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Friday, 25 November 2016

25 November 2016. From the Russian Web… Black Friday in Moscow



There are DIFFERENT priorities in the Rodina…



Sunday, 22 May 2016

The State Tretyakov Gallery is 160-Years-Old Today!

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Exactly 160 years ago, the art collector P M Tretyakov, a merchant and textile manufacturer, purchased the first paintings for his gallery. Tretyakov devoted more than 40 years of his life to the aim of creating a museum of the Russian National School of Painting. In the 1881, the gallery opened to the public. In 1892, Tretyakov gave his collection to the city of Moscow as a gift.

22 May 2016

RIA Novosti


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…


Monday, 12 July 2010

Organisers of the Exhibition “Forbidden Art 2006” Sentenced to Fines

Yuri Samodurov (1951- ) (left) and Andrei Yerofeyev (1956- ) (right, closer to camera) in the defendant’s cage at the Tagansk Moscow Court… don’t they look so innocuous and ordinary? Don’t forget Hannah Arendt’s observation on the banality of evil… Satan’s servants don’t have horns and hooves and a tail… some even wear cassocks!


The Tagansk Moscow Court convicted the organizers of the exhibition “Forbidden Art 2006”, Yuri Samodurov, the former director of the Sakharov Centre, and Andrei Yerofeyev, the former head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Tretyakov Gallery, of inciting national and religious hatred, according to a correspondent from the Russian Agency of Legal and Judicial Information (RAPSI). According to the decision of Judge Svetlana Aleksandrova, the defendants received fines; Samodurov was fined 200,000 roubles (6,480 USD 5,153 Euros 4,305 UK Pounds), Yerofeyev has to pay 150,000 roubles (4,860 USD 3,865 Euros 3,229 UK Pounds). “Samodurov and Yerofeyev committed acts that aimed to incite national hatred and strife”, Judge Aleksandrova said in announcing her verdict, RIA-Novosti reported. As noted in the documents presented in court, the exhibition exhibits insulted the worldview of believers. The sentence noted that planning to organise such an exhibition was “criminal intent”, which the accused could carry though due to their professional knowledge in fine arts. In addition, the court noted that the works contained obscene language. Earlier, the procurator asked for the stiff sentences for the defendants, requesting the court to sentence both of them to three years’ imprisonment.

Yerofeyev and Samodurov refused to admit guilt for the alleged acts; they were “justified” on the grounds of individual rights. “This is a trumped-up political show trial, with no resemblance to do with democratic justice”, Yerofeyev said at a press conference at the central office of Interfax on Thursday. In his opinion, they had no intent to insult the worldview of believers. “It’s totally false to hurl at us the accusation that the ‘Forbidden Art’ exhibition offended the worldview of believers”, he said. For his part, Samodurov said that the exhibition raised an important question, “We had to defend the right to show those works, on our own decision as curators, regardless of any external opinion. Objectively speaking, to the religious consciousness, such an artistic idiom is blasphemous and insulting. However, in what sense [is it so]? It’s an insult to Muslims to say God has a son; to say that God exists is an insult to atheists. The language of Contemporary Art, which essentially consists in the use of unexpected combinations in the same space, is fundamentally different from the standpoint of the Church, which calls such blasphemy. There is a conflict between the religious and the secular… in culture, we should keep such scrupulously separate. Those who brought this court case were not interested in the activities of museums”.


Marat Gelman (1960- ), organiser of the “Forbidden Art 2010” exhibition, a fellow traveller of Samodurov and Yerofeyev… reflect on the fact that the neocons and liberals support this sort of trash in the name of “freedom” and “democracy”… meaty bone to chew on, no?


In Samodurov’s view, the verdict does not put an end to the conflict. ”This sentence will not satisfy most people. I’ve never been a fighter against religion. Both the religious and non-religious consciousness are eternal, they complement each other. The record of the court in trying to strike a balance between the religious and non-religious mentality is less than brilliant”, he said. The courtroom proceedings were not without incident. In the morning, supporters of Yerofeyev and Samodurov somehow managed to sneak in thousands of cockroaches to the court building and let them go. “The cockroaches scattered throughout the building. They brought them in to protest against the ‘cockroaches of the court’”, a bailiff said, without specifying what they did about the bugs, or whether they arrested any of those who took part in this unusual action. It took quite some time to deal with all the roaches. In the middle of the announcement of the verdict, reporters noticed some insects in the hallway, and rushed to put the scene on camera. “Don’t torture animals, why would you do that?” a charwoman said, who caught the bugs in her gloved hands. At the time of the verdict, believers sang psalms in the courtyard. They heard it in the third-floor courtroom, as the sentence was pronounced. The action, according to organisers, was intended “to defend the Orthodox faith”. Meanwhile, the courtroom became unbearably stuffy {the temp has been hovering in the high 30s in Moscow: editor}. They had to put a fan on the table [in an attempt to beat the heat].  At times, the judge interrupted the hearing to re-adjust it.

According to investigators, Yuri Samodurov, the former director of the independent non-profit cultural organisation Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Centre for Peace, Progress, and Human Rights, and Andrei Yerofeyev, theformer head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Tretyakov Gallery, organised the ” Forbidden Art 2006 ” exhibition, which took place from 7 to 31 March 2007 at the Sakharov Centre in Moscow. It highlighted works containing “humiliating and degrading images against the Christian religion and against [Russian] citizens who are believers”, the Moscow procurator’s office reported. Samodurov and Yerofeyev faced charge of inciting hatred and enmity, as well as humiliation of human dignity by using their official position (point “b” part 2 of article 282 of the RF Criminal Code). This article provides a maximum penalty of imprisonment for a term of five years. Samodurov has a prior criminal record for committing a similar crime. In 2005, the Tagansk District Court of Moscow sentenced him to a fine of 100,000 roubles (3,241 USD 2,579 Euros 2,156 UK Pounds). That conviction is now moot and irrelevant.

12 July 2010

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

This is not the end of this dispute. Samodurov is right to say, ”This sentence will not satisfy most people”. The godless expected the perps to get off scot-free, whilst believers wanted them to get the belt. However, one thing is certain… neither Samodurov nor Yerofeyev shall be part of “Forbidden Art 2010”; they know that they would get katorga the next time around if they were caught messing around again. It’s not called твардой порядок (strict order) for nothing (make a fist when you say that one, that’s what Russians do)! That’s why this smirking scumbag Marat Gelman is going to front it. I’m sorry that he’s Jewish… all the troglodyte Anti-Semites are going to crawl out from under their rocks and scream, “I told you so! The Yids are the enemies of the Church. We’ve got to smash ‘em in the kisser to show ‘em we mean business”. However, look at what it means… the secularists are STUPID… they’re as dumb as dirt, kiddies. They should have put “Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov” as their front-man… they’d be unassailable. “What… there’s no Yid conspiracy… see, our organisers are all Great Russians… there’s not a Yid amongst ‘em”. THAT would have been brilliant! So, cheer… the godless hedonists aren’t the brightest bulbs in the shop… that’s GOOD. Raise a drink and smile. The good guys won.


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