Voices from Russia

Sunday, 28 August 2016

URA! Today is Miner’s Day!

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Miner’s Day 28 August 2016… the last Sunday of August is the professional holiday of our courageous miners; people whose hard work is the key to successful economic development. For more than half a century, Russia and other former Soviet republics celebrated Miner’s Day, paying tribute to the selfless work of the glorious army of thousands of miners. Coalmining has been one of the key sectors of the Russian economy, providing fuel for both business and ordinary people. The quantity and quality of the extracted coal will affect the heat in our apartments this winter, not only locally, but also throughout the country. Miner’s Day officially began in the USSR with a proposal by coal industry officials A F Zasyadko and D G Onika on 10 September 1947. The first Miner’s Day celebration was 29 August 1948. The name that probably comes to mind in talking about miners is A G Stakhanov. On 31 August 1935, Stakhanov, thanks to the special organisation of the job, set a record… in 5 hours 35 minutes he extracted 102 tonnes of coal… 14 times the norm. Since that time, we’ve seen the words “Stakhanovite”, “Stakhanov movement”, and ” Stakhanovite work”. For coal-mining towns and districts such as Inta, Karaganda, Donetsk, Kemerovo, and Novokuznetsk, Miner’s Day is an important holiday and they celebrate it with concerts and folk festivals. In Kemerovo Oblast, well-known music groups and other folk artists come to perform on this holiday. The celebration traditionally ends with fireworks. Today, coalminers celebrate Miner’s Day in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Ukraine, and Belarus. I sincerely greet all workers in the extractive industry on their holiday. Thanks to your work, courage, and professionalism, our homes have warmth and comfort.

28 August 2016

Calend.ru

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

1 March 2016. Church Publishes List of Those Killed in Vorkuta Mine Explosion So That Believers Will Pray for Them

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The Church has published a list of the dead in the Vorkuta mine explosion so that clergy and believers can pray for them. Maybe, can your parish serve Pannikhida for them this Sunday after Liturgy? Priests, can you mention these men at Proskomidi? We’re Christians… that’s what we should do!

BMD

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Miners:

Aleksandr Veniaminovich Adamov (1967)

Grigori Viktorovich Bekhter (1973)

Nikolai Vyacheslavovich Vangaev (1989)

Vladimir Alekseyevich Vasin (1981)

Valery Pavlovich Goroshko (1971)

Sergei Vasilyevich Grishin (1962)

Sergei Vladimirovich Ilyn (1963) 

Aleksandr Nikolaevich Kilyazov (1957)

Valery Viktorovich Larionov (1970)

Yuri Nikolaevich Malakhov (1970)

Konstantin Vladimirovich Momot (1974)

Vyacheslav Petrovich Mygyt (1977)

Vitaly Sergeyevich Nizhelsky (1987)

 Igor Germanovich Povyshyov (1966)

 Andrei Vladimirovich Poduvaltsyov (1969)

Andrei Sergeyevich Poznyakov (1991)

Vasili Yevgenevich Polzunov (1969)

Pavel Viktorovich Popov (1989)

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Skvirsky (1988)

Vladimir Vasilyevich Sumry (1978)

Tila Roman Rimutisa (1982)

Vyacheslav Nikolaevich Tryasukho (1967)

Vladimir Anatolyevich Fedorov (1978)

Vladislav Vasilyevich Furmanov (1974) 

Pyotr Petrovich Chelnikov (1976)

Sergei Nikolaevich Shishkin (1984)

 Sergei Vasilyevich Shcherbinin (1965)

Bogdan Aleksandrovich Goncharenko (1988)

Vitaly Vasilyevich Lavrov (1974)

Vitaly Nikolaevich Yakovenko (1971)

Maksim Vladimirovich Khokhonov (1985)

MChS First Responders:

Pavel Igorevich Shakirov (1971)

Aleksandr Alekseyevich Belokobylsky (1961)

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Petrov (1972)

Sergei Grigoryevich Smychenko (1972)

Yevgeni Igorevich Tsurkov (1977)

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Bow before the profound mystery of death… they all had faces, they all had names, they all had someone to weep for them. Forget them not…

One last thing… the Russian government cancelled the debts of the miners’ families… something that no neoliberal (Republican/Chilly Hilly) pig would do. Do note that the neoliberals bid us to hate Russia… I wonder if part of it is that Americans would want their leadership to be as compassionate as the Russian leadership can be. V V Putin personally led the effort to help the families after the Raspadskaya Mine explosion in the Kuzbass some years back. One can see his hand in this as well. One can see where the REAL Christians are (and they’re not at Wheaton or Liberty U, trust me)…

BMD

1 March 2016. Translated Russian Demot… Honour Those Who Gave Their Lives

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There was a mine explosion in Vorkuta, in the Russian Far North… as a matter of course, MChS first responders were on the scene. In this case, some of the “brothers” gave their lives for the sake of others. Whenever a first responder goes on a call, they never know if they’re coming back… literally. These people put their lives on the line for those that they don’t even know. In 2010, Colonel Yevgeni Nikolaevich Chernyshov, the head of the Moscow Fire Brigade, went out on call with his men… he didn’t need to, but he did… it was his Last Call. Patriarch Kirill himself served Pannikhida and Colonel Chernyshov received a formal state funeral, as was fitting. I wrote the following then, and it still rings true today:

There’s nothing to say, and Yevgeni Nikolaevich wouldn’t have wished a fulsome eulogy. He did his duty to the utmost and to the end. May we all do as well and end as well. There are people who embody heroism and self-sacrifice; you need only look hard enough. The grinning bastards haven’t taken over yet…

Vechnaya pamyat, rab bozhii Yevgeni… the world is poorer for your passing.

I stand by that. Honour those who truly stand up and show character… as for the grinning pundits, jumped-up fraud “clergy”, the piggish Affluent Effluent, self-appointed experts, and internet gurus… the less said the better. Here are our heroes (left to right in the image):

A A Belokobylsky

S G Smychenko

V A Petrov

P I Shakirov

Ye I Tsurkov

The world is a better place for people like this. If we were to lack such, our civilisation would fall, as there’d be no worthy ones amongst us. Do ponder that…

BMD

Saturday, 29 August 2015

OFFICIAL Day of the Miner Greetings from DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko

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OFFICIAL

To my dear compatriots and fellow citizens of the DNR!

I warmly greet you on the Day of the Miner, a holiday near and dear to every family in our glorious labouring Donbass! For our region, mining isn’t just a job… it’s the backbone of the DNR working class. Heroes of Labour such as Nikita Izotov, Ivan Bridko, Aleksandr Kolchik, and, of course, Aleksei Stakhanov forged a worldwide reputation for the Donbass mines, and for the miners who worked them. During the Great Patriotic War, the fascist aggressors ravaged our native land, but it quickly recovered, and in a short time, the industrial might of the Donbass embodied our workmen’s impressive achievements and victories. All this was possible thanks largely to our miners’ daily heroic labour… they’re famous for their courage, selfless devotion to their work, and steadfast character. Especially, these qualities were clear in 1943 and 2014 in the battles that raged around Saur-Mogila. In 1943, our fathers and grandfathers swept the fascist plague out of the Soviet Donbass… today, real heroes, the children and grandchildren of our glorious victorious VOV vets, defeated the Nazis again, beginning the DNR’s liberation. This shows our intergenerational continuity and testifies to our loyalty to our miners’ region traditions. Today, we work with you to rebuild the Donbass from the ruins. Thanks to your selfless labour, patriotism, and devotion to your motherland, we’ll do all that’s necessary to restore our land’s prosperity, to make it a healthy state where the working class takes pride of place.

Dear miners, with all my heart I wish you good health, boundless vitality, and inexhaustible optimism! I wish you and your loved ones happiness, good luck, and every success! Let your brilliant work achievements and glorious victories on all fronts always inspire you. A happy holiday to all of our miners! To the feast, on this Day of the Miner!

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Chairman of the DNR Government

29 August 2015

DNR Online

Official website of the DNR Council of Ministers and DNR Peoples Soviet

http://dnr-online.ru/news/pozdravlenie-glavy-doneckoj-narodnoj-respubliki-aleksandra-zaxarchenko-po-sluchayu-prazdnovaniya-dnya-shaxtera-2/

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