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Saturday, 24 November 2012

24 November 2012. BelTA Infographics. The Difference Between Ded Moroz and Santa Claus

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I needed to find something to “explain” the differences between our beloved Russian Ded Moroz and Santa Claus. I found this BelTA Infographic… increased the canvas size slightly, used more appropriate typefaces… and, zounds! You have the present graphic… that fills the bill very nicely, indeed.

BMD

30 December 2011

BelTA

http://news.belta.by/en/news/infographics?i_id=1040

 

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Poll Shows that Russians Believe that “Real Russians” Are Orthodox

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A recent public opinion poll showed that a growing number of Russians consider the Orthodox Church to be a necessary feature of their national identity. According to a report released earlier this week by the independent Levada Centre, some 38 percent of survey respondents said it was “very important” to be an Orthodox believer if one wants to be considered “an authentic Russian”. That’s more than double the figure in a similar poll in 1996… 15 percent… and up from 32 percent in 2003. On Friday, Oleg Savelyev of the Levada Centre told RIA-Novosti, “This is a result of successful propaganda, especially by the state-run television networks”.

He said that in Soviet times, people would study the line-up of state leaders atop the Lenin Mausoleum during the parade commemorating Great October to divine the current pecking order. Today, they look at Easter services at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Nevertheless, some believers complain that Orthodox events don’t get enough coverage. Igor Miroshnichenko, the deputy head of the Union of Orthodox Banner-Bearers, a populist Orthodox organisation, said, “More and more people realise that Russia’s associated with real Christian values, unlike Europe, with its propaganda of homosexuality and other pornographic freedoms”. That trend is apparent in the passage this year of controversial laws in St Petersburg and several other big cities aimed at protecting children from “gay propaganda”.

The Levada survey found that just 9 percent of respondents thought Orthodoxy was “not important at all” to the national identity, down from 32 percent in 1996, and 20 percent in 2003. Savelyev also noted that the clergy has greater influence in politics, which is reflected in public opinion. The Orthodox Church has been making headlines throughout 2012, prompting a discussion about its increased role in the life of the nation. The prosecution of three women from the punk collective Pussy Riot for their performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour split society, with some calling for mercy and others, including some senior clergy, calling for punishment. In August, a court sentenced the three feminist rockers to two years in jail, although one later had her sentence suspended and was released. Miroshnichenko said Russians have begun to “understand that the Orthodox Church and Christian values are under attack” and want to defend them.

Interestingly, barely half of the respondents said that Russian citizenship was an important element of national identity. Just 53 percent said it was “very important” to hold a Russian passport to be identified as a Russian, up from the 46 percent recorded in 1996, but down from 58 in 2003. A different survey by the Levada Centre revealed that around 79 percent of Russians describe themselves as Orthodox believers, while only 6 percent said that they were Muslims. The poll results on national identity are based on interviews with 1,516 Russians. The margin of error is 3.3 percent.

23 November 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121123/177696597.html

24 November 2012. ACROD Shows the Way…OCA and ROCOR are Unresponsive Dinos… ACROD is MORE “Russian Orthodox” Than They Are

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Read this. It’s time for the OCA and the ROCOR to join the 21st century. The coverage of the Parma Sobor STANK. Once again, the ACROD folks show even the slow learners how things ought to be done. Their new bishop is being consecrated on Tuesday, so, a few days before the event, they’re putting out a press release detailing what their coverage will consist of, and where exactly people will be able to access the updates. Note that the information flow will be almost constant. They do this with volunteer labour, with limited resources. So, what’s everybody else’s excuse? The demise of the OCA, at least as it playing out these days, is a pitiful and embarrassing spectacle to watch. In the process, they’ve alienated their few friends in the Orthosphere, inlcuding (and especially) Moscow. However, the true life of the Church goes on in the parishes, and the parishes will survive the fall of the OCA. We’ll just have to see where they emerge after the apparat goes up in flames. We’ve got to emulate the Centre and fly right… but we can’t do it until we kick out the present set of drones in their entirety (both OCA and ROCOR).

It doesn’t take money… it takes WILL. YA GOTTA WANNA… but do we “wanna?” That’s up to YOU…

BMD

Orthodox “Against All” Party Registered in Russia


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On Friday, a new Orthodox political party, called Against All, was officially registered in Russia. Created in May, Against All bills itself as being against all those who oppose the Orthodox Church. According to the party manifesto, published on its website, its goals are to protect the Church and its millions of believers against media attack and to prevent sacrilegious acts from taking place. It’s also against the opposition and all those who “get people out into the street” and “create chaos”. In April, Russia significantly simplified the party registration procedure. Now, a political party only needs 500 members to file for official registration. As of 23 November, according to official information, 210 political parties notified the Justice Ministry of their creation.

23 November 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121123/177694945.html

Editor’s Note:

It DOES take all kinds… doesn’t this sound like the shmidiots who hog the time at the annual parish meeting? It’s why most normal people look forward to parish meetings as much as they enjoy root canal. It shows that Russia’s a rather normal place… it has its fair share of nutters, enthusiasts, and loons. If you thought that Russia was either an earthly paradise or a devilish cesspit, do think again… it’s normal enough to have crazies in it… and that’s a comforting thought. Pass the jug… people are funny, no?

BMD

 

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