Voices from Russia

Monday, 31 December 2007

A Happy 2008 to all my readers!

Filed under: Christmas,domestic life,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00


Nicky and I wish all of you the best for the coming year! Now, if you hear troika bells tonight… Ded Moroz is on his way… shall he stop at your house? I hope so!


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Fr Vladimir Vigilyansky Said that the Dialogue between Orthodox and Catholics in Russia Is Developing Slowly

Fr Vladimir Vigilyansky


Fr Vladimir Vigilyansky, a spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate, told journalists at a seminar at the Moscow Carnegie Centre that the MP sees no particular progress in the development of the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue. ”In my view, today, the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue is going slowly, just as it did in previous years”, he said. The main reason for this is the existence of outstanding unresolved questions between the Vatican and the MP. This situation prevents a meeting between Benedict XVI Ratzinger, the Pope of Rome, and Patriarch Aleksei Rediger of Moscow and all the Russias at the present time.

26 December 2007



Saturday, 29 December 2007

Only Catholic Weekly in Russia Shall Cease Publication

Roman Catholic Archbishop Paolo Pezzi of Moscow (1960- )


Roman Catholic Archbishop Paolo Pezzi of Moscow decided to close Svet Evangelia (The Light of the Gospel), the only Catholic weekly in Russia. ”Given the fact that the structure of the information activity of the diocese is changing, we’ve decided to close the newspaper. It’ll be replaced by other information resources, which we hope will be more relevant to the present state of affairs”, Viktor Khrul, the editor-in-chief of Svet Evangelia, told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday. An editorial under the headline “We don’t say farewell forever…” was published in the last issue of the newspaper on 25 December. “You’re holding an historic issue of the newspaper Svet Evangelia. This is our last issue. All explanations that we need to be make about the closing will be made [at the proper time”, the editorial read. Pezzi’s predecessor, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, now archbishop of Minsk and Mogilyov in Belarus, established the weekly newspaper in 1994. An Italian priest, Fr Bernardo Antonini, first came up with the idea to establish the weekly. Reporters of the Moscow-based newspaper worked in St Petersburg, Saratov, Sochi, Novosibirsk, Tula, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Magadan, and Vladivostok.

25 December 2007



Editor’s Note:

This is an illustration of how information dissemination has changed over the last decade. With the increased use of the Internet for both personal and corporate communication, it is clear that the Catholics in Russia are re-aligning their information strategy to meet current realities. One must note that His Holiness Patriarch Aleksei is leading a similar move in Orthodox circles. Is the print newspaper dead? By the way, Mr Khrul went on to work at Interfax, so, one can say that the RCs gained a stronger voice at this media outlet… not a dumb move, no?


A Multimedia Presentation. The Legends of Russian Rock Music, Part 22

Filed under: biography,music,pop,Russian,video — 01varvara @ 00.00

Nick Rock n’ Roll

Nikolai Kuntsevich (1960- ), frontman of Nick Rock n’ Roll, born in Smferopol of Carpatho-Russian parents

In his time, the band’s frontman Nick (his real name is Nikolai Frantsevich Kuntsevich), a vivid, frantic, and morbid figure, gained the title of “the Russian Iggy Pop” by making raving scenes with mutilation on stage. Today, Nick Rock n’ Roll plays with the band Trite Dushi/Rub the Souls, but now performs on very rare occasions. Thanks to various projects of Nick, a number of new stars have risen on the Russian rock stage; he’s supported the promotion of subcultural and underground bands and performers.

Website: http://nick.skt.ru/

14 February 2007

Vera Ivanova and Mikhail Manykin

Russia InfoCentre


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