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Saturday, 1 August 2015

1 August 2015. Kids Are the Same All Over the World… Bubbles in Kazan

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A girl blows bubbles as she takes part in the Dreamflash 2015 soap bubble parade in Kazan.



Sunday, 2 February 2014

Kuraev Meets Pussy Riot

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Protodeacon Andrei Kuraev, an outspoken Russian Orthodox cleric, said that there’d be no more controversial protest performances inside another Russian Orthodox church by the all-female band Pussy Riot, after holding a meeting with two of the band’s recently released members. He met with freed members of the Pussy Riot band, Mariya Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. After the meeting, he said that he was confident that they’d never stage another protest inside a church. Pictures published after the meeting showed Kuraev having a cup of tea with Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova. Kuraev posted on his Facebook page after the meeting that he was glad that the women would seek to open churches in prisons and to help inmates. According to him, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova recognize that the church world had both diversity and change. Immediately after Pussy Riot’s controversial stunt at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and during their subsequent trial, Kuraev’s reaction was more lenient than the official Church position. He condemned the Pussy Riot performance as “ugly and unacceptable from a moral standpoint”, but urged mercy and forgiveness on the part of the church. Snob magazine organised Kuraev’s meeting with Pussy Riot.

Kuraev himself was in the spotlight recently. Late last year, the MDA sacked him from his teaching position. He responded by saying that he had fallen victim to “the gay lobby”. Kuraev was referring to his blog post about the Kazan Theological Seminary, where students allegedly complained of sexual harassment from some teachers. Kuraev believes that he lost his post because he made the controversy at the seminary public. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, an official Church spokesman, insisted that the Church wasn’t persecuting Kuraev for ideological reasons. However, Chaplin pointed up that Kuraev often missed his lectures and violated internal regulations, which may have prompted his dismissal.

13 January 2014

Marina Obrazkova

Russia Behind the Headlines


Editor’s Note:

Usually, those with oddbod theological views try to justify them by quoting a fictitious “gay lobby”. Now isn’t the time to go into detail, but we all know how the konvertsy caterwaul about gays and how they’re so “expert” in ferreting them out. Hmm… a lot of ‘em were ordained by Feodosy Lazor and those like him… a lot of ‘em hung out with the nutty crew in Platina (even after Podmo got le sabot from the ROCOR… such as Paffso, Freddie M-G, Reardon, and Eliel, just to name a few)… need I go on? In short, the ranting about false gays (whilst accepting ordination from the hands of gay clerics!) and persecuting relatively harmless sorts such as Lazar Puhalo leads me to a conclusion. Those who rant the most about gays are the ones most likely to be led astray by a gay guru.

They all revere Podmo… they all think that the toll houses are an “important doctrine of the Church” (it had NO real push until Rose brought it up in the 70s)… that says it all, doesn’t it? They’re all Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future and nothing else. Beam me up, Scotty


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Sunday, 29 December 2013

RIA-Novosti Presents… Russia Says Farewell to a Great Patriot and a Great Man in Izhevsk and Moscow

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On the evening of 25 December, after soldiers brought his coffin to the church, about 8,000 people came to say goodbye to legendary small-arms designer Lieutenant General Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk (Udmurt Republic).


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The honour guard consisted of cadets from the Kazan Higher Military Command School (KVVKU).


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The coffin with Kalashnikov’s body was in the centre of the church, draped with the Russian national flag, and his decorations were at its foot. 


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Services lasted until 22.00 MSK. Services continued on 26 December, the church funeral was from 10.00 to 13.00 MSK; after that, there was a secular ceremony.


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People crowded in to pay their last respects to the great man. Many waited in queue for four hours. Kalashnikov’s son Viktor Mikhailovich thanked everyone who came personally.


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Yelena Mikhailovna Kalashnikova, the daughter of the legendary small-arms designer (right) and his son Viktor Mikhailovich Kalashnikov say their farewells to their father at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk.


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Kalashnikov’s decorations were at the foot of the coffin.


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People came singly and in groups to bid farewell to the legendary designer, they laid down flowers and wreaths as tributes.


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Aleksandr Volkov (centre), Head of the Udmurt Republic, at the funeral services for Mikhail Kalashnikov at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk.


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The Moscow funeral of Mikhail Kalashnikov will be 27 December at the Federal Military Memorial Complex in Mytishchi Raion, in the Moscow Oblast suburbs. Kalashnikov’s coffin went by plane from Izhevsk to Moscow for burial on the evening of 26 December, his funeral procession passed in front of places where he lived and worked in Izhevsk.


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On Friday, the burial of legendary gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov took place at the Federal Military Memorial Complex in Mytishchi Raion, in the Moscow Oblast suburbs. The coffin was on a gun carriage as it went down the central alleyway of the complex.


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President Vladimir Putin sat with the Kalashnikov family at the services.


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The farewell in the main memorial hall.


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Deputy Defence Minister Army General Arkady Bakhin said at the funeral, “Today, we say goodbye to a remarkable man, a man who’s a symbol of Russia”.


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The farewell in the main memorial hall.


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The honour guard at the ceremony.


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Kalashnikov’s body lying in state in the memorial hall.


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Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attended the ceremony.


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A military band played proper music in honour of Mikhail Timofeyevich’s memory.


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Kalashnikov’s daughter Yelena Mikhailovna said that her father devoted his life to working for the benefit of the motherland, “he couldn’t do otherwise”.


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On his last journey, volleys from his iconic AK-47 assault rifle accompanied the procession.


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Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov of Krutitsy and Kolomna (left) served the religious part of the funeral.


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Mikhail Kalashnikov was in intensive care since 17 November. Mikhail Timofeyevich died Monday 23 December 2013 in his 95th year.


Note well that Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov served the Church end of the funeral in Moscow. Yuvenaly is second only to HH in the hierarchy at the Centre (he’s the effectual “Metropolitan of Moscow”). This shows you the stature of Mikhail Timofeyevich. The West mostly ignored his passing…

Note well that Viktor Mikhailovich thanked EVERYONE who came personally in Izhevsk… now, that’s CHRISTIAN. The well-known loudmouths here in America ought to hang their heads in shame. They have no clue about Christianity (and some of them are in the Church, sadly enough). President Putin didn’t come to the Izhevsk services… this allowed the Kalashnikov family to take centre-stage, as is right and proper. It doesn’t matter if you like President Putin or not, he’s a genuine and decent human being… unlike so many Western “leaders”.

This is the future… a creative and fruitful union of the Red and the Christian… may God grant me to see it in full flower.

For more on Kalashnikov’s death and the state memorials for him, click here

26-27 December 2013




Friday, 13 December 2013

13 December 2013. The Holiday Season is HERE… Have a Smile and ENJOY It!

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Shop Assistants at GUM in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION



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New Year‘s Fair on Red Square in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION



00 Ded Moroz Parade. Kazan. Tatar Republic. RUSSIA. 13.12.13

Ded Moroz parade in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan) RUSSIAN FEDERATION


It’s time to smile and be happy. Put another log on the fire, pop the top off another bottle, and love the one you’re with. Don’t listen to the naysayers with the long faces and the tight-arsed hatred of any fun (trust me, religion doesn’t make people do that, but “religion” does… ponder that one, kids). Emulate Our Lord Christ! He turned water into wine, not wine into water (Evangelicals, take note). Remember, before you can be a good Christian, you have to be a good human being. Throw the lectures, preaching, and moralising into the shitcan… that’s NOT what Our Lord Christ did, nor should we.

A big hug from me to ALL my readers. It’s a happy time of year… it’s no time to be condemnatory. I’m working on being decent… when I reach that, I’ll tackle holiness. You can’t have the second without the first… think on that one.



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