Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

11 July 2012. ROCOR Hasn’t Adjusted the “Upcoming Events” on Its Website to Reflect JP’s “Resignation”


Note this from the ROCOR official website from 13.15 EDT Wednesday 11 July 2012:

The Western American Diocese will mark the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America; His Eminence Metropolitan Ilarion of Volokolamsk, President of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department of External Church Relations; His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of ROCOR; His Eminence Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, and His Grace Bishop Benjamin of Western America (OCA).

JP’s been officially gone for three days, “unofficially” gone for five, and the ROCOR hasn’t either pulled or modified this blurb. It shows hutsky-klutsky incompetence on the part of the present webmaster, at least. One would hope that this is corrected, and pronto. Does ANYONE know what’s going on?


Monday, 2 July 2012

Tall Ship “Kruzenshtern” won’t go to London for the Olympics because of a Threat that the Westerners may Detain the Ship as Retaliation for Russia “Keeping” the So-Called Schneerson Collection


Aleksandr Saveliev, a Russian spokesman, said that the tall ship Kruzenshtern wouldn’t anchor at the port of London during the Olympic Games in 2012, as previously assumed, because of the possibility of detention of the vessel, saying, “We’ve received notification from the British authorities that there’s a chance that they could detain the ship. We’re not allowing the ship to go to the port of London, because we don’t want to risk our property, which is estimated at 120 million USD, or its crew and the cadets”. According to him, the threat of detention is associated with the litigation surrounding the so-called Schneerson Library. Earlier, reports indicated that the sailing ship Sedov, now on an around-the-world journey, wouldn’t be able to enter US ports for the same reason. It hasn’t yet received appropriate assurances from the American authorities that they wouldn’t detain it at the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross. According to Andrei Krainy, the head of the RF Fisheries Agency, “American authorities failed to give us guarantees about our ship, which has nothing to do with those events”.

In late July 2011, an American court decided to order the “return” of approximately 12,000 books and 50,000 rare documents from the so-called Schneerson Collection held in Russia to the Jewish religious organisation Chabad Lubavitch. Because of this, Russian cultural organisations, in particular, a number of major museums such as the Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin museums, and the Hermitage had to refuse to participate in exhibitions in the USA, as any art work sent to the USA could be “seized” as compensation, or detained until the Collection was “returned”. An ad hoc intergovernmental agreement could resolve the situation, but when this might happen isn’t clear. Last year, the Russian sailing ship Nadezhda didn’t make landfall in US ports because of the threat of detention in re the so-called Schneerson Collection.

2 July 2012



Editor’s Note:

Goofy legal stunts like this are grist for the anti-Semites’ mill. The Chabad never owned the collection in question… therefore, they have NO right to it whatsoever, full stop. However, this shows one how stories of Jews “owning the courts and media” stay alive. People with money chose to use that money in a harassing law suit against Russia because they believe oddbod stories about how Zaydeh was chased by “Cossacks” (not completely true… but myths, once implanted, are damnably hard to uproot). Chabad’s suit should have been thrown out on its ear… instead, because “money talks and bullshit walks”, the suit proceeded, as local pols didn’t want to upset an affluent set in their district. President Obama will set it right, but he has to wait until after he wins the election… and the Russians know this, thankfully. As for Chabad, their sinful greed is on display for all to see… and I’m NOT anti-Semitic for pointing that fact up. It does take all kinds… including the terminally-greedy. Pass me the jug…


Thursday, 17 November 2011

17 November 2011. Russian Corporation Bails Out Fort Ross State Historic Park in California… You DIDN’T Hear THIS on Fox News, Did You?

A reconstruction of the Russian Orthodox chapel at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Sonoma County CA USA


Read this. Let’s keep this simple. Renova Group, a Russian business enterprise is providing the money to keep Fort Ross State Historic Park in California open. All of the posturing Republican rightwingers had best shut their mouths. When Russia was down, America kicked it in the gut. California’s down… and the Russians are helping out. One of these things is not like the other, one of these things ain’t kinda the same! Rightwing America threatens and blusters… Social Democratic Russia comes to help. I’d say that there was something wonderful and RIGHT with one system and something utterly WRONG with the other. Ponder this… you DIDN’T hear this on Fox News… ’nuff said…


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