Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

New Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Bishop Ordained in Johnstown


On Tuesday, hundreds of people packed Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown PA to witness the ordination and installation of a new bishop. The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, headquartered in Johnstown, ordained Bishop Gregory Tatsis. Tatsis is the fifth bishop of the diocese and replaces Metropolitan Nicholas Smisko, who died last year. According to a news release, Tatsis will oversee 81 parishes in 13 states and Canada.

27 November 2012



Editor’s Note:

Firstly, oca.org has NO post of congratulations up on its site. That means that Lyonyo and Tosi are up to their usual tricks… they’re keeping ya in the dark and feeding you on shit, kids. Secondly, it’s sad to see ACROD pass under the boot of a Greek carpetbagger. Its proof to all, including the slow learners, that the EP’s learnt nothing. It’d been easy enough to ask for a monastic from Slovakia or Poland… but no, the Phanariotes acted just like they did in the 18th century in Wallachia, Serbia, and Bulgaria. The Greeks are egotistical and self-important… that’s why I attend EP parishes only when I must. I can’t abide their aggrandisement and arrogance. This installation was sad.



27 November 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Doomsday Calendar


Almost every year, according to various predictions, mankind awaits the end of the world. The notorious preacher Harold Camping predicted the coming of the apocalypse; he said that the world would end 21 May 2011. Based on many years of Bible study and the use of mathematics, Camping suggested that the world would end on 21 May 2011 at 06.00. Besides this, the list of prospective dates of “doomsday” included 22 September 2012… on this day, was supposed to be the “energy end of the world”, a man-made global catastrophe. According to the calculations of NASA scientists, with the National Academy of Sciences, strong solar flares would send out an electromagnetic pulse that would fry almost all electrical and electronic equipment, leading to a disaster causing the deaths of millions of people. According to the predictions of the ancient Mayans, 21 December 2012 would be the end of our civilisation as we know it. On this day, according to an ancient treatise, something unusual happens in the solar system… the so-called “Galactic Alignment“. Earth, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn will all be in line with the Sun. Because of the unusual proximity of the Earth to the Sun, a chain reaction would begin, heavy streams of energy would saturate the atmosphere, and the Earth wouldn’t be able to withstand the shock.

23 May 2011



Only in Russia… Vodka-Loaded Apocalypse Kits Go on Sale in Siberia

The label on the bag reads, “Kit for Facing the End of it All… The Worst Hasn’t Come Yet!


Now, concerned citizens have the opportunity to face the alleged “end of the world” fully prepared, using an apocalypse kit that went on sale in Tomsk in western Siberia. The kit contains a bottle of vodka, a packet of buckwheat kasha, a tin of fish, some candles and matches, a notepad and pencil, medication, including heart medicine, and soap on a rope, in an apparent concession to pessimists. It also contains an ID card that you must fill out by hand “in case your ID cards demagnetise” and an instruction card spelling out various games to alleviate apocalypse-related boredom. The kits… produced, somewhat illogically, by a local bridal party operator… are available in bright yellow and glamorous pink, costing a modest 890 Roubles (28 USD. 22 Euros. 19 UK Pounds) apiece.

On Monday, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported that more than 1,000 kits were already sold as of last week. The kit maker’s director, Yuliana Shchegolyova, told RIA-Novosti that the kits are popular corporate New Year gift packages, saying on Sunday, “We checked the internet, and the only nation to offer such kits was the Mexicans”. Shchegolyova added the kit was a joke, but according to the Sostav.ru website on Monday, that seemed to have gone over the heads of local officials, who announced plans to ban kit sales over the vodka and the medication, which require special permits to sell. An end-of-the-world craze is sweeping the former USSR. Last week, free Apocalypse survival courses opened in the Ukrainian city of Simferopol, and concerned Latvians unsuccessfully sought earlier to obtain insurance from the end of the world and the coming of Cthulhu. Reports stated that people across Russia steal necessities and try to weasel out of debts, citing the upcoming demise of the world as we know it.

Current eschatological expectations are based on a 5,000-year-long Maya calendar, which has 21 December 2012 as its final date {21 December is Stalin’s birthday! Puckish leftist friends have said, “Maybe, it’s the end of vulture capitalism”. Who knows? We’ll have to see, no?: editor}. People have offered various hypotheses about the exact means of the Apocalypse, although mainstream scientists reject all of them. The last end-of-the-world craze took place in 2011, when American Christian” radio host Harold Camping predicted the “Rapture” on 21 October 2011. He was wrong.

26 November 2012



Editor’s Note:

It takes ALL kinds to make a world, including stark raving nutters. Tyotya Vara suggests that if you run into such, pick up the jug and take a healthy snort. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, why, you can repeat the procedure. However, I don’t recommend that you do more than two applications of “Mother’s Little Helper”. I won’t be responsible for your hangover the next morning (although I do suggest that you eat a pickle and drink some pickle juice to drive away the friendly little gremlins if you do overindulge… we’ve all done it… Bozhe moi!… NOT one of my favourite feelings, no way!).



Kustodiev Painting Sold for 7 Million Dollars in London

The Coachman

Boris Kustodiev



A View of Isla di San Giorgio in the Venetian Lagoon

Ivan Aivazovsky



 In London, Christie’s sold Boris Kustodiev’s masterpiece The Coachman for 7 million USD (217.4 million Roubles. 5.4 million Euros. 4.4 million UK Pounds), breaking the old price record regarding his works. The 250th auction “The Masterpieces of Russian Art”, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Russian Christie’s trading auctions is still underway. The painting went to a private buyer from Europe who took part in the trading by phone. Earlier, MacDougall’s auction house sold Ivan Aivazovsky’s painting A View of Isla di San Giorgio in the Venetian Lagoon for 1.62 million USD (50.3 million Roubles. 1.25 million Euros. 1.02 million UK Pounds). Currently, a week of Russian art auctions is underway in London.

26 November 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

Kustodiev’s most colourful and “happiest” paintings were made after he was confined to a wheelchair in 1916. He was also a convinced supporter of the Soviets and an Orthodox Christian. What’s not to like? He was a decent man, a cheerful human being, a lover of justice, and a real Christian… that’s the ticket for me. Sadly, he died young in 1927 at the age of 49… but he was happy to the end, may we all die so well.


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