Voices from Russia

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Video. Some of My Favourite Things… Smile with Babariki… Lighten Up, It’s for Kids… Have Some FUN

Дискотека детского радио (Diskoteka Detskovo Radio: Kid’s Radio Disco), based on the Barbariki characters.

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A Multimedia Presentation. Russia Chooses Sextet of Flamboyant Babas to Compete in 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

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Late on Wednesday night, the six babas of the Buranovskiye Babushki won the Russian national contest to have the honour of representing Russia at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan on 22-26 May. The sextet of babushkas faced a tough competition in the final selection from 24 more Russian contenders, including 2008 Eurovision winner Dima Bilan, but in the end, they won the hearts of jurors and TV viewers by performing Party for Everybody in the Udmurt language. The colourful grannies, some of them over 70 years old of age, don’t speak English and their folk style performance includes their own songs and covers of many international music hits. They mostly sing in Russian and Udmurt.

The Buranovskiye Babushki come from the village of Buranovo in the Urals, in the Republic of Udmurtia. They first tried for the Eurovision contest in 2010, but lost in the selection round. The Russian grannies won’t be lonely among the traditionally young European contenders at the Eurovision, as Britain earlier announced that it decided to send the famous Engelbert Humperdinck to Azerbaijan, who turns 76 in May, and whose latest hit was almost 40 years ago. 42 countries will participate at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in the Azeri capital of Baku.

8 March 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/culture/20120308/171893465.html

VDV Chaplains to Test World’s Only Paradrop Church

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Next week, military sources reported that chaplains assigned to the VDV (Airborne Forces) would take a crash course to operate the world’s only paradrop Orthodox Christian church. On Tuesday, a Defence Ministry spokesman said that the one-week course for the priests, many of whom are experienced parachutists with more than 500 jumps, would take place at a VDV polygon in Ryazan Oblast in central Russia. Archpriest Mikhail Vasilyev, the ranking VDV chaplain, told RIA-Novosti that Orthodox Christianity has many rituals utilising many religious items, which makes serving believers without a church impossible. The paradrop church has religious items strengthened for rough field use in a special carrying crate, as well as a diesel generator, air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a multimedia unit complete with a mini-theatre booth and projector. Official sources told us that, since last fall, the number of Orthodox Christians in the VDV grew 10 percent to reach 90 percent of all paratroopers.

8 March 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120307/171825666.html

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