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Monday, 21 April 2014

Putin Signs Law to Ease Russian Citizenship for Russian Speakers and Those with Family Ties to the Former USSR

00 russian passport. 21.04.14


President Vladimir Putin signed a law that would relax requirements for obtaining Russian citizenship for those fluent in Russian, or, whose grandparents lived in the USSR or the Russian Empire within the present borders of the Russian Federation. According to the law, a special commission would interview a foreign citizen or stateless person to decide if they were native Russian speakers. They must prove fluency in Russian and use it every day both at home and in other types of communication. The law also stated that people with parents or grandparents who “live or previously lived on the territory of the USSR or the Russian Empire within the boundaries of the modern Russian Federation” could also apply for an interview. The law stipulated, “In order to create favourable conditions for acquiring Russian citizenship for such people, we’ve introduced certain concessionary terms of entry into the Russian Federation, as well as new grounds for extension of their temporary stay in the Russian Federation and a simplified procedure for obtaining a residence permit”. To rule out the abuse of the system, the state will revoke residence permits if foreigners don’t hand in an application for Russian citizenship within two years of receiving residency.

21 April 2014



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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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