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Friday, 18 April 2014

18 April 2014. Easter’s On Its Way… Making Easter Eggs in Yekaterinburg

00 Easter 01. Assumption Cathedral Yekaterinburg. 18.04.14.

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They’re gettin’ ready for Easter in Yekaterinburg (that’s in the Urals… it’s where the Imperial Family suffered martyrdom). People at the Assumption Cathedral are making Easter eggs for the weekend services. Yes, Virginia, things are achingly NORMAL in the Mother Church… thank God for that! Get those last-minute things done… it’s almost here! Remember… the Easter Bunny’s legit… he’s on pre-Revolutionary Easter cards with “Christ is Risen” on ’em… let your kids have some FUN…

BMD

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

8 October 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… 28 Prisoners Marry in One Day at Russian Penal Colony

00 Wedding in Russian Prison. 01a. 07.10.13

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00 Wedding in Russian Prison. 02. 07.10.13

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00 Wedding in Russian Prison. 01. 07.10.13

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A penal colony in Russia’s Ural Mountains witnessed an unusual boom of weddings recently, with 28 of its male inmates getting married to women, some of whom they had just met, in one day. Local news site 74.ru reported that, on Friday, Strict-Régime Colony Nr 2 {equivalent to an American medium-security prison: editor} in Chelyabinsk Oblast held all 28 weddings in a banquet hall. Prison officials noted that the number was unusually high for a single session of the periodic weddings held at the facility. A video of the event showed dozens of brides in white dresses sitting at tables with their incarcerated grooms, who were sporting suits instead of their regular prison garb. The report noted that some of the couples met each other for the first time that day. After the ceremony, the authorities allowed the newlyweds to spend two days and a night together on the prison’s premises; later, they’d only be able to see each other only a few times a year.

7 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/strange/20131007/183993531/28-Prisoners-Marry-in-One-Day-at-Russian-Penal-Colony.html

Editor’s Note:

Seeing IS believing. The Church has made great strides since 1988. The old Russian attitudes towards prisoners are returning, as these pictures illustrate (interestlingly enough, the communists agree with the believers… hell, most of the communists ARE believers, and better belivers than the “conservative” konvertsy poseurs in the American diaspora). The revival will not be televised… the revival IS alive (hat tip to the late Gil Scott-Heron)!

BMD

Saturday, 28 September 2013

28 September 2013. Only in Russia… “Book House” in Perm

00 'Book House' in Perm. Russia. 28.09.13

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They say that Russians are the “readingist” people on earth, but this house in Perm takes the cake. It’s a real full-size house that people live in. One wonders if the residents are avid readers… they’re certainly handy and crafty (in the good sense of the word).

BMD

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

19 February 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. I Christen Thee Chebarkul!

00 Sergei Yolkin. I Christen Thee Chebarkul! 2013

I Christen Thee Chebarkul!

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Of course, a literal translation was impossible here. A “чемодан” is a suitcase and a “чебурек” is a traditional Tatar food (click here for a description). Therefore, I chose “carry-on” and “chipolata” as substitutes (they begin with “C” and they’re of the same sorts as the Russian words (one is luggage and the other’s food). That is, the spirit of Yolkin is catered to; I’ve put my pinch of incense on the altar, which means that this is a righteous translation.

The crocodile is the famous character Gena the Crocodile from the Cheburashka series of multifilms, and the meteorite fragment is in the shape of the much-loved Cheburashka. Any Russian would see this in a flash! It’s like putting up Popeye or Taz… it’s that much a part of Russian “visual culture”. Below is a vid of Gena singing his “birthday song” (his most famous number) in a full-length Cheburashka multifilm (it’s at the beginning).

BMD

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The Ural meteorite received the name “Chebarkul” after the nearest settlement to the place of its fall.

18 February 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130218/923510666.html

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