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Friday, 11 January 2008

Video. Winter Light. sung by Sarah Brightman

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

Photographs of Russia in winter are matched with a song, Winter Light, sung by Sarah Brightman. There’s an austere beauty to the rodina in this season, a serenity found at no other time of the year.

Metropolitan Kirill Gundyaev Believed that Paedophilia shall be Legalised Once Homosexuality Is Condoned

Metropolitan Kirill Gundyaev of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, chairman of the MP Department for External Church Relations, thought that if society stops considering homosexuality a sin, the next step will be a general justification of various sexual perversions. “Morality is either absolute or it doesn’t exist. If you excuse homosexuality, why not also excuse paedophilia?” Metropolitan Kirill stated in an interview published on Thursday by the German magazine Der Spiegel. When the journalist said there was a “great difference” between homosexuals and paedophiles, as the latter violate “personal freedom” by raping children, Metropolitan Kirill said that several years from now, people shall say, “12-year-old girls were considered children in the past, but, now, they develop much faster. Twenty years ago, nobody could’ve imagined that Germany would legalise homosexual marriages. However, they’ve gotten used to it by now. It’s a matter of principle. There’s one moral nature”. He reminded the interviewer that the Bible calls homosexuality “a sin”. However, he emphasised that the Church does not condemn gays, and was against “persecuting or insulting these people. However, why promote this sin? A Gay Parade is an intrusive display of depravity. Thus, we can successfully promote any other sin, as is done on TV. It vitiates public morality. The task of the Church is to say that sin is sin. If it were otherwise, we wouldn’t need the Church”.

10 January 2008



Moscow Schismatics “Consecrate” an Open Gay

Filed under: moral issues,Orthodox life,religious,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

An open gay was “consecrated” in the first Russian “church” for sexual minorities {Editor: Russian term for homosexuals} of the Moscow “LGBT community of the Protection of the Holy Virgin” on Christmas night. “Consecration” of Aleksei Davydov, the “LGBT Rights” human rights movement coordinator, was performed by the “archbishop” of the so-called “Apostolic Reformed Orthodox Church”, GayRussia.ru reports. Besides, the union between two lesbians, Nadezhda and Elena, both LGBT members, received a “church blessing” during the “divine service”. The “church” for sexual minorities opened in Moscow in September 2007. Its organiser, the “Apostolic Reformed Orthodox Church” (AROC), is a branch of the so-called “Apostolic Orthodox Church” (AOC) established in 2000 on the initiative of Fr Gleb Yakunin, a former MP priest and dissident, and his associate, the journalist Yakov Krotov. In 2007, the AOC “Bishop of Rostov and Taganrog” Aleksei Skrypnikov-Daraki, who is also a “hierarch” of the so-called “radioactive sect” (the so-called “Orthodox Church of Russia” set up by Raphael Prokopyev and Innokenty Pavlov located on Radio Street in Moscow) announced the establishment of the AROC, whose targeted demographic is people of unconventional sexual orientation {Editor: another Russian term for homosexuals}.

10 January 2008



In Memory of Ivan Bunin

Filed under: biography,intellectual,patriotic,Revolution/Civil War,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Ivan Bunin


The distinguished Russian writer, Ivan Bunin, the first Russian to receive the Nobel Prize for literature, died in Paris on 8 November 1953. During his lifetime, Ivan Bunin was often spoken of as the “last classic”. According to philosopher Ivan Ilyin, Bunin’s works came as the last gift from the dying nobility and landed gentry to Russian literature, Russia, and world culture. A close touch with peasant life enriched Bunin’s soul with layers of wisdom and kindness, freedom, and divine contemplation, which form the essence of Russian folk spirit. Genuinely fond of his Motherland with its centuries-long traditions, Bunin rejected the Bolshevik revolution, which he saw as destructive to Russia. He would later describe his experiences in 1917 in his book The Accursed Day. Bunin left Russia together with his wife in February 1921 and settled in France, where he would live for 33 years until his very last days. In exile, he followed closely whatever was happening in Russia. On hearing of the death of the Bolshevik leader, Vladimir Lenin, in January 1924, Bunin gave an emotional speech in Paris, in which he dubbed Lenin a degenerate by birth who committed the monstrous crime of smashing the world’s most powerful nation and killing several million people. However, the world, Bunin thought, had gone crazy to the extent that they were discussing in broad daylight whether to regard Lenin a benefactor to humanity. On his bloodstained throne, the Bolshevik leader crouched on all fours, Bunin explained, and he kept putting out his tongue as the English photographers took pictures of him. They were arguing, but it means nothing, Bunin said.

In his red coffin, he stressed, he lay with a disfiguring grimace on his grey yellowish face, and his associates wrote that a new god and creator of a New world had died. Ivan Bunin wrote vehemently against the Revolution and revolutionaries. “If you think of Lenin’s six-year term, his ever showing tongue, his red coffin, the Eiffel Tower, which receives wireless reports of Lenin’s funeral, and of the city of Saint Peter renamed into Leningrad, you feel a genuinely paralysing biblical fear for Russia and Europe. God will unleash His wrath sooner or later, it was always so”, the author stressed in his Paris speech. When Ivan Bunin started writing again, he wrote in a style different from the one he used back in Russia. Love and memory make up the basics of his work in exile. In a journal from those years, there is an entry in which he dreams of starting a book Flaubert had so much dreamt of, a book about nothing, where you would open up your heart and tell of everything you have ever witnessed or felt, loved or hated…. Of this, he told in his autobiography The Life of Arseniev.

On 9 November 1933, Ivan Bunin was told he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. All throughout that night, he was receiving congratulatory telegrams and telephone calls from nearly all the European capitals, except Moscow. His literary secretary recalled that Bunin’s success in Stockholm had been striking, as he had the knack of attracting people of integrity, and dozens confided that they knew no other Nobel laureate who enjoyed such a profound and well-deserved respect as Ivan Bunin. In his more advanced years, as a contemporary wrote, Ivan Bunin looked better and more presentable. His grey-streaked hair was becoming, and because he was clean-shaven, he had the dignified look of an ancient Roman Senator. He was remarkably clever, but it showed more in his judgement of people and life than in abstract logical schemes. He saw through people, instantly figuring out what they were hiding, seeing the slightest insincerity. One of Bunin’s greatest gifts was his ability to detect hypocrisy, and hence, a feeling of falseness. “Being Russian stays with you to the end”, he wrote of himself. He desperately wished to see Russia again, but the outbreak of the Second World War thwarted him. Ivan Bunin died on 8 November 1953, and was buried at Saint Geneviève de Bois Cemetery near Paris. Not far from his grave was an unknown grave with an inscription calling for Russian people to love Russia with its past, present, and future wherever they were, and to be devoted sons and daughters of their Motherland… Bunin loved Russia to the end of his days, never stopped thinking of Russia, and gave it the whole of his mighty talent.

8 November 2006

Lyubov Tsarevskaya

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