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4 April 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Lighten Up… Clown Parade in Piter

00 Clown Parade in Piter. 04.04.14


Clowns Parade in St Petersburg as part of the 11th International Funny Festival to mark the anniversary of the birth of the author Nikolai Gogol. Smile awhile… it isn’t all serious (thank God for that!). Russia… you can’t understand it with your mind… you must grasp it with your soul. Here’s some good clean fun from the Evil Empire…


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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Russian House “Rodina” Opens Park of Glory in USA

00 Gogol monument in Poltava. 26.05.13

Monument to Nikolai Gogol in Poltava (Poltava Oblast) THE UKRAINE


The grand opening of a unique Park of Glory takes place on 26 May in Howell NJ. The park contains 28 monuments to prominent Russian cultural and historical figures:

The park is on the grounds of the Russian House “Rodina”, which came up with the idea for the Park of Glory. Two days before, on 24 May, Russian House “Rodina” launched a two-week-long celebration of Russian culture with a reception devoted to Slavonic Literature and Culture Day in memory of Ss Kirill and Mefody, Equals-to-the-Apostles, Teachers of the Slavic Peoples. Celebrations are set to continue until 8 June.

26 May 2013

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

There are NO Soviet figures in this list (save for two “dissidents”)… they should’ve included (at the very least) the rocket pioneer Tsiolkovsky, the leader of the victorious VOV armies Zhukov, the father of cosmonautics Korolyov, the first cosmonaut Gagarin, the writer Simonov, and the composer Shostakovich. If they included Pyotr Veliki, they had an obligation to include Lenin and Stalin, too (none of these three were much to write home about in a religious sense, but all were great figures in Russian history, like it or not). In short, this smells to me of “White Revisionism”… I wonder how many of those linked with this project have family ties to the Vlasovtsy and KONR? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

I am AGAINST “whitewashed” or “airbrushed” history of any sort, Right or Left… this reeks of such, I’m afraid. This has the ordure of the First Family Lukianov clan about it, too. Give me the whole banana, warts n’ all… otherwise, it’s a lie. Reflect on that one… it’s a meaty bone to gnaw upon.


Festival of Slavic Culture Embraces New Format



Choir in rehearsal for this event… even though the pro-zapadnik Portal-Credo.ru reposted it, it didn’t originate with them… they’re not original enough to create such, truth be told


The Festival of Slavic Culture will occur on 24 May, featuring 200 events that will take place in 70 oblasts all over Russia. The Festival of Slavic Culture honours the brothers Ss Kirill and Mefody, the inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet and Christian missionaries. The Church ranks them as равноапостольный (ravnoapostolny: Equal-to-the-Apostles). As before, Moscow will be the focus of the celebrations.

Vladimir Legoida, head of the MP Information Department, said, “This year, the Festival will follow an informal format; it’ll be an event on an unprecedented scale, featuring many events in one day. From year to year, we’ve been doing our best to see to it that the festival strikes a personal note with everyone who happens to attend. Our purpose is to ensure that Kirill and Mefody are household names amongst ordinary people”.

Scholars believe that in the time of Kirill and Mefody, the 9th century AD, Slavs had no difficulty understanding each other. Experts state that Slavic people believed that they spoke the same language, as they shared the same system of sounds. The two brothers developed this system into an alphabet, to translate Greek religious texts into Slavonic. The Cyrillic alphabet became a foundation for creating alphabets for other Slavic languages.

Street signs in Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, and Macedonian at the Moscow festival will remind visitors of this fact. Many of the festival’s events have the purpose of popularising the Russian language. Moscow professors will give public lectures on Russian, whilst famous performers will read excerpts from Russian classic literature near the statues of Aleksandr Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, and Marina Tsvetaeva. Some 30 choirs, comprising at least 3,000 singers, will gather in Red Square for festival’s closing event… a gala concert entitled The Most Loved Songs. The choirs will perform church anthems, along with a large number of folk and pop songs, all to the accompaniment of a combined orchestra. Those willing to join the professionals will be able to follow the songs on large screens installed all over Moscow.

Sofia Apfelbaum of the Ministry of Culture (Minkultury), said, “Moscow has never seen such a large-scale cultural celebration before. We hope that this experiment will be successful. The songs are popular and known by many people. The gala’s repertoire was picked specifically for the purpose of bringing all people together so that the crowd in Red Square could sing along with the performers and so that everyone would know that Russians have a specific cultural standard”.

Fr Pavel Shcherbachyov of the MP Patriarchal Council for Culture, said, “A harmonious combination of the secular and religious adds a particular flavour to the festival. Even though spirituality in the religious sense of the word played no role in Russian society for a long time, these songs’ lyrics reflect the traditions of previous centuries. If we analysed the words of these songs, we’d discover that they reflect the traditions of the past, when there was an alloy of culture and religion”.

The song marathon in Moscow will end with the performance of Glory, Glory, Mother Russia! by Mikhail Glinka (the closing chorus of the opera Жизнь за царя (Zhizn za tsarya: A Life for the Tsar)), followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

23 May 2013

Yelena Andrusenko

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

It was also Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev‘s name-day…

на многая лета!


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