Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

1 March 2016. Translated Russian Demot… Honour Those Who Gave Their Lives

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There was a mine explosion in Vorkuta, in the Russian Far North… as a matter of course, MChS first responders were on the scene. In this case, some of the “brothers” gave their lives for the sake of others. Whenever a first responder goes on a call, they never know if they’re coming back… literally. These people put their lives on the line for those that they don’t even know. In 2010, Colonel Yevgeni Nikolaevich Chernyshov, the head of the Moscow Fire Brigade, went out on call with his men… he didn’t need to, but he did… it was his Last Call. Patriarch Kirill himself served Pannikhida and Colonel Chernyshov received a formal state funeral, as was fitting. I wrote the following then, and it still rings true today:

There’s nothing to say, and Yevgeni Nikolaevich wouldn’t have wished a fulsome eulogy. He did his duty to the utmost and to the end. May we all do as well and end as well. There are people who embody heroism and self-sacrifice; you need only look hard enough. The grinning bastards haven’t taken over yet…

Vechnaya pamyat, rab bozhii Yevgeni… the world is poorer for your passing.

I stand by that. Honour those who truly stand up and show character… as for the grinning pundits, jumped-up fraud “clergy”, the piggish Affluent Effluent, self-appointed experts, and internet gurus… the less said the better. Here are our heroes (left to right in the image):

A A Belokobylsky

S G Smychenko

V A Petrov

P I Shakirov

Ye I Tsurkov

The world is a better place for people like this. If we were to lack such, our civilisation would fall, as there’d be no worthy ones amongst us. Do ponder that…

BMD

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