Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Moscow Celebrated Despite Coldest Christmas Night “In 120 Years”




Bitterly cold temperatures didn’t stop worshipers from celebrating Epiphany and Orthodox Christmas. Christian believers across the globe joined in celebrations. Those who attended midnight liturgy at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour had to bundle up for the bitter cold as temperatures in the capital dropped to about -30 (-22 Fahrenheit) on Christmas night. In Moscow Oblast, temperatures dropped below -32 (-26 Fahrenheit). Extremely cold weather hit the whole country, with some regions such as Siberia and Yakutiya recording temperatures of -40 (-40 Fahrenheit). In Moscow, the MChS deployed around 500 emergency personnel to help worshipers. Authorities provided around 200 mobile food tents with hot meals during the Christmas celebrations due to the cold. RIA Novosti quoted a meteorologist from Fobos weather centre:

This Christmas night was the coldest in the last 120 years, although the absolute record was more than 130 years ago in 1881, it was -35 (-31 Fahrenheit).

Frost hits Russia as Christmas Comes for Orthodox Christians (IMAGES)

The Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar adopted by the Catholic Church in the 16th Century. This is why Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, and not on 25 December. The Local Churches of Jerusalem, Serbia, Poland, Czechia/Slovakia, and Georgia, as well as the so-called Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Uniates) and some Protestants, use the Julian calendar, so they also celebrate Christmas on 7 January.



On Friday, in Serbia, where temperatures dropped below -15 (+5 Fahrenheit), Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas Eve in front of St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade with a traditional oak log fire.



In Turkey, Orthodox Christians also joined the celebrations despite sub-zero temperatures. On Friday, believers jumped into the Golden Horn strait in Istanbul in a traditional ceremony celebrating the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany, or the baptism of Christ. Traditionally, Orthodox Epiphany is on 19 January, according to Julian Calendar. However, some Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany on 6 January as they use the Catholic calendar for fixed feasts.



Orthodox believers in Bulgaria waded into the icy waters of the Tundzha River and danced the Hora, in a traditional male-only event to celebrate Epiphany. The men dressed in folk costumes and dived into the freezing waters to find a crucifix thrown in by the priest, before handing it to the youngest participant of the dance. The folk belief is that the person who retrieves it will be healthy all year.

7 January 2017



Friday, 23 September 2016

23 September 2016. A Kind Word About the American-Fomented War in Yugoslavia and About Chilly Hilly’s Role in It

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Most Americans are unaware of the atrocities carried out by Western-coddled Bosniak and Croat militants against innocent Serbs in the German/US-fomented civil war of the 90s. If you needed proof that the USA was the aggressor in the Cold War, this surely was that. Besides that, NEVER forget 1999… Hilly and her husband spat on our bishops and the Pope of Rome, too… they hate real religion as much as Trump and Johnson do. Our bishops asked for a bombing hiatus on Orthodox Easter (the Catholics admitted the justice of our request). Bill and Hill laughed at them. Mind you, previously, the Clintons piously and smarmily told the world that they “had” to order a bombing halt on Iraq during Ramadan… why, otherwise, it’d profane the season. Well, it was OK to bomb Belgrade on the holiest day of the Christian Year… fancy that. Note well that the Dems, Repugs, and Libertarians are all neocon warmongers… or their main advisers are… which amounts to the same thing. All three factions named have prominent figures that argue for war with Russia and China (or, at least, support aggression against Syria, to safeguard the State of Israel). If you vote for any of them, you vote for war in foreign parts, oppression at home, and a new dark age with the oligarchs in open control… I kid you not.

Interestingly, the most “religious”, “moral”, and “just” candidate is a secularist Jew. Look beneath the surface… there’s often surprises lurking there. Remember… mark your ballot for Dr Jill, not moneygrubbing baby-killing Lady Hill… Trump and Johnson are just Clinton Lite. Clinton is the most craptialistic, warmongering, and self-serving candidate… the other two are “lesser evils” (but still evil to the bone); they’re alloyed in comparison to Clinton’s Gold Standard of Malevolence. VOTE FOR NONE OF THEM.

We CAN change things… but do we want to?


Saturday, 23 April 2016

23 April 2016. It Was Seventeen Years Ago That Chilly Hilly Laughed at the Killing of Serbian Journalists in Their Studio… Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote for Soulless Fiends

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A memorial to the murdered RTS staff… Chilly Hilly laughed at this and wants to repeat it. What does that tell you about her backers?


I saw this on FB:

17 years ago, 16 employees of the Radio-Television ‪#‎Serbia‬ lost their lives during the NATO bombing of ‪#‎Yugoslavia‬. On 23 April 1999, NATO hit the RTS studios with two devastating missile strikes. That was just one out of many civilian buildings bombed in 1999, and still no one from any of the NATO member states is held responsible for that crime. Those killed during the NATO attack were:

  • Jelica Munitlak (27)
  • Ksenija Banković (27)
  • Darko Stoimenovski (25)
  • Nebojša Stojanović (26)
  • Dragorad Dragojević (27)
  • Dragan Tasić (29)
  • Aleksandar Deletić (30)
  • Slaviša Stevanović ( 32)
  • Siniša Medić (32)
  • Ivan Stukalo (33)
  • Dejan Marković (39)
  • Milan Joksimović (47)
  • Branislav Jovanović (50)
  • Milovan Janković (59)
  • Tomislav Mitrović (61)
  • Slobodan Jontić (54)

Вечная память

There is something that you can do. One of the war criminals responsible for this criminal attack is running for US President. Don’t vote for Hillary Clinton. She laughed, not only at the death of these journalists, but at the Easter Bombing of Belgrade. What does that tell you about her backers (especially, those who claim to be Orthodox)? That’s sad, ain’t it? Remember to light a candle for the dead tomorrow… we’re Christians; that’s what we do.

Keep Chilly Hilly out of the White House.


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Wrong Train to Damascus: Will Erdoğan Catch the Last Car?

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Methinks that the Turks won’t get away with another provocation on the scale of the Russian bomber shootdown… after all, Vova’s on his guard… 


Russia and Turkey had the longest series of military conflicts in European history. It lasted between the 16th and 20th centuries; Russia won the overwhelming majority of these 12 wars. Serbian political analyst Bojan Bilbija thought that a thirteenth could be ahead; he asked what decisive factors could lead to it being unleashed in an article for the Serbian online newspaper Politika.


An old Serbian folk saying relates, “When you enter the wrong train, then, all the stations are incorrect”. One could apply this folk wisdom to the relationship between the West and Russia, primarily to the one between Russia, Turkey, and the USA. If one assumes that all three are already in the wrong wagon, then, the prospects of a thirteenth conflict between Moscow and Turkey are much more likely than widely anticipated. However, the unleashing of such a conflict depends on several key factors. Any conflict between Ankara and Russia would be completely irrational without the direct support of Washington. In reality, the Russian forces have at least three to five times quantitative superiority above Turkey in every aspect. Aside from this quantitative advantage, Ankara and NATO should be even more concerned about the number of advanced weapons systems Russia has in its arsenal, which the Turks wouldn’t be able to get for a long while.

However, what could give Turkey hope? The first option is an assertion that a “weakened” Russia doesn’t have enough economic strength to endure a large-scale conflict, and that a “sharp decline in domestic living standards” could lead to the overthrow of the Russian government. Yet, one should keep in mind that the controls over its domestic economy and state budget allow Russia to accumulate significant reserves and provide savings options (without major cuts to domestic social programmes and military investment). Russia has a substantial trade surplus and its huge infrastructure projects, such as a 19-kilometre-long bridge to the Crimea and constructing monumental stadiums for 2018 World Football Cup, show that its financial flexibility is beyond all doubts. If there were a sudden increase in military spending… in recent years, that was enormous, estimated to be hundreds of billions of dollars… the Russian economy could sustain it in the medium-term.

The second option for Erdoğan is to involve NATO in a conflict with Russia. This is also a very controversial point, as in this case Moscow would have to attack Turkish territory first, which is rather implausible, given the measured reaction to the recent shoot-down by Turkey of a Russian bomber over Syrian airspace, which led to the death of its pilot. In such a case, NATO would have to back up Turkish aggression, and not defend Turkish territory. Given all the above, Erdoğan must follow along with American foreign policy decisions… that is, either the Americans would coöperate with an “unreliable” Putin, which could lead to a prolonged ceasefire and de-escalation of warmongering rhetoric amongst American hawks, or the Americans would besmirch the Kremlin’s “good intentions” and continue to insist that the Syrian ceasefire is a failure (fearing that Moscow would maintain tight control over Syria). In case the latter option prevails, Erdoğan won’t miss the opportunity to catch the wrong train to Damascus.

5 March 2016

Bojan Bilbija

Sputnik International


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