Voices from Russia

Monday, 27 July 2015

The War’s Over? C’mon… Really? (An Anonymous Poem from the DNR)

00 Convent of the Iveron Mother of God. Donetsk. ruins. 13.03.15


The people of the DNR and the LNR want peace… on the other side, so do most ordinary Ukrainians, for that matter (their sons die in a war started by the Americans and their local running dogs). Only disturbed and twisted people want war… it tells you volumes about Porky, the Rabbit, Turdchinov, Avakov, Denisenko, Shevchuk, and Yarosh… and their Anglo American puppeteers Nuland, Chilly Hilly, McCain, Butcher Biden, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio. America’s exceptional all right… exceptionally vicious, violent, and brutal… moreover, it does such evil all wrapped up in pseudo-religious vesture. The real people want peace… but they won’t give in to the Ukrop* and American evil… may the war end soon, with justice and peace for not only the people of Novorossiya, but with the amoral grasping American filth thrown out of the rest of the Ukraine, too. The American boot has to taken off their necks, too.

  • Ukrop: Russian colloquialism for Ukrainian nationalist fanatics


The war’s over? C’mon… really?
When it warms up, the kids will play on the swings?
We’ll strum the guitar all night in the yard?
You mean the horror will just be a bad dream?
C’mon… we won’t need guns anymore?
There won’t be any more tears on the pillow?
There won’t be any more curfew?
Tell me the truth, guys! I don’t believe it.
No more reports, no roll call?
There won’t be a difference between the Vetkoi and the Don?
We won’t be afraid of going to Petrovka?
We won’t hear the echoes of the shell-bursts in the streets?
There won’t be any more dead civilians?
Everything will be made whole again?
We’ve gone through so much; I can’t believe it,
that there’ll be peace once again outside our doors.
There is hope that the morning will be good,
that everyone here will be firmly convinced,
that our city survived, it persevered in battle.
Donetsk, hold on! We believe in your life!


21 July 2015




27 July 2015. For a Special Young Friend…

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Monday, 13 July 2015

13 July 2015. A Look Over the Fence… The Heart Sutra

00 Yuri Biryukov. Silence and meditation. Sikkim, India. The Heart Sutra. 12.07.15


Ani Choying Drolma sings the Heart Sūtra


Ani Choying Drolma sings the Great Compassion Mantra


Buddhism is one of the Big Three Traditional Religions in Russia (the other two are Orthodox Christianity and Islam). Judaism and the Evangelical Church (Lutherans, NOT non-Christian American Radical Sectarians) are minor traditional religions, with real Russian Protestants (not American Sectarian wannabes) being acceptable too. Buddhists make up about 1 percent of the Russian population (1.5 million), with about a third of these actively practising to some extent or other. Buddhist friends tell me that the Heart Sūtra is the most popular sūtra amongst believers, more popular than Om mani padme om (“The jewel is in the lotus”) is. I know next-to-nothing about Buddhist theology, so, I can’t comment on that. However, this is part of Russia, too. It’s all ours or none of it’s ours… simple as that…


Sunday, 12 July 2015

12 July 2015. Signs of the Times…BE A MENSCH!

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In Russian, муж and человек are NOT synonyms. The first is any old common-garden variety male… any man will do ya, if you will. The second can only be expressed properly with the German/Yiddish mensch, “human being” (exemplar thereof). It’s praise… it fits both men and women… we can all be “human beings” in that sense… indeed, we’re all called to that, if you but thought a moment on it. Good advice, this sign… a real “sign of the times”…


Update 13.07.15

A friend sent me this:

I think that you meant “мужчина,” not “муж” which means “husband”. Otherwise, I liked the “mensch” analogy which is pretty much on the mark.

Well, dog my cat… I explained it “wrong” but got it “right”… what a world we live in! Kudos to my friend… I encourage this sort of thing… it keeps me on my toes…


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