Voices from Russia

Saturday, 3 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Russian Cities Welcome 2015 with Fireworks and Sparklers

00 new year 01. Moscow. 03.01.15

People wave sparklers as they celebrate the New Year on Red Square in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF, 1 January 2015

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00 new year 02. Moscow. 03.01.15    

Fireworks explode over St Basil Cathedral on Red Square, Moscow

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00 new year 03. St Petersburg. 03.01.15

New Year light show at Palace Square in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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00 new year 04. St Petersburg. 03.01.15

Festive illuminations on Palace Square in St Petersburg

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00 new year 05. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

New Year fireworks at the Central Square in Vladivostok (Primorsky Krai. Far Eastern Federal District)

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00 new year 06. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

Festive illuminations in Vladivostok

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00 new year 07. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

New Year celebrations at the Central Square in Vladivostok

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00 new year 08. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

Fireworks in Vladivostok

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00 new year 09. Rostov-na-Donu. 03.01.15

New Year’s Eve in an apartment in Rostov-na-Donu (Rostov Oblast. Southern Federal District) RF

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00 new year 10. Rostov-na-Donu. 03.01.15

Local resident on New Year’s Eve in Rostov-na-Donu

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00 new year 11. Kemerovo. 03.01.15

Ice town in Kemerovo (Kemerovo Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF

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1 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/770219

Thursday, 1 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Russian Streets and Squares Decked Out for the New Year

00 Russian New Year 01. Moscow Red Square. 01.01.15

Children on a merry-go-round in Red Square in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 02. Moscow Christmas Fair. 01.01.15

Festivities at the Christmas Market in Red Square in Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 03. Moscow Christmas Fair. 01.01.15

A view of the Christmas Market on Moscow’s Red Square

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00 Russian New Year 04. Moscow Christmas Fair. 01.01.15

A view of the Christmas Market near the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 05. Moscow Manezhnaya Square. 01.01.15

A couple at Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square

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00 Russian New Year 06. Moscow Red Square New Year Tree. 01.01.15

New Year Tree on Red Square

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00 Russian New Year 07. Moscow Tverskoy Boulevard. 01.01.15

Tverskoy Boulevard in Moscow decorated for the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations

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00 Russian New Year 08. Moscow Manezhnaya Square. 01.01.15

A giant decoration made of 9.5-metre-long (31-feet-long) LED lights in Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square

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00 Russian New Year 09. Moscow Manezhnaya Square. 01.01.15

Most expect the decoration to enter the Guinness Book of World Records

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00 Russian New Year 10. Moscow Red Square GUM. 01.01.15

A high-wire trapeze performer in Moscow’s Red Square with the illuminated GUM department store in the background

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00 Russian New Year 11. Moscow Tverskaya Square Ded Moroz. 01.01.15

A musician dressed as Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost) playing a tuba on Tverskaya Square, Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 12. Moscow Tverskaya Square Christmas Market. 01.01.15

A Christmas Market on Moscow’s Tverskaya Square

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00 Russian New Year 13. Moscow GUM. 01.01.15

Moscow’s GUM department store, decorated for the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations

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00 Russian New Year 14. Moscow. 01.01.15

Children looking at New Year decorations in Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 15. Moscow Red Square GUM skating rink. 01.01.15

Visitors at skating rink set up by the GUM department store in Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 16. St Petersburg. 01.01.15

Street decorated for the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 17. Vladimir. 01.01.15

A decorated New Year tree in Vladimir (Vladimir Oblast. Central Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 18. Yekaterinburg. 01.01.15

A decorated tree in front of the Gorsoviet building ahead of New Year and Christmas celebrations in Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk Oblast. Ural Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 19. St Petersburg Pionerskaya Square. Christmas Market. 01.01.15

Christmas Market on Pionerskaya Square, St Petersburg

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00 Russian New Year 20. Vladivostok. 01.01.15

A giant decoration made of Christmas lights at Central Square ahead of New Year and Christmas celebrations in Vladivostok (Primorsky Krai. Far Eastern Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 21. Novosibirsk. 01.01.15

Decorated New Year Tree in Novosibirsk (Novosibirsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF

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Unlike in many Western nations, where Christmas is the main celebration, New Year is the main winter holiday in Russia. Lights and decorations, giant baubles and street artists, abound in public places ahead of the New Year celebrations.

22 December 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/765871

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Mollard Ends Trip to Russia… Oddest Ad Limina That I’ve Ever Seen

00 Metr TIkhon Mollard. Moscow. 10.12.14

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Read this. I’ve never seen such an odd ad limina visit. Whilst he was in Petersburg, Mollard did nothing major. On Monday, HH and Varsonofy blessed a reconstructed church at Tsarkoe Selo. VVP and Lavrov were there… Mollard and his delegation weren’t. HH handed out awards… Mollard and his delegation didn’t get any. Mollard had only one major event in eight days of his visit… the concelebration in Moscow. Otherwise, NOTHING of major import occurred… or, at least, nothing of major import surfaced in media reports. It seemed to underline the insignificance of the OCA… HH left Mollard in Moscow, and went off to Kaliningrad on pastoral business. They kept Mollard out of all major events, except for the singular instance of the Moscow Kremlin concelebration. I’ll bet that the Centre picked up the bill for this. The very lack of reportage suggests that both Yustinian the Poof and Paffhausen the Great were on the agenda. If I had to guess, that’s what I’d think. I’ve never seen the like before… and it may never happen again. Pass the jug… reporting on diaspora Orthodoxy is NEVER boring…

BMD

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Mollard Served Liturgy at OCA Podvorie… Went to Piter… To Leave the Rodina Tomorrow

00 Metr TIkhon Mollard. Moscow. 09.12.14

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Mollard took the train to Piter, Varsonofy Sudakov met him at the station… as did the American Consul (do you notice how Mollard always kisses ass with American officialdom? Now, that’s Sergianism!). Mollard visited the Aleksandr Nevsky Lavra, but there’s no other details available. This trip produced virtually NOTHING of a public nature. Mollard met with no government figure, let alone VVP or Medvedev. Literally, it’s been nothing but a tourist junket… externally. It did NOTHING to add lustre to Mollard’s stature… quite the opposite. Was that the point? God alone knows. Mollard served liturgy at the OCA podvorie in Moscow, but no local bishop concelebrated. The only local present of any note was Fr Nikolai Balashov, the effectual head of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS). That’s not the usual script for a visit of a First Hierarch of a Local Church. This is a signal to Bart… the status of the OCA is negotiable, but the MP will NOT kowtow to Bart publicly, nor will it give on the issue without Bart giving in on issues of Moscow’s concern (rolling up its opposition candy stores in the Baltics, stopping its interference in the Ukraine, and cutting off the Parisian Russians… interest in the last was shown by HH marking the 80th birthday of V N Tiesenhausen and giving him an award). Of course, the Centre doesn’t trust Bart… but it believes that it can do business with him, as the Centre does have the whip hand.

BMD

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