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Thursday, 1 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Memories of Soviet New Years

00 Soviet New Year 01. 1963 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in 1963 in the Dom Profsoyuzov, Moscow (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) USSR


00 Soviet New Year 02. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka entertain children in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets, Moscow, 1977


00 Soviet New Year 03. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets


00 Soviet New Year 04. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets


00 Soviet New Year 05. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

Queue at Detsky Mir (Children’s World) toy store, Moscow, 1983


00 Soviet New Year 06. Tbilisi. Georgian SSR. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Tbilisi (Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic) USSR


00 Soviet New Year 07. new TV set, 1963. 01.01.15

Buying a new TV set ahead of the New Year holiday, 1963


00 Soviet New Year 08. estonian SSR 1982. 01.01.15

New Year programme on Estonian TV, 1982


00 Soviet New Year 09. Moscow 1964. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in a kindergarten, Moscow, 1964


00 Soviet New Year 10. Moscow 1985. 01.01.15

Sale on the Arbat ahead of New Year, Moscow, 1985


00 Soviet New Year 11. Moscow Oblast 1984. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz at a winter Pioneer camp in Moscow Oblast, 1984


00 Soviet New Year 12. Uzbek SSR 1965. 01.01.15

Antonov An-2 aircraft delivered New Year trees to residents in Bukhara Oblast, Uzbek SSR, 1965


00 Soviet New Year 13. Altai Krai 1980. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka in Altai Krai USSR, 1980


00 Soviet New Year 14. 1985. 01.01.15

New Year celebration, 1985


00 Soviet New Year 15. Moscow, 1985. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz leads gymnastics class in Moscow, 1985


00 Soviet New Year 16. RIga Latvian SSR. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz in Riga, Latvian SSR, 1986


The first official New Year performance for children in the USSR was in the Column Hall of Moscow’s Dom Profsoyuzov (House of Trades Unions) in 1936. These images recall Soviet New Year celebrations and activities.

29 December 2014




THIS is the “Evil Empire” that pigs like Victor Potapov and Patrick Buchanan expostulated about. Living standards in the USSR were lower than in the USA because the Soviets had to spend huge amounts on armaments to defend against Western aggression and rebuild their war damage, all at once. The USA suffered NO war damage… so American boasting about the Cold War is wrong, not to the point, and mendacious in the extreme. The main Sov forces were in the Western Military District in Byelorussia, that’s where all the most-modern stuff was… the forces in Germany and Czechoslovakia were meant to absorb the impact of a Western attack. The history of the last twenty-odd years proves that wasn’t paranoia… the Anglo Americans are violent and peevish toddlers… ask the Serbs, Afghans, Yemenis, Palestinians, Iraqis, and Novorossiyans… and the Native Americans and Filipinos before them (a Filipino said, “The Spaniards were bad, the Americanos were worse, the Hapons were worse than that, but the worst of all were the New Americanos”).

The USSR was done in by Gorbachyov’s incompetence, not the “superiority” of the West. VVP is right… the fall of the USSR was a historical tragedy. These photos prove it. One last thing… this image set is NOT anti-Soviet… fancy that… it proves that Russians do NOT despise their past, as Anglo Americans do. I think that a new socialism is arising in Russia. A spectre haunts the country clubs and Tea Party haunts… methinks that the prideful rightwing obituaries for socialism were a bit premature…



Tuesday, 18 October 2011

18 October 2011. According to Portal-Credo.ru, The CIA’s Against JP… No Lie… Is that EVER a Crock of You-Know-What

No! To Fascism!

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Soviet poster


No! To JP and his rightwing lies! No! To his pals Lyonyo and Jillions and Potapov! No! To their enslavement of the Church to extremist rightwing interests! Ask yourself a question… “Why would the CIA conspire against someone who’s their FRIEND?” Indeed… why would they?


Editor’s Foreword:

This is from a VERY dicey source. CAVEAT LECTOR! Portal-Credo has verifiable ties to Langley, Orthodox schismatics such as Philaret Denisenko, Georgi Kochetkov, Valentin Rusantsov, and Gleb Yakunin, OCA fanatics such as Lyonyo (and fellow travellers such as “Svetlana Vais” and Potapov), and to Uniates. One wonders if Vlad Berzansky Jr is tied up with them, too… that wouldn’t be surprising. There be liars out there… and this site is one of them. You need to know what they’re saying, but this is utter GIGO and bullshit from stem to stern.



Despite the Uzbek President’s “Machinations” and American “Hostility” to the MP, Kirill Frolov Exclaimed, “The Patriarch IS Going to Visit Central Asia!”

Kirill Frolov, the head of the Association of Orthodox Experts (APE) of the MP, accused the Uzbek president of being “Washington’s satrap (обкому)”. Frolov, who’s close to Patriarch Kirill, made this harsh assessment on 18 October in an interview published in Nakanune.Ru, after media sources passed information that the Uzbek authorities had turned down Patriarch Kirill’s request to visit Uzbekistan in November… because the patriarch doesn’t concur with them concerning the resignation of Metropolitan Vladimir Ikim of Tashkent, who was diocesan bishop for nearly 20 years. Plans called for Kirill to visit Uzbekistan on 1-2 November.

{Portal-Credo, as per usual, has it WRONG… Vladyki Vladimir became Metropolitan of Omsk and Tarsk on 27 July 2011… he did NOT resign. On 6 October 2011, the Holy Synod released him from his duties as Rector of the Tashkent Theological Seminary. In addition, the APE isn’t an official body of the MP, it’s an outside group… closely aligned with the Church’s goals, but not part of the MP apparat.


Source: http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/51753.html}

Frolov asked a rhetorical question, “Why must Patriarch Kirill bring his staffing decisions into line with the desires of Uzbek President Karimov? [Karimov’s] clearly collaborating with the Americans. They want to make Uzbekistan their main base after their inevitable departure from Afghanistan. In such a situation, by all means, it’s necessary to support Metropolitan Vikenty Morar, who created several new dioceses in Uzbekistan, and it’s necessary for Russian diplomats to arrange an early visit to Uzbekistan for the Patriarch, it’s a matter of honour. It’d be a formal challenge to the Americans, who’ve, in fact, declared war on Patriarch Kirill”.

The American war against Patriarch Kirill, in Frolov’s opinion, “is evident not only in their attempts to disrupt the visit of the Patriarch in Uzbekistan, but also in their attempts to topple the head of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Jonas Paffhausen, a friend of the MP (sic), whom some accounts say is suspended by the OCA Holy Synod, who’re preparing his overthrow in November. We mustn’t allow this. Everyone should understand that the decisions of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and the Holy Synod to send Metropolitan Vikenty to Tashkent, the creation of the Central Asian Metropolia, and the coming ordination of new bishops aren’t reactions to past events. These decisions aren’t plots against [the Uzbek leadership]… that would be counterproductive. These are the right moves and they’re not subject to review”.

As is characteristic of this “expert”, he didn’t give specific proposals on how to protect Kirill from the US, and from Russian diplomatic pressure. Incidentally, commenting on this interview on his blog, Frolov reproached Metropolitan Vladimir for his silent complicity with the Uzbek authorities.

18 October 2011



Editor’s Afterword:

According to Portal-Credo, Langley’s out to “get” JP! My, my, my… what kinda crack are they smokin’… that’s dy-no-mite shit! Let’s recapitulate… who’re JP’s friends? There’s Potapov… a VOA/RL/BBG biggie with a “red” official US passport. There’s Lyonyo… who’s a CFR member. There’s Dmitri Pospielovsky, who as a RL/BBG asset, is up to his ears in spookdom. There’s Darlin’ Marilyn Swezey (she’s a Hillwood habitué), who’s a known insider in District circles. JP’s article in the Post was ghost-written by Julia Duin, a hack writer for the far-right Moonie-owned Washington Times. JP’s a verified far-rightwing kook! That’s to say, JP’s not on Langley’s “hit” list or on its shit list, either. He’s an extreme rightwing slimer who supports them! To think that there are people who’re going to take this SERIOUSLY. It’s classical “misdirection”… those “in the know” know what I’m talking about…

Let’s be blunt… anyone who believes that Langley (or any other arm of the American government) is out to “get” Fathausen is barmy and in need of a VERY long stay in a home for the feeble-minded. Then, again, Portal-Credo’s cred isn’t the best… for good reason. Let’s put it out there… you can believe me, or, you can believe a bunch that gives a forum to every heretic, schismatic, and malcontent on the block… a bunch that’s so obviously in the pay of the US special services that even a kid can see it.

It’s your call. It’s your serve, if I’m not mistaken…


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