Voices from Russia

Friday, 13 July 2012

13 July 2012. You’ve Heard Me Talk of “The Jug”… Here It Is and Here’s What’s It In It…



When I say, “Pass the jug”, I mean it, and it better have the good stuff in it…



Thursday, 12 July 2012

12 July 2012. What’s the MOST Popular Whiskey on the Territory of the Former USSR? It’s BUSHMILLS… Made by Your Friendly Neighbourhood Orangemen…




Bushmills is THE whiskey of choice amongst discriminating drinkers in the old Soviet Union. It IS the oldest distillery in the world (dating from 1608)… and its the product of proud Orangemen. After all, would Russians steer you wrong when it comes to drink? Raise a glass and cheer!

By the way… Bushmills was my Nicky’s father’s favourite tipple…


Thursday, 1 March 2012

1 March 2012. “Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy”… I Think NOT… A Priest Sues Another Priest DURING THE PENITENTIAL SEASON OF THE GREAT LENT… What’s WRONG with that Picture?


I sent this to a friend:

However, this is DIRT-DUMB. I’ve never seen the like. The OCA can’t afford another scandal. As a friend of mine wrote to me, “What’s going to be the Lenten scandal this year?” Well, it’s a priest suing another priest. I’ve truly NEVER seen the like. I’ve seen priests sue believers… I’ve seen believers sue priests… I’ve seen priests have public spats… I’ve seen bishops and priests have public disagreements. I’ve NEVER seen a priest sue another priest. It’s the “Thin Black Line”… it’s just “not done”. That’s what’s going to do the OCA in. To do this at the beginning of Lent… ain’t it grand?

You asked me, “What’s going to be the Lenten scandal this year?” Here it is. How much more will it take before someone takes out the humane killer to put this unthrifty beast down? A priest suing another priest… where will it end if we don’t stop this individual? If this isn’t just cause for the Centre to rip up the Tomos, I don’t know what is… after all, Ray was part of the central apparat, a respected member of the ruling circle at Syosset/SVS. The world’s never boring, but must it be SO “interesting?” Cross yourself and pass the Bushmills. The best is yet to come…

For a priest to sue another priest at the beginning of the Great Lent is “unconscionable”, as an unnamed well-connected cleric said to a friend of mine. This illustrates that Paffhausen’s an incompetent and bumbling fool, in sorry need of replacement. You can’t wait for the end of Lent. To be frank, this intra-clerical scandal’s already desecrated and blasphemed this penitential season. A priest suing another priest… you DO see the oddest things in life, but this? Again, I’ve NEVER seen or heard of a priest suing another priest. Of top of that, the summons went out during the FIRST WEEK OF THE GREAT LENT… the holiest part of the season, save for Holy Week. See how they love one another… please, excuse me, I HAVE to hurl…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 1 March 2012

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

11 January 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World: The Holidays Are Over! Come Alive, Folks!

The Holidays are Over! Come Alive, Folks!

Sergei Yolkin



“The morning of 10 January”… in Russia, there’s a long holiday from 1 January to 10 January, from New Year‘s to three days after Russian Christmas. As “liquid refreshment” is a VERY popular component of holiday merrymaking in Russia, society’s only dealing with reality. Would you want to deal with a bunch of hungover employees right after New Year’s and Christmas… I think not!


Chinese Chi Kung will help you get rid of those post-holiday blues and blahs. The exercises have been practised in the Celestial Empire for several thousand years; they reputedly improve health and ramp up energy.

10 January 2012

Sergei Yolkin



Editor’s Note:

As for me, I’m of the “take a shot of Bushmills and see what the morning brings” school. If worst comes to worst (a raging Excedrin Headache #1313 and a mouth that tastes like Secretariat just took a dump in it), there’s always the old reliable Russian cure-all, pickles and rossol (pickle juice). Hey, it works for us, and no one disputes our title as World Champion Hearty Partiers. If all else fails, try a “hair of the dog that bit you”… as Johnny Cash sang, “The beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert”… were you expecting otherwise from me?


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