Voices from Russia

Saturday, 27 September 2014

27 September 2014. A Point to Ponder from I A Ilyin…

00 Mikhail Nesterov. The Thinker. A Portrait of Ivan Ilyin. 1922

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You can’t help but love your Motherland; if you don’t love it, this means that you haven’t found it and that you really don’t have one. You must seek out your Motherland with your soul… with an unbound soul, full of the love of beauty; you can’t see it without knowing it, but if you do find it and know it, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

I A Ilyin

On the Essence of Justice

1919

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In the midst of a raging Civil War, Ilyin stipulated that the “Sense of Justice” was an intrinsic property of the human soul, which manifests itself as a feeling of respect for the law and the rule of law. Ilyin posited that the person has a special moral sense… of righteousness, justice, responsibility, and freedom. The absence of such feelings generates a civic void, one that inevitably becomes an uncivil morass. If one finds the Motherland, one finds the strength to take upon themselves this burden of responsibility… ergo, if one refuses to find the Motherland, if one refuses the Sense of Justice, one has no strength, no reality, and no moral compass. One sees this in Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rod Dreher. The last-named is particularly egregious… he refuses to settle down and to have a real objective Motherland, ergo, he not only has no Sense of Justice, he has no standard of humanity whatsoever (where is he from? Is he from Brooklyn, Texas, the District, or Louisiana? He’s a rootless and soulless avatar of his own making… a figure more to be pitied than hated). If you don’t have a Motherland, you can’t have the World, either. Before you can love the Abstract, you must love the Concrete… and that is always a specific place, a Homely Home, as the Brits say. I live in the Northeast, and the only way I’ll leave it is in a box, toes up… I mean it. It gives me grounding and nurture. That’s why I pity those like Dreher… he’s sold off his real inheritance for mere and fleeting financial gain. Silly wabbit… there’s no place like Home… when will he realise that and stop his peripatetic wandering (not only in geography, but in spirituality, too)?

BMD

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Cops Detain 20 People at Rally Against Ban on Americans Adopting Russian Kids

00.01a Patriarchal Yolka. Kirill. 01.12

Russian kids don’t need American adoptions… they need help at home. The Church agrees with that, not with sending kids away to another country, where they’re lost to the Rodina and to the Faith.

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On Wednesday morning, police detained about 20 people staging a picket outside the RF Gosduma, ahead of the second hearing of a bill that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children. The draft law, dubbed the Dima Yakovlev bill, was proposed as part of the Russian “response” to the American Magnitsky Act… a law that introduced visa bans and asset freezes for Russian officials. The bill is under consideration by the RF Gosduma, the lower house of the RF Federal Assembly, in its crucial second reading on Wednesday. Last week, the lawmakers approved the original bill without the adoption amendment. Dozens of people gathered outside the Duma building near the Kremlin in downtown Moscow to protest against the adoption ban; critics said it’d leave Russian children stranded in outdated state care institutions. The police detained two dozen activists holding placards. Dozens more, not holding banners or placards, remained outside the building, despite requests from police that they disperse.

If the bill passes its second reading on Wednesday, it’s likely to pass in its third and final reading on Friday, potentially coming into effect in 2013 after approval by the RF Federation Council and if President Putin signs it into law. The bill is named after Dima Yakovlev, a 21-month-old who died of heatstroke in July 2008 after his adoptive father, Miles Harrison, left him unattended in a car for nine hours. The adoption ban is the most controversial aspect of the proposed legislation, which also proposes to ban alleged Americans who abuse Russian citizens’ rights from entering Russia, and freezing any assets they might have here.

19 December 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/politics/20121219/178261288.html

Editor’s Note:

These are obviously zapadniki. That is, a very unrepresentative and tiny (albeit very vocal and magnified by Western media) minority. Yes, Russia should ban Americans from adopting Russian kids. Indeed, the fact that the Yeltsin junta allowed such is a sign that they were unpatriotic worshippers of the West and its money-centred godless “culture”. In short, Russia’s going to “take care of its own”, thank you very much, and that’s the proper way, any road, for any self-respecting Great Power (which Russia is, despite Western caterwauling to the contrary).

BMD

Friday, 9 March 2012

9 March 2012. A Photo Essay. Our Many Different Faces: Ringing the Changes on the Theme “Being a Woman in Russia”

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If you peel back the obscuring layers of media, government, academic, and partisan propaganda, you’ll find that both Russian and American women aren’t at all like the fevered and cartoonish statements of feminist and rightwing ideologues. We’re “what we are”, in no way are ANY of us “perfect” examples of femininity (or butchiness, for that matter). This is my celebration of the women of the Rodina… the old, the unconventional, the young, the “traditional”, and the just plain “one-off’s”. Where I stand on this spectrum is for you to decide… am I more Valentina Tereshkova or am I more an unsung “worker-bee” in a Lyubertsy flat or am I something else all together (a mixture of too many things to mention)? I’m too “close” to myself to give a measured judgement. DO pass the jug… this is “thirsty work”.

BMD

Thursday, 29 September 2011

29 September 2011. What Jews Have Given the Rodina… Isaak Levitan: The Painter of the Soul of the Lands of Rus’

By the Lake

Isaak Levitan

1893

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Her Pets

Isaak Levitan

1884

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An Autumn Day: Sokolniki

Isaak Levitan

1879

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Isaak Levitan (1860-1900), famous Russian artist

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Jews gave much to the Rodina, and not all their history in Russia was pogroms, shtetls, and persecution. Indeed, Jews were, and are, a vibrant and necessary part of the Great Russian tapestry. Over the Days of Awe, I’m going to present some parts of Jewish Russia that you might not know about. Isaak Levitan is one of the greatest Russian painters, and no educated Russian is unaware of his work. Levitan created the “mood landscape”, an evocation in colour of the Great Russian scene. He is the founder, along with Shishkin, of the present school of landscape paiting in Russia. Reflect on this… Levitan lived only some 40 years, yet, he left us some 1,000 canvasses.

Don’t let them tell you it was all Black Hundreds and drunken peasants… it twasn’t necessarily so. Raise a glass and cheer… here’s to one of the greats.

BMD 

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