Voices from Russia

Thursday, 28 May 2015

28 May 2015. Rasputin on His Siberian Homeland (NO… It Isn’t THAT Rasputin… It’s the GOOD Rasputin)

00 Altai. Teletskoe. V G Rasputin. Russia. 28.05.15


Don’t meddle with the people’s soul. It isn’t in your power to do so. It’s time to understand that.

V G Rasputin

On the people’s admiration of I V Stalin


No, this isn’t G Ye Rasputin, the historical figure associated with Tsar-Martyr St Nikolai Aleksandrovich. It’s V G Rasputin, the writer. Valentin Grigoryevich was from Siberia… from Irkutsk Oblast. He never lost his love for his mother Siberia, nor for his hometown of Irkutsk. He was both an Orthodox activist and a keen Red, a firm supporter of the KPRF. In his home of Irkutsk, he was one of the founders of the Nativity of the Mother of God Orthodox girls’ school. Also in In Irkutsk, Rasputin wrote for the Orthodox-patriotic newspaper Literary Irkutsk and was on the board of the literary journal Siberia. He was a close personal associate of G A Zyuganov, considering himself a Stalinist. Valentin Grigoryevich was also close to HH… he was on the Patriarchal Council for Culture (MP PSK) (where he clashed with Tikhon Shevkunov) and condemned Pussy Riot’s blasphemy clearly. He said, “My conscience won’t allow me to be silent”; Valentin Grigoryevich not only agreed with the band’s trial, he was very critical of the open letter of arts and cultural figure defending the band’s actions, describing them as accomplices of “dirty ritual crimes”. In 2014, he supported Russian moves in the Crimea and the Ukraine.

Therefore, the most patriotic elements in Russia are Red AND Orthodox. Those who follow American-style Me First “Texas Hold ‘Em” Crapitalism aren’t patriots and they worship Almighty Mammon. Hmm… that appears to be true of ALL the US Republican presidential hopefuls. After all, we’re talking of a faction that nominated a draft-dodging job-destroying spoilt oligarch as its candidate the last time around. If the Reds are the REAL patriots in Russia (and the real believers, too!), then, the same could be true here, too. It puts a new face on those who want to ally Neoliberal Greedster Fraud with Christ’s Church. “All men are brothers” or “Bow down before the Koch Brothers”… that be the choice. Choose well…

“Rasputin” is a common peasant name… it comes from the Russian word for “crossroads”, that is, “People from the crossroads”. There’s nothing mystical in the name, nor does it mean “dissolute” as some ignorant Westerns believe. G Ye Rasputin was a man of the people, that’s the real reason that many aristos in Piter hated him. “How dare such a peasant move in our circles”. Do remember that Yusupov, one of his murderers, was a notorious dissolute pervert himself… methinks that the KILLERS had much to hide… not the victim. Smearing the victim didn’t just start yesterday. After all, almost everything that we have on him comes from his enemies. How well would any of us fare if that was all that the world knew of us?


Friday, 3 April 2015

3 April 2015. A Thought from St Isaac the Syrian

00 St Isasac of Syria. V G Rasputin. 19.03.15


V G Rasputin was a very famous writer; he lived in his Siberian homeland most of his life. He wasn’t a political dissident, but he was a social and environmental activist. In the end, he supported the KPRF. He died last month, a day short of his 78th birthday.


Monday, 19 November 2012

19 November 2012. A Point to Ponder. THIS is Why Russia Remembers…


A braying jackass on the Washington Post bloviated recently that Russian patriotism seemed based (to him) only on Victory Day. There’s much more to it, of course. Every year, bodies are found on the old battlefields… it brings the reality of the war home to a new generation. Russian patriotism has many roots, in fact. There’s the Baptism of Rus in the Dnepr… the Battle on the IceMinin and PozharskyGreat October… the Great Victory… Gagarin’s journey into space… indeed, it’s much more “rooted” than its American analogue.

Russia remembers… America refuses to… I think that I see a difference there. On the one hand you have a Rod Dreher and a Freddie M-G… on the other, you have a Valentin Rasputin and Ilya Glazunov… there’s no comparison, is there? Russia remembers… so should we…


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Zyuganov Sez that Pussy Riot “Deserved a Good Taste of the Belt”

KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov (1944- ) with Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev (1946- ) of Moscow and all the Russias (then, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad). HH often meets with those on the Left (he doesn’t speak of his personal political leanings, but “actions do speak louder than words do”)… he doesn’t associate with godless liberal (“libertarian” in Anglosphere terms) right-wingers. When HH attacks “liberalism”, he attacks “libertarianism” and all of its pomps, NOT the political Left.


KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov called Pussy Riot’s actions “outrageous and blasphemous”; if it were up to him, personally, he’d give them a good taste of the belt. The official KPRF website quoted Zyuganov as saying, “Of course, one can’t speak for everybody in the country. Personally, my point of view is that I’d give them a good taste of the belt… I’d whip them and sent them home to mommy and daddy. This would take the place of a judicial punishment. I’d say that they wouldn’t engage in such outrageous and blasphemous behaviour again”. He said that the action at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was “a slap in the face to all Orthodox believers”. Zyuganov noted, “I agree with the idea that the trial made ​​the situation worse. They used it as a comprehensive attack on Russia’s spiritual foundations”.

He thought that we should listen carefully to the writer Valentin Rasputin. Zyuganov pointed up that Rasputin stated, recently, “There’s been a very serious struggle against Christianity as a cultural phenomenon. After all, the foundation of our European civilisation is Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. As for communism, they rewrote it, they decided to build the Kingdom of God on Earth, and they made a lot of mistakes, and committed ill-advised actions. It seems to me that [Pussy Riot’s action] was an attempt to turn against our spiritual foundations and roots, which, in any case, lie in Orthodoxy. This action was extremely dangerous for all concerned”. Moreover, he believes that the politicians “were interested parties, but it was difficult for them, they didn’t adapt well to the situation. Many of them hold a candle in church like it’s a glass of vodka, and they hold a cross in their left hand! I’m sorry; they don’t have God in their soul. It’s all very sad. If we tear out our spiritual basis, anything can become a provocation … after all, the fascist contagion that led to World War II began with the fact that the half-mad van der Lubbe set fire to the Reichstag, and, then, the Nazis herded opponents into concentration camps and put the Communists and Socialists against the wall. We shouldn’t make a mockery of national symbols”.

21 August 2012



Editor’s Note:

One of the reasons that the protests against the Pussy Riot sentence didn’t gain traction is that the Organised Left (KPRF and Left Front) weren’t buying the liberal nihilist (that is, “conservative libertarian” in Anglosphere terms) argument. The KPRF didn’t show up at all, and Sergei Udaltsov (leader of the Left Front) only made a token appearance.

Here’s a point to ponder. The Left, by and large, agrees with Gennady Andreyevich. Hell, most commies are believers nowadays… the unbelievers are found amongst the pro-American, pro-Free Enterprise, pro-globalist zapadniki. That’s right… the Leftists are god-fearing people with a thirst for a social justice (and a sense of humility because their fall from power taught them bitter (but candid) lessons). The godless Libertarians are the enemy. They worship Almighty Mammon… they bow down before the Moloch of Filthy Lucre. That’s where you’ll find the Abomination of Desolation… in nice McMansions in nice gated communities where nice people don’t raise their voices.

Gennady Andreyevich is the Left of today… Pussy Riot symbolises the Right in all of its self-centred “me-first” nihilist greed and hubris. Do look beyond the surface… there’s much more in common between Paul Ryan and Pussy Riot than there appears at first glance. Scary, ain’t it?


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