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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Mayor Sobyanin Sez “Moscow Will be More Accessible”


On Wednesday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin presented a report on his two years in the office as well as a budget plan for the next three years. Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that his plan has good news for the handicapped. KP said that, by the end of this year, almost 10,000 socially-important objects would be accessible for wheelchair users and mothers with strollers. At present, work crews are installing 217 elevating platforms in residential buildings. Overall, by the end of this year, the ratio of socially-important buildings that are handicapped-accessible would increase to 73 percent. The same is true for public transport… in 2010, only 39 percent of buses had low-floors, by the end of 2012, this number will be 69 percent. Trolleybuses and trams are also being going to a low-floor standard, although not as fast… by the end of this year, only 60 percent of trolleybuses and 12 percent of streetcars will have increased accessibility.

18 October 2012

Pyotr Lekarev

Voice of Russia World Service



Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Fr Dmitri Smirnov Offered a “Black List” of the Detractors of Orthodoxy


Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, the head of the MP Department for Cooperation with the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies took the initiative to draw up a list of those who oppose Orthodox values. On Tuesday, he said, as quoted by the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, “I hope that somebody runs with my idea and will post their names on the web. I haven’t yet placed them in categories… but you know who they are. First of all, you have people who run porn sites, then, you have those who push drugs and alcohol, and there are TV presenters, too”. He had to admit that he looked with sadness “on our generation”, and proposed to add “sexual minorities, which were against family values, and against us, from the first” to the black list. On the question of whether he was afraid of a violent response to his idea, Fr Dmitri said, “I’m a serene pensioner, but I’m a former boxer”.

15 November 2011



Saturday, 20 August 2011

20 August 2011. “The Revival Will Not be Televised… The Revival Will be Live!” Check Out This Lenten Calendar from KP

The above Lenten calendar appeared in KP… Komsomolskaya Pravda… one of the main tabs in Moscow. The equivalent would be if The Sun or The Daily News put out a full-colour supplement religious page during Lent. Who woulda thunk it! THIS testifies to the depth of the revival in Russia… KP wouldn’t print this if there wasn’t a demand for it. It’s been some 25-odd years since the ending of state persecution of religion in 1985, and 20-odd years since the end of official atheism in 1991. Taking that into consideration, practise in Russia is VERY good, indeed.

Don’t listen to the chowderheads in Stokoe’s comboxes (especially, Francis Frost) or listen to zapadnik nutters like Nikita Struve or Svetlana Vais. Take a look at KP! Just shows to go ya that although there’s a good bit to go yet, we’ve made a good start… and that’s all that matters, kids…


Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Strawberries for New Year’s

It’s time to make a wish, write letters to Ded Moroz, decorate the Christmas tree, and wrap presents. Liza lit her desk lamp, and sat down to write a letter. It was her most important letter for the whole year… her letter to Dede. “Dear Ded Moroz”… Liza wrote in her beautiful handwriting. “I study hard, I listen to Mama, I clean my teeth, and I even eat my kasha every morning. Dede, I love strawberries. If it’s not too hard, please, send me a basket of strawberries for New Year’s. You can do anything! Thank you, Liza”. Liza sealed her letter in an envelope and dropped it in a mailbox.


“Isn’t that something… she has such a dream!” Ded smiled and stroked his beard when he read Liza’s letter. “Well, Liza’s been a good girl, she does well in school, she’s been good, and she has a pretty smile… Why, she even eats her kasha in the morning. I should make her dream come true. Where were we when the strawberries ripened in June?” Dede struck his staff on the floor and said, “June Fairy, come here in front of me!”


Suddenly, the sun came out, the frost on the windows in Ded Moroz’s house melted, the window opened, and the June Fairy flew into the room, surrounded by flowers and happy twittering birds. Dede said to her, “Sorry, June Fairy, that I bothered you on such a frosty day. But there is a good little girl living in the city who wants a fresh basket of strawberries on New Year’s. Can you help me to make Liza happy? The fairy nodded, waved her magic wand, and amongst the cold and frost, in Dede’s hands, was a basket of ripe strawberries.


Dede thanked the fairy and went off to get ready. He harnessed his horses to his troika, his granddaughter Snegurochka jumped in on top on the sack of presents, and they were off! Can you guess which little girl was happy on New Year’s? I don’t think I have to tell you, do I?

26 December 2009

Anna and Ksenia Eroshova

Комсомольская Правда (Komsomolskaya Pravda: Komsomol Truth)


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