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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Tourists Spend Night on Tree Escaping Bear in Montenegro

01 bear at table


Local news website CdM reported that a man from Kazakhstan and a woman from the Ukraine, who were both on a bicycle tour across south Montenegro, were forced to spent a night in a tree saving to escape from a bear. On Thursday, police and residents of Virpazar went on a search and rescue mission after the two tourists used to their mobile to call a friend, saying that they were in a tree in a nearby forest hiding from a bear. The search lasted for several hours, complicated by the fact that the tourists’ mobile went dead, then, the cops decided to take a break. Ultimately, both travellers emerged safe and unhurt in Vilpazar on their bicycles. The website added that the Montenegrin government strongly advised tourists against travelling without a local guide in remote areas.

30 August 2013




Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Memorial Church with Sepulchre for Russians Who Fell in 1990s Yugoslavian Civil War Projected in Serbia


Archimandrite Chrisostom, Igumen of the Reževići Monastery in Montenegro (Crna Gora), proposed building a church in Ćuprija with a sepulchre for the remains of Russian volunteers killed in the civil war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. He told VOR, “So far, it’s just a project of Belgrade architect Dragan Antonijević. We suggested building it in Ćuprija, where the relics of Holy King Lazar Hrebeljanović are. The first local diocese there started in Horreum Margi, in Roman times; its bishop took part in the First Ecumenical Council. We’re planning to build a sepulchre in the lower part of the church, to put to rest the remains of those who fulfilled Christ’s commandment, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend. After the time of the USSR, many came to Bosnia and Kosovo to fight alongside their Serb brothers. When many Serbs fled to America, Canada, and Australia, others came here, who weren’t obliged, to suffer for their Slavic brothers and the Orthodox faith. They fought because of their personal convictions; they believed that they had an obligation to help their brothers”.

It’s unclear how they’re going to finance the construction. We asked Fr Chrisostom if anyone has promised any funds. He said, “At present, there’s no money, but we hope for God’s help. It all starts with prayer. God willing, we’ll be able to give their bones a resting place”. Asked how much time it may take to build the church, Fr Chrisostom explained, “That would depend on many things. We could do it in a year’s time. However, most importantly, we should do it with prayer and love. In this, we should remember the words of Holy Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, ‘You build churches, but you don’t pray to God’. That means that we must accompany any church-building with prayer”. He believes that the Serbian authorities wouldn’t have any objection to the project, saying, “There’s no reason why they shouldn’t support this project. It’s necessary to choose a proper place and buy the land, and, then, we might begin to perform our sacred duty to our Russian brothers”. We have unofficial reports that some parties in the MP are aware of this project; officially, the MP hasn’t received notice of it yet.

At the end of the interview, Fr Chrisostom wished VOR’s listeners and readers, “Repentance, comfort, and hope”. He asked them to pray for some SPC priests in Montenegro whom the National Security Agency in Podgorica denied permission to regularise their legal status for unknown reasons, thus depriving them of the right to serve liturgy in SPC parishes in Montenegro.

12 September 2012

Igor Goykovich

Voice of Russia World Service



Editor’s Note:

This sounds legit… VOR is, after all, a state-run service, that is, you’re dealing with an arm of the Russian state. I don’t have any further information on this. Therefore, I suggest those who wish to help in the building of such a memorial church for those who fell in the defence of the Orthosphere should contact VOR directly.

Their snail mail is:

Voice of Russia

25 Pyatnitskaya St

Moscow 115326


E-mail: world@ruvr.ru

Refer to the URL of the article, and ask for contact information for the memorial church project. As Russian Orthodox Christians, we have an obligation to see to it that those who fell in the defence of the Orthosphere and Holy Orthodoxy have a proper and fitting burial place and memorial. If one of us is attacked, all of us are attacked. God willing, someone will be able to help in this…


Monday, 12 September 2011

Montenegro: Trial of SPC Hierarch Continues

Metropolitan-Archbishop Amfilohije Radović (1938- ) of Cetinje and of Montenegro and the Littoral


On Monday, in Podgorica, Montenegro, the trial of Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović is on the docket in the Podgorica Misdemeanour Court on charges alleging “hate speech” on his part. The Higher State Prosecution of Montenegro indicted Metropolitan Amfilohije for “cursing all those who wished to demolish the church on Mt Rumija”, as he addressed believers ahead of Christmas this year. Deputy Higher State Prosecutor Veljko Rutović said the metropolitan’s words “offend other religious and national groups in Montenegro and could cause negative feelings”. Defence lawyers Vojislav Đurišić and Dalibor Kavarić said that the process so far failed to present their client with basic conditions to put forward his defence, and enjoy a fair trial. They also described the charges brought against Metropolitan Amfilohije as “unfounded”.

12 September 2011



Editor’s Note:

Doesn’t this have the fingerprints of the EU and the USA all over it? I predict that either nothing will happen or that Amfilohije will pay a derisory “fine”. Trust me… he’s not going to gaol any time soon or any time later (Russia will see to that… we’re the SPC’s friend, and that’s that).


Friday, 27 June 2008

Church Bells Cast in Voronezh for Montenegro

Admiral St Fyodor Ushakov

N G Nikolaev



Church bells were cast in Voronezh for the Cathedral of St Fyodor Ushakov the Righteous Warrior (a famous and pious Russian admiral of the late 18th and early 19th century) in Montenegro. Russia helped Montenegro in the restoration of the cathedral, which is located near a town called Tivat. The bodies of Russian sailors who fled Russia after the Bolshevik takeover are buried at a cemetery near the church. In those years, Tivat was one of the debarkation points for White Russian émigrés of the first-wave. About 70,000 refugees arrived there after fleeing from Soviet Russia, and 200 of them stayed there forever. The carillon for the cathedral consists of 5 bells, the biggest weighing 400 kilogrammes (880 pounds). All the bells are ornamented with naval motifs. They’ll be operated by means of a computer, after the belfry receives a special signal, the bells will perform a melody. Montenegro shall receive the bells at the end of June.

Marina Anisimova, Deputy Director of the Vera Foundry in Voronezh, commented, “Our foundry cast 5 bells for the belfry of the Cathedral of St Fyodor Ushakov the Righteous Warrior in Tivat. The bells are practically ready for transportation; we only have to check the electronic equipment. The bells` decoration is very remarkable. Our artists were asked to create a special ornament using naval motifs”. During its 20-year history, the Vera Foundry has cast about 17,000 bells, which are hung not only in Russian towns, but, also in the USA, Japan, and Korea. The most popular work with the Voronezh foremen is the exact copy of the set of the bells of the Danilovsky Monastery in Moscow they cast for Harvard University. The copies were transported to the USA, whilst the original bells shall be returned to Russia this year.

27 June 2008

Ludmila Seliverstova

Voice of Russia World Service


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