Voices from Russia

Saturday, 5 November 2016

5 November 2016. GREETINGS FROM THE EVIL EMPIRE! Kids WILL Be Kids… And Parents… Parents



I saw this on a friend’s wall on vK. I did a Google Search by Image, and it seems that this little one is viral all over the RuNet. Those of us from colder climes do remember how our parents wrapped us up during the winter…

The text is a translation of what my friend posted on her wall along with the image.



Sunday, 4 January 2015

Muscovites Answer Western Sanctions with Patriotic T-Shirts

00 patriotic t-shirts. russia 01. 04.01.15

“Sanctions? That Doesn’t Amuse My Iskanders!” “Sanctions Don’t Scare Our Topols!”


00 patriotic t-shirts. russia 02. 04.01.15

“We’ll have fun even without your Coca-Cola!”


00 patriotic t-shirts. russia 03. 04.01.15


00 patriotic t-shirts. russia 04. 04.01.15


Now, Russians can demonstrate their resentment of Western sanctions by simply wearing patriotic designer futbolki (T-shirts). On Tuesday, a campaign to swap foreign language futbolki for ones with patriotic prints free of charge kicked off in Moscow’s central Pushkin Square. In front of the Pushkin monument, the futbolki were on a stall with a samovar. They had funny and derisive texts mocking American sanctions… one had an image of Iskander SRBMs saying, “Sanctions? That Doesn’t Amuse My Iskanders!” Others had lines from the Russian national anthem on a background of St Basil Cathedral on Red Square. Designer Anastasia Zadorina, whose company made 30,000 patriotic futbolki, told ITAR-TASS, “All are trendy, nice, and witty. We call our action ‘Fashion Says ‘No’ to the Sanctions!’” Young people flocked around the stall, with newsmakers seen among them. Girls changed clothes in a bus parked nearby, boys did it just in the street, despite the cool autumn weather. Actress O I Kabo put on a futbolka with a giant Topol mobile ICBM reading “Sanctions Don’t Scare Our Topols”. Olga Igorevna said that she didn’t doubt Russia’s integrity, emphasising, “We’ll win because we’re big and strong. I hope that the present confrontation will soon end. Two such creative countries like Russia and the Ukraine simply must live together”. According to Ksenia Melnikova, one of the co-organisers and President of Sodeistviye (Assistance Fund), the key idea was to show the world that Russia isn’t afraid, saying, “Russia isn’t afraid of sanctions. We’re ready to give away patriotic futbolki not only in exchange for foreign ones, but just to help people demonstrate their patriotism. As for futbolki with foreign language printing, we’ll recycle them. Maybe, we’ll create some art with them. Two Russian companies sponsor this and we may start a popular fundraising campaign to promote it”. Organisers said that their bus would go around the city over the next two weeks and they plan to involve celebrities in their campaign. From Moscow, the patriotic bus will go throughout Russia, including the Crimea. On 29 September, there’ll be a special action at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, when they’ll hand out patriotic futbolki to travellers and passers-by.

23 September 2014




The USA forgets that it’s taking on a peer-power. There are three major powers in the world today… the USA, the Russian Federation, and the People’s Republic of China. None of these three can successfully invade the others. All have sufficient nuclear deterrent forces to repel any possible invasion. Besides this, Russia and China are immune to American naval supremacy, as their trade routes lie overland, not over sea routes. The USA is NOT the “sole superpower”… IT NEVER WAS. Anglo Americans are hubristical children who pout if others don’t kiss their ass constantly and tell them how great they are. If they don’t receive their “due”, they threaten violence… as one has seen in the history of the world since 1991. The USSR held the USA’s aggressiveness in check from 1946 to 1991. The last 24 years have spotlighted the vacuous and chaotic anarchistic nihilism at the heart of the Radical American Experiment. Nasty, isn’t it? “Liberty” is a notional figleaf for a philosophy that extolls the strong exploiting the weak… if you doubt that, ask American blacks, Chicanos, and Native Americans (Ask Mexicans what happened to Tejas and Northwestern Mexico… the Anglos stole them by force of arms and called them “Texas” and the “American Southwest!”)… they’ll tell you the ghastly and posturing history of the Anglo American (brutality delivered with a smarmy and insincere smile… cold relentless torture justified by “warm n’ fuzzy” “Evangelical” pabulum (Scalia says so, after all))… it’s a tragic saga with no idle words in it.

These juvenile brats have nuclear weapons… they DID use them, after all… God DO help us all…


Monday, 27 May 2013

27 May 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Jeans: From Classic to Extreme

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Jeans. From Classic to Extreme. 2013


We can rightly consider 20 May to be jeans “official birthday”. 140 years ago on that date, Jewish immigrant Loeb Levi Strauss received a US patent for the production of dark blue trousers made of canvas, designed for miners in the gold mines… which, later on, became the clothes that conquered the whole world.

Historians long traced the origin of jeans by their names in English… denim and jeans. The first one refers to the French city of Nîmes, which is famous for its durable fabrics, the second to Genoa in Italy, with its textile mills. Written sources preserve only fragmentary information, but it appears that in the middle of the 17th century Genoa shipped cheap fabric of this type to northern Europe (especially, England). The English imported this fabric from Genoa (which later became known as denim), sewed it into clothing, and sold it throughout Europe as “Jane” or “Gin”. Art historians allegedly found an image of people wearing jeans (a woman in a denim skirt and a boy in a denim jacket, which is visible through gaps in his bright clothes) in the paintings of an unknown Italian master in the middle of the 17th century, dubbing him, “The Master of Blue Jeans”.

20 May 2013



Friday, 26 April 2013

26 April 2013. Hear, Hear! Good Vox Pop on Modesty

the face of orthodoxy


I know a very dear couple who left a parish partly because they couldn’t take the draconiandress-code” emphasis. Certainly, while the (mostly-convert) congregation was modestly-dressed, by berating and chiding others, they lost any possible claim to being a house of spiritual uplift and worship of Him Who, at His moment of triumph, was dressed only in a loincloth.


This is truth. It’d be sinful to add anything to it…



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