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Sunday, 28 October 2012

28 October 2012. A Report From a Participant at the London Conference


I got this from a participant at the London Conference:

The London Conference was a great success. The Paris bunch and the OCA lost it because of their resistance to Moscow; they’ve been sidelined. Moscow is just ignoring that they exist. The New ROCOR is the basis of future unity in the diaspora. It’s official.

Yes, I know that it was over a week ago, but I wanted to hear the news from a participant, and it took some of these guys some time to get home (and recover from it all), especially, those from Australia. I think that the Centre is waiting to see what happens when the Parma Sobor convenes (if it even takes place, something up in the air at present). I know this… Mel Pleska has the Centre’s imprimatur… not Peterson… not Dahulich… not Fathausen.

None of us knows what’s up in the immediate near term, that’s how murky it is. If anyone says that they do, they’re liars. Keep an eye peeled… none of the verities are holding, anything, and I do mean “anything”, can happen in the next three weeks. I can see why the Chinese consider “interesting times” a curse.




28 October 2012. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up… The new Putinism: Nationalism Fused with Conservative Christianity


Editor’s Foreword:

Here’s a load of utter crapola from the Washington Post crowd. Oh, yes… Potapov (a Cold War-era Langley propagandist), Mattingly (a semi-converted Southern Baptist), Dreher (a Catholic retread who makes himself out to be an Orthodox expert), Freddie M-G (her thoughts are so precious that you have to pay her 25 bucks a throw just to hear them), and Paffhausen (the obsequious disciple of a man deposed for nasty doings) suck up to this lot… not as badly as they do to the Moonies at the Washington Times or to the rightwing nutters on K Street… but they do suck up to this bunch, and they don’t contradict them (they might lose entrée to the right parties and seminars, then, kids). Again, you have to know what the haters of the Orthosphere say. They do want to cut out our heart and soul and replace it with American consumerism (that’s why you shouldn’t trust the “Orthodox” I named… they’re all drooling supporters of the “Me First” Republican Party). It’s rancid… but it’s a necessary read…



Two recent stories offer a revealing… and, to some, unsettling… view of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s emerging state ideology. The new Putinism, you might call it, seems to be a fusion of two older Russian ideas… nationalism, sometimes with an anti-Western tinge, and conservative interpretations of Orthodox Christianity. Both stories portray the coalescing, Kremlin-pushed ideology as a response to rising dissent and, more broadly, an effort to fill an ideological vacuum that has, remained to some extent, since the collapse of the USSR two decades ago. The Financial Times Charles Clover chronicles the new ideology’s emergence in the typically vibrant city of St Petersburg, “long regarded as Russia’s liberal window to the West”, but now “the testing ground for a new wave of conservative, Orthodox church-going, pro-Kremlin patriotism that has gripped much of Russian officialdom”. Clover cites recent censorship of classic Russian works by Vladimir Nabokov and Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as new law that forbids “yelping” and “stomping” at night, possibly aimed at curbing protests.

Through the previous twelve years of his hegemony, Mr Putin observed a balance between liberals and conservatives in the ranks of the elite, catering to each group in an effort to play one off against the other. Today, that balance appears to have been jettisoned after liberals deserted him, with protesters taking to the streets last December and high-ranking figures… such as his Finance Minister… joining the dissenters. The Kremlin has turned to the more conservative elements of society. More rural, older, and less educated, they respond well to Mr Putin’s nationalist and slightly paranoid rhetoric as defender of the Orthodox faith from blasphemers and protector of the nation against foreign plots.

In Moscow, Claire Bigg of Radio Free Europe finds indications of a Kremlin effort to institutionalise the new emphasis on nationalism… an entirely new government agency for “promoting patriotism” and safeguarding “the spiritual and moral foundations of Russian society”. It’s hard not to be reminded of Iran’s infamous censorship body, the “Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance”, although Russia’s Directorate for Social Projects appears more about cultivating friendly public sentiments than blocking outlawed ones. Bigg and analysts she spoke with portrayed the agency as an outgrowth of Putin’s “deepening hostility” toward foreign organisations, even comparing it to the Soviet-era propaganda department. However, the most significant link to the Soviet era may have to do with the national pride many Russians felt during their country’s height of power. Nonetheless, the initiative is likely to strike a chord with many Russians nostalgic for their country’s lost global clout. Advocates say the new agency could prove instrumental in both filling the ideological vacuum left by the Soviet collapse and rejuvenating the notion of patriotism, still almost exclusively tied to the USSR’s role in World War II.

Russia’s search for an ideology is a big deal for the populous, ethnically diverse country. This campaign’s propagandistic and anti-liberal overtones aside, it does, at least, seem to address this issue. Nevertheless, nationalism is a powerful force, and in Russia has had a complicated history. As EurasiaNet’s Igor Torbakov warned in February, when Putin appeared to begin his ideological campaign, Russian nationalism has at times carried ethnic overtones. About 80 percent of the country’s citizens are ethnic Russian, and, with birth rates below replacement and the population aging, the Russian economy relies heavily on immigrating minority groups. Widespread harassment of migrant workers is already a problem in Russia. A far-right Russian newspaper editor told the Financial Times, “Putin feels the coming of a catastrophe, of the domination of liberal forces which threaten him with the fate of Muammer Gaddafi. He’s fighting back by restoring the balance between the various ideological groups. In this way, he supports us”.

25 October 2012

Max Fisher

Washington Post


Editor’s Afterword:

Much of this isn’t even true… but many of the konvertsy eat this shit up. Reflect well on the fact that Paffhausen does, and that Potapov was (or still is) part of the Langley dezinformatsiya machine, as he worked for the BBG, a known Langley front organisation… a fact known to all, it isn’t secret, and I’m unmasking no one. Oh, yes, Basil Rodzianko and Aleksandr Schmemann both took Langley’s shilling willingly, too… did I tell you that Potapov married into the Rodzianko clan (everyone knows how Potapov used the official ROCOR website to pursue a vendetta against a fellow Rodzianko clan-member in public… nice guy)? Fancy that… keeping it all in the family, no? This disgusting pabulum has as much truth in it as the typical Monomakhos post… that is, not much. As one of the Cabinet said about Monomakhos:

The Monomakhos crowd is still dancing around their cauldron… I hope that the hammer falls quickly on them…

This post is shit of the same vintage. However, you must stay informed. READ IT and heed what it means. People are swallowing lies, and that’s never good. The truth WILL set you free, but only if you let it…


Bulgarian Orthodox Church Celebrates Centennial of St Aleksandr Nevksy Cathedral in Sofia and the Birthday of Patriarch Maksim


Bulgarian Orthodox believers assembled Sunday morning at the St Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia for a special Divine Liturgy commemorating the centenary of the cathedral’s construction. This marks the beginning of a three-day festival by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, celebrating not only the centenary, but also the 130th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the cathedral, and the 98th birthday of Patriarch Maksim Minkov.

Born 29 October 1914, Maksim was enthroned as head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in 1971; he’s the eldest head of an autocephalous Orthodox Church in history. Patriarch Maksim’s health has been unstable of late, he’s currently in hospital due to dizziness and instability; believers will pray for him Sunday and Monday.

The construction of St Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral began in 1882; it’s one of Sofia’s most significant landmarks and the Bulgarian Patriarch’s Cathedral. It wasn’t complete until 1912; its formal dedication didn’t occur until 1924. Late Saturday, a copy of the miraculous Dostoino Yest (It Is Truly Meet) icon of the Mother of God from Mount Athos arrived at the cathedral for the festivities.

28 October 2012


Sofia News Agency



Metropolitan Pavlos Ioannou of Siatista Received Threats Following Golden Dawn Comments


According to press reports, Metropolitan Pavlos Ioannou of Sisanion and Siatista received threatening phone calls after speaking against the increasingly-popular Golden Dawn neo-fascist party. A verger at the Aghios Dimitrios church in West Macedonia reported that an unknown person recently called and said, “We’ll burn that commie”. Reportedly, the church received numerous complaints and warnings from what appear to be supporters of Golden Dawn and nationalist activists. Last week, Metropolitan Pavlos criticised Golden Dawn after members of the Greek far-right party protested against the première of Terrence McNally‘s Corpus Christi in Athens.

In an interview with the financial newspaper Imerisia on Sunday, Metropolitan Pavlos described Golden Dawn as “uncivilised”, adding that the party’s actions “have nothing to do with either ancient Greek civilisation or the Gospel. We all have to take a clear stand on the Golden Dawn issue. We have to preach the word of God, which has nothing to do with the actions committed by Golden Dawn members”.

Meanwhile, Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michalolioakos sparked fresh controversy over the weekend after giving the Nazi salute during a speech at a Golden Dawn youth rally. He said whilst flashing the salute, “We may sometimes gesture like this, but our hands are clean”. An opinion poll last week ranked Golden Dawn at third place amongst Greek political factions, with 14 percent of support.

22 October 2012



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