Voices from Russia

Sunday, 13 December 2015

13 December 2015. Yolka at Kazan Cathedral in Piter

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“2016 To the New Year and the Nativity of Christ”


Literally, “Yolka” in Russian means “fir-tree”… it has no relation to Christmas at all. Ergo, the best “Englishing” of this would be “Holiday Tree”, as it mostly symbolises the secular holiday of the New Year.



Saturday, 13 July 2013

Thousands Queue In Russia to See Religious Relic

00 Cross of St Andrew. St Petersburg, Kazan Cathedral. 13.07.13


On Saturday, officials said that around 65,000 people queued for hours in St Petersburg to see a religious relic brought from Greece, in the latest sign of the Orthodox Church’s influence in post-Soviet Russia. The Cross of St Andrew… said to be a relic of the X-shaped cross on which Apostle St Andrew the First-Called was crucified… was placed in St Petersburg’s Kazan Cathedral (Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God) on Thursday after arriving from its historic home in Patras in Greece. A representative of the Foundation of St Andrew the First-Called, which helped bring the cross to Russia, told RIA-Novosti that there were some 65,000 visitors in just the first days of its display, and that the numbers are increasing all the time.

The cross came from Greece as part of commemorations of the 1,025th anniversary of the Baptism of the mediaeval Slavic state of Rus. The queue to see the relic snaked all around the cathedral with the faithful having to wait for several hours to venerate the relic. Local officials said that the atmosphere in the queue was cheerful. Tatiana Koroliova, 60, told AFP, “It’s a great event for all Orthodox. I came especially to St Petersburg from my house in the country which is 200 kilometres (125 miles) away”. The excitement recalls the frenzy that surrounded the appearance of the Belt of the Virgin Mary in Russia in 2011… also on loan from Greece… which attracted gigantic queues when it arrived in Moscow.

The communists suppressed the Orthodox Church, but it’s staged an astonishing recovery in post-Soviet Russia to become one of the country’s most powerful institutions. Symbolically, the Cross of St Andrew cross is being shown in the Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg, which under Communism was a museum of atheism. However, the anti-Kremlin opposition accused the Orthodox Church under its powerful Patriarch Kirill of meddling in politics and instigating the harsh treatment of the Pussy Riot punk group. Two members of the punk collective are serving two-year prison colony terms for performing an anti-Kremlin song inside a Moscow church, in a case that divided Russian society. The relic is due to stay in St Petersburg until Monday, and then be taken to Kiev in the Ukraine, Minsk in Belarus, and to the Russian capital of Moscow before returning to Greece on 2 August.

13 July 2013



Editor’s Note:

The journey of the Cross of St Andrew is so “newsy” that even the Western press agencies are covering it. Take all Western reportage on the Rodina with a block of salt… much of it is nothing but meretricious and lying pro-crapitalist propaganda (especially, mistrust “Orthodox” lickspittles such as Sophia Kishkovsky and Serge Schmemann… they’ve sold out for the proverbial “mess of pottage“). Look at the inclusion of a blurb on Pussy Riot… most Russians don’t give a shit about these zapadniki poseurs… only a small English-speaking minority in Piter and the Centre do… and the clueless Westerners just eat it all up. However, don’t argue with Amerikantsy idiots about it… it’ll do you no good, it’ll just frustrate you to no good end, and it’ll just drive the Fox News propaganda deeper into your interlocutor’s (shallow) mind. Do mind this, though… the worst, most fanatic, and most closed-minded Amerikantsy are found amongst the “Orthodox” konvertsy… fancy that. Have a care…


Monday, 15 August 2011

Patriarch Kirill Thanked Cuban President Castro for His Care of Russian Believers on the Occasion of Sr Castro’s 85th Birthday

Our Lady of Kazan Russian Orthodox Church in Havana, built with the assistance of Sr Castro and the Cuban government.


Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and All Russia sent birthday greetings to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro Ruz on his 85th birthday. “The MP will always remember with gratitude your personal contribution to the building of the Russian church in Havana, and the sincere care that you’ve given our Russian community there”, according to the message, as released by the Patriarchal Press Service. As His Holiness noted, Sr Castro’s personal example inspired Cubans “to treat Russian Orthodox people with great warmth, to take interest in and to learn about our spiritual traditions. As I warmly remember our meetings, I wish you, and your family, good health, long life, and vigour”, the message said.

15 August 2011



Editor’s Note:

Note how His Holiness treats Sr Castro with great respect. I’ll be blunt… there are elements in our Church here that are trying to ally the Church with extremist rightwing elements. Don’t be passive! Stand up to these godless bastards! They’re going against the Mind of the Church as our REAL leaders such as Patriarch Kirill express it. His Holiness opposes the Cuban economic blockade, the War on Terror, Western Neoliberalism (“conservatism”), the pro-Western oligarchs, proselytising Sectarian scum, and the “Free Market” (what’s not to like in any of that?). Get with the programme! Follow his Nibs… not chowderheads like JP, Alexander Webster, Hannes Jacobses, Rod Dreher, Freddie M-G, Matthew Tate, Terry Mattingly, Bobby K, Tosi, Mark Stokoe, and Benjamin Peterson. They’re serving you a Large Economy-Size Shit Sandwich with oodles of Sectarian Sauce, and they’re expecting you to take a BIG BITE (and like it, no less…).

You know what to do… Follow His Nibs… not these schmidiots. Fight for the Truth… IN THE NAME OF LIFE!


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