Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

30 March 2016. The Revival Will NOT be Televised… The Revival Will be Live… Kid’s Choir at the Khram Spasitelya

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Children’s Choir of Moscow and Moscow Oblast at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow

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Many people think of “revival” in Born-Again Proddie terms. Sober observation soon convinces all grounded people that such emotionalism rarely lasts, and hardly ever leads to real reformation and conversion. Real revival is the work of years… even generations. If one looks at Russia today, a solid foundation is there. More people go to church on a given Sunday than they do in the contemporary West. Let’s keep it simple… in the West (including the USA!) church buildings are falling vacant and finding new use as clubs, restaurants, or even private homes. In Russia, new churches pop up… most are rarely empty and operate seven days a week (if you want a pannikhida any day of the week, the priest and dirigent are normally there). People go in and light candles… they confess… they pray… it’s not like American parishes, where the church building stands locked most of the time.

The konvertsy want us to follow “Evangelical” models. I say that’s evil. If we want revival… let’s follow the Mother Church. It may take years… I certainly wouldn’t see the full fruit of it… but it’d be real, unlike Born-Again ersatz spiritualism. It’s time to take the first step… by denouncing ALL forms of “Evangelical” sectarianism (it isn’t Christian in the least) and all those who want to bring such rubbish into Christ’s Church. Let’s be REAL Christians, following the traditions given us by the Saints and our forefathers (not Antichristian “Evangelical” notions)… after all, the Church DID exist before the Born-Agains popped up, didn’t it?

BMD

Sunday, 4 January 2015

4 January 2015. Winter Comes to Moscow…

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Winter started a bit late in Moscow and Moscow Oblast… but it came in with a bang on 25 December. It’s not quite an Old School Russian Winter, but it’s getting there.

BMD

Thursday, 1 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Memories of Soviet New Years

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New Year celebration in 1963 in the Dom Profsoyuzov, Moscow (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) USSR

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Ded Moroz and Snegurochka entertain children in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets, Moscow, 1977

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New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets

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New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets

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Queue at Detsky Mir (Children’s World) toy store, Moscow, 1983

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New Year celebration in the Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Tbilisi (Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic) USSR

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Buying a new TV set ahead of the New Year holiday, 1963

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New Year programme on Estonian TV, 1982

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00 Soviet New Year 09. Moscow 1964. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in a kindergarten, Moscow, 1964

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00 Soviet New Year 10. Moscow 1985. 01.01.15

Sale on the Arbat ahead of New Year, Moscow, 1985

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00 Soviet New Year 11. Moscow Oblast 1984. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz at a winter Pioneer camp in Moscow Oblast, 1984

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00 Soviet New Year 12. Uzbek SSR 1965. 01.01.15

Antonov An-2 aircraft delivered New Year trees to residents in Bukhara Oblast, Uzbek SSR, 1965

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00 Soviet New Year 13. Altai Krai 1980. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka in Altai Krai USSR, 1980

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00 Soviet New Year 14. 1985. 01.01.15

New Year celebration, 1985

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00 Soviet New Year 15. Moscow, 1985. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz leads gymnastics class in Moscow, 1985

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Ded Moroz in Riga, Latvian SSR, 1986

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The first official New Year performance for children in the USSR was in the Column Hall of Moscow’s Dom Profsoyuzov (House of Trades Unions) in 1936. These images recall Soviet New Year celebrations and activities.

29 December 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/769813

Editor:

THIS is the “Evil Empire” that pigs like Victor Potapov and Patrick Buchanan expostulated about. Living standards in the USSR were lower than in the USA because the Soviets had to spend huge amounts on armaments to defend against Western aggression and rebuild their war damage, all at once. The USA suffered NO war damage… so American boasting about the Cold War is wrong, not to the point, and mendacious in the extreme. The main Sov forces were in the Western Military District in Byelorussia, that’s where all the most-modern stuff was… the forces in Germany and Czechoslovakia were meant to absorb the impact of a Western attack. The history of the last twenty-odd years proves that wasn’t paranoia… the Anglo Americans are violent and peevish toddlers… ask the Serbs, Afghans, Yemenis, Palestinians, Iraqis, and Novorossiyans… and the Native Americans and Filipinos before them (a Filipino said, “The Spaniards were bad, the Americanos were worse, the Hapons were worse than that, but the worst of all were the New Americanos”).

The USSR was done in by Gorbachyov’s incompetence, not the “superiority” of the West. VVP is right… the fall of the USSR was a historical tragedy. These photos prove it. One last thing… this image set is NOT anti-Soviet… fancy that… it proves that Russians do NOT despise their past, as Anglo Americans do. I think that a new socialism is arising in Russia. A spectre haunts the country clubs and Tea Party haunts… methinks that the prideful rightwing obituaries for socialism were a bit premature…

BMD

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Moscow Parks Beef Up Patrols to Deter Squirreljacking

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Editor’s Note:

I don’t know how righteous this story is, but its “squirrelly” enough to be real. We all need a smile… pass me the jug… it’s thirsty work…

BMD

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On Friday, Aleksei Gorelov, the head of the Ecological Control Department of the Eastern and Northeastern Administrative Okrugs, told RIA-Novosti that his department is watching all parks and squares in Moscow with extra care amidst reports of a spate of alleged squirrelnappings in public areas. Gorelov said that his department received intel that people were apparently jacking squirrels to sell them, in particular, in Khlebnikov Forest Park (and here) {most of Khlebnikov is in Moscow Oblast, not Moscow proper: editor} and Ostankino Park. He said, “Beginning today, we’ve implemented strict control over natural territories (parks) in Moscow to stop incidents of hunting wild animals”. Gorelov noted that capturing animals in Moscow is on the same par in legal terms as hunting, which is illegal within city limits. Squirrels aren’t in the Red Book of Endangered Species, so authorities can only impose a fine of only 20,000 roubles (569 USD. 633 CAD. 650 AUD. 422 Euros. 346 UK Pounds) for each offence. Yelena Viktorovna told Komsomolskaya Pravda about an attempted squirrel-snatching in 50th Anniversary of the Great October Park (and here), “Right before my eyes, three men were running around a tree that a squirrel was in. They had a pole with a noose [attached to it] and were obviously attempting to catch the animal”. KP stated that prices on the internet for squirrels start from 5,000 roubles (143 USD. 159 CAD. 163 AUD. 106 Euros. 86 UK Pounds) apiece, and squirrel salesmen are ready to buy them for 1,500 roubles (43 USD. 48 CAD. 49 AUD. 32 Euros. 26 UK Pounds) per head. Gorelov said that they’d beef up patrols in parks and that they’d involve the cops in cornering squirreljackers.

1 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140201/187088598/Squirrel-Kidnappings-Prompt-Boost-in-Moscow-Park-Patrols.html

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