Voices from Russia

Monday, 31 December 2012

31 December 2012. VOR Presents… Moscow Prepares for New Year Festivities

00a Moscow New Year 2013. 31.12.12

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Muscovites wrapped up their preparations ahead of the New Year celebrations. The Russian capital put the final touches to its festive look since 1 December, whilst New Year trees made their appearance in streets and public venues closer to year’s end.

28 December 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/99528939/99528962/

Sunday, 9 December 2012

9 December 2012. Christmas and New Year’s are on Their Way! Get that Letter to Dede NOW!

00 Ded Moroz. 09.12.12

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Yeah… I ripped that line from Moscow Mailbag hosted by the late great Joe Adamov of Radio Moscow… yes, I know that one e-mails Dede nowadays. So, click here for the one-and-only real 100 percent unadulterated no bullshit website of the REAL Ded Moroz in Veliki Ustyug in the Russian Federation. Have fun as the season continues!

BMD

Monday, 19 November 2012

19 November 2012. RIA-Novosti Presents… Ded Moroz and His Colleagues, Both Eastern and Western

On 18 November, the Chief Ded Moroz (Gran’pa Frost) of Russia marks his birthday. His official residence in Veliki Ustyug in Vologda Oblast will light its official Christmas tree… this ceremony begins the journeys of this New Year’s Wizard to cities in Russia and abroad. Distinguished guests are coming to greet Dede on his birthday… his colleagues, New Year’s wizards from all over the world and from all over Russia.

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Dede is inseparable from his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden).

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Sometimes, the New Year Kid accompanies Dede and Snegurochka.

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Dede is the main character of the fabulous New Year holiday, the East Slavic version of the Christmas gift-giver Santa Claus. Dede’s traditional appearance resembles that of Santa Claus, with his coat, boots, and long white beard.

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Many believe that Santa Claus’ main office is located in Finland, in Lapland.

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Originally, Santa wore a brown coat, but over time, it’s become red.

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In the run-up to Christmas, Santa Claus Parades occur in the streets of almost all the cities of the world. This is the annual Santa Claus Parade in Copenhagen in Denmark.

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Santa’s been seen in Brazil

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On the beach in Monaco

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On roller-skates in Seoul

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In a park in South Korea, visitors can meet Santa with bikini-clad “elves”.

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In 2011, in Tokyo, Santa and his reindeer-friend was seen amongst the window cleaners.

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In the Dolphinarium of Sea Paradise in Yokohama, the divers wear Santa suits.

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Postman wearing a Santa suit in France.

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Real Santa Claus fans wear their red coats and fasten on their white beards even in the summer time.

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18 November 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/photolents/20121118/907967738.html

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2 October 2012. Here’s What Keeps the Church on the Up and Square…

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Who are the necessary people in the Church? It’s not the bishops… it’s not the priests… it’s not the monks and nuns… it’s not jumped-up konvertsy frauds who cococt make-believe titles like “mother of the parish”… it’s the babas… the iaias. The Sovs killed most of the priests and bishops, but they couldn’t kill all the babas. One of the babas told an interrogator… “Go ahead, kill me. I’ve only got a few more years left, anyway”. The babas scared the Chekists! They did. The Chekists would shoot bishops, priests, monks, and nuns without hesitation… but the babas… they scared the Chekists with their defiance and dogged insistence on the truth (“What’s right is right, and that’s that”). The babas saved the Church, they really did, and if you doubt that, you’ll have to be quiet about it, for we’ll set you right in a trice.

In any case, a parish needs someone who’ll dig you in the ribs, and growl… “Show some respect! This is a church, not a barn!” If you’ve got the support of the babas, it doesn’t matter if the priest’s a prick and the bishop’s a conniver. You’re golden (that’s the way of it in the REAL Church). That’s why the OCA po-nashemu people are going to do OK… they got babas. That’s why the konvertsy are going to hell in a handbasket… they don’t have babas. Besides, who else is going make the potato pancakes, roll out the pirogi dough, and watch the kids (Dede? He’s out back in the garden diggin’ the spuds and cutting the tomatoes)? Smell them cookies baking… yep, baba’s here, and everything’s right with the world (if you keep your mind right, baba might give you a nip of something good to put in your tea)…

BMD

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