Voices from Russia

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Happy Easter and Happy Workers’ Day!

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Russian Orthodox Churches don’t have pews. You stand the whole time (5 hours). Someday, we’ll all stand like this before God. (original caption)

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Me with Fr Boris, my Godfather, former chaplain and soldier in the Vostok Battalion. We may look like a couple of bikers in this pic, but this was after a 5 hour Orthodox Easter service. It was beautiful. (original caption)

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Editor:

We as Orthodox Christians have a choice. We can follow rightwing charlatans like John Whiteford, Rod Dreher, Victor Potapov, and Josiah Trenham, or we can follow true Christian gentlemen like Russell  Bentley. Read the following… you know what the rightwing pukes say, I needn’t repeat it. Weigh the two positions, then, choose… choose wisely, for the fate of your immortal soul IS in the balance…

You can line up with the Trump Chumps or with decent people of goodwill such as Russell Bentley. One of these things is NOT like the other…

BMD

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Today’s an auspicious day; it’s both Easter Sunday in the Russian Orthodox Church, and 1 May, the real Labour Day, when we honour the workers of the world. Therefore, it’s a very special day for Essence of Time volunteers in the DNR and all around the world. Essence of Time believes in Communism 2.0 and in the Russian Orthodox religion. We seek to invent an improved Communism, a Socialist Union of workers, peoples and nations around the world, and we realise we can only do this with God’s help. However, we don’t expect God to do it for us. We know it’ll take a great deal of work, wisdom, and sacrifice on our part to achieve this lofty goal.

The Russian Orthodox religion isn’t like most religions in the West… the phoney “Prosperity Gospel”, a despicable lie that says that rich people are rich because God rewards their “virtues” and the poor people of the world suffer because they are somehow bad. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s the exact opposite of what Jesus taught. The basis of the Russian Orthodox religion is humility, generosity, and solidarity with our fellow-man. It’s the true interpretation of what Jesus taught. Moreover, Jesus was a Communist. He shared equally with all. The Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper are perfect examples.

What’s the idea of Essence of Time’s Communism 2.0? It seeks to take the basic premises of Marx and Lenin, to understand what mistakes we made, to correct them, and move forward to build a more just, more sustainable, more equitable world. We can and should judge the true character of any society, of any civilisation, not by the opulence of its richest members, but by the condition of its poorest least-advantaged members. If every member of that society, including the least among them, has food, housing, education, and medical care, sufficient for every member to achieve their full human potential, it’s a just and humane society. If some have more than they can ever earn, more than they can ever spend, while others have less than enough to live, it can hardly be called civilised, much less a just human society. It is nothing more than, as Marx said, Man’s exploitation of Man. That is what we’re now fighting against. It’s a fight, a war, for the future of Humanity. A fight we plan to win.

Humanity now has only these choices… either we make a better more just world for all who are in it, or we face extinction for the majority and enslavement of the rest, by a small class of people who want to rule the world in perpetuity, who want to exploit human beings like livestock, or exterminate them like insects. Furthermore, they will, if we let them. That’s the work of the Devil. No realistic survey of the human condition in the world today can come to any conclusion but that things are getting worse, every day, for the majority of mankind. We have the resources to provide for all, a decent living, education, health care, a chance for everyone to fulfil their true human potential, but some have diverted these resources and added them to the already obscene and unjustifiable wealth of a ruthless few. The battle for the future of humanity is a battle between us and them.

So, on this day when we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, on the same day that we respect the contribution, and the rights, of all the workers in the world, the majority of Humanity, let us join together to make the world a better place for all of us, for every person in it, and to fight those who believe they can make us their slaves. As Jesus said, that which we do for the least of our Brothers, we do for Him. As Marx said, we have nothing to lose but our chains.

1 May 2016

Russell “Texas” Bentley

http://www.russelltexasbentley.com/2016/05/happy-easter-and-happy-workers-day.html

Editor:

Either Russell Bentley follows true Orthodoxy or the rightwingers do… there’s no middle ground. You MUST choose one or the other…

BMD

Saturday, 7 May 2016

7 May 2016. Did You Know? The Last Shots Fired by the Red Army in the VOV Were on Holy Easter?

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The last shots fired by the Red Army in the VOV were at the fall of Festung Breslau in Silesia on 6 May 1945… Holy Easter Sunday that year. It was also the holyday of St George the all-Victorious (as it is every year). So, even though the formal surrender didn’t come into force until 0200 MSK 9 May 1945, the fellow with the placard is correct, in fact (it always takes time for formalities to catch up with realities).

Betcha didn’t know that one…

BMD

Friday, 6 May 2016

6 May 2016. HH Spent Easter at the Дом для мамы (Dom dlya Mamy: House for Mommies)

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HH spent Easter at a home for unwed mothers with the inimitable Bishop Panteleimon Shatov. HH doesn’t mouth pro-life… he does pro-life. He doesn’t wave placards… he aids unwed mothers. That’s a lesson for all of us, but especially for a certain loud individual claiming to found a “monastery” in the DC burbs. He’d do better to go to an established house and raise money for unwed mothers… that’d wipe away many of his accumulated sins against believers and clergy…

BMD

Monday, 2 May 2016

Easter Greetings from Comrade Zyuganov… The Bright Resurrection: A Holiday Celebrating Goodness, Justice, and Dignity, and the Unity of All Who Work in the Name of These Unfading Ideals

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I sincerely and heartily greet you on the Day of Resurrection! For two millennia, this holiday celebrated the triumph of life over the decay, of light over darkness, of loyalty over betrayal, bringing together all people of goodwill. For our country, after two decades of violated dignity, we now see that it’s regained respect and credibility on the world stage, this holiday is a sign of hope for revival and prosperity.

Our country’s foundations lay on pillars that shaped its history for a millennium, creating a vast country stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific, creating a Russian inheritance from the Black Sea to the white expanse of the Arctic Ocean. The most salient pillar is a strong state, without which we couldn’t survive in the midst of such vast spaces. Our historical experience shows us that only a centralised, prudent, and perceptive authority is capable of melding this huge space into a single state sovereignty, to successfully face greedy invaders eager for our riches. However, the pillar of spirituality is no less important, as it undergirds our sense of patriotism and of our selfless loyalty to the Motherland. Spirituality nourishes our warriors, the defenders of our sovereignty; it inspires our authors, inventors, and creators. The next highest ideal is justice, which is a primordial feeling in every Russian. A society that doesn’t respect this principle isn’t respected; it’s unsustainable, doomed to discord and strife. Without justice, without respect to the working class, despite our endeavours and talents, we’d find it impossible to face our current challenges and threats.

We won all of our achievements and victories only due to the fact that these traits are timeless traits of our Russian and Soviet civilisation. This sense of oneness and joint effort helped us to face brutal invasions and restore devastated lands, to create a mighty science,  a spiritualised literature, and elevated arts. This year, it isn’t coincidental that the brilliant celebration of the Resurrection fell on the Red Unity Day of all working people, whose labours create everything necessary for life and work, whose podvigs* defended the country in wars and struggles. It was only possible by uniting our honest intentions, true words, and selfless deeds.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

In less than six months, we’ll have elections to the highest legislative body in Russia… the RF Gosduma. Let’s be mindful of how important it is to have true and unmercenary people in all bodies, since Russia has already exhausted the storehouse of good gained from our glorious heroic past. We should choose the sort of people who, in the words of Apostle St Paul, “don’t hide by employing idle talk”, to whom we can entrust with establishing just laws in our difficult times. We should elect those who give us confidence in the future, who find their inspiration in justice and spirituality, who place the people’s interests above all. The welfare of the people is the highest interest of the State and of the Motherland.

In this bright and blooming month of May, we’ll celebrate another anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. We still recall how the celebrations in honour of the anniversary of the Victory and the Marches of the Immortal Regiment in Russia and in foreign countries moved us, and how we saw the enthusiasm in Sevastopol and the Crimea on their reunification with the Motherland. Symbolically, on 9 May 1944, the Red Army liberated Khersones Tavrichesky (where Christianity came to Russia) and the Hero City of Sevastopol, exactly one year before the final defeat of fascism and the Great Victory. This year’s parade, with us holding the portraits of those gone into eternity, will occur on soil that’s once-again Russian. On that day, the kids in the Crimea will send thousands of paper “Victory Ships” floating in the Black Sea. “Seven feet under your keel” to heroic Sevastopol and the victorious Crimea!

The words of the poet and philosopher A S Khomyakov spoke of the resurgent “life of the spirit, the spirit of life” of our Motherland, saying of our Rodina’s bright inheritance:

Keep to our integral heritage

Despite the high cost of just affairs;

Preserve our age-old holy brotherhood,

Love its life-giving chalice,

With faith keep its brilliant wealth

In truth, with unsoiled justice.

The Spirit sanctified all of you,

Your heart heard Heaven’s voice,

In the coming days, life has in store

Yet new glories and wonders!

To the feast of the Resurrection of Christ!

To the May Day holiday!

I wish happiness, accomplishment, and the joy of blessed labour to all Orthodox Christians! Peace and prosperity to all people in the world!

30 April 2016

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Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

https://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/154580.html

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