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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Mostik the Cat (Mascot of the Kerch Bridge Project) Got Fat on Pancakes During Maslenitsa… He’s Going on a Shrimp Diet

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Mostik* the Cat (Кот Мостик in Russian), a well-known symbol of the Kerch Bridge construction project, gained weight during Maslenitsa and is now on a diet. There are now sites on social networks featuring him. The caption under his image on one site read:

Maslenitsa’s over; it’s a good holiday, but I feel fat. One more plate… then, it’s back to my beloved shrimp diet!

His fans don’t support his desire to lose weight; his healthy appearance pleases them, so some even promised to bring him delicious goodies when they go on holiday in the Crimea. Mostik attached himself to the construction crew in 2015. According to the latest intel, he lives at one of the control points. His official name is Mosta the Cat (Кот Моста in Russian); he has more than 20,000 fans on the social networks. Mostik promised to be the first to take a selfie on the bridge when it’s completed.

  • Мост (Most) in Russian means “Bridge”, so “Mostik” could be Englished as “Bridgie”

Here is Mostik’s Facebook page

20 February 2018

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=69322

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

25 February 2017. From the Russian Web… It’s Maslenitsa! For ALL Of Us!

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I used the original caption from the original post I saw on vK. Maslenitsa is the last fling before the onset of the Great Lent. It’s our Russian Mardi Gras… it lasts the whole week before Clean Monday, the beginning of the fast. You party hearty until the cannon goes off at midnight… then, “Maslenitsa’s over! It’s Lent! It’s time to fast”. As everyone knows, “A house is not a home until there’s a cat in it”… such is our Russian folk wisdom. Therefore, even our cats and our other animals share in our festive mood, too. Maslenitsa has pagan roots, like so much else in traditional Christianity, but don’t let that make you drop it. That’s crackbrained… the Church has “baptised” many things, and Maslenitsa is one of them (besides being tonnes o’ fun). The last day of Maslenitsa coincides with the Sunday of Forgiveness on the formal Church calendar. We ask forgiveness of others and extend it to those who ask it of us. Besides this, the women of the family go to visit the family graves, asking forgiveness of the departed, laying blini on the grave (and sometimes pouring out some vodka, too). In country parts, many people do kindnesses to animals.

Christ came to transfigure and redeem the WHOLE world… not just mankind and not just “religious” things. Think on that…

BMD

Sunday, 20 March 2016

20 March 2016. A Blast From the Sov Past… Maslenitsa in 1985

01n Maslenitsa 2011. St Petersburg

It’s not a party until the guy with the accordion shows up…

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This was Maslenitsa in Sov times, in 1985… it’s hardly changed at all, has it? It was so… it is so… it shall ever be so… our culture is above politics and economics.

BMD

Thursday, 26 February 2015

26 February 2015. Taking the Snow Fort… An Established Part of Maslenitsa Fun

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One of the established parts of Maslenitsa fun is the storming of the snow fort. Here’s part of this year’s bash.

BMD

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