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Monday, 6 May 2013

6 May 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. A Royal Breather: Four Days with the Indians

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A Royal Breather: Four Days with the Indians

Sergei Yolkin



King Harald V of Norway spent four days with an Indian tribeSergei Yolkin has something to say about that.

6 May 2013

Sergei Yolkin




Thursday, 9 August 2012

23 July 2012. VOR Presents… Memorials Held in Norway for the Victims of Last Year’s Terrorist Attack

On 22 July 2012, Norway remembered the victims of a double attack that shook the world a year ago. On that day, in the city centre’s government quarter, an explosion shook Oslo, eight people died and another 98 received various injuries. Later, the terrorist attacked a Norwegian Labour Party Workers’ Youth League (AUF) camp on Utøya Island, killing 69 people and wounding 60. The suspect in both crimes, Anders Behring Breivik, voluntarily surrendered to police.


Before the memorial in Oslo for the victims of a double attack began, police made a thorough inspection of the city centre, using specially-trained dogs.


At 11.00, Norwegian royal family members (pictured, at right, King Harald V) and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (left), laid wreaths at the explosion site at the parliamentary centre in Oslo.


Across Norway, memorial services marked the anniversary of the terrible events. In the image above, we see the Norwegian royal family taking part in a ceremony near a destroyed government building in Oslo. Left to right: Princess Mette-Marit, Crown Prince Haakon, Prime Minister’s wife, Ingrid, Queen Sonja, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, and King Harald.


Members of the Norwegian royal family and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg attended a memorial service at the Oslo Domkirke. After the service, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit met with relatives of those killed and injured on 22 July 2011. From left to right: Princess Märtha Louise, Queen Sonja, and King Harald.


On Utøya Island, on 22 July 2012, a memorial event organised by the AUF of the Norwegian Labour Party marked the first anniversary of the tragic events that took place a year ago. A ferry took relatives and friends of the teenagers killed and injured by Breivik to the island to lay flowers at the scene of the tragedy.


On the evening of 22 July, Norwegians marched in the city streets holding flowers and candles; a concert by Norwegian and foreign artists at Town Hall Square in Oslo memorialised the tragic events of 2011. In the image above, we see relatives and friends of those killed and injured visiting Utøya Island on 22 July 2012.


22 July 2012

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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias to His Majesty King Harald V of Norway on the Occasion of the Terrorist Attack on Oslo and Utøya Island

Light a candle for them tomorrow, if you would… it’s the least that you can do…


Your Majesty!

It was with great sorrow that I learned of the terrible terrorist attacks in the capital of Norway, as well as on Utøya Island. Please, accept my sincere condolences on behalf of all the faithful of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias, which, in these tragic days, prayerfully share the suffering of the Norwegian people. I ask you to convey our words of sympathy and support to all the subjects of the Kingdom of Norway, with whom we are bound by a centuries-long tradition of good-neighbourliness. For the first time, Norway became a victim of the terror that has overwhelmed the whole world. I’m convinced that this trial won’t disconcert Norwegians, but it’ll only unite them in a resolve to confront this new challenge of evil. The terrorists managed to carry out their monstrous plan, which resulted in the deaths of innocent people. Whatever motivated the murderer, it’s a shameful crime without any justification. These perpetrators of iniquity went against the Will of God and Man’s Law. I pray to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life (the Gospel according to St John 11.25), that he might grant rest in the Kingdom of Heaven to the souls of those who died, and give solace to you, the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks, and the entire Norwegian people.

With deepest sympathy,


Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

23 July 2011


Official MP Website


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