, the pride of the USSR, are either closed or they produce crude stoves for the notional Ukrainian “armed forces”. I shit you not. The Uniates and oligarchs raped the country and picked it clean… and blamed it on V F Yanukovich! The word on the street in Kiev is, “The Rabbit (Yatsenyuk) shits in a solid-gold toilet”… somehow, I think that means that his popularity is none too high. What with utility rates up 300 percent in Kiev and announcements that government employees won’t get paid in December… if you think that the Uniate junta has a future, you’re smokin’ good-ass weed, and I want to know where you got it…

One last thing… the Ukraine is now importing coal from South Africa and Australia. That means that the Donbass mines are in patriot hands. How long must this charade go on?


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