Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

9 October 2013. We’re Off to See the Wizard! Mark Stokoe Takes You to Fantasyland…

01 smoke and mirrors

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Mark Stokoe’s smoking some good shit! Firstly, friends and neighbours, fill a glass and drink it down… done that? Good! Now, take a deep breath and read this fairy tale. Earth to Mark… the largest group of Orthodox in Finland are unreconstructed Russians (Slavonic, Orthodox Calendar, and all the rest), not native Finns. On top of that, the group that Mark praises is SHRINKING, due to its doctrinal and moral compromises.

Don’t throw mud at him. He’s a dinosaur left over from the old SVS glory days. Let him be… but do note that the only “journalist” who’d interview him was that phoney doxie Svetlana Vais, who’s never had a by-line in any legit Russian publication. Sad, ain’t it… not a word of his interview is true to life… a beautiful vision mugged by ugly facts…

Be nice to him…

BMD

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

17 October 2012. Mark Stokoe Smokin’ Wacky Tabaccky… Interviewed by Crank Non-Journalist Svetlana Vais… Posted on OCL Nutter Website

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Click here for Mark Stokoe’s rant. I’m not going to refute it point-by-point… it doesn’t deserve it. However, read it, and realise that none of what Mark says is true. Fathausen was no favourite of the Centre. If any of the present OCA bishops have the Centre’s nod, it’s Bishop Mel. “We’re a City on a Hill”… that’s utter bullshit… I’ll check into Bedlam with Mr Scrooge. This isn’t worth tearing apart, but please do read it. Mark truly believes this shit, he really and truly does (no lie). Apparently,  he has no wish of being rescued. If he wishes to sink with the ship, there’s nothing that the rest of us can do of it.

By the way… Svetlana Vais is NOT a legit journalist… she’s tied in with that crank Portal-Credo.ru set… the Uniate/Old Ritualist/schismatic lovers. She does NOT work for any of the known Russian media outlets such as RIA-Novosti, Pervy KanalInterfax, VOR, ITAR-TASS, RT, MK, or KP… she’s an oddbod freelancer (like Mark himself). I have NEVER seen her name in a byline in the real Russian media. Besides, this rant was published on the website of OCL… a fringe group outside of the mainstream, it’s Greek Orthodox, not Russian Orthodox (there’s quite a difference, trust me), which means that no Russian Orthodox outlet wanted to touch this rancid material. OCL is NOT approved by ANY of the archdioceses in the USA… it’s a rebel group of the Affluent Effluent who wish to short-circuit the bishops and usurp power in the Church, a nasty bunch all ’round.

This is dodgy stuff… but be informed. Read it, and realise that Mark believes it all. He’s seen his dream implode, so he ignores reality. I hope that he comes to his senses, but don’t hold your breath waiting for him, he’s not going to listen to any of us. He wouldn’t listen to God Himself either, so don’t get pissed off at him. He’s just a pitiful True Believer without a Dream… that’s sad.

BMD

 

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sophia Kishkovsky Lies to You Yet Again by Omission… What Does That Tell You About the OCA/ROCOR First Families?

Note well that Lil’ Mizz Sophia didn’t tell you about how the Socialists, nationalists, and commies were the driving force behind the recent demonstrations for fair elections… a fact that her Langley puppeteers didn’t want you to know…

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Sophia Kishkovsky’s issuing misleading white propaganda again. If you wish to read it, click here and here. Firstly, she didn’t give you what the Russian press reported on Fr Vsevolod’s essay on Thursday. Here’s what he wrote:

This 10-day ‘party’ can create the powerful impression for some people that everything’s back to business as usual, to the political calm of the past decade. No, it won’t return… it’ll never come back. … The leaders of Russian organisations were ashamed to have to stand on the same platform with Boris NemtsovGarry Kasparov, and Ksenia Sobchak. … we should start a serious national dialogue about the basic political and economic structure of the country, including the role and status of the Russian people. … If the government doesn’t want a slow degeneration, and if the people don’t want to pay for an occupying army and enrich foreign business, you need to move from ‘stability’ to the realm of conscience and freedom. Freedom… both political and moral. Much of what’s happening in Russia is profoundly abnormal and isn’t responsive to the will of the people, it’s a legacy of the ‘90s of the last century, and we must decisively reject it. … Soldiers in Russia shouldn’t be below ‘mere merchants’ (ниже торговцев) in social status. Every officer of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies should have a house, even in the Moscow region. However, we need to tie this housing with their posting or [as a reward for] a decent retirement. This is the best remedy against corruption. Let 2012 be a year of a resolute and moral Russia. Let us be a country with a strong sense of the meaning of life… both today and in the future.

She quoted none of this, but that shouldn’t surprise you. Langley has an agenda… it wants to put pro-Western zapadnik oligarchs in charge of the government and put a pro-Western lickspittle heretic like the Blunder at the head of the Church. This article shows you that Ms Kishkovsky doesn’t give you the “whole truth and nothing but the truth”. She only gives you what’s useful for US white propaganda purposes (the line that Russians want American-style “democracy” and “laissez-faire” capitalism, etc, etc, etc).

Note well that Ms Kishkovsky NEVER EVER interviews Fr Vsevolod… the gaybisti know that the OCA Schmemann and Kishkovsky families are ravening pro-Westerners and enthusiastic allies of the Rodina’s foes (don’t forget, ADS was a keen and willing US propaganda mouthpiece on Radio Liberty), both in the political and religious sphere (it’s why ADS was forbidden to go to the USSR and Serge Schmemann was only allowed to go there in 1990). They know that Ms Kishkovsky wouldn’t tell the truth and would distort the transcript; ergo, Fr Vsevolod won’t speak to her directly. Talking about the truth… do note how a tabloid caught Dickie Wood and photographed him at an oligarch’s party at a ritzy restaurant at the Centre. The good word is that no one in higher Church or state circles trusts him… by the way, what HAS happened to him? Where was Lil’ Mizz Sophia? She and her father Lyonyo are as SILENT AS THE TOMB on Dickie Wood’s whereabouts (certainly, they can’t be scared of Dickie’s consigliere?)

There’s another facet to all this. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Her father is Lyonyo Kishkovsky… he’s NEVER told the truth, he’s an old hand at the “memory hole”, and do remember how nasty he was in the Sea Cliff dispute in the ‘70s. Therefore, why should it surprise you that she refuses to tell the truth, when her father did likewise as editor of The Orthodox Church for years? She saw that lying and deception paid… and she saw how her Uncle Serge got ahead at the New York Times, too. Now, if she told the truth… that would be a news story!

Let’s go on to Lil’ Mizz Sophia’s second story, which had a dateline of today. Guess what? She did comment on His Holiness’ interview of yesterday, but, again, not completely. She claimed that he said the following:

If the authorities remain insensitive to the expression of protest, this is a very bad sign, a sign of the authorities’ inability to adjust. … Every person in a free society must have the right to express his opinion, including disagreement with the actions of the authorities. … If demonstrations ahead of the 1917 revolution had ended in the expression of peaceful protests and had not led to a bloody revolution and a fratricidal war, Russia would have had a population of more than 300 million and would have challenged or maybe even surpassed the United States from the point of view of economic development.

This is what Interfax reported him as saying:

People should be able to express their disagreement, but they shouldn’t yield to provocations and destroy the country, for we’ve reached the limits of keeping one another at arms length… those in authority should hold a through dialogue and listen, to put society on the right course, and, then, all will be well for us. If people are deprived of [the right to criticise the authorities], they perceive it as a restriction of liberty; it’s very painful… but we must show wisdom in doing it.

If the demonstrations prior to the 1917 Revolution had ended in peaceful protests, not being followed by a bloody revolution and fratricidal war, today, Russia would have more than 300 million people and would be on the same level as the USA in terms of economic development, or even higher. We weren’t able to maintain our balance and we lost our heads. We destroyed our country. Why did this happen? To put it simply, political forces seeking power very cleverly used the just protests of the people.

[In this regard, His Holiness recalled the appeals of “democrats” in the late Soviet era calling for the destruction of the Nomenklatura, to chase out all those who drove “black Volgas”, and other such things.] Indeed, thousands marched under this slogan… what happened? Those in power abandoned their ‘black Volgas’ and traded them in for a ‘black Mercedes’; they changed their spots and shared the resources of the country amongst themselves. It was a classic example of how easy it was to tempt a person [to do the wrong thing]. The same thing happened in connection with the 1917 Revolution. ‘Take from the plunderers’. After that, people broke into apartments, destroyed estates, and put the torch to the country. Where did the stolen goods go? The new élite got their hands on it, and did the people really begin to live better?” [The task of the present day is] to protest in the right way, which would then lead to a correction of policy. That’s the main thing. If the government is insensitive to the expression of protest, that’s a very bad sign.

There’s more than a slight difference, isn’t there? There’s a reason why Lil’ Mizz Sophia didn’t give you the last paragraph of the Interfax submission… her father is one of the “black Volga-driving nomenklatura” of the OCA (and a member of the warmongering CFR to boot)… he’s cut of the same mouldy cloth as the Sov nomenklatura was… Lyonyo Kishkovsky is one of the most hated individuals in the combined OCA/ROCOR apparat. Yes… I used the singular, not the plural. As a correspondent wrote me:

In the “old days”, with such strong personalities as Platon Rozhdestvensky and Antony Khrapovitsky, I think [that the conflict] was real. Then it sort of degenerated into a “turf war” exacerbated by the ROCOR’s move to the USA. It was sort of peaceful in the days of Leonty Turkevich and Anastasy Gribanovsky, but I believe Georgi Grabbe mucked things up and set the ROCOR off on the wrong path, alienating the ROCOR from just about everyone else. The ROCOR provided a “way out” for dissatisfied OCA clergy and parishes, but the numbers were relatively small. The posturing in the past two decades has been a sham, a lot of it sort was nothing but personal fights on a local level. By and large, the apparat was happy to use it for its own purposes. Now, all those “illegal” moves seem to have been forgiven.

I wrote in reply:

Looking at it all through the lens of current events, it seems that they were shadow-boxing… for if there were a united Church, SOMEBODY would lose a position (not money… we don’t have it… POWER over people… that’s what they want).

To which my interlocutor shot back:

I can’t disagree. Certainly, a lot of people are happy to be relatively big fishes in a small pond, and they won’t give up that status.

It all comes back to basics. Sophia Kishkovsky learned how to lie and obfuscate at home, from her father. It’s why none of her antics surprise any grounded Orthodox Christian… it’s the same kind of goofy shit that ADS, Lyonyo, and Hopko have been dishing out for years. It does prove one thing… the younger generation of the First Families have certainly learned its lessons from its elders. That’s why the entire edifice is rotten to the core. Mark Stokoe was like a Roy Medvedev… Stokoe’s thesis was that the OCA was sound, all that we had to do was to return to the wisdom of ADS. I’m like Solzhenitsyn… I submit that the entire construct’s crumbly at its foundations, and it was always such, and it was NEVER sound in the first instance. We need to remove it before it collapses with God-alone-knows what consequence, and we need to expose the plug-uglies… we needn’t “punish” them… we need only expose them, to bring them to admit their crimes and corruption (which, of course, would lead to their removal and discrediting).

Ms Kishkovsky’s a symptom… not a cause. She’s merely an untalented hack journalist who spews forth whatever she’s told to produce. Yet, it’s proof that the OCA/ROCOR First Families aren’t supermen… if THIS is the best that they’re capable of, the present edifice is ready to fall, and much sooner than most of us expect… however, it’s not going to happen tomorrow or next week (it could… but it’d be a great surprise to all, like the August Events). Take my hand… the path’s rather murky at this point, don’t you agree?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 8 January 2012

“The Second Day of Christmas”/The First Day of the Svyatki

Albany NY

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

9 November 2011. Stokoe Commits Journalistic Seppuku With No Second… Who’ll Put Him Out of His Misery?

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Read this:

OCANEWS.ORG Suspends Publication

As the book of Ecclesiastes famously observed,: There’s a time for every thing, and an appointed time for every event under the sun. With this posting OCANews.org reaches its appointed time and suspends publication. In October 2005, Protodeacon Eric Wheeler, a former OCA Treasurer, addressed a letter to the OCA Synod of Bishops outlining a web of financial irregularities and ecclesiastical misconduct at the highest levels of the OCA’s adminstration. The first article (from what would become OCANews.org) in Novmber 2005 placed those allegations in the context of a previous 1999 scandal  that had been successfully hushed up.  By the end of that month, Archbishop Job asked his famous question, “Are the allegations true or false?” effectively hindering a second cover-up.

OCANews.org officially began publishing on 7 January 2006, primarily as a means of encouraging the faithful of the OCA to seek answers to that question by focusing on issues of transparency and accountability in the Church. Since then more than 1,000 articles, reflections, and open letters have been published. These, in turn, led to more than 33,300+ posted comments. Nor were topics limited to the OCA… for more than a year the site was used by Antiochian brethren to ask hard questions of the Antiochian Archdiocese as well. Shortly before his untimely death in 2009, Archbishop Job was able to answer his question, Yes, the allegations were true. This didn’t end the need for transparency or accountability in the Church, however, as the Archbishop himself affirmed that we are indeed “free men”, with a duty to listen, learn, question, and discuss so as to build up our common life. Last year, in November 2010, I had to inform co-workers that I’d be unable to continue OCANews.org for very much longer. Best laid plans, however, had to be repeatedly postponed… given the arrest of Archbishop Seraphim, the release of Bishop Mark from Antioch, Santa Fe, the events surrounding Jonah’s first Leave, the tumultuous MC meeting in Chicago, the continuing dyspepsia in Syosset, the Mess in Moscow, and then the 16th AAC. Publication, by necessity though, became more infrequent and irregular. There can be no more postponements. I want to thank all who have contributed to OCANews.org over the past six years:

  • Thank you to all whose love of the OCA established this site, but, more importantly, whose faith, prayers, and work enabled it to fulfill its mission. You’ve not only my gratitude for your years of unsung and unseen efforts, but my deepest respect and abiding friendship.
  • Thank you to all, identified sources and unidentified sources, who contributed information often at personal and/or professional risk, so that the truth might be fully known.
  • Thank you to all who contributed articles, reflections, letters, and/or comments. Whether you agreed or disagreed with what was posted, such contributions consistently challenged us all to think and act concerning our Church in unaccustomed ways. The OCA’s better for that often painful effort.
  • Thank you to all who contributed by reading OCANews.org. Every reader had to choose to do so… there was never any syndication nor RSS feed… despite constant pleas that such be instituted. That tens of thousands choose to open these pages night after night, year after year, despite approbation, both official and unofficial, testifies to a deep wellspring of Faith, love of the Church, and a commitment to the truth by all who profess the Truth. Such bodes well for our future… whatever our past or current woes.
  • Finally, thank you, Lord, for this most wonderful, and unique opportunity to serve.

Wishing you all the best,

Mark Stokoe

Orthodox Christians for Accountability

http://ocanews.org/news/OCANews.orgSuspendsPublication11.8.11.html

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Stokoe’s gone. NO reason was given, so, there’s no handle for any speculation. I think that Lyonyo’s backed into a corner with Fathausen, and they’re desperately throwing people off the zepp (à la Hell’s Angels) in a vain attempt to lighten ship and escape their pursuers. We’re seeing the end of the OCA, and it’s not pretty. Interestingly, Fathausen’s attacking the very people who could’ve stood by him in a last-ditch defence. Mark WAS a hard-ass autocepahlist, there’s no doubt on that score. The only people left in JP’s party are the konvertsy, the SVS crowd, and opportunists like Lyonyo and Piggy Iggy Burdikoff (although the last bunch named may attempt to jump ship before it’s too late). They’re desperately trying to present things as business as usual, whilst everyone knows otherwise. I know what it’s like to hang on the cross. I’m NOT jubilant that Mark’s gone. Mark was the last “honest” voice in the autocephalist camp. He truly believed in ADS‘ crapola, he really did. Oddly enough, Fathausen attacked Mark, even though he and Mark shared the same ideology. Trust me, people like Vlad Berzonsky (and his boy Vlad Jr) have noticed it and taken notes. They WON’T be as easy to take down. Let Fathausen’s crew celebrate… the water’s still lapping about their ankles. Say a prayer for Mark… he didn’t deserve to have his privacy trashed and his personal life aired… that shit is usually only done by Hardshell Proddie Nutcases. I know from personal experience that such hurts… and it hurts badly. Shall he come to his senses? Only time will tell us…

I was taught NEVER to kick someone when they’re down… I think that virtually all of you agree with that. Extend your hand to Mark… someone knifed him… someone CLOSE… that’s never a good feeling (I can think of few shittier feelings than betrayal, myself). If you can’t show pity to a fallen foe, you’re not decent, and that’s all that there’s to say on it…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Albany NY

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