Voices from Russia

Monday, 12 January 2015

12 January 2015. A Photo Essay. Islam in Russia: An Integral Part of the Rodina

00 The Friendship of the Peoples. 30.05.14

The Friendship of the Peoples was no joke!

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00 Islam in Russia 01. 12.01.15

Muslims pray at a mosque in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF to celebrate Kurban-Bayram (Eid al-Adha/Feast of the Sacrifice).

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00 Islam in Russia 02. 12.01.15

Roza Yevloyeva, in an interview at her house in Ali-Yurt (Nazran Raion. Republic of Ingushetiya. North Caucasian Federal District) RF, said, “I’m very sorry and sad”. Her son, 20-year-old Magomed Yevloyev, detonated explosives strapped to his body at Domodedeovo Airport in Moscow on 24 January 2011. The blast killed 36 people. Not even the relatives of the bombers want terror… a fact overlooked by Fox News.

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00 Islam in Russia 03. 12.01.15

A scene from K A Karaev‘s ballet The Seven Beauties, presented by the State Theatre of Azerbaijan on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF.

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00 Islam in Russia 04. 12.01.15

More than 90,000 Muslims prayed namaz in Moscow to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

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00 Islam in Russia 05. 12.01.15

Laser show on City Day in Grozny, capital of the Russian federal subject Chechen Republic (North Caucasian Federal District).

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00 Islam in Russia 06. 12.01.15

Never give up! Players from local football club Laman Az, made up of landmine victims, practise in a sports hall in the Chechen Republic capital of Grozny. According to data from UNICEF Russia, more than 3,000 mine accidents occurred in Chechnya since 1994.

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00 Islam in Russia 07. 12.01.15

Muslims pray to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, in Moscow.

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00 Islam in Russia 08. 12.01.15

Muslims praying outside the Cathedral Mosque during Eid al-Adha, also known as Feast of the Sacrifice in St Petersburg.

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00 Islam in Russia 09. 12.01.15

Participants compete during the Mud Race in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan. Volga Federal District) RF.

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00 Islam in Russia 10. 12.01.15

E R Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk (Kemerevo Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF waves after winning the annual national “Miss Russia” beauty pageant at the Barvikha Luxury Village Concert Hall outside Moscow in 2013. She represented Russia at the “Miss World” and “Miss Universe” beauty pageants that year. Many Muslims of the Bashkir nationality are natives of the Siberian region (Elmira Rafailovna is of Tatar background through her father).

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00 Islam in Russia 11. 12.01.15

A F  Mustafina prepares to compete on the uneven bars in the women’s individual artistic gymnastics qualification of the European Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastic Individual Championships in Moscow. Many consider her one of the best female gymnasts of all time.

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00 Islam in Russia 12. 12.01.15

Thousands of believers take part in morning prayers to celebrate the first day of Eid-al-Fitr in Moscow. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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00 Islam in Russia 13. 12.01.15

Participants of a cooking show in Kazan holding a record-length shashlyk, 180.9 metres (594 feet) long! Where’s the beef?

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00 Islam in Russia 14. 12.01.15

Gymnast E N Garibov trains at the sports camp at Lake Krugloe, before the World Championships.

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00 Islam in Russia 15. 12.01.15

Muslims pray outside Moscow’s main mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Adha, a feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Russian Muslims call it Kurban-Bayram. About 4,000 police, VV MVD troops, and civilian volunteers ensured security during Eid celebration events.

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00 Islam in Russia 16. 12.01.15

Family members comfort a bride in the parental house during preparations for a wedding in Achkhoi-Martan (Achkhoi-Martan Raion), near Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic.

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00 Islam in Russia 17. 12.01.15

Girl in national costume during the celebration of the Tatar-Bashkir holiday Sabantui in Chelyabinsk Oblast (Ural Federal District) RF.

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00 Islam in Russia 18. 12.01.15

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer in Moscow. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels, and cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.

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These are images pulled from Russia Behind the Headlines… they show that Islam and Russia live in harmony… quite unlike the horrid vacuous lies about “Muslim terrorism” circulated by American “conservatives”… a hateful and hate-filled scurvy lot, if there ever was such. Islam in Russia… religious… cultured… fun-loving… sporting… nothing like what Ted Cruz says that Islam is! If I had to choose between a Muslim Tatar or a Southern Baptist/Mormon sectarian as a neighbour, I’d choose the former… they’d be more decent, more considerate, more stand-up, and certainly less intrusive.

ALL of the peoples… or NONE of the peoples… accept them all or go home. The friendship of the peoples IS no joke…

BMD

Sunday, 19 October 2014

19 October 2014. Politics Through a Cartoonist’s Eyes…

00 Don't Wake Up the Russian Bear. 19.10.14

The Bear doesn’t fancy being woken up from his hibernation…

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00 Bob Englehart. Sharia Laws. 19.10.14

The US forces are making Afghanistan safe for Islamic law of the most retrograde variety (they do NOT represent mainstream Islam)… the American-backed junta there is as strident as ISIS is! What a luvverly thing “democracy” is, wot? Afghanistan was freer in 1965 and under the DRA, too… fancy that…

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00 Rob Rogers. GOP Guide to Leadership. 19.10.14

Reagan and G W Bush used dictatorial ukases (“executive orders”) more often than B H Obama has… Obama’s the “threat to democracy!” I’ll check into Bedlam with Mr Scrooge…

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00 Rob Rogers. NATO. He's Been Stuck Like That AInce the End of the Cold War. 19.10.14

NATO is as much of actual use as buggy whips in an age of automobiles. Yet, the USA wastes billions upon it for no good purpose… the GOP demands that we do so… Obama goes along, for if he doesn’t, the GOP in the Senate would filibuster him to death.

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00 V C Rogers. North Carolina Republiccans. 19.10.14

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It’s coming near Election Day… vote! Then, at least, you’ve got bitchin’ rights until the next time. Step up or shut up…

BMD

Sunday, 5 October 2014

5 October 2014. “My Name is Islam”… Real-Deal Home Truths from Feet-on-the-Street Real People

00 Muslim Imam at the Christmas Readings. 18.02.14

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“Yes, there are those who kill and bomb in my name,
But if I don’t approve, then why am I to be blamed?
In every religion, you’ll find those who abuse it,
Thinking they have a permit,
To do wrong”.

I need add nothing… but “Amen”… don’t listen to Rush, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, or John McCain… they DO have agendas…

Those who hate have no belief in their souls and hearts… ’nuff said!

BMD

5 October 2014. “Not in My Name”… Iranian Vid on ISIS… and Why REAL Muslims Oppose It

00 Iran Revolutionary Guards. 16.06

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If the USA wants to defeat the Islamists in Iraq, it has to involve Syria and Iran… but the Saudis and Qataris oppose that, as they wish to install a radical Islamist government, thinking that such an entity would be anti-Iranian. Yes, Virginia, the Wahhabis of the KSA believe that the mullahs in Iran are TOO LIBERAL. I shit you not. Besides that, there are tons of Shias in the oil-producing provinces of the KSA. In short, the KSA is volatile as all get-out, and the Qataris (and other minor Gulf States) are scared shitless that they’d go down in the undertow of a KSA capsizing. The ayatollahs are actually more lenient in some of their interpretations of Shari’a as compared to the ISIS radicals. Actually, the USA would do well to allow nature to take its course. Let Syria and Iran stomp ISIS… which they would do gleefully and without cost to the US Treasury. Trust me, they’d do a thorough job, as they’d have to live with the aftermath, as it’s in their neighbourhood. They’d follow the old rule of “don’t shit in your own nest”… they’d see to it that none of the radicals were alive under the sun if they could help it. The USA should stop catering to Israel’s whims… I’m no anti-Semite (in fact, I’m quite the opposite), but I can see where catering to Likud’s notions has hurt American interests in the region. It’s time to get sane. ISIS has to go, and the only way that one can do it is to involve the neighbours. The Syrian Arab Army is battle-hardened, and vets of the Iran-Iraq War lead the Iranian forces. ISIS wouldn’t have a chance. That’s that…

BMD

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