Voices from Russia

Friday, 13 December 2013

13 December 2013. Russia Behind the Headlines Infographic. The Rich Also Cry: Happiness Index and GDP Throughout the World

00 RBTH Infographics. Happiness Index and GDP Throughout the World. 2013


A new study comparing indexes of wellbeing with GDP levels shows that economic growth in a country doesn’t guarantee happiness of the population. For example, in 2012, the GDP per capita in Russia was 23,500 USD (773,000 Roubles. 24,900 CAD. 26,300 AUD. 17,100 Euros. 14,400 UK Pounds), or twice that of Brazil. However, it didn’t impress Russians. According to the index of happiness, Brazil was happier, despite a lower per capita GDP of 11,900 USD (392,000 Roubles. 12,600 CAD. 13,300 AUD. 8,700 Euros. 7,300 UK Pounds). Vietnam‘s happiness level was the closest to Russia’s, although per capital GDP level in Vietnam came in lower than that of Brazil at 3,600 USD (119,000 Roubles. 3,800 CAD. 4,000 AUD. 2,600 Euros. 2,200 UK Pounds). The study showed that the sense of happiness among citizens of different countries reached a maximum when the GDP per capita was 36,000 USD (1.184 million Roubles. 38,100 CAD. 40,200 AUD. 26,200 Euros. 22,100 UK Pounds). Amounts above that didn’t necessarily bring more joy. Experts explained the paradox by suggesting that a favourable economic situation in a country led to higher expectations, but that a lack of implementation of these expectations caused disappointment.

9 December 2013

Nataliya Mikhailenko

Russia Behind the Headlines



Godless Republican Filth Kill Extended Unemployment Benefits… MERRY CHRISTMAS from the GOP… Even Scrooge is Aghast

00 Unknown  Artist. The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil. 26.06.13


00 The Republican said to God


00 Free Market Trickle Down Economics at Work. 15.05.13


00 Pope Francisco. 27.11.13


Let’s keep this short. The godless Republican filth laid yet another sacrifice on the altar of their Great God and Saviour Mammon. A mere twelve days before Western Christmas, they voted to kill “extended” unemployment benefits. The USA has always had the most parsimonious unemployment benies in the developed world, but the “extension” merely brought it up to minimal world standards. However, the Republicans (and their running-dog lackey amen corner amongst the Evangelical sectarians) decided to give “the gift that keeps on giving” to the long-term unemployed this Christmas. If you vote for ANY Republican, you vote for evil… you vote for greed… you vote for Satan and his agenda.

Listen up, Orthodox people… that means that Victor Potapov, Paffhausen, Peter Lukianov, Alexander Webster, Rod Dreher, Patrick Reardon, and Terrence Mattingly (and all those like them) spat on the Lord Christ and laughed maniacally. The Church has a responsibility to protect the helpless, a duty that HH (and Pope Francisco) takes seriously. Any churchman who urges support of the Republican Party, either in public or in private, is an enemy of Our Lord… we must treat such accordingly. After all, it would’ve only cost 25 billion USD (822 billion Roubles. 26.5 billion CAD. 28 billion AUD. 18.2 billion Euros. 15.4 billion UK Pounds)… a sum easily-raised by closing corporate tax loopholes, cutting back on the DHS, and winding down wars in foreign parts. The Republicans told us what they stand for… the innocent must suffer so that the Affluent Effluent can party hearty without the slightest diminution from the present economic crisis. The GOP tells us by their actions that bombs are more important than people are. 

Yes, John Whiteford, having a link to Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin on your website DOES conflict with your obligations as Christ’s priest. It does take all kinds… and, sometimes, it’s sickening as all get-out. Mark down who supports the ravening Republican ghouls… expose them, oppose them… don’t try reasoning with them, for they wouldn’t listen to you or to me, for they refuse to listen to Our Lord Christ and His Saints (No man can serve two masters). Reflect on this… they’re cut from the same bolt of nasty cloth that Caiphas was, and do remember what he did. It’s too much of a muchness…

Oh, yes… the Republicans say, “MERRY CHRISTMAS… and to hell with you (if they are to die, they had better do it now, and decrease the surplus population)”…

Bah, humbug!



Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. They Didn't' Say THAT. 2012


It’s Friday the Thirteenth! Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, oh, my! People who believe that Friday the Thirteenth (or the number “13“, in general) is bad or unlucky are not only stupid, they’re out of step with the Church, which teaches us that such lunacy isn’t fit for Christians. That goes for such whimsies as “666“, Young Earth Creationism, Young Eldership, Homeschooling, Single Issue Politics, and Phariseeism, too. We should shut up those who think that they speak in Christ‘s Name, but who only spout their own idiosyncratic fancies. As for me, I’m still working on decency… I’m no role model or exemplar. Nevertheless, I’ll not stand for Young Eldership… it’s the most evil thing out there (it’s particularly dangerous as it’s so “religious” and “pious”… it entraps most Anglo converts easily, I’m afraid).

Smile! It’s just another day, that’s all that it is. Aren’t you glad that Our Lord Christ delivered us from such shit? I am… are you?



13 December 2013. The Holiday Season is HERE… Have a Smile and ENJOY It!

00 shop assistants in GUM. Moscow. 13.12.13

Shop Assistants at GUM in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION



00 New Year's Fair. Red Square. Moscow RUSSIA. 13.12.13

New Year‘s Fair on Red Square in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION



00 Ded Moroz Parade. Kazan. Tatar Republic. RUSSIA. 13.12.13

Ded Moroz parade in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan) RUSSIAN FEDERATION


It’s time to smile and be happy. Put another log on the fire, pop the top off another bottle, and love the one you’re with. Don’t listen to the naysayers with the long faces and the tight-arsed hatred of any fun (trust me, religion doesn’t make people do that, but “religion” does… ponder that one, kids). Emulate Our Lord Christ! He turned water into wine, not wine into water (Evangelicals, take note). Remember, before you can be a good Christian, you have to be a good human being. Throw the lectures, preaching, and moralising into the shitcan… that’s NOT what Our Lord Christ did, nor should we.

A big hug from me to ALL my readers. It’s a happy time of year… it’s no time to be condemnatory. I’m working on being decent… when I reach that, I’ll tackle holiness. You can’t have the second without the first… think on that one.



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