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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

8 April 2014. Blessed Matrona and Stalin: Did It Happen and Is This an Icon?

00 Matrona and Stalin. Ilya Pivnik. 2008

Blessed Matrona of Moscow and I V Stalin

Ilya Pivnik



Before we do anything else, let’s delve into the question, “Is this an icon, and is it’s painter a Church person?” Let’s take the latter first… Ilya Pivnik is a well-known icon painter in St Petersburg; particularly, his excellent depictions of New Martyrs are in many churches. Therefore, Pivnik isn’t some unreliable dabbler in iconography. He spent some months on Mount Athos, where he painted icons for several chapels.


00 St Ioann Kronshtadtsky. Ilya Pivnik. 2000

St Ioann Kronshtadtsky

Ilya Pivnik


Podvorie of the Leushino Convent of St John the Baptist (St Petersburg RF)


Is Pivnik’s painting an icon? Certainly, it follows the canons of Russian icon painting. Note well that I V Stalin doesn’t have a nimbus. In researching this, about 95 percent of the images “out there” lack such, the few that have such seem to be PhotoShops. Indeed, it’s clear from the icon that Stalin isn’t a holy figure; he’s simply a figure in the action. If one was to simply gauge from this icon, it’s apparent that the only “holy figure” in the icon is Blessed Matrona. Note well that she doesn’t bless Stalin or curse him. She’s simply in her room and Stalin is walking away, not even talking to her. The only takeaway from this is that Stalin and Blessed Matrona maybe talked, and that Stalin’s leaving.


01 Joseph Stalin Soviet Poster


Is this controversial? You bet your ass! It’s radioactive. There’s so much “Sturm und Drang” that I’d say that it’s impossible to get at the truth of the matter. Click here for a discussion on the controversy surrounding this icon. Did Stalin meet Matrona? She was a well-known figure in the city and Stalin’s views on religion (particularly, in later life) were ambiguous and (sometimes) contradictory. The Church fared relatively well after 1941… it was Khrushchyov who shut down parishes by the gross (when the persecution ended, 60 percent were gone).


01 St Serafim Vyritsky

St Serafim Vyritsky


What’s alleged to have happened? Supposedly, Stalin went to Blessed Matrona to receive her blessing for his defence of Moscow. Some say that she blessed him and prayed for the victory of the Red Army. This isn’t new in Russian history… St Sergei of Radonezh blessed Grand Prince St Dmitri Donskoi and St Serafim Vyritsky prayed for the victory of the Red Army in the VOV. However, there’s been so much kerfuffle that we’ll never really KNOW if it happened. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

As for me, I BELIEVE. I won’t have an argument… I BELIEVE.


00 Svoboda nazis. 22.03.14


Mark this down well… we have a terrible crisis facing Holy Rus, one as serious as the Fascist invasion. America threatens Holy Rus using Galician/Ukie Nationalist clients. The Vatican backs America (at least, segments of it do). They want to rape Russia and pick it as cleanly as they’ve stripped the Ukraine. I believe that Red and White must unite to fight the foe. This means that we mustn’t support those in the USA who hate our motherland and want to destroy her. That’s why good Orthodox Christians can’t have anything to do with Uniates or Republicans or Langley or the US State Department or any part of the American foreign policy apparat… all are the sworn enemies of Holy Rus.


00 Free Market Trickle Down Economics at Work. 15.05.13


It’s time to stand behind Holy Rus and the Assembly of All the Saints Who Shone Forth in the Russian Land. It’s time to make Potapov and Paffhausen repudiate their past whoring for Langley and the K Street slimeocracy in public. At least, we shouldn’t stand with those who hate our ethos… and the Republican Party, with its repulsive “Rugged Individualism” stands against everything held by the Holy Church.

It’s time to stand up… God wills it…


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Monday, 7 April 2014

7 April 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Abandoned Soviet-Era “Dom Kultury”… The Money HAS to go to Bloodsucking Oligarchs, Dontcha Know!

00 abandoned Dom Kultury. Russia. 07.04.14


This is an abandoned Soviet-era Dom Kultury (House of Culture). Why did this happen? It’s American-style crapitalism in action! You see, the money that supported such “good works” now goes into the pockets of oligarchs. That’s for our own good according to the US Republican Party. You see, the rich only have our betterment at heart… we don’t deserve such things… we’d only ruin them, dontcha know. Remember this picture when you vote in November… remember that the Republican Party BLESSES such ruin so that the rich party hearty. American consumerist godlessness is worse than any formal atheism in the USSR… most of the American “Me First” consumerists are “Born Again” hypocrites who spout smarmy religious rhetoric at every turn… fancy that. Woe to those who call good “evil” and evil “good”. After all, the tree is known by the fruit thereof. THIS is the fruit of crapitalism… any questions?

Oh, yes… such desolation is the REAL meaning of “Pro-Life” as taught by the Republican Party. Anti-abortion agitation, attacking Planned Parenthood, and vandalising clinics doesn’t equal Pro-Life activity (that’s why Republicans such as Bilirakis, Issa, and Amash (an “Unholy Trinity” if there ever was such) are posturing and amoral hypocrites)… compassion, aid, and government social intervention DO (standing against the overuse of the death penalty and aggressive wars also count). To aid one unwed mother without fanfare outweighs all the Marches for Life in God’s eyes, I believe. That’s another thing to bear in mind when you mark your ballot…


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Yuri… From Soviet to Russian… But NOT Ukrainian!

00 Yuri. NOT Ukrainian. RUSSIAN. 07.04.14.


In Crimea, they give Russian passports to those who want them. This implies that they accept Russian citizenship, which means that they’re renouncing citizenship in the Ukraine, because, as far I can remember, Ukrainian law doesn’t permit dual citizenship. Probably, this procedure’s become rather routine, but a notable case just occurred. In one of the villages a man, Yuri, came in for his new Russian passport, but he failed to present a Ukrainian one to the authorities. When the bureaucrats asked him where his Ukrainian passport was, the man said that he refused to accept Ukrainian citizenship, and for 23 years, he held on to his old Soviet passport. Now, he was here to get a new Russian passport.

6 April 2014

English Russia


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Saturday, 5 April 2014

The White Man’s Burden… the West Truly Believes that it Doesn’t Have Double Standards

00 The White Man's Burden. 1899. 05.04.14

The White (?) Man’s Burden


16 March 1899

As the above cartoon illustrates, the smarmy and condescending Western hypocrisy and arrogance we see today isn’t of recent provenance. They truly think themselves superior to us… and that they have the right to shit on us if we disobey their superior orders. After all, they only have our good at heart, and we’re too stupid to realise it.

Oppose the ravening Western monster at all costs… their evil is contrary to everything good and decent held by both God and man…


Take up the White Man’s burden, Send forth the best ye breed
Go bind your sons to exile, to serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild–
Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.

Take up the White Man’s burden, In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple, An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit, And work another’s gain.

Take up the White Man’s burden, The savage wars of peace–
Fill full the mouth of Famine And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly Bring all your hopes to nought.

The White Man’s Burden

Rudyard Kipling




The below is from a Russian Evangelical Lutheran author. Note the similarities to Russian Orthodox thought… the standards and ethos of Holy Rus influences everyone on its territory… Christian… non-Christian… secularist.



When I read these lines from Rudyard Kipling, I recalled an American film of the 90s about the events in the Balkans, where a terrified mother held out her children, handing them to the brave focused, hard-faced Marines coming out of the plane with the plea, “For the sake of our Lord, milk, our children are dying”. They say that history isn’t in the subjunctive, but imagine that Viktor Yanukovich took courage and gave the order to disperse to disperse the mob on the Maidan. I’m not saying that would be right, but I’m sure that the West wouldn’t have considered it a legitimate action, they would’ve immediately condemned it, and imposed economic and political sanctions against the Ukraine, indeed, much more severe ones than it now lays against Russia. Most likely, the Western Ukraine, without a referendum, would’ve seceded from the Ukraine. I don’t know if they’d declare themselves an independent state or ask someone else to take them in. However, have no doubt, all the West, in unison, would recognise this “free choice of the people”, and wouldn’t even bring up international law. The people’s choice is sacred. The most interesting thing is that they’re not dissembling, they really do think that way.

Today, we often accuse the West of double standards, but in fact, for them, they’re not double standards. Western Europe has been very tolerant in recognising universal human values. The main thing is not to violate human rights, and we, of course, are savages; we’ve always been such for them, and that’s what we’ll always be. Over the past 20 years I’ve been many times in Western Europe, I even lived there a little, and I have friends there with whom I have good relations. However, they like to tell me about Christmas, about the tree, and every time I have to listen, and, by definition, I have to look amazed at it all. They’re sure that all nations and peoples will come to share their dreams, for them, it’s axiomatic, it doesn’t require proof, and whoever says the opposite is lying. The fact that the Crimea voted to rejoin Russia seems impossible for them, so, they dangled the hope to join the EU before them, and they… this could not be! It had to be that someone intimidated them, forced them to do this; a disguised Russian sat under every bush and forced them to vote for Russia. They can’t even imagine how someone could dare to be different, how someone could not wish to be like them.

The Western/European world, despite all its flashy humanism, is a very cruel world; it destroyed and destroys all alternative civilisations, it requires all other countries to conform to their moral standards. For Russia, it’s always been a dilemma, shall we be like Western Europe or be its colony? How do we keep a balance between native originality and pragmatism? Pyotr Veliki chose pragmatism; he realised that a better place in the world needed better guns and good ships. Well, Europe didn’t let any other distinctive civilisation develop… it captured all of them, such as the great civilisations of India and China. What became of the indigenous civilisation of South America? Generally, the European razed them to the ground, and they did the same in Africa. One can only answer force with force. Without European science, technology, and industry one just can’t do it. You answer bullets with bullets, shells with shells, and rockets with rockets. Only in the last 50 years did they gain some humanity, and that was largely due to the USSR. That’s the whole question of how to preserve one’s identity and not lose independence. Although the USSR succeeded in it, it threw it away when it decided to take on the “standards” of European civilisation.

Therefore, they’re very surprised when we accuse them of double standards. Why, their standards are the only ones, and all others must meet these standards, even if they don’t want to. This, then, is the “white man’s burden”, and they’re willing to bear it, despite our resistance. Moreover, they really do wish us well, but they treat us like little kids (this is the most benevolent interpretation of their attitude), whom they have the right to teach… and if we disobey them, they have the right to punish us for our own good.


By the way, the term “Evangelical” only applies to Lutherans… it doesn’t apply to American Radical Sectarians. The Southern Baptist Convention, Pentecostalists, JWs, Mormons, “megachurches”, and other such posturing flotsam (the whole “happy-clappy” “Born Again” crowd) aren’t part of historic Christianity at all. You can see this if you go to a Lutheran service and then attend a Fundie meeting (I wouldn’t dignify them with the term service). Who looks closer to Catholics and Orthodox? Why, the Lutherans do! That’s because they’re Christian and “Evangelicals” aren’t (remember what Our Lord said, Not all who say, “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven). Keep a sane head about you… Christians do certain things… and “Evangelicals” spit on most of them.

Let’s keep it simple… Russia adopted Christianity in 988… American Radical Sectarianism only dates from the early 19th century. That means that Russia had a millennium of Christianity before the so-called “American Evangelicals” even started. One can see who’s mature and who’s juvenile (and who has the “right” to teach whom!)! America (and the EU) has NOTHING to teach us… NOTHING. We have our own standards, and you may keep yours in your own house, thank you very much. We’ll live in peace with you, but we won’t take on your ways, no way, no how.

That’s the only recipe for sure peace…


2 April 2014

Vladimir Pudov


Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Russia Official Website


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