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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Putin: We Can’t Hand Over the Schneerson Library to the USA

01 Two Jewish Books


President Vladimir Putin said that Russia couldn’t hand over the Schneerson Library to the USA. However, he said that we could display it at the European Tolerance Centre in Moscow, and make accessible to all who wish to use it. On Tuesday, Putin said at a meeting of the Ethnic Relations Council, “Unfortunately, I can only say that the discussion of this issue has reached a point of confrontation, which, in my opinion, is due to illegal decisions made in another country”. Putin said that the library originated in 19th century Russia, and part of it was nationalised shortly after the October Revolution, saying, “This is a significant part of the problem. If we allow this national asset to go to anyone, we’d open a Pandora’s Box. Almost 100 years have passed since the library was nationalised. If Russia started to comply with such lawsuits, claims would start streaming in. No one can predict how far they might go. We’re not going to deal with this. It’s impossible”.

Putin remarked that another part of the library was brought to Russia as a war trophy. He added that that he’d like to propose a solution “that’d benefit people drawn to these cultural values in the first place. We’re at the Jewish Tolerance Centre now. We could think about this idea. I’m prepared to put together an order to the government and Minkultury to display this library at the Russian Jewish Tolerance Centre. All who’re interested could be given full access to this library”.

The Schneerson Library is a collection of old Jewish books and manuscripts gathered by Rav Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn in the Russian Empire at the end of the 19th century. The Bolsheviks nationalised part of the collection in 1918 and eventually became part of the Russian State Library collection. Schneersohn managed to take the other part of the collection out of the USSR during his emigration in the 1930s. Later, the Nazis seized about 25,000 pages of manuscripts from the collection, then, the Red Army captured them and handed them over to the Russian State Military Archive. Chabad-Lubavitch has sought the ownership of the Schneerson Library since the end of the 1980s. Reports posted on 17 January 2013, said that a US Federal Court in Washington DC ordered a fine of 50,000 USD (1.52 million Roubles. 38,000 Euros. 32,800 UK Pounds) per day if Russia failed to transfer the Schneerson Library to the Chabad-Lubavitchers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs found the court order offensive.

 19 February 2013

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep this simple. The Hasids have NEVER owned the library. NEVER. NO WAY. NO HOW. They don’t have title to it. Therefore, they can’t sue in court to “regain” property that they never owned in the first place. In any case, whether they like it or not, a country has a right to nationalise property. This was done, and in due legal order. That is, the library belongs to the Russian state, to preserve it in perpetuity as part of the Russian national patrimony. The real reason that the Hasids want the books is that they wish to restrict the usage of them only to those who agree with their oddbod notions. All decent people must oppose that. I’ll be honest… I don’t like Hasids and I don’t care for their company. I won’t harm them… or be anti-Semitic because of their noisome shenanigans. I’m much more comfortable with Modern Orthodox Jews and Conservative Jews (Jewish groups to the left of the Conservatives don’t bother me… I simply don’t agree with many of their premises, but they’re NOT a royal pain in the arse as the Hasids are). However, I agree with most of my Jewish friends… the Hasids are offensively-arrogant and off-putting in their assumptions of religious superiority over all other Jews. Such people shouldn’t be harmed, but they shouldn’t be coddled either. They belong in a corner along with Islamists, Moonies, Hare Krishnas, Mormons, Pentecostalists, JWs, and Evangelicals… all sorts who give believers a “bad name”. I have plenty of company in thinking that…



Yekaterinburg Marks 400th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty

Imperial Days Yekaterinburg


On Thursday, the press service of the Diocese of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye announced that events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty began in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, where the Ural Soviet executed the last Russian tsar and his family in 1917. The Romanovs came to power when the Zemsky Sobor elected 16-year-old Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov as tsar in February 1613. His reign marked the end of the Smuta. Celebrations in Yekaterinburg began with a liturgy and the opening of an outdoor exhibition dedicated to the Romanov Dynasty. The exhibition centres on the last tsar, Nikolai Aleksandrovich, and his family, executed by the Bolsheviks in the cellar of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg on 17 July 1918. The Church canonised the family in 2000.

21 February 2013




21 February 2013. A Friendly Piece of Advice from your Tyotya Vara

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Today, I sent on an e-mail attachment that a friend sent me to another friend. My invariable dictum on this is to advise everyone to remove all traces of any header or contact info from the e-mail before sending it on. You’d do well to do that. You don’t know with whom your addressee may share your e-mail with, so, the best policy is to remove all contact info… that preserves your friends’ confidentiality and privacy. I’ve received some e-mails from the Cabinet with contact info still on them… please, remove them! It’ll inculcate a good habit… you don’t know what other people might do (and some of the worst harms out there are done unwittingly, sadly enough).

Get rid of that contact info before sending it on! Sergeant Vara says so!



American Ambassador McFaul Explained Why He won’t Attend RF Gosduma Hearings on Adoptions

00 Russian caricature of Michael McFaul. 06.12


American Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said that he’s open to discussing adoption matters, including with RF Gosduma International Affairs committee head Aleksei Pushkov, but he won’t attend hearings on this issue at the RF Gosduma. On Thursday, McFaul said on Twitter in reply to Pushkov’s Twit criticising his decision not to go to the Duma, “Always happy to meet you and your colleagues to discuss all issues in American-Russian relations, including adoptions. As a norm, American ambassadors don’t participate in hearings of foreign parliaments. Do Russian ambassadors?”

Earlier on Thursday, Pushkov wrote on Twitter, “By refusing to come to the RF Gosduma to discuss the deaths of our children, the US ambassador showed that they’re not prepared for a serious dialogue on this problem”. He described McFaul’s refusal as a lame excuse. Pushkov insisted that Russian ambassadors have taken part in such discussions in foreign parliaments. He also pointed up that previous American ambassadors, particularly Alexander Vershbow, used to take part in official Duma events, saying, “There have been such precedents, and I think this is an ill attempt to refuse to be present at the committee’s session”.

21 February 2013

Russia Beyond the Headlines


Editor’s Note:

McFaul doesn’t have enough brains to come in out of the rain. He’s snubbed not only the Duma, but VVP as well. Furthermore, he hasn’t stopped supporting Russian oppositionists (including “Orthodox” schismatics and Uniates). In short, the USA is looking for trouble; it’d make good-sense to, at least, keep Russia quiescent. Instead, it’ll further cement the gelling Russian-Chinese alliance… the USA can deal with either Russia or the PRC, both not both at the same time (something that Richard Nixon understood the best of all American presidents). It was much like Hitler could defeat either the Western powers or the USSR, but not both at the same time. Hitler forced the West and the USSR into a “marriage of convenience” that lasted long enough to defeat him. It looks like history is going to repeat itself… Russia and China have many differences, but they face a common foe who threatens both of them. The USA doesn’t have the strength to fight a major land war on the Eurasian World Island”. Yet, that’s what its insane drive for global hegemony will lead to. It’s not “set in stone”… but will the USA turn aside in time? It WILL have to defeat its own oligarchs and put aside its overweening greed… but shall it? Time will tell us…

Orthodox people should take note that Potapov and Paffhausen (and the entire scurvy claque around them) support the American snub of the Duma, NOT the reasonable request of Deputy Pushkov. Don’t forget… they’re Hard Right fanatics, who support the enemies of the Rodina and the Orthosphere. Do act accordingly.



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