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Sunday, 7 October 2012

7 October 2012. Вечная память! Archpriest Sergei Kosich Dies in New Jersey: Pannikhida Tomorrow Evening


Archpriest Sergei Alexei Kosich died on 5 October 2012. The wake will be Monday 8 October from 14.00 to 19.00 EDT at St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church (MP/USA), Singac (Passaic CountyNJ USA. The Pannikhida will begin 19.00 EDT on Monday. The funeral Liturgy is at 09.00 EDT Tuesday 9 September.

Biographical Details

Date of Birth:

22 December 1960

Place of Birth:

Novovolinsk (Volyn OblastUkrainian SSRUSSR


Alexei and Larissa Kosich


Irina Kosich Melnick, married to Archpriest Anatoly Melnick, has two children, Julia and Gleb

Marital Status:

Married to Natalie Hnatkow on 14 October 1990 in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Leningrad (RSFSR) USSR


Daughter Katherine, born 18 October 1991, South Plainfield (Middlesex County) NJ USA


Emigrated to USA June 1991; became naturalised American citizen on 12 July 1995


19 December 1990:

Ordained Deacon in St Nicholas Cathedral (Leningrad (RSFSR) USSR) by Metropolitan John of Leningrad and Ladoga

4 April 1991:

Ordained Priest in Holy Trinity Cathedral (Leningrad (RSFSR) USSR) by Archbishop Valentin of Korsun (Paris)


  • Pochaev Lavra of the Holy Assumption (Pochaev (Ternopol Oblast. Ukrainian SSR) USSR) (summers) and Subdeacon for Bishop Damian in Lutsk (Volyn Oblast. Ukrainian SSR) USSR
  • 1982-84: served in Soviet Army in Kherson (Kherson Oblast. Ukrainian SSR) USSR, reached rank of sergeant
  • 1984-85: worked at Novovolinsk Mine #2 (Novovolinsk (Volyn Oblast. Ukrainian SSR) USSR), supervisor
  • 1985-90: Pyukhtitsky Convent of the Assumption (Kuremäe (Estonian SSR) USSR) (summers)
  • 1987-90: Holy Trinity Cathedral, St Aleksandr Nevsky Lavra (Leningrad (RSFSR) USSR). Acolyte and Subdeacon to Metropolitan Aleksei Ridiger (later Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias) Holy Trinity Cathedral, St Aleksandr Nevsky Lavra (Leningrad (RSFSR) USSR). Deacon
  • 1991-93: Ss Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Cathedral (Passaic (Passaic County) NJ USA). assistant priest
  • 1993-2012: St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church (Singac (Passaic County)  NJ USA). pastor/rector

Honours and Awards

  • 1985-91: Dean’s List Leningrad Theological Seminary
  • 26 May 1991: Awarded kamilavka by Metropolitan John
  • 23 May 1993: Appointed pastor of St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church (Singac (Passaic County) NJ USA) by Bishop Paul
  • 10 December 1995: Awarded Gold Cross by Bishop Paul
  • October 2000: Appointed to serve on Bishop’s Council
  • 21 April 2001: Awarded title of Archpriest by Bishop Merkury Ivanov


Вечная ему память!

5 October 2012

St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church (Signac NJ) website


Editor’s Note:

When he went to the mining institute, that was in Lvov Oblast, one of the most malignant hotbeds of Galician Uniatism and separatist folderol. Obviously, Batiushka Sergei didn’t have his head turned by that lot. Also note that he spent summers at the Pyukhtitsky Convent, which meant that he was exposed to one of the few real elders of our time, Mother Varvara. In short, he’s someone who will be missed.



7 October 2012. Sad News… Tikhon Shevkunov Served with Fathausen in the District


I believe that Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov‘s naïveté has led him astray. His English facility isn’t the best, so, he was fooled by people like Dickie Wood, who introduced squiffy HOOMie trash like Nectaria Rees and Damascene Christiansen to Tikhon. I think that, in this case, the cabal of Potapov, Fathausen, Freddie M-G, Mattingly, and Dreher all ganged up, and Fr Tikhon doesn’t know any better. He doesn’t realise that he’s consorting with the most rabid Far Right libertarian nihilist coterie in the Church (a group that sucks up to the worst enemies of the Rodina such as Willard Romney (Russia is the USA’s number-one foe? In a pig’s arse… that’s barmy) and the Washington Times nutters). I’ve heard that Nectaria Rees pushed for the weakened and crank title of Tikhon’s new book in English… it isn’t “Everyday Saints”… it’s UNHOLY HOLINESS. Note the vast difference in meaning in English. A native English-speaker wouldn’t mistake the two. One is powerful and beguiling… the other is blah and mediocre. UNHOLY HOLINESS rips the pleasant cover off the smarmy and false “religion” of the pietistic and legalistic (First Families and Manton, anyone?). “Everyday saints” sounds like a nice little cul-de-sac in the “right” suburb. In short, Archimandrite Tikhon got shafted and got crank advice…

Indeed, one of the reasons why Archimandrite Tikhon’s book is such a bestseller in Russia is, indeed, its seemingly-contradictory title. “Everyday saints” also robs the book of much of its raw and penetrating power. Holiness is NEVER holy… indeed, I’d mistrust anyone who was too “holy”. For instance, Fathausen taught the imiaslavie heresy at his “monastery” in California. It seems so HOLY… but it’s not. Note also that the HOOMies (and konvertsy in general) lay great stress on shallow externals such as “tithing”, “fasting”, and clothing/grooming (one of the Cabinet waggishly calls a konvertsy conventicle “the beard club for men”)… it makes one want to eat hot dogs in Lent just to make a point. I wonder if this sorry lot is going to tell Archimandrite Tikhon about the OCA bishops cravenly refusing to defend a priest in good standing against a lawsuit by a disgraced suspended priest. Will Fathausen, Potapov, Freddy et al, tell Archimandrite Tikhon of their close ties with, and encouragement of, Ray Velencia? I don’t think so.

However, don’t lose heart… it’s only one battle. It’s not the war. The konvertsy are making a loud noise to scare the rest of us. Remember this, HH didn’t lift a finger to defend Dickie Wood (his well-heeled pals at the Vanil Restoran didn’t help him, either, Gelman and Sobchak had better things to do, I guess)… HH didn’t lift a finger to defend Fathausen. That’s what counts, in the end. This is ecclesiastical politics Kabuki… meant to impress the yokels. However, I’m disappointed in Tikhon Shevkunov… he should’ve known better. God do help us (pass me the jug, the world was especially crank today)…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 7 October 2012

Albany NY 

Will Russia be Able to Weather the Tempests and Storms?



For decades, Western propaganda trumpeted that the USSR and its “satellites” were to blame for conflicts in the world and the appearance of trouble spots on the planet’s map. Western politicians and the media brazenly claimed that the USSR harboured expansionist plans. Twenty years have passed since the collapse of the USSR. Has the world become any safer? What do we see today? The planet sinks ever deeper into a quagmire of chaos and violence. Acute interstate, social, and religious conflicts flare up, more than ever before. Even in once-prosperous Europe, mass protest actions mount against the attempts of the bourgeois authorities to make not only the proletariat, but also the so-called middle class, bear the brunt of the deepening crisis caused by the greed of the global oligarchy.

However, the most acute and violent conflicts rage outside Europe. Tensions around Iran have built up for many years, and one hears ever-more vocal threats of military intervention against that country. The DPRK is under constant pressure. In the heart of Africa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for many years, a civil war simmered away unabated. The West’s insane policy with regard to Libya didn’t only destroy one of the most successful states on the continent, but had dire consequences for neighbouring countries. For example, Northern Mali fell into the hands of religious fanatics; it’s seceded for all intents and purposes. A similar process is taking place in East Africa, where the split of Sudan led to a state of constant armed confrontation between its northern and southern parts.


Islamist rebels in Syria


At present, the Middle East is the focus of stormy events. Immediately after the Second World War, the region became a source of constant tension and numerous wars because Israel and its Western allies refused to comply with UN resolutions on ending its occupation of Arab territories, the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland, and the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Meanwhile, during the past two years, almost all the Middle Eastern and North African states were destabilised to varying degrees. Today, a fratricidal civil war ramps up in Syria. Afghanistan and Iraq are areas of great instability. In Turkey, Kurds wage an armed struggle for national liberation. Most recently, relations between the People’s Republic of China and Japan deteriorated sharply over territorial disputes.

None of this is happening accidentally. Of course, each of these conflicts has its own internal causes. However, the main source of global instability is due to the Western powers’ policy of seeking to impose a neo-colonialist development scenario on the whole of mankind. Again, the world is at a turning point in its history. Contrary to recent cheerful claims that the economic recession’s over, capitalism sinks deeper and deeper into an all-embracing crisis. This is inevitable because it hasn’t eliminated the underlying causes of the crisis. This time around, it hit Europe, where a whole group of countries faces bankruptcy. The ruling élites are trying to shift the burden of the crisis onto the shoulders of the mass of the population. Contradictions between the collective character of modern production and the private appropriation of its results have sharpened.



In what direction will the world move? One needn’t say that the world élite will seek to preserve a capitalist system of social organisation dominated by the “golden billion”, which wallows in money and parasitic consumption. That being said, the more farsighted members of the privileged are beginning to understand and admit that the West is driving the world into a dead end. Franz Müntefering, the leader of the SPD, said, “In 1990, when communism and its planned economy found themselves on their knees, we rejoiced in vain, believing that now the social market economy finally triumphed. In reality, after that, a different capitalism developed throughout the world, with all of its abuses and without any of its social component. Communism exerted a disciplining impact on capitalism. We must consign the present form of capitalism, which doesn’t feel responsible to man and society, to the dustbin. We must stop the abuses of unbridled financial capital”. Former German President Horst Köhler (CDU) said that he saw the breakdown of “Anglo-Saxon capitalism“, run by gamblers and adventurers, saying, “Money-making without rules, without responsibility, and without conscience has collapsed”. The leaders of other European countries echo him. The President of the USA, from which the paroxysms of crisis shaking the whole world emanate, never tires of urging the need for change… sweeping, profound, and fundamental change. Obama hurls accusations at “fat cats”, who grow richer, even at the peak of the economic crisis.

Therefore, sober Western leaders already realise that the “uncontrolled self-regulating market economy” model has reached an impasse and that we need to scrap it. However, the formal leadership doesn’t always lay down foreign policy guidelines. Neoconservatives hidden in the bowels of the American establishment express the interests of the more aggressive transnational monopolies and banks, whose interest is in global control over markets and in political diktat. They believe that they can reach both these ends by using military force, which they increasingly buttress with aggressive information and propaganda campaigns. Another element in the neocons’ strategy is managed chaos. It only seems that all the events referenced above are spontaneous. There’s a profound inner link between them; all of them, to varying degrees, manifest the class strategy of the most-belligerent Western circles, which seek to subjugate the whole world.



The West is the main sponsor of international terrorism, which it uses to further its global ends. There’s a growing conviction in the world that American power structures planned the events of 9/11 (the terrorist strike on New York) to provide a pretext for a “worldwide offensive against international terrorism”, which is, in reality, an expansion of American global economic, military, and media power. However, the concept of a unipolar world is crumbling and collapsing in front of our eyes. Even Zbigniew Brzeziński, a foremost apologist of American globalism, admits the failure of the “American dream” in his recent book. That’s why socialism is increasingly attractive in the 21st century as a new focus of civilisation. Above all, it connotes a harmonious development of productive forces, a reasonable level of consumption, and a prudent attitude to nature, with well-being and progress for each and every one.

Opposition grows worldwide to globalisation American-style. After the collapse of the USSR in the early 1990s, it seemed that there wouldn’t be a counterweight to the rampant greed and aggressiveness of the West, but an alternative centre of political and economic influence recently appeared in the alliance of the BRIC states (Brazil, Russia, India, and China). These countries are home to more than half of the world’s population, and account for an ever-growing part of the world economy. South Africa‘s joined the alliance, completing its “southern arc”. The growing economic, political, and military might of the BRIC bloc not only increases its international influence, but also, for the first time since the collapse of the USSR, puts an obstacle in the way of Western expansion, in the way of attempts to restore a neo-colonial world order. We must emphasise that unlike the USSR and the socialist bloc, which provided a powerful political and military alternative to the West, but failed to draw level with our rivals economically at that stage, today, China’s steadily turning into the “workshop of the world”, entering ever-new markets, including Europe and the USA. Together with the fast-growing economies of India and Brazil, that creates a fundamentally new situation in the world.



It’s important that the international system based on the UN, created with the active participation of the USSR, has withstood the test of time. In spite of all the attempts by the USA and its allies to gain control over it, the UN’s still a key element in stabilising international relations. The principle of the balance of forces at the Security Council instituted by its founding fathers, including Soviet leaders, make it possible to restrain open acts of aggression on the part of financial imperialism. With the disintegration of the USSR and the humiliatingly pro-Western policy of the Yeltsin group, including notorious Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev, the role of the UN Security Council sharply diminished. This situation lasted a long time, which enabled the USA and its allies to launch a series of brazen acts of aggression against Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. However, because of the changing balance of forces, the system of legitimising aggression by using the UN misfired for the first time in the last two decades. That happened when Russia and China vetoed draft resolutions that would give the West the right to perpetrate armed intervention against Syria.

Therefore, the USA and its allies are trying to build a new parallel system of world governance by expanding the role of NATO and the WTO. Their aim is to gain global control not by crude military force, but by preserving and deepening the unfair economic relations and non-equivalent exchange between the rich industrialised North and the planetary South, which possesses vast natural resources. There’s no doubt that the WTO, contrary to its official declarations on removing barriers to international trade, in reality, serves centuries-old colonial goals. They seek to get natural resources and manpower from the South at miserly prices and sell the goods from the North at staggeringly-high prices. They achieve this through a system of international courts entirely dominated by Western representatives. Those recalcitrant leaders who challenge the justice of such a state of affairs are likely to suffer the fate of Slobodan Milošević, Saddam Hussein, and Muammar Gaddafi.


Galician Uniate priest in Nazi service serving traitors in the Waffen-SS… reflect on this… the USA and the UK protected Nazi collaborationist scummers from Estonia, Latvia, and Galicia, and still do!


In the context of the deepening crisis of capitalism and the inevitable concomitant mounting protests, one must assume that the leading imperialist countries would seek to limit the influence of communist and left-wing parties. They’ll intensify persecution and reprisals against their leaders. In particular, Eastern European countries go out of their way to demonstrate their loyalty to Uncle Sam. They openly glorify Bandera and other Hitler accomplices as fighters against communism, erect monuments to surviving fascists, ban Soviet and communist symbols, intimidate honest and upright politicians, and pass legislation that equates communism and fascism. In spite of all this, communist and left-wing movements have noticeably strengthened their positions at the international and regional levels. Elections for parliaments and local legislatures in many countries bring ever more proof of that.

Meanwhile, it’s important to understand to what extent the position of the Russian élite on international issues meets Russian national interests. We see that Russia’s external policy is markedly class-oriented. The constant neglect of the country’s interests for the sake of the personal ambitions and selfish interests of the ruling group manifests this. From the early 1990s, the Russian “élite” was eager to become part of the Western “establishment”. Initially, they kept them out, but then they graciously allowed them to enter the Western club, but only as a junior (and often unprivileged) partner. The Russian élite tolerate all this. It can’t be otherwise, because, as is well known, not only the Russian oligarchs, but top bureaucrats keep their money in Western banks, send their children to Western universities, spend their holidays in Western holiday resorts, and have “standby landing sites” in the shape of apartments, villas, and castles in Western countries.


The Pyatnitsky Choir… one of the national treasures of Russia (they’re more worthwhile than a roomful of crapitalist greedsters… and most people would agree with me).


From the 2011 Slavyansky Bazar festival in Belarus


It’s a well-known truth that one must base a successful foreign policy on three foundations:

  • patriotic sentiment in society
  • a powerful economy
  • powerful armed forces

Russia doesn’t have any of these three components. Speaking about patriotic sentiment, throughout the twenty years after the coup d’état of August-December 1991, the ruling group has, in fact, done its best to eradicate patriotism. Indeed, the very word “patriot” has acquired a derogatory meaning. A continuing process seeks to eliminate love of country, folk traditions, and national customs, and to impose alien values upon us. The state of the Russian economy is well-known. It’s become a source of raw materials for the Western and, more recently, Eastern industry. It’s a semi-colonial economy heavily-dependent on demand on the part of the developed countries, and the slightest fluctuations in the global economy have very unpleasant consequences for Russia. Moreover, the bulk of property has already been withdrawn from our country’s jurisdiction and is in offshore zones. As for the armed forces, they’ve practically lost their combat ability because of continuous “reforms” lasting many years. The share of modern weapons is at best 10 percent. The officer corps has been decimated. The reforms under Defence Minister Serdyukov resulted in the expulsion of tens of thousands of the most experienced and knowledgeable officers from the Army. One can go on detailing the destruction of the national self-consciousness, the ruining of industry and agriculture. The message is clear… we can achieve nothing by merely professing the determination to uphold national interests.



One has to bear in mind that even the modern empire, the USA, with its huge economic, military, and political power, needs allies. The Americans work vigorously to ensure that each of their foreign policy actions gets the broadest possible global support. On the contrary, in recent years, Russia pushed away all its traditional allies. Today, practically, we have only one reliable strategic ally, Byelorussia. However, that fraternal people again and again comes under powerful pressure from pro-Western elements in the Russian ruling élite. One has a feeling that these influential forces at the top would be genuinely glad if Byelorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko fell from power, and the economic actions of the Russian government indicate attempts to create prerequisites for a worsening of living standards in Byelorussia and for the growth of protest sentiments there.

To sum up, one can safely say that the world has entered a zone of tempests and storms. If the huge Russian ship is to sail through that zone safely, we need a skilful crew and reliable equipment, and the passengers need the assurance that the ship is being steered in the right direction. So far, society’s increasingly doubtful that we’re moving in the right direction. We’re totally convinced that our country would regain its status as a great power, the respect of its rivals, and the trust of its friends only if the popular patriotic forces led by the KPRF came to power.

2 October 2012

Gennady Zyuganov

Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee


As quoted in 21st Century Manifesto


7 October 2012. If the USA’s the “Richest Country in the World”, Why is Russia Upping Old Age Pensions, and Why is Wet Willy Proposing to Smash Them?


Russia increased old age pensions and upped spending on state healthcare; its economy is some 30 percent the size of the USA‘s in percentage terms. Yet, Willard Romney and Lyin’ Paul Ryan scream that we need to cut social spending in the USA to finance more toys for the Pentagon, more torture at black sites abroad, more pointless wars in foreign parts, more tax breaks for the Affluent Effluent, and more boodle for corrupt war contractors. Let’s NOT call the last-named “defence contractors“… that’s a lying euphemism. They’re arms merchants; they’re soulless parasites. The blood shed by ordinary American kids from modest homes and families underpins and fans the increase in their bloated and obscene fortunes. That’s what an “all-volunteer armed force” means… that’s a euphemism, too. It’s a mercenary force recruited to protect and serve the interests of the One Percent (I hasten to add that the poor bloody sods in the forces aren’t to blame… the warmongering pols and voracious rich are the perps; all the onus is on them).

If America‘s richer than Russia, and it is, by a factor of three, then, reason should tell you that if Russia increases pensions and healthcare spending, so can the USA. However, Wet Willy wants to preserve a system where he pays less federal income tax in proportion than a NYC cop or fireman. Therefore, he rants that we need to kick our old people and poor people in the head to preserve tax breaks for the Affluent Effluent. He fulminates that we must smash our heel into grandma’s face, and be right smart about it, too, so that crooked war contractors can steal even more from the fed slop chute. That’s the problem with the deficit… it ain’t Grandma and Grandpa… it ain’t layabouts on the dole… it ain’t public spending on healthcare. It’s people like Willard Romney… they have much, much more than the vast majority of us, but in their bottomless greed they want MORE. There’s only one place that they get it… from you and from me.

Don’t try to argue with rightwingers. They don’t follow the real news media… they only follow the Righwing blogosphere, Fox News, and Rush Limboob. They really believe that Willy won the first debate (all objective observers abroad agree… it was a dead heat, a draw). Don’t waste your time and energy on them. Get out to vote on 6 November. Talk to your friends and spread the real news amongst real people…

Corporations AREN’T people, and they can’t vote… but all of us “real people” can. Vote for the Prez… he ain’t perfect, but he ain’t Willy…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 7 October 2012

Albany NY

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