Voices from Russia

Sunday, 15 May 2016

15 May 2016. Have a Care With Apparatchiki… Whether They be Political, Religious, or Corporate

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I posted this as a FB comment:

There’s an old Russian peasant proverb, “The cow that died gave the most milk”. That’s nostalgia concisely. One sees this especially in some White Guard Russian émigrés, most Balts (including Baltic Germans), Galicians, Croats, and White Poles… that’s why so many of those in these cohorts became rabid running dogs of the Anglo Establishment.

There are several kinds of apparatchiki… some are Church apparatchiks, such as Eric Tosi. Some are corporate apparatchiks, such as Rebecca Matovic. Others are political apparatchiks, such as DWS. The fact of being an apparatchik isn’t blameworthy… but it does explain the behaviour of some people. Whether they recognise it or not, the apparatchik adopts the POV of the apparat that they work in. They truly don’t see that those outside the apparat think differently. That is, they become “goodthinkers” to some extent or another. They take on the Weltanschauung of the organisation and don’t really comprehend that their reality now corresponds to the notional construct of the apparat and not the real reality in the outside world.

This is most marked in the District amongst political and military apparatchiki. Don’t argue with such sorts… they truly do believe the Inside the Beltway fantasies… they really do live in a Neoliberal Cloud-Cuckoo Land. They believe the USA is a “hyperpower” and that it can intervene wherever, whenever, and however it pleases. They’ve drunk the Kool-Aid about foreign lands and leaders. Some have the disease worse than others do. A recent correspondent was a case in point. In many ways, this person did escape much of the negative conditioning… but I noticed it was still there. I won’t give details, as I don’t wish to unmask my interlocutor (that’s not only crass, it’s indecent and without humanity).

If such a person is a Facebook “friend” don’t unfriend them unless they start posting organisation drivel on your wall. If such a person is in your parish, simply don’t rile them and rattle their cage… you know what they’re going to say. If they do start pushing goodthinker notions and apparat dezinformatsiya… then, block them and be done with them. Don’t hate. Don’t argue. Don’t drag them through the mud. In many ways, they’ve proven themselves weak, not evil.

However, here’s a meaty reflection… most bad in the world comes from weak people, not evil people. That’s why you must beware the apparatchik…



Thursday, 14 April 2016

14 April 2016. Join the Mother Church to “Give the Gift of Joy This Easter”

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You must learn to love… then, in response to your love, other people will echo it.

Bishop Panteleimon Shatov

head of the MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service (OTsBSS)

The Mother Church is holding a campaign, “Give the Gift of Joy this Easter… they’re raising money to buy Easter gifts for the needy… the homeless, the housebound, the disabled, the elderly, orphans, the poor… of course, this is the doing of the inimitable and indefatigable Bishop Panteleimon Shatov. Is your parish doing likewise? You have a little over two weeks to do something… that’s not chopped liver. You can help create some joy this Easter… we’re Christians; that’s what we do!



What I mean is that we have time to do things locally to help those about us… that’s what Bishop Panteleimon is doing.. it’s what we should be doing. We have two weeks to identify those in need, collect money, buy items, and give gifts on Easter. It’s our Christian duty… we can’t sit down and feast bounteously until we go forth and aid those who need it. Our Lord did ask, “Who went away justified?” Yes… who?


Thursday, 10 March 2016

10 March 2016. My (Final and Irrevocable) Two Cents on Jenner the Media Phenom

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It’s a freak show, indeed… Jenner should go back to the hole that they crawled out of. Sad fact is, Jenner isn’t representative of transsexual people. Jenner was an asshat before, is one now, and shall remain one… that trumps (pun intended) everything else. Transsexualism is a serious medical phenomenon… not some media hype or rightwing talking point. Let’s keep it such… so, let’s keep the discussion focused on the medical professionals who know what they’re about. Jenner’s was, is, and shall always be nothing but an empty-suit media phenom… sadly enough, they’re not alone in that, are they?


Thursday, 14 January 2016

It Was Just Another Christmas Eve in Moscow… Bishop Panteleimon Shatov Brought Joy to the First City Hospital

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Honey, tea, candy, and… love. On 6 January, our volunteers from Tsarevich St Dmitri parish and St Dmitri School greeted patients at the Moscow First City Hospital (MPGB) on the Nativity. Thank you to all who took part in our action “Gifts of Joy On Christmas” and brought gifts for the patients!

13 January 2016



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