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Monday, 2 July 2012

Tall Ship “Kruzenshtern” won’t go to London for the Olympics because of a Threat that the Westerners may Detain the Ship as Retaliation for Russia “Keeping” the So-Called Schneerson Collection


Aleksandr Saveliev, a Russian spokesman, said that the tall ship Kruzenshtern wouldn’t anchor at the port of London during the Olympic Games in 2012, as previously assumed, because of the possibility of detention of the vessel, saying, “We’ve received notification from the British authorities that there’s a chance that they could detain the ship. We’re not allowing the ship to go to the port of London, because we don’t want to risk our property, which is estimated at 120 million USD, or its crew and the cadets”. According to him, the threat of detention is associated with the litigation surrounding the so-called Schneerson Library. Earlier, reports indicated that the sailing ship Sedov, now on an around-the-world journey, wouldn’t be able to enter US ports for the same reason. It hasn’t yet received appropriate assurances from the American authorities that they wouldn’t detain it at the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross. According to Andrei Krainy, the head of the RF Fisheries Agency, “American authorities failed to give us guarantees about our ship, which has nothing to do with those events”.

In late July 2011, an American court decided to order the “return” of approximately 12,000 books and 50,000 rare documents from the so-called Schneerson Collection held in Russia to the Jewish religious organisation Chabad Lubavitch. Because of this, Russian cultural organisations, in particular, a number of major museums such as the Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin museums, and the Hermitage had to refuse to participate in exhibitions in the USA, as any art work sent to the USA could be “seized” as compensation, or detained until the Collection was “returned”. An ad hoc intergovernmental agreement could resolve the situation, but when this might happen isn’t clear. Last year, the Russian sailing ship Nadezhda didn’t make landfall in US ports because of the threat of detention in re the so-called Schneerson Collection.

2 July 2012



Editor’s Note:

Goofy legal stunts like this are grist for the anti-Semites’ mill. The Chabad never owned the collection in question… therefore, they have NO right to it whatsoever, full stop. However, this shows one how stories of Jews “owning the courts and media” stay alive. People with money chose to use that money in a harassing law suit against Russia because they believe oddbod stories about how Zaydeh was chased by “Cossacks” (not completely true… but myths, once implanted, are damnably hard to uproot). Chabad’s suit should have been thrown out on its ear… instead, because “money talks and bullshit walks”, the suit proceeded, as local pols didn’t want to upset an affluent set in their district. President Obama will set it right, but he has to wait until after he wins the election… and the Russians know this, thankfully. As for Chabad, their sinful greed is on display for all to see… and I’m NOT anti-Semitic for pointing that fact up. It does take all kinds… including the terminally-greedy. Pass me the jug…


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Russian Tall Ship in Kiel Regatta


Mumii Troll is referenced below… here’s one of their songs.


One month has passed since the Sedov started its around-the-world voyage. However, the legendary vessel is still in Europe owing to a busy programme. The Sedov is underway only under sails, without using her engines. Captain Nikolai Zorchenko said, “Recently, we ended almost a 200-mile voyage from Kiel to Binz, a city on the island of Rügen. In short, we successfully sailed in the Baltic”. In fact, the ship used six sails out of 32 in order not to sail too quickly; it arrived in Binz ahead of schedule. Captain Zorchenko said, “We welcomed the Mayor of Binz and other officials of the island of Rügen on board the ship when we arrived there. This island has strong historical links with Russia and the former Soviet Union. The famous shipyards of Stralsund and Sassnitz are located close by. Ships were built for the Soviet Union in this city and port, and Russian sailors often visited here”.

At present, the Sedov has sailed back to Kiel. Several days ago, it sailed into Kiel harbour to take part in the famous Kieler Woche (Kiel Week). On 23 June, the Russian vessel will participate in the grand festival of sailing ships. In fact, there was a grand welcome when the ship sailed into the port. The Russian rock band Mumii Troll, which is sailing on board the Sedov, added a “particular flavour” to the event. In the evening, Mumii Troll staged a concert on the deck. Captain Zorchenko observed, “Around us there were houses with terraces and several hundreds of people gathered to listen to the music presented by the Russian band”.

On the same day, there was another extraordinary event on board the ship. It set out to sea at the request of businessman Tomas Vinnen, the grandson of Magdalene Vinnen. The Sedov was originally named Magdalene Vinnen II. Captain Zorchenko said, “The Vinnen family, the first owner of the ship, organised a reception on board the Sedov. Many interesting guests, Kiel municipal officials, shipping company executives, and journalists attended the event. They especially noted that the ship is on a voyage around the world, despite the fact that it’s 91-years-old. The common conclusion was that the Germans built the ship well, whilst the Russians have kept it in tip-top shape”. After the events in Kiel, the Sedov returned back to normal. On 23 June, the Sedov will take part in a parade of tall ships in Kiel in all its glory. Captain Zorchenko believes that it’ll undoubtedly be the favourite of the parade, saying, “I wish people in Russian ports could see such an attractive spectacle”.

21 June 2012

Karina Ivashko

Voice of Russia World Service


Thursday, 21 July 2011

21 July 2011. The STS Pallada Visits Alaska

The Russian sailing ship Pallada is to call at Kodiak AK on 21 July, a spokesman the Far Eastern State Technical Fishing University, said on Thursday. Kodiak will be the Pallada’s first port of call during a four-month Pacific expedition. The ship carrying cadets from the Primorye and Kamchatka sailed from Vladivostok on 1 July. She’s to call at ports in the United States, Canada, and Japan. The ship will be open to the public during her three-day stay in Kodiak. Visitors will be able to inspect the tall ship and to see an exhibition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight and the 270th anniversary of the discovery of Russian America. The crew and cadets will visit the Baranov Museum, the former home of Aleksandr Baranov, the first governor of Russian Alaska, built in 1808. This is the oldest surviving Russian architectural monument in North America. They’ll also see the Alutiiq Museum and the Holy Resurrection Church where the relics of St Herman of Alaska, the first Orthodox Christian saint in North America, repose. The Russian cadets, representatives of local youth organisations, and students will hold a concert to end  the visit. In its 22-year history, the Pallada has sailed for 13 years, called at 101 ports in 35 countries, and trained 12,000 cadets, midshipmen, and students from all over Russia. Guinness World Records lists the Pallada as the fastest sailing ship in the world. It can reach speeds in excess of 18 knots.

14 July 2011



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