Voices from Russia

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Sputnik International Presents… Moscow Kicks Off Winter Season with Opening of Colourful Skating Rinks

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A fireworks display at the opening of the skating rink at the VDNKh exhibition centre

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The VDNKh rink can accommodate about five thousand people; its area is almost 70,000 square metres (753,474 square feet) (7 hectares: 17.3 acres).

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At the VDNKh rink, the largest in Russia, the decorations have an “Arctic” theme, with figures of Northern animals and imitations of the Northern Lights.

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Fireworks display at the VDNKh rink opening; DUNDU, a famous German light theatre, provided a fantastic Momentum of Lights performance that spectacularly climaxed the celebration

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Theatrical performance at the opening of the skating rink in the Ermitazh Garden

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Visitors took pictures at the Ermitazh Garden rink opening

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The Serebryany Lyod (Silver Ice) skating rink opened at Izmailovsky Park; on opening day, it gave all comers free admission, which was true at many other municipal skating rinks as well

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Skaters at the Lyod (Ice) skating rink in Sokolniki Park

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Winter season officially started in Moscow… massive festivities celebrated the opening of the outdoor skating rinks at the city’s main parks. A beautiful light show took place at VDNKh’s skating rink, which was the largest ice rink in Europe for the third year in a row. Those who attended the opening show of the Ermitazh Garden’s skating rink enjoyed a Venetian carnival. Due to the unique technology used to create it, the Lyod skating rink at Sokolniki Park is one of the most colourful and modern rinks in Moscow as its artificial ice doesn’t depend on the weather.

28 November 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/photo/201611281047914527-skating-rinks-opening-celebration/

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Mayor Sobyanin Thinks that the State Should Restore Churches Destroyed or Damaged Due to Its Actions

Ilya Glazunov. The Desecration of the Church at Easter. 1999

The Desecration of the Church at Easter

Ilya Glazunov

1999

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On Saturday, Moscow Mayor S S Sobyanin said on the documentary Тайна спасения (Taina spaseniya: The Mystery of Salvation), broadcast on TVTs on Patriarch Kirill’s birthday:

The state has to aid the Church in reconstructing what it destroyed, for the destruction took place because of its direct actions. The construction project covering 200 new churches in Moscow is local, but the work of restoring existing church buildings and reconstructing destroyed buildings is much more important. This involves dozens of church buildings, which are the adornment of Moscow, they’re its historical memory. The project for such restoration and rebuilding is quite difficult and quite expensive, but the city will help the Church to the best of its ability, to the last rouble.

19 November 2016

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=65210

Sunday, 20 November 2016

20 November 2016. A Photo Essay: Russia Remembered and Marked 7 November…

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On 7 November, a re-enactment of the 7 November 1941 October Revolution parade took place in Moscow. For all intents and purposes, it celebrated the USSR and its victory over the fascists in the VOV. Most working-class Russians are for a return to the USSR and its values… at the same time, many are practising Orthodox Christians. The Church seems to prefer honest Soviet values over corrupt Western “values”; the commies have dropped all opposition to religious faith and practise. The atheists in Russia are the Westward-leaning bourgeois… the believers are socialist workers.

Fancy that. The Church and Party are on the same page… the Westernisers and irreligion are on the same page. I can see why people want the USSR back… they’re tired of the corrupt non-values of the West and its Russian lapdogs. If I were in Russia, I’d vote for the KPRF gladly. Reflect on this… the commies are the faction closest to the Church… what does that tell you about the rebels in the diaspora who want to ally the Church with godless anti-Church rightwing forces? I’d advise to think well on that…

BMD

Friday, 13 May 2016

13 May 2016. I Was Sick and You Visited Me

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“I was sick and you visited me”… one either incarnates Christ’s example or one is a hypocrite… full stop. Bishop Panteleimon Shatov of Orekhovo-Zuyevo is Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service (OTsBSS). He’s an all-round good guy… one of the best. Yet, he personally went to hospitals in Moscow on Christmas (and Easter) to visit with patients, bring them small gifts, and to show Christian compassion (without mawkish sentimentality or showy publicity). This is what the Christian Life is all about. It’s not about peering over the tops of toilet stalls or waving placards…

BMD

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