Voices from Russia

Saturday, 25 October 2014

A Photo Essay… Furry Custodians of the Hermitage Treasures

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The Hermitage cats are a living symbol of St Petersburg. Not content with simply showing their pictures, this series offers the lowdown on each of them. The first is Assol, at the Nicholas Staircase, a spruce and sociable, yet bashful, young lady. Evening often finds her on the Palace Embankment, gazing pensively at the ships gliding along the Neva.

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Luchik, in the Winter Palace. A striking Siberian tomcat, his fur boasts the hue of what people in Piter call the “Neva Masquerade” hue. An avid football fan, on match day he always bags the best spot to watch his favourite side, FK Zenit.

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Pingva, in the Pavilion Hall. An elderly cat robed in austere black-and-white, descended from palace stock. This cat was born to guard the Hermitage. The modest sombre black-and-white livery is evidence of her aristocratic roots. She shuns feline company in favour of solitude, preferring to live apart from her fellows in the cattery.

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Gauguin, in Palace Square, across from the General Staff building. This brightly coloured cat seems to have sprung from a canvas by the French painter himself. Life’s travails developed in him the most extraordinary skills. Gauguin knows only too well where the provisions are and how to get them, using his ability to open (and close!) any door.

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Francesca, on the Jordan Staircase. Proud of her famous namesake, she performs her own version of arias from the eponymous opera in the dead of night in the museum vaults. Anyone who strokes her trichromatic coat gets special treatment.

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Vaksa, on the Jordan Staircase. The demure Vaksa suffers from poor eyesight; she isn’t overly fond of strangers, and rarely leaves the Hermitage grounds. However, she’s never short of work… fondly rubbing herself against the feet of employees, this near-wholly black cat has polished their shoes to a shine for many years.

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Kisanya, in the Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting. A cordial hostess, Kisanya pays attention to all guests of the Hermitage, who, in summer, obligingly help this voluble gourmet acquire a rounded figure.

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Lipa, on  Soviet Staircase. The self-sufficient Lipa is the very essence of catness, taking herself for strolls and preferring to observe proceedings from the shelter of a tree.

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Rio-Rita, near the Alexander Column. A graceful, expressive, and unusually melodious Abyssinian cat with a wild hue. In anticipation of human caresses, her body becomes like a bouncing ball, her tail and hind legs performing a kind of dance. When she rubs up against your legs, resistance is futile.

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Tikhon, in the Large Italian Skylight Hall. Named after the pagan god of fate, old-timer Tikhon is extremely discreet and thorough. As fate itself would have it, they brought Tikhon from the General Staff building to the Great Hermitage, where he became the unofficial leader of all the palace cats.

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Caspar, in the Raphael Loggias. A legendary guard and photographic star, he often wanders into camera shots of the most vivid landscapes. Named after German landscape artist Caspar David Friedrich, this romantic feline soul chooses the most picturesque surroundings for his perambulations.

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14 October 2014

Yuri Molodkovets

Russia Behind the Headlines

http://rbth.com/multimedia/pictures/2014/10/14/12_custodians_of_the_hermitage_treasures_40589.html

25 October 2014. There are Rumours of War…

00 novorossiya. 27.08.14

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The word is out that patriot forces expect a Uniate junta sneak attack either tomorrow or Monday, despite the fact that the ground isn’t yet suitable for major operations. The Uniate neo-Nazis are holding a pseudo-election on Sunday… they’ve barred the KPU and Regions, which means that it’s a false election, it’s nothing but a figleaf for the Americans and Germans. I’m told that the patriot forces are on alert… the junta forces are only strengthened on paper… they lack tanks, APCs, and air support, in particular. Most of the incoming drafts are untrained levies from Galicia… they’re only useful for mass wave attacks, they’re not real soldiers at all. When you add in that the present Minister of Defence isn’t even a soldier (he was a militarised cop in the VV MVDU), it looks like a full-blown fiasco is in the offing. Mind you, it’d be bloody… but it’d be premature due to American demands for action before the US election.

This is the calm before the shitstorm. God preserve the people of Novorossiya from the brutal and godless Uniate horde. Holy Rus will prevail…

BMD

25 October 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Iran and Russia are Friends… HANDS OFF, USA!

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President Putin shook hands with Iranian President Rouhani… Iran has Russian and Chinese guarantees. That means that Israel and the USA are NOT going to attack, despite all the noise from rightwing circles. Anglo Americans are arrogant blowhard bullies who back away from real fights… the Israelis won’t attack if they sensed that they lacked American backing (and they don’t have it for an attack on Iran, despite all the noise from the usual cast of suspects). America lacks the moxie to mix it up with equals (especially “conservatives”, who’re nothing but blowsy aggressors who run away crying if someone hits back at them)… that’s why any country that has a firm guarantee from Russia or China is safe. Since Iran has assurances from BOTH Russia and China, the Anglo cowards won’t touch it… they’ll make a lot of noise, but they do that all the time, don’t they? It’s much sound n’ fury signifying NOTHING in the real world.

BMD

25 October 2014. My life in Russia: Bobby Rome from Virginia… Great Vid About an American Expat in Piter

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click here for the page with the vid

Bobby Rome is a professional football player from Virginia. For several years, Bobby has been in St Petersburg playing for the Vikings. Bobby’s wife Gabrielle convinced him to move to Russia, “I wanted him to pursue his dreams, because I know he has a lot of potential. I had to try to push and convince him… ‘Maybe we should take this risk, maybe we should take this leap of faith and go after it? We only live once, why not take full advantage of it?'”. As Bobby said, it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

21 October 2014

Russia Behind the Headlines

http://rbth.com/multimedia/video/2014/10/21/my_life_in_russia_bobby_rome_from_virginia_usa_40757.html

 

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