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Sunday, 24 March 2013

24 March 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Global Event “Earth Hour”: History, Purpose, Participants

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Global Event 'Earth Hour'. History, Purpose, Participants. 2013


Click here for an “Earth Hour” image gallery

The World Wildlife Fund sponsors “Earth Hour” annually. On the last Saturday in March, at 20.30 local time, all participants turn off lights and electrical appliances for an hour. This is the fifth “Earth Hour” held in Russia; last year, about 20 million people in Russia took part in it. According to WWF, about 70 Russian cities will participate in the action in 2013. The WWF specifically mentioned that Moscow, St Petersburg, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Lipetsk, Serpukhov, Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Krasnodar, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, and Syktyvkar would have special events. For the first year, Novy Urengoy will take part.

In Moscow, on 23 March, more than 80 buildings will plunge into darkness for an hour. On Saturday, the main attractions of St Petersburg… the Winter Palace, Palace Square, and the Petropavlovsk Fortress… will turn off their architectural and artistic lighting. The same thing would happen at St Petersburg State University, as well as at Troitsky Bridge, Blagoveshchensky Bridge, Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge, and Aleksandr Nevsky Bridge.

A giant ball, symbolising planet Earth will be set on fire in Nizhny Novgorod on Rozhdestvenskaya Street. The organisers of the action said, “The contours of the Earth’s continents would burn only for a short while, thus, presenting a representation of the limited and exhaustible basic resources used by mankind”. The event will take place on Markin Square near Rozhdestvenskaya Street. Residents of Krasnodar shall place candles outside a shopping mall on Stasov Street. The candles will have the inscription “Kuban +” as a symbol that the Krasnodar Krai joined the “Earth Hour” event. The shopping mall will turn off all its lights and signs.

23 March 2013





Monday, 4 March 2013

4 March 2013. Some of My Favourite Things… Svetilen Sings Again… and the Voronezhskie Devchata

00 Svetilen. Old Russian music. 04.03.13




00 Voronezhskie Devchata. 04.03.13




Svetilen specialises in singing medieval Russian spiritual songs. Na Iordane is an interesting mixture of Russian vocal technique with an instrumental accompaniment that’s redolent of Western Early Music. The second is an Old Russian song that’s been hijacked by Galician Uniates (usually, in very bad Westernised and bowdlerised versions)… do mistrust all “Ukrainian” nationalist claims… this song has Byelorussian roots, for instance. Svetilen has been around since 1989, keeping alive the Old Russian singing tradition. Like many good things, it started in Soviet times (just as many bad things, such as the oligarchs and buccaneer crapitalism came in after the Soviets fell). They take from both sources of spiritual singing… the Church and the folk tradition. They use Old Russian instruments and perform in Old Russian garb. They’ve had tremendous achievements on stage in France in 2001, in Austria and Czechia in 2003, and in Serbia (Belgrade) in 2004. Enjoy the sounds of the ancient Orthodox Russia.

The Voronezhskie Devchata (Voronezh Girls) are NOT “Ukrainian” (Voronezh is in Great Russia proper), despite internet propaganda to the contrary. As you can hear and see, so-called “Ukrainian” usages aren’t unique; they’re part of the Greater Russian culture. Always suspect “Ukrainian” loudmouths… most are Uniate imposters, with no real roots in Great Russia (most real Ukrainians readily admit their ties to Russia… keep that in mind). The ensemble was founded by Konstantin Iraklievich Massalitin, People’s Artist of the USSR (of Jewish descent), in 1966. Over the years, this ensemble won many international, all-Union, and all-Russian competitions, widely-known in Russia and in many other countries, too. The repertoire of the ensemble centres around Russian lyrical song in all its variety.



Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Orthodox Rapper from Tula Won Festival in Belarus

I couldn’t find a picture of a Russian Orthodox rapper, so here’s a photo of Greek Orthodox rapper Jamster… he’s very popular in Greece… he’s the real deal, too!


Here is one of Anton Panchenko’s Orthodox raps…


Orthodox rapper Jamster from Thessaloniki performing Doxa Si… Good stuff!


JBK, Bilo bi dobro (Vostani Serbie) (Serbian Rap)


Russian rap festival at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour


On Tuesday, rapper Anton Panchenko from Tula won a prize at the Hodigitria International Orthodox Youth Festival in Vitebsk. He got first prize in the author/artist category, according to a spokesman from the Missionary Department of the Diocese of Tula and Yefremov, who’d sponsored Panchenko’s entry at the competition, who said, “A rapper’s victory refuted accusations that the Church is conservative and passé. Rap’s extremely useful; it shows the belief and creativity of our Orthodox youth”. Several years ago, the Voronezh Festival of Orthodox Performers recognised Panchenko.

3 August 2010



Editor’s Note:

I think this is a GAS and the BOMB. Great stuff! I love seeing the Church keep up with the real world. What upsets me is seeing modernity-hating prune-faced former Episkies trying to pervert the Church into a hateful little sect that has no positive content, only hatred of the real world and its contents. You see this abundantly in people like JP, his pal Gerasim Eliel, the HOOMies, and every single last Episkie convert that I’ve ever met (when I meet such, I get an overpowering urge to slip some molten Exlax into their Ovaltine (that’s American Horlicks for you Brits out there) to clean out their systems). As for me, I stand with HH… he just named Konstantin Kinchyov, the frontman of Alisa, to his cultural commission. I say that HH has the right idea… as for the prunish ex-Episkies… I’ve never carried out my urge… but there’s always a first time!


Click here for a link to a video interview with Anton Panchenko in Russian

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Friday, 27 June 2008

Church Bells Cast in Voronezh for Montenegro

Admiral St Fyodor Ushakov

N G Nikolaev



Church bells were cast in Voronezh for the Cathedral of St Fyodor Ushakov the Righteous Warrior (a famous and pious Russian admiral of the late 18th and early 19th century) in Montenegro. Russia helped Montenegro in the restoration of the cathedral, which is located near a town called Tivat. The bodies of Russian sailors who fled Russia after the Bolshevik takeover are buried at a cemetery near the church. In those years, Tivat was one of the debarkation points for White Russian émigrés of the first-wave. About 70,000 refugees arrived there after fleeing from Soviet Russia, and 200 of them stayed there forever. The carillon for the cathedral consists of 5 bells, the biggest weighing 400 kilogrammes (880 pounds). All the bells are ornamented with naval motifs. They’ll be operated by means of a computer, after the belfry receives a special signal, the bells will perform a melody. Montenegro shall receive the bells at the end of June.

Marina Anisimova, Deputy Director of the Vera Foundry in Voronezh, commented, “Our foundry cast 5 bells for the belfry of the Cathedral of St Fyodor Ushakov the Righteous Warrior in Tivat. The bells are practically ready for transportation; we only have to check the electronic equipment. The bells` decoration is very remarkable. Our artists were asked to create a special ornament using naval motifs”. During its 20-year history, the Vera Foundry has cast about 17,000 bells, which are hung not only in Russian towns, but, also in the USA, Japan, and Korea. The most popular work with the Voronezh foremen is the exact copy of the set of the bells of the Danilovsky Monastery in Moscow they cast for Harvard University. The copies were transported to the USA, whilst the original bells shall be returned to Russia this year.

27 June 2008

Ludmila Seliverstova

Voice of Russia World Service


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