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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

1 March 2016. Church Publishes List of Those Killed in Vorkuta Mine Explosion So That Believers Will Pray for Them

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The Church has published a list of the dead in the Vorkuta mine explosion so that clergy and believers can pray for them. Maybe, can your parish serve Pannikhida for them this Sunday after Liturgy? Priests, can you mention these men at Proskomidi? We’re Christians… that’s what we should do!




Aleksandr Veniaminovich Adamov (1967)

Grigori Viktorovich Bekhter (1973)

Nikolai Vyacheslavovich Vangaev (1989)

Vladimir Alekseyevich Vasin (1981)

Valery Pavlovich Goroshko (1971)

Sergei Vasilyevich Grishin (1962)

Sergei Vladimirovich Ilyn (1963) 

Aleksandr Nikolaevich Kilyazov (1957)

Valery Viktorovich Larionov (1970)

Yuri Nikolaevich Malakhov (1970)

Konstantin Vladimirovich Momot (1974)

Vyacheslav Petrovich Mygyt (1977)

Vitaly Sergeyevich Nizhelsky (1987)

 Igor Germanovich Povyshyov (1966)

 Andrei Vladimirovich Poduvaltsyov (1969)

Andrei Sergeyevich Poznyakov (1991)

Vasili Yevgenevich Polzunov (1969)

Pavel Viktorovich Popov (1989)

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Skvirsky (1988)

Vladimir Vasilyevich Sumry (1978)

Tila Roman Rimutisa (1982)

Vyacheslav Nikolaevich Tryasukho (1967)

Vladimir Anatolyevich Fedorov (1978)

Vladislav Vasilyevich Furmanov (1974) 

Pyotr Petrovich Chelnikov (1976)

Sergei Nikolaevich Shishkin (1984)

 Sergei Vasilyevich Shcherbinin (1965)

Bogdan Aleksandrovich Goncharenko (1988)

Vitaly Vasilyevich Lavrov (1974)

Vitaly Nikolaevich Yakovenko (1971)

Maksim Vladimirovich Khokhonov (1985)

MChS First Responders:

Pavel Igorevich Shakirov (1971)

Aleksandr Alekseyevich Belokobylsky (1961)

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Petrov (1972)

Sergei Grigoryevich Smychenko (1972)

Yevgeni Igorevich Tsurkov (1977)


Bow before the profound mystery of death… they all had faces, they all had names, they all had someone to weep for them. Forget them not…

One last thing… the Russian government cancelled the debts of the miners’ families… something that no neoliberal (Republican/Chilly Hilly) pig would do. Do note that the neoliberals bid us to hate Russia… I wonder if part of it is that Americans would want their leadership to be as compassionate as the Russian leadership can be. V V Putin personally led the effort to help the families after the Raspadskaya Mine explosion in the Kuzbass some years back. One can see his hand in this as well. One can see where the REAL Christians are (and they’re not at Wheaton or Liberty U, trust me)…



1 March 2016. Translated Russian Demot… Honour Those Who Gave Their Lives

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There was a mine explosion in Vorkuta, in the Russian Far North… as a matter of course, MChS first responders were on the scene. In this case, some of the “brothers” gave their lives for the sake of others. Whenever a first responder goes on a call, they never know if they’re coming back… literally. These people put their lives on the line for those that they don’t even know. In 2010, Colonel Yevgeni Nikolaevich Chernyshov, the head of the Moscow Fire Brigade, went out on call with his men… he didn’t need to, but he did… it was his Last Call. Patriarch Kirill himself served Pannikhida and Colonel Chernyshov received a formal state funeral, as was fitting. I wrote the following then, and it still rings true today:

There’s nothing to say, and Yevgeni Nikolaevich wouldn’t have wished a fulsome eulogy. He did his duty to the utmost and to the end. May we all do as well and end as well. There are people who embody heroism and self-sacrifice; you need only look hard enough. The grinning bastards haven’t taken over yet…

Vechnaya pamyat, rab bozhii Yevgeni… the world is poorer for your passing.

I stand by that. Honour those who truly stand up and show character… as for the grinning pundits, jumped-up fraud “clergy”, the piggish Affluent Effluent, self-appointed experts, and internet gurus… the less said the better. Here are our heroes (left to right in the image):

A A Belokobylsky

S G Smychenko

V A Petrov

P I Shakirov

Ye I Tsurkov

The world is a better place for people like this. If we were to lack such, our civilisation would fall, as there’d be no worthy ones amongst us. Do ponder that…


Friday, 28 August 2015

Donetsk Noted 80th Anniversary of Stakhanovite Movement

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Donetsk noted the 80th anniversary of the Stakhanovite movement with a retrospective exhibition entitled, A Great Beginning for the Donbass. The exhibition, which includes about 60 paintings, sculptures, and commemorative medals, opened today at the all-Republic Art Museum. DNR Minister of Culture Aleksandr Paretsky attended the gala event, along with figures from industry, politics, and celebrities, alongside ordinary people. Paretsky observed, “These canvases evoke images of Alexei Stakhanov and his colleagues… railwayman Pyotr Krivonos, steelworker Makar Mazaya, traktorist* Praskovya Angelina. Their names are a legitimate source of pride; they help our young republic today to return to working people their deserved honour and glory. Despite wartime conditions, we’re getting ready to celebrate one of the most favourite holidays in the Donbas… Miner’s Day… we should be sure to remember one of the most famous miners who ever lived… Aleksei Stakhanov”.

  • Traktorist: “tractor-driver”, actually a rural jack-of-all-trades, driver, mechanic, harvest apparatus operator, general “fix-it man”

The exhibition presents the work of 35 artists, most of them being local Donetsk homies. The list includes Pyotr Vasyukov, Polina Shakalo, Ivan Lisov, and others. Vladimir Sarbash, technical director of the Donetsk Coal Energy Company, who was at the exhibition, said, “It excited and thrilled me to see these canvases at the museum. We learned about some of these folks in books; we worked with some of these people. They were real heroes of labour, the bedrock of the working class of the Donbass”. The exhibition will be on display and run until the end of October, being completely open to the public.

The Stakhanovite mass movement followed the example of Soviet Donbass coalminer Aleksei Stakhanov, who worked at the Central-Irmino Mine. Stakhanov mined 102 tonnes of coal during the night shift of 30-31 August 1935, when the norm for a shift was 7 tonnes. Subsequently, on 19 September, he set a new record by bringing 227 tonnes of black gold to the surface. The all-Union Communist Party encouraged and promoted the Stakhanovite movement, as a new form of socialist competition and as a way of increasing labour productivity.

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DAN Donetsk News Agency


Thursday, 16 July 2015

16 July 2015. Translated Russian Demot… You Don’t Have Air Conditioning in Your Office?

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