Voices from Russia

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Armenian and Syriac Orthodox Patriarchs Ask Christians to Remember the 1915 Genocide as Centennial Nears

armenian genocide memorial


On Wednesday, the First Hierarchs of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church urged all Christians to remember and reflect on the genocide of Armenians and Syriac Christians in Turkey in 1915, where up to 2 million people died or disappeared without a trace. A joint statement by Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin Nersessian and Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim said, “We invite the entire Christian world to unite in prayer at the Armenian Genocide and the Syriac Sayfo centennial commemorative events in 2015. We call upon the civilised world to recognise and condemn the crimes committed against the Armenian and Syriac peoples as well as other Christian communities”. Since Armenians made up nearly 1.5 million of the victims, many call the 1915 massacre during World War I in Ottoman Turkey the Armenian Genocide. The attacks on Christians eliminated almost the entire Christian population in present day Turkey, leaving almost an entirely Muslim nation {not so… the expulsion of the Greek Orthodox population from Ionia in the 20s did so: editor}.

As the centennial commemoration approaches, the Armenian and Syriac leaders want the international community to recognise and condemn the atrocities committed at the time. Earlier this week, the two patriarchs met at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the spiritual centre of all Armenians, to sign a declaration affirming the shared faith of the two sister churches. In September, Assyrian International News Agency reported that a documentary film is in preparation on the 1915 genocide, scheduled to première in 2015 as part of the commemoration. Produced by the Assyrian Federation of Sweden and the Assyrian Youth Federation of Sweden, the documentary explains the circumstances and details behind the genocide to a wider audience. Directed by Aziz Said from Berlin, the film crew spent close to three weeks in southeast Turkey shooting footage for the film. The documentary also seeks to expose the denial of the genocide as maintained by the Turkish state, and highlight the effect the massacre still has on Assyrians today. The Genocide1915 website provides a comprehensive history of the conflict. It notes that 24 April is the commemoration day of the genocide as the genocide began that night in 1915, when the Turks rounded up and executed close to 250 Armenians within 72 hours, including doctors, lawyers, and politicians.

15 October 2014

Christian Post



Tuesday, 21 January 2014

21 January 2014. Now, For Something Entirely Different… It Was Epiphany in Tver

00 Epiphany in Tver. Orthodoxy's for EVERYBODY... 21.01.14


The above isn’t Photoshop… it’s an actual Epiphany (and here) icehole in Tver. The only question for me is, “Is the coloured guy an African convert or is he a lifelong Ethiopian Orthodox in Russia for university studies or military training (they be part of the Orthosphere, dontcha know!)?” If the latter, it’s proof of the ties that bind Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, despite the lack of communion (we Russians are close to our Oriental brethren, much more so than the Greeks are… we’re particularly chummy with the ArmeniansHH and Catholicos Karekin are big-time pals). Remember, Orthodoxy‘s the “Party for Everybody“.

The Orthosphere is REAL…


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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Whoppers from SVS! Read all about it!

01 Clown behind the wheel

Here’s the latest Pravda from Syosset and Yonkers… guaranteed 100 percent total BS and totally LATE. Abandon hope, all ye who believe her.


Do read this. Sound impressive, huh? Ms Belonick is a liar by omission. SVS played only a very minor role in that evening. I translated the actual Russian dispatch. It follows below.


In the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev, Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, there occurred the Tenth Annual Awards Ceremony of the International Public Foundation for Unity of Orthodox Peoples (MFEPN) “For Outstanding Work In Strengthening The Unity Of Orthodox Peoples”, this was given in recognition of promotion of Christian values in society, in the name of His Holiness Patriarch Aleksei, in 2009.


Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian of All Armenia (1951- )


The Foundation awards this prize annually to heads of states, governments, and parliaments, to Orthodox Churches, and to well-known public figures for their contribution to the enhancement of economic and political ties between states with historic ties to Eastern (sic) Christian Eastern traditions, who assert high standards of Christian morality in the life of the Orthodox community. The recipients of the MFEPN Award for 2009 are President Dmitri Medvedev, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian of All Armenia; filmmaker Emir Kusturica (Serbia); and St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Yonkers NY USA). Before the ceremony, His Holiness held a private audience with the President of Russia and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian.

Amongst the honoured guests at the ceremony were: First Lady of Russia S V Medvedeva; Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Central Federal District G S Poltavchenko; Vice-Chairman of the RF Gosduma L K Sliska; Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov; Mayor of Moscow Yu M Luzhkov; President of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry E M Primakov; Hero of the Soviet Union, Hero of Russia, Deputy of the RF Gosduma A N Chilingarov; Ambassador of Armenia to Russia A B Sambatyan; Chairman of the Union of Armenians in Russia A A Abramyan; Ms Maya Kusturica, Bishop Ezras Nersisyan of the Armenian Apostolic Church; the representative of the OCA to the MP, Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood; and clergy of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Bishops and clergy of the MP also attended the ceremony, Archbishop Ilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, chairman of the MP Department for External Church Relations; Bishop Savva Volkov of Krasnogorsk, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Moscow; Bishop Sergei Chashin of Solnechnogorsk, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Moscow; and Archpriest V A Chaplin, chairman of the MP Synodal Department for the Coordination of Church and Society.

The President of the MFEPN, Professor V A Alekseyev, addressed the opening remarks to the audience. He noted that winners of the prize in the past included His Holiness the Patriarch and heads of state, and people of lesser status in the political and societal arenas, but who were no less significant for the entire community of our common Eastern (sic) spiritual space. As noted by Professor Alekseyev, over the past ten years, 45 individuals and organisations from 22 countries worldwide were given awards. He said, “This year marks fifteen years since the establishment of the International Public Foundation for Unity of Orthodox Peoples. We’re grateful to honour the memory of His Holiness Patriarch Aleksei, with whose blessing and active participation that we created and developed our Foundation. We’re deeply grateful to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias for his decision to head our Board of Trustees. His presence not only blesses us and strengthens our Fund, but it also means that our First Hierarch cares for our Local Church and for the development of civil society, of which, the Orthodox community is an integral part”.

After his opening remarks concluded, Professor Alekseyev asked His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias, to ascend the podium in his role as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MFEPN. His Holiness addressed a welcoming speech to the laureates and guests of the ceremony.

“By their example, the importance of which one can’t overemphasise, the winners clearly demonstrated that you can and should live with dignity, dedication, and sacrifice at all times, that you can be faithful to the spiritual values and historical roots of our people, and that you can serve both those near you and those far away, to carry out your duties as Christians and human beings.

I’d particularly like to acknowledge the efforts of President D A Medvedev that aimed at strengthening the community of nations, especially those belonging to the Orthodox Christian tradition. This is extremely important in the context of building relations between the countries of the post-Soviet space, as they’re connected by a common history, common culture, and, I’m sure, a common future.

Another one of the honourees is a great friend of our Church, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin of All Armenia. I see in this a testimony to the fraternal love that characterises the relations between our churches. For many centuries, we felt ourselves to be brothers, despite the fact of our different national languages and the theological differences between our churches. We’ve long lived within the borders of one state and have affinity with each other.

If the fruits of human creativity meld together in the crucible of religious experience, culture ceases to be a purely earthly artifice, then, it’s open to coöperation with God, it elevates and ennobles man. These aspirations are typical of the art of Emir Kusturica.

For decades, St Vladimir’s Seminary was a part of the Russian theological tradition, through its origins, its prominent founders, and its tradition of theological thought. It remains a place of inter-Orthodox coöperation. Among the graduates of the seminary are 30 bishops and 700 clergy”.

Then, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Professor Alekseyev awarded the prizes to the 2009 honourees, who were President Medvedev, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin Nersessian, film director Emir Kusturica, and Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary Archpriest John Behr. By tradition, a speech from the honourees accompanies the presentation of the award.

President Medvedev said, “I’m sincerely grateful to the MFEPN for awarding me such a prestigious award. I see it as a high recognition of the role of Russia in the development of the inter-Orthodox dialogue. Over the past two decades, our state and the Orthodox Church had an exceptionally fruitful collaboration in addressing key challenges for our country. Especially, such things as the education of our youth, the safeguarding of our national traditions, the preservation of our culture, and the strengthening of societal harmony, helped to build up the unity of our country. Ultimately, this secured the national life of our state. The Church contributed to this great achievement of the Church, generally, and, His Holiness Kirill did so personally”. The President made it clear that the money from his prize would go the fund for the restoration of the Resurrection-Novy Ierusalime Stavropegial Monastery and to a number of educational institutions.

Catholicos Karekin Nersessian said, “We accept this high award as a sign of the importance that the Moscow Patriarchate attaches to the mission of the Armenian Church in the life of the Armenian people and in Christendom in general. Today, our peoples are enacting historical reforms, confidently and optimistically building a new life in hopes of a brighter future. Our rich traditions of friendship should help us to unite our efforts for the strengthening of our countries, and to care for the welfare and happiness of our peoples. We should further strengthen the mission of our churches, their interaction, because the revival of spiritual life is now more important than ever”. Catholicos Karekin announced the start of construction of a new Russian Orthodox church in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. He asked the Board of Trustees of the MFEPN to send his prize money to help fund the construction of the new Russian church in the Armenian capital.


Famed Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica (1954- )


In his remarks, Emir Kusturica spoke about the impact of Dostoyevsky on his creative work. He said, ”The works of Dostoevsky helped me find solutions to life’s problems. During my youth, when I still hadn’t formed a real concept of religion, his novel The Brothers Karamazov left a particularly strong impression on me. I began to understand Dostoyevsky better after my baptism. One of the heroes in The Brothers Karamazov, the elder Zosima, said that a star would shine from the East. Consequently, for me, matters of life and death became connected with this image of the star. The life and death of our Patriarch Pavle shone forth like this star. I see the light of this star in the reception of this award from the MFEPN”.

Giving his thanks for the award, Archpriest John Behr, the Dean of St Vladimir’s Theological Seminary, noted that it recognised the work of the seminary founded in 1938. He said, “We are particularly happy that this award is based in Russia, as our own roots go back to the spiritual traditions of the Russian Church”. He said that, thanks to tireless work of such prominent church figures as Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich, Protopresbyters A D Schmemann and I F von Meyendorff, and Archpriest G V Florovsky, St Vladimir’s Seminary graduated more than a thousand students, many of whom made significant contribution to Orthodoxy in North America and around the world.

A concert performance of the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Sveshnikov State Academic Choir, the Klassika Chamber Choir, soloists of the Moscow musical theatre, and other artists concluded the ceremony.

21 January 2010

Press office of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia


MP Official Website  



President D A Medvedev (1965- )



There’s the real deal. Let’s see… out of 17 paragraphs, only four dealt with the OCA, and only two did so in their entirety. Out of 1,540 words in the main body of the text, only 179 words dealt with the OCA. In short, Deborah Belonick and John Matusiak are LIARS and they lie with the full support and coöperation of JP, Hatfield, and Behr. I must also note that this is the only note of SVS in ANY Russian language source. All other mentions of this affair only mention President Medvedev, Catholicos Karekin Nersessian, and Emir Kusturica. That’s to say, they expect you to swallow their rubbishy nonsense… they have nothing but the most consummate contempt for you. Do recall that those two lied in Herman’s time. They lie now. Pass this link on to journalists… the MP dispatch is verbatim… translated to the best of my ability.

SVS played a VERY minor role in all of this. Ms Belonick despises you… she expects you to take her handout and say, “Thank you”. Also, note the fact that she and Matusiak are bone-idle lazy dogsbody layabouts. It took them SIX DAYS to give you a bowdlerised and castrated version. In addition, I can testify that I’ve never heard of this foundation; it’s gotten a mention in any important news dispatch from any major Russian news outlet. This Professor Alekseyev is also an unknown… he’s no Professor Aleksei Osipov or Dr Leonid Roshal, that’s for certain!

Also, note that there was a monetary prize involved. Hatfield, JP, Belonick, and Matusiak are MUM! They don’t tell you how much it is or what they gave it to! I’ll bet ya it went straight into their gaping maws… the Island and Westchester ain’t cheap, ya know. TRANSPARENCY! Where’s Mark Stokoe now? Hey, Mark, why don’t you ask your buddies about the money? You weren’t afraid to excoriate Herman when he wouldn’t fess up… what about it?

It sure isn’t boring covering THIS beat. Be good, all of you. Don’t send these lying jerks a dime. Buy yourself a beer and smile… now, THAT’S the best revenge! 


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