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Saturday, 11 May 2013

11 May 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons: 5 to 10 May 2013

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Events of the Week in Cartoons: 5 to 10 May 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Vladislav Surkov claims that he’s “resigning” as Deputy Prime Minister… VVP‘s spokesman Dmitri Peskov says that Surkov was booted because he failed to carry out VVP’s orders. I believe Peskov, not Surkov… after all, Surkov is a stinking “biznesman” (VERY pejorative in Russian) who worked for Khodorkovsky and was part of Yeltsin‘s wrecking crew in the ’90s. Good riddance to bad rubbish (this means that VVP’s cleaning house of all “liberal” pro-Western trash). Sir Alex Ferguson is known all over the world… except for the navel-gazing and clueless USA. He’s managed Man United since 1986… he’s one of the most-recognisable figures in the footie world. His obscurity in the USA is proof that America‘s cut off from the mainstream of world events and that Americans are self-absorbed and brattish dweebs. Gilles Jacob has been associated with the Cannes Film Festival and is a prominent French intellectual, but he’s unknown in the Anglosphere. Just shows to go ya that the WASPs are isolationist and chowderheaded duds… but they’ve got money, that’s what important to them, for they’re nothing but ignorant moneygrubbing buccaneers.

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Sergei Yolkin summed up the opening events of the week… Surkov’s “resignation”, Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, yes, even Gilles Jacob plans to quit as the head of the Cannes Film Festival.

8 May 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130508/936519956.html

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Sunday, 6 June 2010

Patriarch Kirill Says that He Would Have Been Happy as a Gardener because it Helps to Beautify the World

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias (1946- ) greeting believers at Sandarmokh in Karelia, a burial site of the victims of the Stalinist repressions.

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias noted that gardening’s a noble occupation, and he would’ve been happy to follow that line of work. On Thursday, at a meeting in the musical theatre in Petrozavodsk, he said, “I have a bent for, and I think that I would’ve liked working at gardening. I truly like to plant flowers and to keep lawns neat and trim. I’m always pained by ugliness when I see it on the streets”. In his view, when someone works at gardening, they “directly cooperate with God in the perfection of God’s creation”. In addition, he spoke very highly of the work done by foresters, since they have an opportunity, “especially in places such as Karelia, to ensure that loggers not only cut down trees in the forest, but plant more to replace them, so that we don’t destroy our natural resources, but keep them replenished”. The patriarch called on everyone, especially young people choosing a profession, to reflect on the fact that one’s work “allows one to reach an understanding of the divine purpose of life”. In his opinion, the desire to earn money through work may be appropriate and pleasing to God, if a person wants to share their wealth with the poor and disadvantaged, but he said, “However, the desire for wealth won’t lead to anything good, if a man says, ‘I just want to live well… look how beautiful it is at the Cannes Film Festival… why, there’s one of our Russian businessman walking with a little black photo model!’ This ‘man of affairs’, what shall he do? Is he going to implement God’s purpose? He destroys his own soul, his money burns him up”. He observed that he never saw a happy man with personal goals based on permissiveness and perversion.

4 June 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=35874

Editor’s Note:

It’s Slappy the Squirrel with a gift for the Interfax translator. Hey, that looks like a bomb! … BOOM! … It WAS a bomb (maniacal laughter from Slappy). “NOW, THAT’S COMEDY!” Appropriate, no?

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Here she comes… not Miss America… hey, it’s Ellen Szczwazynski from Pittsburgh (from the East Carnegie nabe, to be exact (her old man runs Swazy’s Tap))… better known as Elly Swaz. What is she carrying? Is it the prize for the Pierogie Race at the Bucs game? NO! It’s the… BIG GREEN WEENIE!

My version runs 307 words… Interfax gives you only 161, cutting out nearly half of what His Holiness said. They cut out:

In his opinion, the desire to earn money through work may be appropriate and pleasing to God, if a person wants to share their wealth with the poor and disadvantaged, but he said, “However, the desire for wealth won’t lead to anything good, if a man says, ‘I just want to live well… look how beautiful it is at the Cannes Film Festival… why, there’s one of our Russian businessman walking with a little black photo model!’ This ‘man of affairs’, what shall he do? Is he going to implement God’s purpose? He destroys his own soul, his money burns him up”.

Rather hefty and meaty, no? In fact, it’s the main point that His Holiness wanted to make! This is why the Anglophone konvertsy are so ignorant… they depend on English sources that are either incomplete or suspect (in the case of SVS and the Boy Wonder, especially).

Here’s a URL for the botched Interfax translation:

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7337

I’ll tell ya… the Interfax translator has a racket… they leave out half the material and do it badly… it must be somebody’s doofus brother-in-law or retarded cousin. Homer Simpson lives… and he translates for Interfax! Now, that’s a scary thought, isn’t it? Cheers to all of you.

BMD

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

28 May 2008. A Shot of Culture, if you please…

Russian Director Wins “Prix Un Certain Regard” Award in Cannes

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The film Tulip by Russian director Sergei Dvortsev won the Prix Un Certain Regard award, the second most-significant prize of the Cannes film festival. The closing ceremony of the festival will be on Sunday. The film Tulpan, according to critics, is a bright example of the combination of documentary and feature films. It is a story of a young Kazakh who returned from military service to his native steppe and dreams of marrying to get a flock of sheep to become a real shepherd. The film was also awarded the youth prize. Moreover, a film by fellow-Russian Valeria Gai Germanika, All will die, But I will Remain, which was presented in a parallel programme, won the second prize for youth.

25 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27488&cid=51&p=25.05.2008

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Valeria Gai Germanika of Russia Awarded a Special Prize in Cannes

Valeria Gai Germanika (1984-  ), contemporary Russian film-maker

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Valeria Gai Germanika of Russia was awarded a special prize of the panel of judges of the Golden Film Camera competition in the framework of the 61st Cannes Film Festival for her movie All Will Die, But I Will Remain. The main prize went to the British director Steve McQueen for his movie Hunger. The top prize of the 61st Cannes Festival, which drew to a close on Sunday, the Palme d’Or, went to a movie by a French Director. The movie is The Class and it was shot by Laurent Cantet. It’s the first time since 1987 that a French film has won the Palme d’Or.

26 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27496&cid=51&p=26.05.2008

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Tallinn Played Host to a Concert by the Voice of Russia’s Pokrov Chamber Choir

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On Sunday, Tallinn played host to a concert by the Voice of Russia’s Pokrov Chamber Choir to commemorate Aleksei Lvov, the composer of the first Russian national anthem, Bozhe Tsaryu Khranit (God, Save the Tsar). The concert formed part of the 15th Credo International Festival of Orthodox Sacred Music, which is an annual occurrence in Tallinn and other Estonian cities. 175 years ago, Tsar Nicholas I approved by an Imperial Rescript Maestro Lvov’s composition set to lyrics by Vassily Zhukovsky as the national anthem of the Russian Empire. The anthem was used until the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Aleksei Lvov was born in the city of Revel, which is currently known as Tallinn, in 1798. He spent the best years of his life at the Imperial Court in St Petersburg. He died at an estate near Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1870.

26 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27497&cid=51&p=26.05.2008

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Zerkalo International Film Festival Gets Underway in Ivanovo

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-86), famous Russian film director

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Later today, the Zerkalo (Mirror) International Film Festival to commemorate the prominent Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky is due to kick off in the city of Ivanovo, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) northeast of Moscow. More than 400 prominent Russian and foreign film actors, directors, and film critics are slated to attend. The first item on the festival programme is the screening of the restored full version of Tarkovsky’s movie Andrei Rublyov. The festival is named after Andrei Tarkovsky’s largely autobiographical film Zerkalo. The first festival was held last year, when Mr Tarkovsky would have turned 75. It was then that the decision was taken to hold the film forum every year. 130 films from various countries have been submitted for screening during this year’s festival.

26 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27509&cid=51&p=26.05.2008

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Rakhmaninov International Competition to Open in Moscow

Sergei Rakhmaninov (1873-1943), famed Russian composer, conductor, and pianist

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35 pianists from 13 countries will take part in the First Sergei Rakhmaninov International Competition, which is opening tonight at Moscow’s imposing Dom Muzyka (House of Music) complex. Musicians from Armenia, Belarus, Germany, China, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Poland, the United States, Russia, and other countries will vie for the competition’s top 10,000 dollar (236,160 roubles. 6,390 euros. 5,050 UK pounds) prize.

27 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27533&cid=51&p=27.05.2008

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New Exposition at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow

A Portrait of Grand Princess Olga Aleksandrovna

Valentin Serov

1893

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The best Russian watercolours of the 17th through the 20th centuries are on display at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The exposition features works by Valentin Serov, Aleksandr Benois, Karl Bryullov, Aleksandr Ivanov, Vasili Surikov, Mikhail Vrubel, and other less-known painters.

27 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27558&cid=51&p=27.05.2008

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Lithuanian Cultural Festival Opens in Novgorod Oblast

St Christopher Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius, founded 1994

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The Lithuanian Cultural Festival has opened in Novgorod oblast. It is a long-term cultural programme that presents the arts and culture of the Baltic state in various regions throughout Russia. Paintings by painters from Vilnius are on display, the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra shall stage concerts, and Lithuanian documentary films are to be screened in Veliki Novgorod. Lithuanian books translated into Russian will be displayed at the Novgorod Kremlin.

27 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27588&cid=51&p=27.05.2008

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International Fine Arts Salon Opens in Moscow

The International Fine Arts Salon opened in the Manezh exhibition hall in the centre of Moscow. Over 80 galleries from many countries, including the USA, Britain, France, Hungary, Japan, and German are participants in the show. The display includes masterpieces of world art from the 16th century to the present day. However, an accent has been put on contemporary art. The display includes paintings, furniture, sculpture, icons, chinaware, and jewellery. Among the paintings are works by Russian painters such as Vasili Kandinsky, Ivan Shishkin, Konstantin Korovin, Marc Chagall, and Ivan Aivazovsky.

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A Portrait of a Woman

Konstantin Korovin

1912

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27 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27589&cid=51&p=27.05.2008

Voice of Russia World Service

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Second International Summer School for Young Theatre Artists in Russia

Oleg Tabakov (1935- ), honoured Russian actor and theatre producer

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The second International Summer School for Young Theatre Artists, organised by the Theatre Union of Russia, will take place at the Zvenigorod Art Centre in the Moscow outskirts, Aleksandr Kalyagin, the Theatre Union Chairman, said at a news conference on Tuesday. The school, an ambitious educational project, is sponsored by the Theatre Union, the Foreign and Culture ministries, and the Moscow regional culture board. This year, the school will attract 120 actors from 29 countries, including from former Soviet republics. Six productions of various genres will be staged at the school, which also offers elocution, movement, fencing, acrobatics, acting technique, and other classes by leading professors from Moscow and St Petersburg drama schools. “The Russian school of acting is known throughout the world, and we have every reason to be proud of it. Our excellent performers have inherited its glorious traditions, and I am glad that many of them agreed to give master classes at our school”, Mr Kalyagin said. Master classes will be led by foremost stage directors and performers, in particular, Pyotr Fomenko, Alexander Shirvindt, Oleg Tabakov, Leonid Kheifets, and Aleksandr Kalyagin. “Russia has never seen a stage educational project of such a large scale as this. It matters tremendously, because nothing can substitute schooling, it takes more stage practice than library reading to see what acting is about. The fundamentals of acting are passed from professor to student”, Mr Kalyagin said. “I am sure the school will be of great professional help to all its students. I hope it will become an annual event and so it can start restoring the broken links between generations, without which the theatre will not make any progress”, he added.

21 May 2008

Natalia Kurova

http://en.rian.ru/culture/20080521/107974562.html

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Christie’s to Hold Unprecedented Sale of Orthodox Icons in London

Over 230 Orthodox icons and artefacts due to go under the hammer on 9 June are expected to fetch around 5 million pounds (233.905 million roubles. 6.326 million euros. 9.905 USD), a representative from Christie’s of London said on Thursday. The auction, Icons and Artefacts from the Orthodox World will feature over 230 lots of church and religious artefacts, including Greek and Russian icons, dated between the 15th to the 20th centuries. “This is the most valuable icon sale ever organised in the international market, and is expected to fetch in the region of five million pounds”, Christie’s said on its website. A 19th century Gospel Book, bearing the initials of Grand Duke Aleksandr Romanov, the son-in-law of Tsar Alexander III, is expected to fetch 70,000 to 90,000 USD (1.653 million to 2.125 million roubles. 44,709 to 57, 483 euros. 35,336 to 45,432 UK pounds). A large number of rare Russian narrative icons, depicting a Biblical story or the life of a saint through a sequence of episodes, are due to be sold in the auction. A late 15th century icon, The Infancy of Christ, is thought to be the most valuable in this category, with a guide price around 160,000 to 240,000 USD (3.778 to 5.667 million roubles. 102,192 to 153,288 euros. 80,768 to 121,152 UK pounds). The 17th century The Adoration of the Mother of God commissioned by Maksim Stroganov, the family that was responsible for establishing the Stroganov School of icon-painting in northern Russia in the 16th century, is expected to fetch 80,000 to 120,000 USD (1.889 to 2.833 million roubles. 51,096 to 76,644 euros. 40,384 to 60,576 UK pounds). The icon can be directly linked to the family of rich Russian merchants and industrialists and was traditionally used during wedding ceremonies. The auction will also feature 19th century Russian icons, including a large selection in gold and silver okladi (icon-covers), including a rare pair of wedding icons, valued at 80,000 to 120,000 USD (exchange rates as per preceding note), painted by Pavel Ovchinnikov, the main competitor of the Russian Silver Age jeweller, Peter Carl Fabergé.

22 May 2008

http://en.rian.ru/culture/20080522/108121194.html

RIA-Novosti

Thursday, 22 May 2008

22 May 2008. A Shot of Culture, if you please…

Days of Moscow Open in Sofia

National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria

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The Days of Moscow are opening in Sofia today. As part of the Year of Russia in Bulgaria project, the event features a series of public, political, and cultural meetings. Businessmen from the two countries will gather at the House of Moscow in Sofia to discuss the development of small and medium-scale business. Tonight, the National Palace of Culture hosts the official opening ceremony of the Days of Moscow in Sofia. A presentation of Moscow’s tourist attractions is due to take place during the festival. A group of experts will also discuss healthcare issues and the production of medicines.

22 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27355&cid=51&p=22.05.2008

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Aleksandr Zarkhis Production of Anna Karenina Presented at Cannes Film Festival

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Anna Karenina, a film produced in 1967 by prominent Russian director Aleksandr Zarkhi (1908-97), will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival today. Forty years ago, Cannes waited to see this film with Tatiana Samoilova as Anna, but due to the premature closure of the festival amidst students protests in France the audience didn’t see it. Now, the time’s come to restore its due.

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27367&cid=51&p=22.05.2008

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Tver hosts Day of Slavic Language and Culture Celebrations

St Mikhail of Tver

Unknown Artist

16th century

Russian

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The old Russian city of Tver started celebrations for the Day of Slavic Written Language and Culture, officially marked on 24 May. This is the only holiday in Russia having both a religious and secular meaning. On this day, Russia pays tribute to Saints Cyril and Methodius, who devised the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe the Old Church Slavonic language. The international conference “The Slavic World: A Community of Interests and Diversity” begins its sessions today. Delegates from 8 countries will take part in the forum. Patriarch Aleksei II of Moscow and all Russia sent the participants his greetings and blessings.

22 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27369&cid=51&p=22.05.2008

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Bonham’s Auction House from Britain Opened its First Display in Moscow

A Self-Portrait with Water-lilies

Natalia Goncharova

1907

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Bonham’s auction house from Britain, one of the world’s three leading auctioneers of fine arts and ancient treasures, opened its first display in Moscow ahead of an auction. The visitors of the display unanimously believe that a painting by Natalya Goncharova (1881-1962), Sailing-Ship, will receive the top-bid. The cost of the painting has been estimated at 1.5 million UK pounds (70.146 million roubles. 1.887 million euros. 2.971 million US dollars). Experts praised works displayed by Aleksei Kharlamov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Vladimir Makovsky, and Lidya Masterskaya. Over 200 lots will be presented at the Russian arts auction by Bonham’s in London on 9 June.

22 May 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=27385&cid=51&p=22.05.2008

Voice of Russia World Service

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