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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

75 Years Ago… the Counterattack at Moscow Began


5 December: The Day of the Beginning of the Counteroffensive by the Soviet Forces in the Battle of Moscow


On this day in Russia, 5 December, we mark a “Day of Military Glory of Russia”; the counterattack by Soviet troops at the Battle of Moscow began on this day. The counterattack, the second phase of the battle of Moscow, started on 5-6 December 1941, with the Kalinin Front hitting Yeltsa. The fighting immediately became bitter and furious. In the early days of the offensive, despite a lack of superiority in manpower and equipment, and despite below-zero temperatures and deep snow cover, the troops on the left-wing and right-wing of the Western Front smashed the fascist defences south of Kalinin, cut highway and rail links to Kalinin, and liberated many towns from the enemy. Simultaneously, troops of the Southwestern Front attacked northwest of Moscow. The Red Army hit the flanks of the fascist Army Group Centre grouped around Moscow, forcing the enemy to regroup and to take measures to save its troops from a débâcle.

On 8 December, Hitler signed a directive to transition to the defence all along the Soviet-German front. Army Group Centre received orders “to retain strategically important areas at any cost”. On 9 December, the Soviet troops liberated Rogachevo, Venev, and Yelets. On 11 December, they freed Stalinogorsk, on 12 December, they cleared Solnechnogorsk, on 13 December, they liberated Yefremov, on 15 December, they entered Klin, on 16 December, they took Kalinin, and 20 December, they occupied Volokolamsk. On 25 December, on a broad front, Soviet troops advanced to Oka. On 28 December, they liberated Kozelsk, on 30 December, they took Kaluga, and in early January 1942, they freed Meshchovsk and Mosalsk.

By the beginning of January 1942, the armies of the right-wing of the Western Front reached the banks of the Lama and Ruza Rivers. By that time, the troops of the Kalinin Front reached Pavlikovo and Staritsa. The troops of the Western Front, in the centre, liberated Naro-Fominsk on 26 December, they freed Maloyaroslavets on 2 January, and entered Borovsk on 4 January. There were also successful counterattacks on the left-wing of the Western Front and by the Bryansk Front (re-established on 18 December 1941, with the 3, 13 and 61 Armies; commanded by General Ya T Cherevichenko, A F Kolobyakov as head commissar, and Major General V Ya Kolpakchy as Chief of Staff). By early January 1942, the Bryansk Front, cooperating with the forces of the left-wing of the Western Front, reached Belev, Mtsensk, and Verkhovye. All this has created a serious situation for the fascist Army Group Centre; it removed the threat looming over Moscow.

The victory of the Soviet troops near Moscow and the beginning of the counteroffensive not only had great military significance, it also had political and international Importance. For the first time in World War II, someone stopped the hitherto-invincible Wehrmacht and defeated it. Today, the date of 5 December is another reason to remember the heroes of that war…

5 December 2016

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

27 November 2016. Rod Dreher Attacks Our Holy Patriarch… Shouldn’t He Find a Church More to His Liking?

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Rod Dreher is up to his usual antics again. This time, he used his soapbox at Buchanan’s Far Right rag to attack our holy Patriarch. It’s no secret that Kirill Gundyaev is LEFT of centre. Everyone knows this. Rightwing filth like Potapov and Dreher are actually swimming against the tide; they’re not in the mind of the Church at all. Our Patriarch wrote a nice letter of condolences to the Castro family and to the Cuban people. It’s quite in his style to do so… Dreher KNOWS that HH is leftist in orientation. For instance, look at the image below:




This was HH laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Aleksandrovsky Sad, on 22 June. HH ORDERS the Church to serve Pannikhida for the fallen of the Red Army and for the many civilian victims of the VOV. I’ll bet you that Dreher’s parish is rebellious, and refuses to do so. HH has blessed clerics to offer Pannikhida at the Kremlin Wall, before the niche of G K Zhukov, as Georgi Konstantinovich was a believer. HH blessed and approved clerics to offer Pannikhida for the Soviet war dead of the Spanish Civil War. All this is publicised on patriarchia.ru. It’s no secret and the Church isn’t ashamed of it, either. Other Local Churches do likewise… here is a laying to rest of the remains of two Soviet pilots in Czechia… the Local Church there sent a priest to serve Pannikhida, as is proper.


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In fact, HH does likewise… here he is in Cuba, laying a wreath at a memorial to the Cuban soldiers who died defending Angola from South African and American aggression.


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In short, Rod Dreher is out of step with the Church (but not with elements in the ROCOR who’ve long sold-out to Langley and received its dirty money). If Mr Dreher doesn’t like our holy patriarch, he should leave and go elsewhere… perhaps, to any one of the many Evangelical conventicles in his state. He’s more in tune with them than he is with us. After all, he voted for Trump the Chump, who’s LESS of a Christian than Comrade Fidel was… Comrade Fidel didn’t dump wives right and left… nor did he run whorehouses, sweat-shops, and plantations, like so many of those in Little Havana in Miami. They’re natural Republicans… they oppressed their employees and used the state to kill those who opposed them. They’re far from being “innocents”… their hands are drenched in the blood of their compatriots.


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HH with Comrade Zyuganov at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow… they’re friends and not ashamed of it either!


We have a HOLY patriarch. GOD BLESS AND KEEP HIM. 

Go to hell, Rod… you’re not of us… you never have been and never will, until you drop your arrogance and drop your rightwing fancies. I don’t see that happening. I’d love to see it happen, but I don’t think that it will. God can work miracles… we mere humans can’t…


Saturday, 26 November 2016

Mayor Sobyanin Thinks that the State Should Restore Churches Destroyed or Damaged Due to Its Actions

Ilya Glazunov. The Desecration of the Church at Easter. 1999

The Desecration of the Church at Easter

Ilya Glazunov



On Saturday, Moscow Mayor S S Sobyanin said on the documentary Тайна спасения (Taina spaseniya: The Mystery of Salvation), broadcast on TVTs on Patriarch Kirill’s birthday:

The state has to aid the Church in reconstructing what it destroyed, for the destruction took place because of its direct actions. The construction project covering 200 new churches in Moscow is local, but the work of restoring existing church buildings and reconstructing destroyed buildings is much more important. This involves dozens of church buildings, which are the adornment of Moscow, they’re its historical memory. The project for such restoration and rebuilding is quite difficult and quite expensive, but the city will help the Church to the best of its ability, to the last rouble.

19 November 2016



Ivan Melnikov: “We Should Immortalise Castro’s Memory in Russia”

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I believe that Russian-Cuban relations will remain stable, for even though Comrade Fidel has passed on, his senior and younger colleagues will continue his cause and keep it alive. Castro lived a legendary and great life. He loved our country and people, so we should immortalise Castro’s memory in Russia. It’s still hard to accept it, but the inevitable happened… nonetheless, the heart finds it difficult to acknowledge it. I express profound and sincere condolences to the Cuban people. Future generations will study Castro’s legacy and it’ll inspire them. For me personally, this is immortality in the best sense of the word. This is a huge and irreplaceable loss… Fidel’s contribution to the development of humanity, the course of history, and the socialist outlook was similar to such influential figures as Marx, Lenin, Stalin, José Martí, and Che Guevara. I repeatedly met with Castro; I always thought that he was a model and an example in politics. He was a symbol of the 20th century, a symbol of devotion to the ideas of resistance and struggle, a devotion crowned with success. Despite his many years in power, he never for a moment lost communication with his people. Despite his age, until the last days he kept both depth and sharpness in his thought.

26 November 2016

Ivan Melnikov

First Deputy Chairman of the TsK KPRF

First Vice-Chairman of the RF Gosduma


KPRF official website


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