Voices from Russia

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!

BMD

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Miners:

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)

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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)…

BMD

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…

BMD

Thursday, 29 October 2015

LNR First Responders Received Equipment from the RF to Test Special Rescue Gear

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LNR Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations and Disaster Relief Vitaly Dubrovsky announced that a Podolsk factory shipped special fire-technical equipment to the LNR MChS needed to test special rescue equipment:

We had a sticky situation… about 25 percent of our oxygen tanks were unusable. We contacted the Synkovsky PTS enterprise, which makes special fire-technical equipment, and received a favourable response. They shipped us Tsiklon -450 equipment to test pressure vessels, at no cost to us and to or specifications. We lost our own equipment for testing oxygen-breathing apparatus during the war. With the Tsiklon -450, we have the capability to test the integrity of pressure cylinders (from 1 to 150 litres) used in mountain rescue, fire rescue, diving rescue, and emergency services. The cylinder has to be in good order, that is, the person who puts it on has to be sure that it wouldn’t blow up. Therefore, we test it at-half reserve pressure; we hold it for a while in this state. In addition, this gear inspects for hairline cracks and does cylinder cleaning. At the same time that the plant produced this special equipment, four of our people received training in servicing this gear and received certification. Along with this new equipment, we received 100 emergency breathing apparatus masks, bunker suits, helmets, axes, and rescue belts as humanitarian aid.

PTS is the leading Russian manufacturer and supplier of compressed-air breathing apparatus, self-contained compressed oxygen breathing apparatus, special protective clothing, high-pressure compressors, metal composite and steel compressed-air cylinders, as well as other rescue and fire-technical equipment.

28 October 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre

http://lug-info.com/news/one/spasateli-lnr-poluchili-ot-podmoskovnogo-zavoda-oborudovanie-dlya-ispytaniya-spetssnaryazheniya-foto-7922

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Ukrainian Church in Woonsocket RI Will Honour Firemen Who Battled November Fire

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There was a typo in the last line… “St Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church” was mistakenly inserted. I corrected it. The people doing the poster were rushed… shit happens. It’s put to rights, now…

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St Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket RI is still recovering from the November fire that heavily-damaged its ornate 70-year-old granite and wood church building at 74 Harris Avenue. Nevertheless, coping with the near loss of their church won’t keep St Michael’s parishioners from offering a special tribute to the firefighters who kept total disaster at bay back on 21 November 2012. Fr Anthony Perkins, pastor at St Michael, said, “At the end of the Liturgy on Sunday, we’ve invited them to come. We’re going to present them with an icon of St Michael, who’s not only our patron saint, but he’s also the patron saint of firefighters”. The parish had the icon specially-made; it’s giving it to the firefighters in the hope that they’ll remain safe in their dangerous work to help others. Fr Anthony said, “We pray for them at every service”.

The parish hasn’t been able to hold services in their Ukrainian-style church (highlighted by two stone towers topped by gold-leaf ornamental domes) since the accidental fire broke out inside the structure. Instead, parishioners gather for liturgy in their church hall across the parking lot. For now, they’ve installed an iconostas… a separating wall between the altar and the congregation… borrowed from another church. Speaking of the temporary modification, Fr Anthony said, “Now, it’s recognisable as a worship space”.

The parish is still working out the details of the repair of the damaged church with its insurance company and Fr Anthony said that he expects repair work would start in the near future. He added that the fire damage could’ve been much worse if city firefighters weren’t as successful at saving the significant city landmark as they were, saying, “It was pretty close to being destroyed, really close, because the fire had gotten up into the rafters. Once that happens, it usually becomes a total loss”. However, the firefighters and their scene commanders kept in constant contact with parishioners as they battled the blaze, and they were able to work out a strategy that saved the church. Fr Anthony noted, “We told them where they could poke a hole into the rafters through the choir loft and they were able to go through that to put it out”.

The firefighters also went into the sanctuary of the church to rescue important parish religious artefacts that would’ve been otherwise lost to the fire. Fr Anthony stated, “After they put the fire out, they were like a moving company and got everything out of there. We weren’t able to salvage everything, but the important things were. We had religious relics in the church and they were able to get them out. They were tremendous. They kept talking to us and telling us what was going on. They were able to stop it. It’s going to need a new roof, but we didn’t have to tear down the walls”.

In the aftermath of the fire, the parishioners held services outside the church right away, but didn’t get a full understanding of the damage occurring in the fire until recently. After visiting the church to see the damage himself, Metropolitan Antony Scharba, the First Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, told Fr Anthony that he should take his congregation inside the fire damaged church. Fr Anthony told us, “He said, ‘You have to bring the people to see this’. So, the parish held a prayer service inside their church about a month ago, and it was a powerful experience for the congregation”. The parishioners of St Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church continue to work toward the day they’ll once again hold services inside their church and Fr Anthony said that the ceremony honouring city firefighters would be another step along that road.

In an effort to help repair the church, a benefit concert will occur on Sunday, 19 May, at the Blackstone River Theatre (click here for directions) on 549 Broad Street in Cumberland RI at 19.00 EDT. The concert will feature Ukrainian musician Julian Kytasty (click here for a vid). Admission is 20 USD (630 Roubles. 15.60 Euros. 13.20 UK Pounds) for adults, 15 USD (423 Roubles. 11.70 Euros. 9.90 UK Pounds) for seniors and 10 USD (315 Roubles. 7.80 Euros. 6.60 UK Pounds) for children under 12. For more information, call (401) 725-9272.

18 May 2013

Joseph Nadeau

The Call (Woonsocket RI) 

http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/8284

Editor’s Note:

These guys ain’t fly-by-night Johnnie-come-Lately newbies… they’re the real deal; hey, send ‘em a fin or two, if you can. They’re on the up-and-square. This is a typical Orthodox parish founded by hard-working immigrants, sustained by their faithful kids. It’s what Orthodoxy in the American diaspora is all about… give ‘em a hand… they need it.

BMD

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