Voices from Russia

Monday, 12 January 2015

12 January 2015. A Photo Essay. Islam in Russia: An Integral Part of the Rodina

00 The Friendship of the Peoples. 30.05.14

The Friendship of the Peoples was no joke!


00 Islam in Russia 01. 12.01.15

Muslims pray at a mosque in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF to celebrate Kurban-Bayram (Eid al-Adha/Feast of the Sacrifice).


00 Islam in Russia 02. 12.01.15

Roza Yevloyeva, in an interview at her house in Ali-Yurt (Nazran Raion. Republic of Ingushetiya. North Caucasian Federal District) RF, said, “I’m very sorry and sad”. Her son, 20-year-old Magomed Yevloyev, detonated explosives strapped to his body at Domodedeovo Airport in Moscow on 24 January 2011. The blast killed 36 people. Not even the relatives of the bombers want terror… a fact overlooked by Fox News.


00 Islam in Russia 03. 12.01.15

A scene from K A Karaev‘s ballet The Seven Beauties, presented by the State Theatre of Azerbaijan on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF.



00 Islam in Russia 04. 12.01.15

More than 90,000 Muslims prayed namaz in Moscow to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.


00 Islam in Russia 05. 12.01.15

Laser show on City Day in Grozny, capital of the Russian federal subject Chechen Republic (North Caucasian Federal District).


00 Islam in Russia 06. 12.01.15

Never give up! Players from local football club Laman Az, made up of landmine victims, practise in a sports hall in the Chechen Republic capital of Grozny. According to data from UNICEF Russia, more than 3,000 mine accidents occurred in Chechnya since 1994.


00 Islam in Russia 07. 12.01.15

Muslims pray to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, in Moscow.


00 Islam in Russia 08. 12.01.15

Muslims praying outside the Cathedral Mosque during Eid al-Adha, also known as Feast of the Sacrifice in St Petersburg.


00 Islam in Russia 09. 12.01.15

Participants compete during the Mud Race in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan. Volga Federal District) RF.


00 Islam in Russia 10. 12.01.15

E R Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk (Kemerevo Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF waves after winning the annual national “Miss Russia” beauty pageant at the Barvikha Luxury Village Concert Hall outside Moscow in 2013. She represented Russia at the “Miss World” and “Miss Universe” beauty pageants that year. Many Muslims of the Bashkir nationality are natives of the Siberian region (Elmira Rafailovna is of Tatar background through her father).


00 Islam in Russia 11. 12.01.15

A F  Mustafina prepares to compete on the uneven bars in the women’s individual artistic gymnastics qualification of the European Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastic Individual Championships in Moscow. Many consider her one of the best female gymnasts of all time.


00 Islam in Russia 12. 12.01.15

Thousands of believers take part in morning prayers to celebrate the first day of Eid-al-Fitr in Moscow. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.


00 Islam in Russia 13. 12.01.15

Participants of a cooking show in Kazan holding a record-length shashlyk, 180.9 metres (594 feet) long! Where’s the beef?


00 Islam in Russia 14. 12.01.15

Gymnast E N Garibov trains at the sports camp at Lake Krugloe, before the World Championships.


00 Islam in Russia 15. 12.01.15

Muslims pray outside Moscow’s main mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Adha, a feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Russian Muslims call it Kurban-Bayram. About 4,000 police, VV MVD troops, and civilian volunteers ensured security during Eid celebration events.


00 Islam in Russia 16. 12.01.15

Family members comfort a bride in the parental house during preparations for a wedding in Achkhoi-Martan (Achkhoi-Martan Raion), near Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic.


00 Islam in Russia 17. 12.01.15

Girl in national costume during the celebration of the Tatar-Bashkir holiday Sabantui in Chelyabinsk Oblast (Ural Federal District) RF.


00 Islam in Russia 18. 12.01.15

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer in Moscow. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels, and cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.


These are images pulled from Russia Behind the Headlines… they show that Islam and Russia live in harmony… quite unlike the horrid vacuous lies about “Muslim terrorism” circulated by American “conservatives”… a hateful and hate-filled scurvy lot, if there ever was such. Islam in Russia… religious… cultured… fun-loving… sporting… nothing like what Ted Cruz says that Islam is! If I had to choose between a Muslim Tatar or a Southern Baptist/Mormon sectarian as a neighbour, I’d choose the former… they’d be more decent, more considerate, more stand-up, and certainly less intrusive.

ALL of the peoples… or NONE of the peoples… accept them all or go home. The friendship of the peoples IS no joke…



Kadyrov Blasts Europe Over Double Standards on Terrorism

President Ramzan Kadyrov


Chechen President R A Kadyrov said that elements who wanted to stir up anti-Islamic sentiment, to distract people from other problems, might’ve set up the unprecedented public response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France. Ramzan Akhmatovich shared his insights through his long-time medium of choice… Instagram. In an extensive post, Kadyrov said that he welcomed the “wholehearted” denunciations of terrorism by world leaders, as well as the millions of people taking part in demonstrations in Paris. He also condemned the killing of innocents by terrorists and said that he considered that the fight against terrorism was the most important task in his life. At the same time, Kadyrov posed a question. Did the denunciations aim only to slam terrorism in France, or were they targeting evil all over the world? He wrote:

Why didn’t the presidents, kings, and prime ministers lead protest marches against the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Afghans, Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans, Yemenis, and Iraqis? Why did they remain silent when terrorists exploded a bomb in the Chechen government HQ or when they blew up a Grozny stadium, killing Chechen President A A Kadyrov [R A Kadyrov’s father] and his aides? Why didn’t they react to the terakt on the school in Beslan and the hostage situation at Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater? Why did thy keep silent when in December 2014 terrorists captured the House of Press and a school in Grozny, killing and injuring over 50 people? It’s impossible to secure Paris, London, Madrid, and other European capitals if society fails to condemn those who raise and sponsor terrorism all over the world, masking it as support for national liberation movements.

Kadyrov suspected that some powerful forces prepared the whole scenario to incite anti-Islamic fervour in Europe or to distract public attention from some brewing global problem. A practising Muslim believer, Kadyrov also pointed up that he and his allies wouldn’t allow anyone to insult the Prophet, even if this would cost them their lives. He wrote, apparently addressing Western political leaders:

If we’re silent, this doesn’t mean that we can’t get millions of people onto the streets all over the world to protest against those who connive at insults to Muslim religious feelings. Is this what you want? The media allowed themselves to get involved in the scandal, so, they should apologise to Muslims to end the controversy. Peace and stability are more important for all peoples than the right of a handful of journalists to disrespect the Prophet.

12 January 2015




The Westerns are tossing around a grenade with the pin pulled out and they’re giggling manically. The murders are wrong… but it’s also wrong to insult a major world religion repeatedly… especially, when one knows that it could lead to random violence. I’m not advising a craven cowardice… I’m simply asking people to be pragmatic and attend to reality. How would the Western “leadership” react if others came into their living rooms and attacked their hedonism, moneygrubbing greed, and neoliberal rapaciousness (at least, neoliberal evils are real and manifest, not puffed-up like so-called Muslim “terrorism” is)? Why, they’d react in a MORE violent fashion that some Muslims are reacting! After all, we’re talking about demented toddlers who dropped two nuclear bombs AFTER Japan made clear calls for peace talks. Russia is right… we should have laws protecting religions from slander. After the Bulgariya sinking, Russians held THREE memorial services… one in the Orthodox cathedral, one in the Islamic mosque, and one civil secular ceremony on the docks. Now, that’s how we should do it! Ramzan Akhmatovich is right… certain parties are using a random act of violence to advance their agenda… and it’s NOT the Muslims…


12 January 2015. The Russian Holiday Season is Still Goin’ Strong!

00 Sergei Yolkin. Holiday Week, Work Year... 2013


Today, Monday 12 January, will be the first day back to work for most Russians after the New Year Holiday Break. Therefore, if you read anything in the Western Corporate Media about supposed rules taking effect in Russia… well, there was no one in the offices to put them into effect! What can you say of people so dense and idiotic that they didn’t know that all of Russia was on holiday and that no one was in any office processing ANY applications for ANYTHING? As you well know, it takes awhile to get back up to speed… so, take some reports with a BLOCK of salt.

Even though people are going back to work, the holiday season isn’t over yet. It starts with St Nicholas Day on 19 December and it ends with Theophany on 19 January. Mind you, in Old Russian peasant culture, the holidays began with the three feastdays of Ss Barbara, Sava, and Nicholas… 4-5 December OS, 17-19 December on the Gregorian calendar. This ushered in the holidays, with Christmas on 25 December OS, New Year on 1 January OS, and Epiphany on 6 January OS (the Svyatki, or “Holy Days” are the period between Christmas and Epiphany, party time after fasting time)… a bit longer than the contemporary celebration. Some country areas still begin with Vavarin Dyen… but not many. Today, some even keep “Old New Year” on 14 January, but these are people who don’t keep the secular celebration on 1 January.

So… the holidays in Russia are going to continue for another week (but folks will be going back to work today)… if you will, pass me the selyodka pod shuboi… I’ll have seconds, if you please…


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