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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… Trust is Crucial in Russian-American Relations

00 atomic fireball. 16.07.13

THIS is what WILL happen if we don’t stop the American Drive for Global Hegemony… it’s not benign… it’s not humane… it’d be a Dark Night of the Soul… it’d be the Danse Macabre of a “ChristianAntichrist. Do ponder it…


Barack Obama’s proposal to cut nuclear arsenals by one-third didn’t win the support that he expected that it would in Moscow. Russia mistrusts the American peace initiative. Washington considers the speech delivered by Barack Obama in Berlin on 19 June an important political move. Really, the proposal presented by the American President to Russia to reduce the nuclear potential of the two countries by one-third looks quite spectacular… at first glance. Yet, Russia’s tepid response to the seemingly-sensational initiative led to great disappointment in Washington. The idea failed to draw thunderous applause, from either Moscow or other capitals of world powers, contrary to the expectations of its authors. Several weeks after the speech, no one mentions it at international forums or in leading media outlets. I believe that the reason for this situation is that, contrary to expectations of the Inside the Beltway crowd, Moscow didn’t jump at the idea with enthusiasm… it practically ignored it.

I’ll leave military specialists to comment on why the seemingly-radical proposal didn’t kindle enthusiasm among our military leaders, but I’ll express my opinion concerning the political aspect of the affair. From the most ancient times, the essential foundation of normal relations between countries was… and still is… trust. It’s almost impossible to build international relations without mutual trust. In my opinion, this is the reason for the difficulties between Russia and the USA. Without going into the history of Russian-American relations, unfortunately, I must say that there’s no trust between Moscow and Washington, even though we need it and it’s sought after. At the same time, I submit that Russia isn’t to blame for this state of affairs.

Moscow never violated any of the important international treaties it signed during the post-war period. Not one! On the contrary, that isn’t true of Washington. Its leaders violated their most solemn formal commitments more than once. In August 1975, representatives from 35 sovereign states, including the US President, signed the Helsinki Accords, a basic document of contemporary international law, “which  declared the principle of non-violability of borders in Europe”. However, in March 1999, US President Bill Clinton ordered the bombing of Belgrade; as a result, sovereign Yugoslavia ceased to exist as a united state. In 2003, President George W Bush violated the UN Charter by his invasion of sovereign Iraq, which sent the ancient state on the banks of Tigris and Euphrates to the brink of collapse. Let me cite another example, witnessed by me personally. In 1988, at talks with President Gorbachyov, President George H W Bush said that NATO forces wouldn’t move towards the borders of the USSR by a single inch in case of German unification. I heard this with my own ears; he repeated it many times. This solemn promise is common knowledge. It’s all too easy to go down this nasty list of events.

The need for real measures to lower the military threat, including nuclear weapons, is self-evident. However, it’s virtually impossible to achieve in a state of suspicion and distrust. It’s no simple task to revive lost trust and confidence; we need mutual effort, goodwill, and sufficient time to do it. There’s no alternative, and we should do this equally, without sparing any efforts.

00 Valentin Sergeyevich Zorin. 26.04.133 July 2013

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service




A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… The Incident with President Morales’ Plane Was an Ugly and Illegitimate Political Stunt: The Law is the Law

00 Bolivian Presidential Aircraft. 06.07.13


What occurred with the plane of Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma a few days ago wasn’t an isolated and rather unpleasant incident; rather, it was a very serious political event, fraught with the most-negative consequences for the international legal order as such. Ironically, in a twist of history, the violation of the extraterritoriality of a plane belonging to the president of a sovereign state and the many-hour delay of President Morales took place in the Austrian capital of Vienna, the venue of the signing of one of the most important documents of modern international lawthe Vienna Convention… providing for diplomatic immunity. This created a very dangerous precedent. It attacked international law, which prevents the world from turning into a jungle of total lawlessness!

Vienna wasn’t alone in this repulsive political spectacle. Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, and Rome closed their countries’ skies to the Bolivian President’s plane; they share the responsibility for this disgraceful incident, they share the stigma of violating international law and of scorning elementary political decency. The dirty-tricks crowd believed that they’d be able to justify their actions afterwards, after they found “contraband” on the plane, that is, after finding super-spy Edward Snowden. However, since Snowden wasn’t on Morales’ plane, those who orchestrated the affair found themselves in an awkward situation. The haste and readiness of some European political leaders to please other people’s interests… we needn’t say whose… revealed what in other cases stays hidden.

There’s no doubt that Washington was behind this loathsome story. The handwriting is familiar! Again… a double standard. Washington’s current “headache”… the Iranian problem… began with the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran. Calling it “the crime of the century”, then-US President Carter angrily complained about the violation of international law and the Vienna Convention. The Pentagon fulminated at that time; today, it’s enraged over the seizure of the US Embassy in Libya and the killing of the US ambassador. That was justifiable outrage. However, why haven’t we heard one voice in Washington expressing their anger over what we can call, with good reason, an attack on President Morales? Such are the political morals of today’s Washington. However, a law is a law, and any violation of the law is very perilous, including for those who violate it.

00 Valentin Sergeyevich Zorin. 26.04.139 July 2013

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service



Moscow to Host Roundtable on “The Spiritual Heritage of Russian America and Russian-American Relations”

Orthodox divine liturgy in Alaska

How much longer, dear Lord?


On Wednesday 17 July 2013, a roundtable with the theme The Spiritual Heritage of Russian America and Russian-American Relations will occur at the press centre of the newspaper Вечерняя Москва (Vechernyaya Moskva: Evening Moscow). Over the past few years, the MP and the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the active support of the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy in Moscow, have studied the spiritual and cultural heritage of Russian America… a unique historical phenomenon, which involved the exploration of the Pacific coast of North America by Russian pioneers, traders, and Orthodox missionaries.

Roundtable participants will discuss recent work in the archives that revealed previously-unknown facts from the history of the exploration of Alaska and of the development of the Orthodox Mission in North America presented in academic conferences on the subject that took place in Russia and the USA. They’ll share details on the surviving elements of the Russian spiritual and cultural traditions, researchers will talk on indigenous languages ​​of the peoples of Alaska, and there’ll be a presentation by the scientific director of the research expedition “Alaska 2011”, which completed a more than a thousand-kilometre voyage on the rivers in the Alaskan interior. In addition, the participants will discuss the experiences and perspectives of youth and student exchanges, which would promote the study of the spiritual heritage of Russian America, both in Russia and in the USA, as well as positive developments in the Russian-American cultural dialogue.

The round table will bring together:

The affair starts at 15.00 MSK.

The address is:

Bumazhny Drive, d. 14, str. 2, third floor

Questions can be sent to:


Accreditation for media representatives by phone:

8 (499) 557-04-24, ext.187; 8 (910) 002-91-60, 8 (903) 765-43-17



16 July 2013


Official MP Website


Editor’s Note:

There is NOTHING on this on oca.org. NOTHING. It proves, even to the slow learners, that Ginny Nieuwsma is a lazy and bone-idle incompetent layabout. I’m only a single individual, yet, I got this translated and out, tout suite, without any shilly-shallying. Of course, this speaks ill of Lil’ Mizz Ginny’s bosses… Lyonyo, Jillions, and Eric (“The records simply don’t exist”) Tosi. It also doesn’t speak well of Tikhon Mollard.

Also note another wrinkle… there are NO OCA people mentioned at all… at a conference devoted to ALASKA. Alaska… the cradle of Orthodoxy in these here parts, and there’s NO OCA role in it. Make a special note that Pihach, the OCA rep in Moscow, is MIA. If this isn’t proof to you that the Centre’s written off the OCA, well, I don’t know what else will convince you.

One last detail… Kliment Kapalin is the MP expert on Alaska, and he’s the best candidate for Metropolitan of Alaska if Alaska were to leave the OCA and return to the Mother Church. He has tons of local contacts and he’s no unknown to native circles (the Lower 48 carpetbaggers can fry ice, for all that real people are concerned). Is this a signal (especially, as no OCA sorts are invited)? It’s a possibility…

However, this latest gaffe by oca.org is too much of a muchness… I DO need a drink. This is crazy…


Russians Flock to See the Cross of St Andrew Ahead Of Baptism Anniversary

00 Cross of St Andrew. St Petersburg. Patriarch Kirill. Vladimir Yakunin. 16.07.13

HH at the service for the Cross of St Andrew in St Petersburg… he appears to be anointing Vladimir Yakunin


An express train with a special chapel carriage brought a sacred Christian relic from St Petersburg to Moscow, the Cross of St Andrew, upon which Apostle St Andrew the First-Called was crucified. Believers met it at the Kursk Station, including passengers, railway workers, clergy, and Moscow area officials. Sergei Stchebligin, President of the Foundation of St Andrew the First-Called, who facilitated the bringing of the relic from Greece to Russia, noted the fact that during its five days in St Petersburg, no less than 200,000 people came to venerate the cross, but there’d been no disorder, there were no conflicts in queue. He said, “Both guards and pilgrims were attentive to each other, they helped the elderly and children, they shared their drinking water”.

Clergy served a molieben right at the train station, after which the reliquary with the relic was taken by automobile to the Cathedral of St George the all-Victorious in Odintsovo in Moscow Oblast. Addressing the assembled believers, Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov of Krutitsy and Kolomna, Patriarchal Vicar of the Diocese of Moscow, said that the choice of the Moscow Oblast cities of Odintsovo and Dmitrov as venues for the Cross of Andrew wasn’t by chance, noting, “The churches there are now restored, Church life is undergoing a revival, and many believers live there, for whom the veneration of the Cross of St Andrew would be a singular joy”.

A Greek delegation, and Aleksandr Gladyshev, the head of Odintsovo Raion of Moscow Oblast, accompanied the cross to its destination. At 11.00 MSK, the cross will arrive in Odintsovo. Believers can venerate the relic today until 22.00 MSK, and tomorrow from 07.00 to 15.00 MSK. Then, the Cross of St Andrew will go to the Cathedral of the Assumption in Dmitrov. On 17 July, at 17.00 MSK, the first molieben will begin, and access to the church will be open until 23.00 MSK. On 18 July, one can visit the Cathedral from 07.00 to 23.00 MSK, and on 19 July, from 07.00 until 12.00 MSK.

From 19 to 26 July, the relic will be at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, from 26 to 28 July in the Kievo-Percherskaya Lavra in Kiev in the Ukraine, and from July 29 to 2 August in the Memorial Church of All Saints and of All Innocent Victims in Our Motherland in Minsk in Belarus. The coming of the Cross of St Andrew Cross from Greece to Russia opened a series of celebrations dedicated to the 1,025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus, which unites three states… Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus.

16 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service


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