Voices from Russia

Sunday, 24 April 2016

24 April 2016. From the Russian Web (By Way of Texas)… Happiness to All of Y’all on the Feast!

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I found this little guy all over the RuNet, so, I researched the image. It seems that the earliest posts of this were from Texas! Quite obviously, since we Russians use pussy willows instead of palms on Palm Sunday, one can see why Russians fell in love with this one. This is one of the Great Feasts of the Church… it reminds us that Easter is only one week ahead… I still have my kulichi to buy, I confess… forgive me, for I shall sin… I’m buying it and not baking it myself…

BMD

Saturday, 23 April 2016

23 April 2016. Greetings From the Evil Empire! Kids Should Be in Bed by Ten to Nine

00 Konstantin Zotov. Kids Should Be in Bed by Ten to Nine. english. 1964

Kids Should Be in Bed by Ten to Nine

Konstantin Zotov

1964

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Greetings and felicitations from the Evil Empire! SHUDDER!

Isn’t that a bit ridiculous… yet, both shades of Neoliberal filth (“conservative” and Liberal) broadcast lies about the USSR and about socialism. In fact, the Soviet people wanted peace… they had a disastrous war on their land and they didn’t want another. However, the Western corporate nabobs wanted MORE… so, the USSR had to defend itself against Western aggression and lies. They had to put much of their economic potential into defence to ward off Anglo threats. This is what Soviet people wanted… a peaceful life for their kids… a dignified retirement for their oldsters… a fair deal for everybody. Did they get that? Not completely… but the Anglos never tell you that the Affluent Effluent and the One Percent took more than their share of the West’s national wealth… so, things weren’t as rosy here as some claimed. However, it wasn’t as bad as the Neoliberal Hell ushered in by Reagan and cemented by the Clintons.

THIS is the true face of the USSR… aren’t you ashamed of having fallen for crapitalist lies about it (I am… I’m honest enough to admit it, too)…

BMD

23 April 2016. From the Russian Web… Hondling in Progress

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To “hondle” means to trade, to dicker, or to deal in Street Yiddish; it comes from the German “Handel”, to trade. I researched this image; I found it all over the web from all over the world. Yes, I took the caption from the RuNet… then, I transposed it into “Yinglish” from the Old School Lower East Side or Flatbush for comic effect (you don’t have to be a lantsman to sling the sprache). There’s some serious hondling going on here…

BMD

23 April 2016. Today is Lazaritsa… Lazarus Day

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Girls doing a traditional dance for Lazaritsa in Bulgaria

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Today is Lazarus Day (Лазаровден); also known as Lazaritsa (Лазарица). Lazarus Day occurs eight days before Easter. Due to the fact that Easter is determined by a lunar calendar, not the solar calendar, Lazarus Day falls on a different date every year, but always on Saturday. On this day, there are set customs. Young women pick flowers for bouquets that they’ll bring to the church for blessing on Palm Sunday (the day after Lazarus Day). The girls dress in traditional folklore costumes and go about the houses of the village singing special songs (Lazarki) asking for health, prosperity, happiness, a good harvest, and blessings upon all concerned. However, in houses where unmarried young people live, the girls sing special songs about love. The householders give them money, eggs, fruit, and small gifts. In past times, suitors proposed to their girlfriends on Lazarus Day.

BMD

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