Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Coal Mines Aren’t Just in Pennsylvania… Images of Those Affected by the Raspadskaya Mine Disaster in Mezhdurechensk

Let’s start with some general views of the city of Mezhdurechensk (Kemerovo Oblast. Siberian Federal District) in the Kuzbass in Siberian Russia

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and here’s the other end of town.

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These scenes are all-too-familiar to Russian Orthodox people from Pennsylvania and West Virginia… it’s why we aren’t as prone to believe in Godless Suburban Therapeutese as are Anglo-Saxons. The coal pit and steel mill figure in too many of our family histories… the ancestors of today’s konvertsy exploited our ancestors… we’ve never forgotten that. We paid the price of American industrialisation… they took the benefits.

Spare a prayer for the common working folk of Mezhdurechensk… they’re going to go down in the pit again… don’t forget them.

BMD

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