Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Remember the fallen warrior Serge in your prayer rule

Filed under: Christian,domestic life,military,patriotic,Russian,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

The Oath of Prince Pozharsky (Vasili Nesterenko, 2008)

Editor’s Foreword:

Please, remember the fallen warrior Serge in your prayer rule tomorrow. Both Sasha Ressetar and Tim Connelly sent this on to me. I’m only as good as my sources… and there are those of you who don’t let me down. I believe that the Nesterenko image is quite appropriate… it’s better than a photograph in this instance, isn’t it?



Private First Class Serge Kropov of Hawley PA was killed Sunday, 20 December 2009, in Bastion, Afghanistan. Born on 28 July 1988 in Moscow, Russia, he was the son of Igor and Allison (Alevtina) Kropov. He was in the US Marine Corps and served a tour of duty both in Iraq and in Afghanistan. His paternal grandparents, Sergey and Nina Kropov, and his maternal grandparents, Anna and Vladimir Patrushev, preceded him in death. Surviving him, in addition to his parents, is his sister, Anna Kropov.

Funeral services with full military honours will be at 10.00 Wednesday at the Monastery Church of St Tikhon of Zadonsk, 175 St Tikhon’s Road, South Canaan, Waymart, with His Grace, Bishop Tikhon, officiating. Interment will follow in the Monastery Cemetery. Family and friends may call Tuesday from 14.00 until 16.00 at the Monastery Church. A Pannikhida will be served at 16.00. Please, make all Memorial contributions to St Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery. Arrangements are in the hands of the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett Street, Plains Township.

27 December 2009

Scranton Times-Leader



Arkhangelsk Oblast Procurator’s Office Brings Criminal Case against JWs for Incitement to Religious Hatred

Filed under: church/state,religious,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Coat of Arms of Arkhanglesk oblast… appropriate in view of the article, no? The JWs (and the Mormons, Evangelicals, et al) bring this on themselves by their ruthless style of proselytism. I, for one, feel no pity for them. Let them break rocks in a correctional colony.

The Procurator’s Office in Arkhangelsk investigated the local branch of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is called “Central Arkhangelsk”. They concluded that the sectarians violated the human rights of Christians. According to the official website of the RF Procurator General on Tuesday, observation confirmed that Jehovah’s Witnesses, from the end of 2006, distributed materials, “including statements intended to incite hatred against Christianity and other religions, other than the doctrine of the Jehovah’s Witnesses”. In addition, they found that “they disseminated religious literature to Christian clergy containing statements that degraded human dignity based on their religion”. The Procurator’s Office issued a warning about the inadmissibility of such behaviour to the chairman of the local branch of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Besides this, they sent verified materials to the local office of the SKP RF, which decided to bring a criminal case under Article 282 of the RF Criminal Code (incitement to religious hatred).

29 December 2009

ANN News


Strawberries for New Year’s

It’s time to make a wish, write letters to Ded Moroz, decorate the Christmas tree, and wrap presents. Liza lit her desk lamp, and sat down to write a letter. It was her most important letter for the whole year… her letter to Dede. “Dear Ded Moroz”… Liza wrote in her beautiful handwriting. “I study hard, I listen to Mama, I clean my teeth, and I even eat my kasha every morning. Dede, I love strawberries. If it’s not too hard, please, send me a basket of strawberries for New Year’s. You can do anything! Thank you, Liza”. Liza sealed her letter in an envelope and dropped it in a mailbox.


“Isn’t that something… she has such a dream!” Ded smiled and stroked his beard when he read Liza’s letter. “Well, Liza’s been a good girl, she does well in school, she’s been good, and she has a pretty smile… Why, she even eats her kasha in the morning. I should make her dream come true. Where were we when the strawberries ripened in June?” Dede struck his staff on the floor and said, “June Fairy, come here in front of me!”


Suddenly, the sun came out, the frost on the windows in Ded Moroz’s house melted, the window opened, and the June Fairy flew into the room, surrounded by flowers and happy twittering birds. Dede said to her, “Sorry, June Fairy, that I bothered you on such a frosty day. But there is a good little girl living in the city who wants a fresh basket of strawberries on New Year’s. Can you help me to make Liza happy? The fairy nodded, waved her magic wand, and amongst the cold and frost, in Dede’s hands, was a basket of ripe strawberries.


Dede thanked the fairy and went off to get ready. He harnessed his horses to his troika, his granddaughter Snegurochka jumped in on top on the sack of presents, and they were off! Can you guess which little girl was happy on New Year’s? I don’t think I have to tell you, do I?

26 December 2009

Anna and Ksenia Eroshova

Комсомольская Правда (Komsomolskaya Pravda: Komsomol Truth)


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Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin Became the Rector of One of the Largest Parishes in Moscow

St Nicholas Church in the Three Hills in the Presnya district of Moscow, Fr Vsevolod Chaplin’s new parish, in one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods of the capital.

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synodal Division for Church-Society Relations became rector of St Nicholas Church in the Three Hills in the Presnya district of Moscow. On Monday, according to Fr Vsevolod at a press conference at the central offices of Interfax, he intends to develop the outreach activities of his parish vigorously, so that it may establish and consolidate its relationships with nearby government agencies, businesses, universities, music schools, and a neighbouring hospital in the near future. “The parish is not merely a building set on a lot, only concerned with what is going on within its precincts. This neighbourhood has schools, hospitals, businesses, and kindergartens. Moreover, at least, the people who work at these places should know that there is a church nearby, they should be involved in it, and be part of its social and missionary activity”, he said.

During the press conference, we asked Fr Vsevolod whether he has any plans to make special efforts to reach out to the Russian government offices located in the same area. In response, he said that, currently, he is working with government officials on a bill concerning the transfer of property to religious organisations for worship purposes, saying, “This cooperation led to us finding a rather high degree of consensus amongst its key players that left me very pleased. I don’t think that we can combine such negotiations with missionary activities. But, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t ask the believers amongst the officials to come to our parish, it’s so near their offices, why, they could participate in its worship and life”.

St Nicholas Church in the Three Hills in Novovagankovsky Lane was built in the early 20th century, according to plans drawn up by the architect Kaiser. However, according to the chronicles, the wooden church of St Nicholas at the Kennels was present in the neighbourhood in 1628, and the people called it such after the tsar’s kennels were transferred here. In the early 1920s, the church was looted, and, in 1929, it was rebuilt, with the demolition of the bell tower and dome. After the end of the 1920s, the building was a club, and, later, it was the Pavlik Morozov Young Pioneers House. In 1992, the Moscow municipal authorities signed a decree returning the building with its adjoining property to the Church.

28 December 2009



Patriarch’s Ponds in Presnya District. The large white building in the back with the replica of Tatlin’s Tower on the roof is the Patriarch Apartments, a very chi-chi address (one of its residents is the popular singer Alla Pugachyova). The Ponds are part of the setting for Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (the tram accident takes place there). In general, the area is a rather posh locale.

Editor’s Note:

Now, Fr Vsevolod has one of the most prestigious parishes in Russia. If this does not confirm for you the power that this man wields, you’re a VERY slow learner and there’s little that I (or anyone else, for that matter) can do for you. Fr Vsevolod is, perhaps, the closest confidant to KMG, and this assignment is proof of that. Reflect on the fact that Fr Vsevolod has a real parish whereas his rival Alfeyev has a “rotten borough” bishopric that is only an empty title (there are well over five times the number of people in Presnya raion as compared to the town of Volokalamsk, for instance). SVS puts all its money on the fancy-looking bishop… I prefer to back the more prosaic-appearing priest. I think that you would be wise to follow my example, not that of the absent-minded professors. Cookie the Bookie is that way, folks…


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