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Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Composure of the Russian Ummah


The Russian Council of Muftis appealed to Russian Muslims to not give in to provocations and show the true character of Islam. They called on the faithful not to pour out their anger at the film Innocence of Muslims and to show honour, patience, and compassion. This film insults Muslims; it’s triggered a wave of disturbances in many countries and has become one of the key topics discussed by the Russian authorities in the past few days. They assessed the film as a potential threat to public peace and order. The Genprokuratura intends to ban the distribution of the film. In an interview with VOR, Mufti Albir Krganov, the First Deputy Head of the Central Spiritual Department of Muslims in Russia, believes that the display of the film in Russia would hardly trigger riots, saying, “Prophet Muhammad said that those who cause disorder are like unto those who wake a snake. Consequently, we shouldn’t give into vulgar provocations and should respond in accordance with the law. Insulting the feelings of the faithful is extremely blasphemous; only the corrupt do it, those with no discernment or conscience. The law should severely punish such people, in order to maintain peace and composure in society”.

However, some believe that maintaining the peace is nothing but serving the Russian authorities’ interests. Geidar Dzhemal, Chairman of the Russian Islamic Committee said, “Why should we give in? What specifically are we giving up? Why shouldn’t we express our indignation? The Council of Muftis is simply a special service of the presidential administration; it’s only concerned about the interests of the authorities, not the interests of ordinary Muslims. Expressing our indignation is good for Muslims, whilst showing no response is in the interests of authorities”.

Meanwhile, Damir-Khazrat Gizatullin, First Deputy Chairman of the Spiritual Department of Muslims in European Russia, believes that true Muslims shouldn’t draw attention to such provocations and should direct their energy to spiritual development and creative work, saying, “We see that regional heads of those regions with a large Muslim population, along the Volga, in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, as well as the North Caucasus, support the campaign for banning this provocative film. During Friday prayers, and, even now through this radio broadcast, we call on Muslims not to give into provocations, but to work, build up our families, protect our state, become educated, and make the Hajj and return home safely”. In his blog, Damir-Khazrat said that composure doesn’t mean indifference or cowardice. Moreover, Russia has sufficient moral and judicial resources to counter such threats.

 20 September 2012

Grigori Milenin

Voice of Russia World Service



Police Arrest Ohio Orthodox Priest in Sex Crimes Sting


Police arrested an Orthodox priest on sex crime charges in a sting that developed after the priest posted an ad on an adult social networking site. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested Patrick Hughes Wednesday night when he arrived at a location where he thought he was meeting a 9-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy for sex. Sheriff Zach Scott said that deputies arrested the 56-year-old Hughes on charges of attempted rape and attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor. Hughes remained in Franklin County Jail Thursday night; he has no attorney listed at present. Investigators are examining a laptop found in the Columbus OH hotel room where Hughes was staying. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Hughes’ bond was set at 100,000 USD (3.12 million Roubles. 77,000 Euros. 62,000 UK Pounds) during a Thursday court appearance.

 20 September 2012



20 September 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. A Striking “Ball”

A Striking “Ball”

Sergei Yolkin



A spokesman for the Southern Military District (YuVO) reported that a BPRK Bal-E coastal defence missile system hit a target at a range of 100 kilometres during the Caucasus-2012 strategic command-staff exercise.

Click here for a minute-and-a-half video in English on the exercise.

20 September 2012

Sergei Yolkin



20 September 2012. Rod Dreher Chock Fulla It… The Cossacks He Hates are Going to Play a Role in the Upcoming MP/ROCOR Dixie Fry


I heard that the Cossack Congress in America was invited to the big 13 October shindig celebrating the fifth anniversary of the reconciliation between the MP and the ROCOR. It gets better. There’ll be over 200 priests, Archbishop Yustinian Ovchinnikov, Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral, and many honoured guests. Not only that, it’s going to get primo coverage on Pervy Kanal and Radonezh. The Cossacks have the honour of standing vigil at the Myrrh-streaming Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, including the molieben before it.

Therefore, the Cossacks, whom Roddie Dreher denigrates, will have an honoured part of this significant celebration. Dreher, Freddie M-G, Fathausen, et al will have none. Fancy that… there IS justice in this world, after all. Rod… stop hanging about with worthless godless Russophobic trash like Pat Buchanan and the American Enterprise Institute… it’s NOT seemly.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 20 September 2012

Albany NY

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