Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Siberian Man Declared Dead, Denied Pension, Complains, Coppers in the Soup for Crook Report



On Tuesday, the Kemerovo Oblast Prokuratura said on their official website that cops in western Siberia face criminal investigation for declaring a local man dead, but he turned out to be alive and well. A 54-year-old local resident filed a complaint after the authorities denied him a state pension because they stated that he was dead. The confusion came about after cops misidentified another man who expired of tuberculosis on a Kemerovo street last month. Police make the mistake because they trusted locals’ testimony, so, they handed over the body to a funeral service for burial after nobody claimed it. Now, the officers who misidentified the dead man face a criminal case on negligence charges, punishable by up to three months behind bars. The SKP launched an investigation to identify the man buried last month.

15 October 2013





Saturday, 21 September 2013

Russian Cops March Bears Into Forest

00 bear cubs in Kamchatka. 21.09.13


Bears in the streets and tough cops… this week, two stereotypes about Russia came together in the coal-mining region of Kemerovo Oblast when local police marched a trio of hungry bear cubs from a central town square back into the nearby woods. According to a statement from regional police, late Thursday, a local woman in the town of Beryozovsky spotted one cub “calmly strolling down the street, looking for food in the garbage bins”. Five teams of officers soon arrived at the spot, only to find three bear cubs in the courtyards of nearby buildings. Police cordoned off the area; then, they “escorted the uninvited guests into the woods. They followed the bear cubs in their patrol cars and lit the way with their headlights. The trip took more than an hour”. The police speculated that the cubs might have been the orphans of a female bear fatally hit by a freight train in July on a nearby rail line.

20 September 2013




Thursday, 29 August 2013

29 August 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… HH in Novokuznetsk

00 Novokuznetsk. Russia. Patr Kirill. 29.08.13


00 Novokuznetsk. Russia. Patr Kirill. 29.08.13a


The top image is from HH’s blessing of the cornerstone of a Chapel of St Barbara (the patron saint of miners) at the Berezovsky Coal Mine in the Kuzbass. It’s ordinary people… working people… NOT investors… NOT McMansion dwellers… NOT “too big to failexecutives… just ordinary salt-of-the-earth sorts. The second image is from the consecration of the Church of the Resurrection, which is a Memorial Church honouring all the miners in the Kuzbass who died in work accidents. Get a load of that iconostas. It’s not a SVS minimalist “peek-a-boo” job, is it? You can see that the SVSniki lied when they said that the Church in the Rodina was going to follow their lead once it was free. Indeed, it’s been the exact opposite… TRADITION is in the driver’s seat… not Renovationism. All of Kochetkov’s horses and all of Men’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again…


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Patriarch Kirill Called for Decent Living Conditions for Miners

00 Patriarch Kirill. Kemerovo. 28.08.13


On Saturday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias arrived in Novokuznetsk, telling reporters at the airport, “The Kuzbass has a special place in the life of Russia. This region is a land of hard workers, a land of sobriety”. His Holiness visited the capital of the Kuzbass for Miners’ Day, meeting Kemerovo Oblast Governor Aman Tuleyev, thanking him for his support of the miners. Upon arrival in Novokuznetsk, Patriarch Kirill visited the Berezovsky coal mine where he consecrated a chapel in honour of St Barbara, the patron saint of miners. His Holiness met some 2,500 workers and their families, telling them, “The work of a miner is a podvig that underpins modern civilisation, for energy is the lifeblood of our civilisation. Society needs human ‘icebreakers’ to pave the way for others”. The Patriarch recognised miners’ labour, saying, “I know that your work, your sweat, and your blood are part of every kilowatt-hour of electricity and of every degree of heat. Our entire nation (народ) should be aware of this, and give great respect to miners’ labour”. Vladyki Kirill believes that the authorities must do everything to ensure that miners’ work is well-paid and that they have proper living and working conditions.

26 August 2013



Editor’s Note:

You can stand with HH, who stands for the working people… or, you can stand with Potapov and Paffhausen and support the plutocrats. It’s your choice. Remember, the love of money is the root of all evil… and remember who tried to ally the Church with such questionable groups as the American Enterprise Institute (who favour profits over workers, dontcha know). Somehow, I don’t think that “Greed is good” and “The race goes to the swiftest” are compatible with Christianity. I believe that I’m NOT alone in thinking such…


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