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Friday, 18 June 2010

Hey! I’m Expanding the Art Gallery! Take a Peek, Later, Willya?

Filed under: Uncategorized — 01varvara @ 00.00

I’m expanding my virtual art gallery… Art and Faith is being joined by Art and Faith, Too. for a little while, the main thrust of my art postings will be on A&F, Too. I’ll still be posting on A&F as well… yes, it’s a dodgy little trick to get you to look at both sites, isn’t it?

Nevertheless, the growth on A&F has been slow but steady… I need more space to get more art up out there for you.

So, listen up! Here’s the URL:


I don’t have much there now, but in a day or two… Thanks to all of you for your support here and at A&F as well. You’ve stuck by me even though some trolls were throwing some major mud my way… I am grateful and it restores my faith in humanity (literally).

I’ll be posting some Western art on the new venue, but the focus will remain on Russian art and our Russian visual culture. Be good and may God bless. Бог благословит!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 18 June 2010

Albany NY


Deacon Fyodor Konyukhov will Travel in Ethiopia by Camel

Deacon Fyodor Konyukhov (1951- ), world traveller and adventurer, Honoured Master of Sport of the USSR, he circumnavigated the world four times and crossed the Atlantic fifteen times (once by rowboat). He is a member of the Union of Artists, the Writers’ Union of Russia, and the Russian Union of Journalists.

In August, the famous Russian traveller and adventurer Deacon Fyodor Konyukhov will go on a new expedition to Ethiopia. He is making this trip at the request of the Ethiopian government, so that he can blaze a convenient route for other visitors, to map out future routes for tourist groups, the website of the Ukrainian newspaper Сегодня (Today) reported on Friday. Seven companions will go along with Fr Fyodor on this long journey. They will traverse part of the route on camelback, and they will travel through hilly and rocky terrain by motor vehicle.

Would this be complete without an Ethiopian spiritual song by Meneday?

Fr Fyodor also plans to visit the home area of the ancestors of the famous Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin; he will meet with the Orthodox faithful, and he will negotiate with the local government regarding the acquisition of land in Addis Ababa for the construction of an Orthodox church. On 23 May, the famous traveller was ordained to the diaconate, but he said he plans to keep travelling. He said he would devote time to prayer; however, this shall only be a minor adjustment in the long-term adventuring plans of Fr Fyodor.

18 June 2010



Fr Vsevolod Chaplin thinks that “A Muscovite’s Code” is an Idea Whose Time has come

Muslims pray in Moscow… the concern is over Muslim guest workers from Central Asia (who make up a large proportion of the Muslim population in the RF)… the resident Muslim minority is much smaller (under 10%) and resides mostly in its traditional national areas. The Western noise about Muslims “taking over Russia” is pure wind and piffle… they have an agenda, one that is opposed to the Church. Never forget that.

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Synodal Division for Church and Public Relations, supported the idea that we should develop a code of conduct for guest workers in Moscow. “The idea is spot-on correct. Of course, any document of this kind should be balanced and serious”, he told Interfax-Religion on Friday. In his view, the people involved understand “where they can fry shashlilk {what Americans call shish kebabs: editor}, and what is appropriate attire, but more important things should be subject to a rigid social contract. One should have a reasonable command of the Russian language, know the culture and ethics current in our city, and respect its traditions and historical character… all of this should normal for everyone living and working in Moscow. We should formalise this“. At the same time, he expressed the opinion that this does not necessarily imply that he favours setting it down as a law. “Mainly, we need to sit down and discuss this; then, we should formulate a code. We should observe how people comply with such on the job, so we can decide whom to advance to leadership positions or simply to let us know whether we should let a particular individual into decent society or not”.

Recently, Mikhail Solomentsev, the head of the Committee for Interregional Relations and National Policy of Moscow, said in an interview in Российской газете (The Russian Newspaper) that Russian culture and traditions undergird life in the Russian capital, and temporary residents must consider this. “There are many unwritten and informal rules in our city, which everyone must follow. For example, don’t butcher sheep in the courtyard of your apartment building, don’t fry up shashlik on your balcony, don’t saunter around town in national dress, but do talk in Russian. In the near future, we should develop a code that will help temporary residents in Moscow to quickly learn our ways”, he said. Later, Mr Solomentsev told Interfax that the particulars of the so-called “A Muscovite’s Code”, will be developed in conjunction with historians, cultural scientists, representatives of national minorities, and with the participation of ordinary Muscovites through the use of public opinion polls. He added that the members of the various national diasporas in Moscow are themselves in favour of such a code, “It shameful to them the way their compatriots sometime behave in Moscow”.

18 June 2010



Church of the Schismatical UOC (KP) Burned Down in the Ukraine

Filed under: Christian,church in society,the Ukraine — 01varvara @ 00.00

Here is a typical wooden church from the late 19th century in rural Little Russia

In the early hours of Friday, a fire destroyed a church of the self-proclaimed “Patriarchate of Kiev”, St George, in the village of Beregomet in Chernovtsy Oblast of the Ukraine. The fire destroyed the church structure and everything within it, according to a spokesman from Emercom. It took two hours to put out the fire, but no one was injured. Monetary losses and the cause of the fire are yet to be determined. The wooden church was built in 1894.

18 June 2010



Editor’s Note:

Things appear to be going poorly for the schismatics ever since a real government was elected in the Ukraine. It looks like people are taking out their frustrations out on the pro-Orangies. Does this mean that they’ll burn out the dodgy “Orthodox” (the so-called “Reformed Orthodox”) as well? I’ll say this… the schismatics and Uniates are going to pay the full bill for supporting the Orangies and their American paymasters. I, for one, am not going to cry over them…


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