Voices from Russia

Monday, 10 September 2012

President Putin to Present Russian Paralympians with State Awards

The Aleksandrovsky Hall, venue of the official reception for the Team Russia Paralympians


On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin shall bestow state awards upon the Paralympians of Team Russia, who won a historic high 36 gold medals in London this year. Particularly, the squad turned in a monumental effort in track and field, where they won 19 golds, and the pool was the scene of 13 Russian victories, propelling Russia to runner-up in the medal table behind China. In a statement Monday, the Kremlin said, in reference to one of the ornate reception chambers of the Grand Kremlin Palace, “President Vladimir Putin will present awards to the gold medallists in the Aleksandrovsky Hall”.

The performance in London continued an encouraging upward trend in the Russian Paralympic movement… the team took home 18 golds in Beijing four years ago, 16 at Athens in 2004, 15 at Sydney in 2000, and just nine at Atlanta in 1996. Russia scooped up a total of 101 medals, far outdoing previous Paralympics. The Chinese were comfortably on top, racking up 95 gold, 71 silver, and 65 bronze and the British hosts of the Games came a close third with 34 gold.

The top Russian performer was swimmer Oksana Savchenko, who took home five gold medals, claiming a world record in the 50-metres freestyle on Thursday. Russian archers swept the podium in the men’s standing category, with Timur Tuchinov beating Oleg Shestakov in the final. Other notable performances came from sprinter Margarita Goncharova, who claimed gold in the women’s 100-metres, and Aleksei Ashapatov, who took gold in men’s discus for athletes in wheelchairs. The next Paralympic Games are in Sochi, in Russia, in 2014.

10 September 2012




10 September 2012. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Just Another Day in the North Woods


A friend sent me this image of North Country bears… and it all “grew” from there…


Oldest FC Zenit St Petersburg Fan Dies at 103

Regina Donde (1909-2012) (right) at the pitch for the match… where else?


On Monday, a spokesman for Russian champions FC Zenit St Petersburg announced that their oldest fan passed away at the age of 103. Regina Donde attended her first match in 1929, when the club was little more than a bunch of metal plant workers, and a full eleven years before the team assumed its current name of Zenit. A team spokesman wrote on Twitter, “On Friday, 7 September, our oldest supporter, Regina Samuilovna Donde, died in the 104th year of her life”. She had supported Zenit in their various incarnations for 83 years; the last match she attended was a 1-1 draw against FC Lokomotiv Moscow in May 2011.

10 September 2012



Parts from a Pipe Organ Stolen from Evangelical Lutheran Church in Moscow


 On Sunday, a spokesman for the Moscow GMVD said that thieves stole parts from a pipe organ at the Ss Peter and Paul Evangelical (Lutheran) Cathedral in downtown Moscow, saying, “Informants told police about a theft of parts from a pipe organ at the Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral”. The SKP is investigating the matter.

9 September 2012



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