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Sunday, 2 February 2014

One of the Members of the Buranovskiye Babushki Died in Her Native Village… The Babas Plan to Perform at the Sochi Olympics

00a Buranovskiye Babushki 27.05.12



Love them Babas! Pass the jug, if you please…


According to Rossiskaya Gazeta, Yelizaveta Zarbatova, one of the singers in the Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble, died in the 87th year of her life. Zarbatova died in her native village on 13 January, but the news didn’t get out until now because she no longer performed with the group due to her advanced age. Svetlana Syrygina, the spokesman for the Babushki, said, “She was the most aged of the grannies; she wrote many songs, including Puchoko, which was one of the songs the ensemble selected to sing at the Eurovision Song Contest”.

Facts about the Buranovskiye Babushki

The Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble is a Russian folk group from the village of Buranovo in Malopurginsky Raion of the Udmurt Republic, performing Udmurt and Russian folk songs, as well as a variety of pop hits in Udmurt, rehashing well-known Russian and foreign pop songs. The ensemble started over 40 years ago. The group began to sing songs in Udmurt with other musical ensembles in 2008. On the Day of the Udmurt Language, the Babushki sang popular songs of Boris Grebenshchikov and Viktor Tsoi in the Udmurt backed by the Udmurt Philharmonic. Since then, they’ve repeatedly been in the spotlight in the media and on TV. They participated in the qualifying rounds of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest (ranked third) and were second in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song Party for Everybody.

21 January 2014


The Buranovskiye Babushki decided to support the Sochi Olympics through their creative efforts. In a social network post, the Grannies wrote, “Hi to all our friends! Greetings on the upcoming holidays! We’re off to Sochi on 6 February!” The organisers are keeping their programme under wraps, but everyone knows that the consort from Udmurtia is seriously training for the show. Their official website has a song dedicated to the Olympics. Earlier, AIF wrote that the Grannies have a new version of Party for Everybody just for the Sochi Olympics.

27 December 2013

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Sunday, 29 December 2013

RIA-Novosti Presents… Russia Says Farewell to a Great Patriot and a Great Man in Izhevsk and Moscow

00 Kalashnikov funeral 01. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

On the evening of 25 December, after soldiers brought his coffin to the church, about 8,000 people came to say goodbye to legendary small-arms designer Lieutenant General Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk (Udmurt Republic).


00 Kalashnikov funeral 01a. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

The honour guard consisted of cadets from the Kazan Higher Military Command School (KVVKU).


00 Kalashnikov funeral 02. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

The coffin with Kalashnikov’s body was in the centre of the church, draped with the Russian national flag, and his decorations were at its foot. 


00 Kalashnikov funeral 03. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

Services lasted until 22.00 MSK. Services continued on 26 December, the church funeral was from 10.00 to 13.00 MSK; after that, there was a secular ceremony.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 03a. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

People crowded in to pay their last respects to the great man. Many waited in queue for four hours. Kalashnikov’s son Viktor Mikhailovich thanked everyone who came personally.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 04. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

Yelena Mikhailovna Kalashnikova, the daughter of the legendary small-arms designer (right) and his son Viktor Mikhailovich Kalashnikov say their farewells to their father at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 05. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

Kalashnikov’s decorations were at the foot of the coffin.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 06. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

People came singly and in groups to bid farewell to the legendary designer, they laid down flowers and wreaths as tributes.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 07. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

Aleksandr Volkov (centre), Head of the Udmurt Republic, at the funeral services for Mikhail Kalashnikov at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 08. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

The Moscow funeral of Mikhail Kalashnikov will be 27 December at the Federal Military Memorial Complex in Mytishchi Raion, in the Moscow Oblast suburbs. Kalashnikov’s coffin went by plane from Izhevsk to Moscow for burial on the evening of 26 December, his funeral procession passed in front of places where he lived and worked in Izhevsk.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 09. Moscow. 29.12.13

On Friday, the burial of legendary gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov took place at the Federal Military Memorial Complex in Mytishchi Raion, in the Moscow Oblast suburbs. The coffin was on a gun carriage as it went down the central alleyway of the complex.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 10. Moscow. 29.12.13

President Vladimir Putin sat with the Kalashnikov family at the services.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 11. Moscow. 29.12.13

The farewell in the main memorial hall.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 12. Moscow. 29.12.13

Deputy Defence Minister Army General Arkady Bakhin said at the funeral, “Today, we say goodbye to a remarkable man, a man who’s a symbol of Russia”.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 12a. Moscow. 29.12.13

The farewell in the main memorial hall.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 12b. Moscow. 29.12.13

The honour guard at the ceremony.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 12c. Moscow. 29.12.13

Kalashnikov’s body lying in state in the memorial hall.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 13. Moscow. 29.12.13

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attended the ceremony.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 14. Moscow. 29.12.13

A military band played proper music in honour of Mikhail Timofeyevich’s memory.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 15. Moscow. 29.12.13

Kalashnikov’s daughter Yelena Mikhailovna said that her father devoted his life to working for the benefit of the motherland, “he couldn’t do otherwise”.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 16. Moscow. 29.12.13

On his last journey, volleys from his iconic AK-47 assault rifle accompanied the procession.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 17. Moscow. 29.12.13

Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov of Krutitsy and Kolomna (left) served the religious part of the funeral.


00 Kalashnikov funeral 18. Moscow. 29.12.13

Mikhail Kalashnikov was in intensive care since 17 November. Mikhail Timofeyevich died Monday 23 December 2013 in his 95th year.


Note well that Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov served the Church end of the funeral in Moscow. Yuvenaly is second only to HH in the hierarchy at the Centre (he’s the effectual “Metropolitan of Moscow”). This shows you the stature of Mikhail Timofeyevich. The West mostly ignored his passing…

Note well that Viktor Mikhailovich thanked EVERYONE who came personally in Izhevsk… now, that’s CHRISTIAN. The well-known loudmouths here in America ought to hang their heads in shame. They have no clue about Christianity (and some of them are in the Church, sadly enough). President Putin didn’t come to the Izhevsk services… this allowed the Kalashnikov family to take centre-stage, as is right and proper. It doesn’t matter if you like President Putin or not, he’s a genuine and decent human being… unlike so many Western “leaders”.

This is the future… a creative and fruitful union of the Red and the Christian… may God grant me to see it in full flower.

For more on Kalashnikov’s death and the state memorials for him, click here

26-27 December 2013




Monday, 16 December 2013

AK Whiz Kalashnikov in Serious Condition

00 Mikhail Kalashnikov. Russian,Soviet inventor. 16.12.13


On Monday, a spokesman for the Udmurt Republic Health Ministry, Kalashnikov’s home region, said that Mikhail Kalashnikov, the 94-year-old inventor of the world’s most popular firearm, the AK-47, remains in hospital in serious condition, saying, “His condition is serious, but stable. We’re carrying out all necessary treatment and diagnostic procedures”. In June, the famed weapons designer underwent an operation in Moscow to have a pacemaker fitted. He left hospital in early September. About six weeks, later Kalashnikov entered hospital in Izhevsk, the Udmurt Republic’s capital. In the latest update on 4 December, the Health Ministry said that his condition was stable and that he was undergoing health checks and convalescence procedures.

16 December 2013




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