Voices from Russia

Saturday, 2 February 2013

2 February 2013. There was a REASON for the Revolution…

00 This is Why There was a Revolution. Russia. Pralevke. 1891-2. 02.02.13


This snap of the village of Pralevka in Lukoyanovskoye County in Nizhny Novgorod Guberniya (in present-day Novoslobodsky Rural Council of Bolshoye Boldino Raion in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast) (taken in 1891-92) in the Volga region is by the famed photographer Maksim Dmitriev (1858-1948). Unlike the pioneering colour pictures of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky (which are a unique treasure), the photos of Dmitriev didn’t show a picture-postcard Russia. He took photos showing the actual conditions found in the countryside. If you wish a fully-rounded view of Tsarist Russia, you must take into account both Prokudin-Gorsky and Dmitriev. Otherwise, you end as a self-serving propagandist of either the left or the right (the latter bunch has taken over sections of the ROCOR and it issues bootless and ungrounded attacks on the Soviet period, without mentioning ANY of the blemishes of the tsarist era, or mentioning that many of their families were Nazi collaborators in the VOV). There were serious social problems, real weaknesses that the World War exacerbated. The tsarist state wasn’t “doomed to die”, but the actions of many of its supporters did hasten that end. That’s something to think about, isn’t it?



Monday, 12 November 2012

12 November 2012. Our Great Russian Motherland… The Night of Ivan Kupala on Lake Svetloyar


On the night of Ivan Kupala in the Russian village of Vladimir (Voskresensky Raion. Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. Volga Federal District), people hold candles and walk around the local lake. According to old peasant lore, if you walk around Lake Svetloyar three times, then, your wish would come true.


Monday, 1 August 2011

Pilgrims From All Over the Russian Space Take Part in Festivities in Diveyevo Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Finding of the Relics of St Serafim Sarovsky

Cossack honour guard and escort for the icon of the Mother of God of Tabynsk


Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov (1935- ) of Krutitsy and Kolomna, Patriarchal Vicar for the Diocese of Moscow, officiated in the place of His Nibs… you can have him or you can have the Blunder… the fact the konvertsy prefer the Blunder (because of his mellifluous Oxbridge accent) says volumes about them…


Diveyevo celebrated the 20th anniversary of the second finding of the relics of St Serafim Sarovsky, involving numerous pilgrims from all over Russia and the CIS. This year, many brought their children. Therefore, Svetlana Krylova of Verkhneuralsk took along all her children… six boys and two girls, the youngest being only a few months old. “I decided to do this because I hope that this holy place will help my children to grow stronger spiritually”, she explained. Fifteen ruling bishops of the MP served a festive liturgy at the Holy Trinity-St Seraphim Diveyevo Convent.

The day before the festivities, Archbishop Georgi Danilov of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas and Governor Valery Shantsyov of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast visited a pilgrim’s camp in Diveyevo. They visited a chapel in honour of Grand Prince St Vladimir, a kitchen and dining areas, a medical aid point, and some of the visitors’ tents. They spent a good deal of time talking with the pilgrims, there were more than 3,000 in the camp. Together with the other bishops and the secular authorities, Vladyki Georgi greeted and blessed the marchers in a procession with the icon of the Mother of God of Tabynsk; Cossacks of the Orenburg, Tambov, and Siberian voiskas acted as the icon’s escort and guard. Last year, pilgrims with the icon walked some been 6,000 kilometres, visiting 400 places in the Ural, Siberian, and Volga Federal Regions. This year, the procession went through the Caucasus and Abkhazia, and from there, returned to Orenburg through Kazakhstan, then, going on to its final destination in Diveyevo. “We’ve been on the road for quite some time, so, we took advantage of this to come to Diveyevo and take part in the celebrations dedicated to Batiushka Serafim”, said Konstantin Krylov, the leader of the procession, the website of the Diocese of Nizhny Novgorod reported.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias sent a congratulatory message for the festivities, reminding the sisterhood and attached clergy of Diveyevo Convent of St Serafim’s instructions, “who called us to devote all our lives to the acquisition of the treasure of the Holy Spirit. We perform the precepts of this great saint of God by serving the people, preaching the Gospel truths, praying, keeping our commitment to piety and love, and by accepting all that comes to us as spiritual consolation and counsel”, His Holiness wrote, as quoted by the Patriarchal Press Service. As reported, after his Ukrainian visit, the patriarch suffered a severe viral infection; ergo, his doctors recommended to him that he cancel his scheduled trips to Kronshtadt and Diveyevo.

1 August 2011



Editor’s Note:

I needed to cover something GOOD and POSITIVE after sojourning in the dung-heap where JP, Dickie, Bobby, the First Families, and the konvertsy live. Sanity reigns in the Church… “We perform the precepts of this great saint of God by serving the people”… when we compare THAT to JP’s unhinged diatribe on homosexuality, there’s no comparison. I know that I’ve got to re-enter the shit pit, yet again, but it’s good to know that the Centre remains uncorrupted by our rubbishy diaspora ravings. Thank God for small favours (literally meant)!


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