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Saturday, 20 September 2014

20 September 2014. Our Great Russian Motherland… Morning Breaks in Moscow… It Ain’t Called the Centre for Nothin’

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00 Morning in Moscow. 20.09.14


Moscow… the Centre… the beating heart of Holy Rus wakes up…

My source didn’t say who the photographer was… damn…


Thursday, 28 November 2013

Case Closed: Kremlin Sends Louis Vuitton Packing from Red Square

00 Louis Vuitton pavillion Red Square. Moscow RUSSIA. 28.11.13


On Wednesday, Moscow municipal authorities said that they’re dismantling a giant designer suitcase-shaped pavilion installed in the middle of Red Square, following a wave of public outrage and many demands for its removal. The city’s media and advertising department said that the sponsors of the Louis Vuitton-backed installation were preparing to take it down on Wednesday afternoon, after the Kremlin and the landmark GUM department store asked for the removal of their new neighbour. On Wednesday afternoon, GUM confirmed that work began to dismantle the titanic trunk. Measuring 30 metres (99 feet) long and nine metres (30 feet) high, and adorned with the Louis Vuitton logo, the oversized travel case was due to house a “Soul of Travel” exhibition organised by the famed French fashion house from 2 December to 19 January. Consisting of historical suitcases and video installations, the display was one of several events scheduled to commemorate GUM’s 120th anniversary.

However, public ire over the litigious luggage reached a fever pitch in recent days as people criticised the suitcase’s placement in Red Square… a UNESCO Heritage Site and the first port of call for most visitors to the Russian capital… as well as the display’s timing over the New Year holiday period. Lawmakers in the RF Gosduma, based just across the road from Red Square, complained that the “obscenity” denigrated the landmark, which they called a sacred symbol of Russian government. On Wednesday, a GUM spokesman said that the department store decided to send the suitcase packing after an overwhelmingly negative public reaction, and a Kremlin source told journalists that the presidential administration hadn’t agreed to the pavilion’s construction. Presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said that the Kremlin issued no official orders to remove the pavilion. He said that there was nothing wrong with the suitcase, although he noted that those who designed it “obviously lacked a sense of proportion”. However, the lost luggage may yet find a new place to stay in the capital. Spokesmen from both Gorky Park (TsPKiO) and the all-Russia Exhibition Centre (VVTs), two of Moscow’s largest parks, told RIA-Novosti that they were ready to consider taking in the trunk, but that they haven’t yet received any requests to host the pavilion.

The fate of the “Soul of Travel” exhibition, a non-profit show to raise funds for supermodel Natalia Vodianova’s charity project, the Naked Heart Foundation, remains unclear. Vodianova, who founded the children’s charity in 2004, expressed hope that the exhibition wouldn’t face cancellation and that they could move the trunk to a new site. She wrote on her Facebook page, “If the exhibition doesn’t take place, not only will we be deprived of an exciting journey into history and beauty, but the charitable funds from ticket sales… which Louis Vuitton originally proposed to transfer to the Naked Heart Foundation… won’t be generated”. Louis Vuitton said that it planned to give the entire proceeds from the exhibition’s 200-rouble (6 USD. 6.40 CAD. 6.70 AUD. 4.50 Euros. 3.70 UK Pounds) admission charge to Vodianova’s charity. On Wednesday, repeated calls to the fashion house’s head office in London went unanswered.

27 November 2013




Friday, 21 June 2013

21 June 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Secrets of the Lenin Mausoleum

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Layout of the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square. 2010


The Lenin Mausoleum, located on Red Square in Moscow, is one of the high points of Soviet architecture. The supervising architect of the project was Aleksei Shchusev. The first temporary wooden mausoleum opened 27 January 1924 near the Senate Tower in the Kremlin on Red Square. The second mausoleum was a truncated step pyramid, with stairs joined on both sides of an L-shaped extension. The permanent stone mausoleum was ready in 1930. 22 April 2011 marks 141 years since the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin) , statesman, politician, and Marxist theoretician, founder of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and of the USSR.

22 April 2011




Editor’s Note:

I put this up, an infographic about a monument to a truly historical figure, because there are people in the ROCOR cosying up publicly to the specious pretender Maria Vladimirovna Romanova (her badmouthing of the late Grand Princess Xenia‘s family (who have a better claim than she does) is below the salt, to say the least). What’s worse, a bishop accepted a spurious “award” from this posturing poseur (see this disgusting post on the ROCOR official website). Like it or lump it, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was an historical figure, one of the “greats” in Russian history. You can’t airbrush him out of the story… yet, some would have it that way, and we should oppose them with all our powers. What happened, HAPPENED. Indeed, much GOOD happened because of the communists, and we should never deny it.

As I say, there’s a faction in the ROCOR (and in the OCA, too) that wants to prettify and refashion the past… and shitcan everything that doesn’t fit their current fancies. That’s unacceptable… full stop. I find that not only disrespectful to the historical record, it’s lunatic, in the medical sense of the term. It’s one of the reasons that I oppose Potapov and Paffhausen so bitterly… they want to remould the past to “excommunicate” all leftists and demonise those who oppose their capitalist notions. I’d remind these gents of the following… Christ became incarnate in the family of Joseph the Worker by CHOICE… think on THAT…



Wednesday, 28 November 2012

“Moscow-on-Seine” Orthodox Cathedral by Eiffel Tower gets Green Light




A massive Russian-style cathedral is set to transform the iconic skyline of the French capital, Paris. In the wake of Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev‘s visit to Paris, his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault said that France backed the construction of a controversial Orthodox cathedral not far from the Eiffel Tower. During a press conference with Medvedev, Ayrault said, “France shall stick to the realisation of the project. However, to build in Paris is more difficult than elsewhere, due to all the architecture and heritage protection laws”.

Moscow‘s plan to build a large cathedral and cultural centre with five onion domes and an undulating roof of glass panels beside the River Seine was stopped earlier this month. Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë described the project as “pastiche architecture” and an “ostentation totally unsuitable for the banks of the Seine”. Russia bought the 4,000-square-metre (43,055 square feet. 0.4 hectare. 1 acre) land plot that once hosted the headquarters of the French weather service in 2007 for about 60 million UK Pounds (3 million Roubles. 96 million USD. 75 million Euros). Medvedev finalised plans to build a second Orthodox cathedral in Paris with then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010.

However, when the joint design by Spanish architect Manuel Nuñez, agency Sade, and Russian company Arch Group was unveiled, many Parisians raised their eyebrows. They soon dubbed the project “Moscow-on-Seine”. The French government subsequently suspended an agreement with Russia whereby it pledged to study ways to make the building “harmoniously fit the surrounding landscape”. Ayrault said in conclusion, “I’m sure we’re on the right track to find a good project. I’m sure we’re going to find a solution”. Tens of thousands of Russians live in or near Paris. In the 1920s, the French capital became a favourite destination for anti-Bolshevik “White Russians” fleeing the Communist takeover of Russia.

28 November 2012

International Business Times


Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep this one simple. On the one hand, you had the Mayor of Paris, homosexual activists, and posturing pseudo-intellectuals (think the SVS crowd, and you’ll have ’em nailed). On the other hand, you had the Russian government and the powerful builders’ trades union. There was NO contest. However, Hollande had to mollify the loud activists, so, he took a week to make his decision to allow them to posture to their heart’s content. Now, it’s time for real work, and the project’s going forward, as originally planned. After all, Russia ships in the natural gas and the builders’ union has a lot of clout. This was over before it even started…



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