Voices from Russia

Saturday, 18 November 2017

From the Speech of Professor A I Osipov at the Yekaterinskaya Zale in the Moscow Kremlin at His Investiture with the Order of Friendship on 15 November 2017

________________________

We live at a time when we face many problems. True, this isn’t new for Rus; it always seems to be in such a state. You can point up many reasons why it arises in different spheres of life. However, I’d like to speak about the most important things, about roots. One can see the basis for such turmoil in the spiritual and moral state of our society. As F I Tyutchyov put it 150 years ago:

In our day, our flesh isn’t corrupted, but our spirit is, so people are in great distress.

For this reason, a terrible and hellish revolution took place; we just marked its 100th anniversary. Is there any solution to this problem? You hear much talk about it. For my part, I’d like to say that I V Kireyevsky, that remarkable thinker of the 19th-century, pointed up the main line of reasoning very well:

Every moral victory in the soul of one person is a great triumph for all of mankind.

The ancient Romans said:

Vive ut vivas… “Live to live [well]”.

However, is life possible without a soul and without God? Vladimir Vladimirovich, your attention to the spiritual and moral side of our society’s life inspires both optimism and hope. Thank you very much!

A I Osipov

Honoured Professor of the Moscow Theological Academy

17 November 2017

Official Site of A I Osipov

http://alexey-osipov.ru/video/intervju/vystuplenie-v-ekaterininskom-zale-kremlya-15-noyabrya-2017-goda/

Advertisements

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

15 November 2017. The Two Greatest Russian Rulers of the Past Century… Stalin and Putin

******

________________________

In ranking him in comparison to his predecessors of the 20th-century, Stalin is Putin’s only peer in the realm of political achievements. However, they used radically different methods.

D K Kiselyov

Head of Rossiya Segodnya

Let’s keep it simple. In the past century, only two Russian rulers were “great”… I V Stalin and V V Putin. This isn’t a comment on their morals or goodness as men… it’s a comment on their effectiveness as rulers. Make no mistake, V V Putin has no peers amongst contemporary leaders (except for Paramount Leader Xi of China)… the others are pygmies… moral midgets and not statesmen in any way. G W Bush, Obama, and Trump (and Madame Hillary too) are farcical figures in comparison.

I dislike the American rightwing “Putin fanboys”… they don’t like the real V V Putin… they’ve made a false idol of the man (especially, Anglo rightwing Orthodox converts). However, that doesn’t negate Vladimir Vladimirovich’s stature as a leader nor does it cancel his place in history (which is secure).

G W Bush was a spoilt rich kid, Obama was an obedient Step n’ Fetchit for the oligarchs, and Trump is nothing but a salesman… a shyster trickster with nothing but a fancy sales-patter and a glitzy exterior (hiding a monstrous vacuity). Madame Hillary is the worst one of the lot, though… she’s a greedy and self-absorbed self-aggrandiser of the worst possible sort. Nothing is illicit for her if it advances her personal position or enriches her. The first three are merely morally corrupt and bad men. Hillary is malevolent and utterly foul (what does that tell you about the loud n’ nasty Hillarybot trolls that infest the net?). As bad as Trump is, he’s not the amoral votary of evil that Hillary is.

Thank God for VVP… he’s keeping the world on an even keel…

BMD

Thursday, 2 November 2017

2 November 2017. VVP to Students: “Don’t Forget the Moral Component of Work”

________________________

V V Putin said the following to young people gathered in Sochi for the World Youth and Student Congress:

Don’t forget the moral component of work… of any job. We spoke about biology and medicine here. Undoubtedly, genetic engineering will open up incredible opportunities in pharmacology, new medicines, and by altering the human genome if a person suffers from genetic diseases. All right, that’s good. However, there’s another part to this process. What does it mean? It means that mankind can acquire the ability to get into the genetic code created by nature… or as religious people say… by Our Lord. What practical consequences can this entail? It means that it’s possible to create an individual with desired features. This may be a mathematical genius, this may be a talented musician, but it can also be a soldier, who can fight without fear or compassion, mercy, or pain. What I’ve just said may be more terrifying than a nuclear bomb. When we do something, whatever we may be doing… we should never forget about the moral and ethical foundations of our work. Whatever we do should benefit people, make them stronger… not destroy them.

That’s good. Note well that rightwing filth in our country (including Orthodox) are attempting to hijack VVP’s words. These words are against the essence of Anglo “conservatism”… a life-denying and self-serving ideology. These words are against “religion”… yes, they’re against “religion”. There’s a real faith in the Living God and there’s “religion”… a made-up simulacrum of Faith composed of rules, ritual, and repression (the Three R’s of Evil). Yes… the Church has rules… but it often relaxes them for this or that individual. Yes… the Church has ritual… but it isn’t the essence of what She IS. However, the Church NEVER represses… it frees us… it’s the freest form of religious expression there is. Reflect on that when you hear spiritual midgets bloviate on inconsequential points of liturgy or theology… reflect on that when you hear religious bigots pontificate on some minor point of the canons and rules.

VVP isn’t an American-style “conservative”… if he were, the American Establishment wouldn’t hate him so. Take the ranting of certain elements in the American Right (and amongst we Orthodox) with a great deal of scepticism…

BMD

Sunday, 22 October 2017

22 October 2017. V V Putin on the Ukraine

________________________

Next Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.