Voices from Russia

Friday, 15 July 2016

A Russian POV on the Nice Tragedy

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There are more than 80 people dead, more than 100 injured. Reportedly, amongst the dead are Russian White émigrés from France, including a Reader at the Russian Orthodox parish in Nice, Igor Sheleshko, and two friends of parish rector Fr Andrei Yeliseyev. Twenty of the dead are parishioners at the local Russian parish; the number of dead and injured includes many children. May God grant rest to the departed and healing to the injured. What’s more, instead of an endless war with Russia, the West should struggle with their real enemies. Why do they show such absurd indulgence in the face of the growing momentum of resurgent Islamic extremism?

Yelena Maler



Wednesday, 22 April 2015

22 April 2015. Today is Lenin’s Birthday!

00 inObrAS. In Memory of Lenin. 2008


22 April is Lenin’s birthday on the Gregorian calendar (it was 10 April Julian when he was born in Russia). I’ll simply make this observation… in the Ukraine, those who honour Lenin, also honour the Church and Christ. Those who hate Lenin and rip down his statues (mostly Uniates, schismatics, and sectarians) also hate Christ and His Canonical Church. My, my… what a coincidence! If you claim to be Orthodox, but call yourself “anti-communist”, YOU ARE A LIAR. Full stop… by their fruits ye shall know them. The god-fearing commies in the DNR and LNR are doing their best to heal a country battered and raped by crapitalistic oligarchs and their American puppeteers. The godless anti-communists in the Ukraine slobber idiotically as America and its Western pals rape the country, steal its resources, and do their best to entice the “best and the brightest” to emigrate to the West.

I’d say that there was quite a difference.

If you want St Vladimir, you must stand for Vladimir Ilyich. That’s that… that’s reality.

Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live… had the Old Empire been truly Christian, he would’ve never made a revolution. The Old Empire had become corrupt and kleptocratic in the aristocratic and bourgeois classes… the same is happening in America today. Ponder that. Remember this… all of those White Russian anti-communists who slobber over the memory of the Imperial Family… their ancestors didn’t lift a finger to save the tsar and his family from Kerensky’s imprisonment. Not a one fought for restoration of the tsar in the ensuing Civil War. Therefore, take all of their rants with a great deal of scepticism… after all, they DID lose a great deal in the way of money, power, and influence, didn’t they?

Lenin wasn’t an angel… but he was no devil either. He was a man, with all the frailties that l’condition humaine implies. He was a great man who continues to inspire millions… many of whom are Orthodox Christians. His legacy still lives…


Friday, 26 December 2014

Paris, Boulevard de Sébastopol: Descendants of the White Émigrés Address European Leaders on the Ukrainian Tragedy

00 Dmitri Belyukin. White Russia in Exile. 1991-94

White Russia in Exile

Dmitri Belyukin



For almost a year, the events in the Ukraine have deeply concerned all of us, descendants of the original White Movement émigrés, especially, in contrast to the people around us. Because of our origin, we have access to more comprehensive information than most do. Knowledge of modern history, precisely, about the end of pre-revolutionary Russia, gives us the opportunity, and with it, the duty to expose the obvious historical falsifications that led to the current drama in the Ukraine. In the face of heightened tensions in the Donbass and in international relations in general, we conclude that the aggressive hostility now unfolding against Russia is devoid of any rationality. This policy of double standards is beyond imagination.

They accuse Russia of committing all sorts of crimes; without giving any evidence, they declare it guilty a priori, whilst they show amazing condescension to other countries, especially, concerning violations of human rights. In no way are we abandoning the defence of the values that our ancestors taught us, for which they were doomed to exile after the 1917 Revolution. We don’t excuse the criminal acts of the Bolsheviks and their successors; we insist that we must bring out the historical truth about those terrible times. However, this doesn’t mean that we can put up with the slander that falls every day upon modern Russia, its leadership, and its president. The EU subjects it and them to sanctions, mixed with vilification that’s contrary to basic common sense.

This is self-destructive for Europe, it’s absurd… seriously, it makes us all think that the West is more interested in hampering Russia’s development than in resolving the Ukrainian crisis. Especially ridiculous is their systematic attack on everything that somehow relates to the “Russian World”… we’re talking about the historical, geographical, linguistic, cultural, and spiritual realities of a great civilisation, one that has enriched the world and one that we’re proud of.

In addition, we resent the shameful silence of European official institutions and of the media about the brutal bombardments carried out by the Ukrainian army on civilian targets in the Donbass. In this, paramilitary elements marching under Nazi symbols support them. The Kiev authorities perceive such silence as giving them permission to continue their killing and destruction. For months, they’ve killed children and old people, and they’ve tortured prisoners. Now, the Kiev government imposed a total blockade against the region (involving gas, electricity, railways, pensions, salaries, medication, institutions, hospitals, etc), to destroy the Donbass, even though they maintain that it’s part of their territory. How can we not condemn the violence committed by the supporters of Kiev against the Russian Orthodox Church in the Ukraine?! They persecute clergy… forcing them to flee and even killing them. They bombed fifty church buildings… destroying twenty of them. They persecute believers. Where are the European values?

We can’t put up with the daily slander and vilification that they heap on modern Russia. Despite their complete rejection of the Soviet system, our fathers and grandfathers grieved at the suffering endured by the Russian people during World War II. For our part, we won’t be indifferent and be silent in the face of the systematic destruction of the population of Donbass, blatant Russophobia, and hypocritical policies completely contrary to the interests of our beloved Europe. Truly, we’d like to hope that the country that gave shelter to our families would again take the path of prudence and impartiality.


26 November 2014


This letter is from Prince and Princess Dimitri and Tamara Shakhovskaya, in support of an initiative by the group “Russian Bridge”, established in February 2011 by the descendants of White émigrés. Published online 26 November 2014, more than 100 members of princely and aristocratic families from different countries supported the letter. Every day, more and more letters of “solidarity with Russia in this time of the Ukrainian tragedy” comes to our e-mail address:



00 Russian Civil War. White Army soldiers. 26.12.14


Zhanna Bichevskaya sings Vals Yunkerov (Waltz of the Yunkers (Cadets))… a song about the White Army


Signatories of the letter:

  • Yurievsky, HSH Prince Georgi A and Yurievskaya, Princess Elikonida (Switzerland)
  • Albertini, Vera F (France)
  • Andreoli, Olga A, née Trubnikova (France)
  • Marianov, Arkady A (Belgium)
  • Averino, Mikhail B (France)
  • Baryatinsky, Prince Vladimir V and Baryatinsky, Princess Yolanda, (France)
  • Beglan, Marie-France (England)
  • Belyavsky, Nikolai S and Belyavskaya, Gilen (Belgium)
  • Bereznikov, Aleksei A and Bereznikova, Claude (France)
  • Bobrikov, Aleksandr P (France)
  • Bobrinsky, Nikolai B (Germany)
  • Boldyrev, Aleksandr (France)
  • de Boreysha, Irina P (Switzerland)
  • Brune de Saint-Hippolyte, Sofiya (France)
  • Butlerova, Vera N (France)
  • Vinand, Olga, nee Rozina (England)
  • Vinogradov, Mikhail (France)
  • Vorontsov-Velyaminov, Mikhail V and Vorontsova-Velyaminova, Shantal (France)
  • Davydov, Konstantin K (France)
  • Durdin Mak, Dmitri P (Belgium)
  • Drutskoy-Sokolinsky, Prince Aleksandr A (Belgium)
  • Henderson-Stuart, Anna S, née Grafina von der Palen (England)
  • Henderson-Stuart, Andrei, (England)
  • Genko, Nector N and Genko, Mariya I, née Staroselskaya (France)
  • Golubinova, Nadin (France)
  • Gorohov, Gerard A (France)
  • Grabar, Mikhail N (France)
  • Grekov, Nikolai N (France)
  • Guchkov, Ivan A (Switzerland)
  • Grigoriev, Aleksei P (France)
  • Ignatev, Graf Nikolai N (France)
  • Zhivolup, Vladimir (France)
  • Ivanova, Mariya D, née Grafina Tatishcheva (France)
  • Kameneva, Tatyana (France)
  • Kapnist, Grafina Veronika Ya, née Liset (France)
  • Kapnist, Graf Sergei A (France)
  • Carmignani, Roger (France)
  • Knyupfer, Elena V, nee Yagello (England)
  • Kozyrev, Vladimir (Belgium)
  • Kolla-Musin-Pushkin, Rostislav V (France)
  • Kolchak, Aleksandr R and Kolchak, Janine (France)
  • Krylov, Ivan P (Belgium)
  • Crewe, Philip (Belgium)
  • Kurdyukov, Ivan S (France)
  • Lavrov, Oleg N (France)
  • Lazarev, Ivan N (France)
  • Lui-Kiselevskaya, Anna M (France)
  • Luchaninov, Sergei (USA)
  • Marshalk, Georgi (France)
  • Matchere, Georgy A and Matchere, Nadezhda V, née Princess Volkonskaya (France)
  • Matsnev, Andrei (France)
  • de la Cerda Miller, Aleksandr N and de la Cerda Miller, Anna O,
    née Grafina Tolstoy (France)
  • Miloradovich, Anna (Canada)
  • Muratova, Kseniya M (France)
  • Muruzi, Prince Konstantin P and Muruzi, Princess Suzanne (France)
  • Mure, Mariya A, née Trubnikova (France)
  • Naryshkin, Peter A (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • de O de Sizhi, Mariya G, née de St Ippolit (France)
  • von der Palen, Baroness Irina G (Belgium)
  • von der Palen, Graf Sergei S (Switzerland)
  • Pasco, Serge (France)
  • Pervyshin, Rostislav N and Pervyshina, Kseniya B, née Mashtaler (France)
  • Pernik, Yefim (France)
  • Plotto, Aleksandr V and Plotto, Elena V (France)
  • Posylkin, Dmitri (Belgium)
  • Pridun, Johanna (France)
  • Pridun, Stefan (France)
  • Pushkin, Aleksandr A and Pushkina, Mariya-Magdalina née Durnovo (Belgium)
  • Pule, Marina R, born. Pervyshina (France)
  • Rampelberg, Marianna D, nee Parfenova and Rampelberg, René-Marie (France)
  • Rebinder, Serafim A and Rebinder, Elena A, née Pochitalova (Switzerland)
  • Rebinder, Sergei A and Rebinder, Elena K (France)
  • Renn, Darya A, nee Rozov (France)
  • de Rennenkampf, Aleksandra P, nee Nefedov (France)
  • von Rozenshild, Nataliya A, (France)
  • Russel, Elizaveta P, Stefanovich (France)
  • Ruchkovsky Aleksei G and Ruchkovskaya, Nataliya A, née Babkova (France)
  • Safyannikov, Pavel A (Belgium)
  • Svechin, Ivan N and Svechina, Deniza (France)
  • de Saint Ippolit, Pyotr G (France)
  • Stenbok Fermor, Graf Andrei I (France)
  • Stenbok Fermor, Grafina Kseniya A (Italy)
  • Sukkar (Sakharov), Anton S (France)
  • Sulatskaya, Ekaterina A (France)
  • Terentev, Aleksandr V (France)
  • Tolstaya, Grafina Colette M ( France)
  • Tolstaya, Grafina Marina M (Belgium)
  • Tolstoy, Graf Dmitri S (France)
  • Trotsky, Dr Sergei S (Austria)
  • Tunguzova, Tatyana A (France)
  • Usova, Tatyana K (France)
  • von Tsurikov, Ekaterina L, née Grafina Ignatieva (Germany)
  • Fedorov, Andrei N (France)
  • Fedorova, Tatyana (France)
  • de Fermor, Pyotr A (France)
  • Filatova, Yuliya (Belgium)
  • Finnson, Ksenia P (France)
  • Finnson, Vera (France)
  • Shakhovskoy, Prince Dmitri M and Shahovskaya, Princess Tamara G, née Tkhorzhevskaya (France)
  • Sheremetev, Graf Pyotr P (France)
  • Shidlovskaya, Irina A, née Golovina (France)
  • Shidlovskaya Marina Yu (France)
  • Shirikova, Tatyana, (Switzerland)
  • Shorokhov, Andrei P (Belgium)
  • Yanov, Nikolai M (France)


00 Dmitri Shmarin. The Ice March. 2008

The Ice March

Dmitri Shmarin



Presenting the Author

Dmitri Mikhailovich Shakhovskoy is a Doctor of Historical and Philological Sciences. He’s Professor Emeritus at several French universities and at St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. He was born into a princely family, originating from the legendary Rurik. Amongst his ancestors are such prominent figures as 17th century poet and writer Semyon Shakhovskoy, Oberprokurator of the Holy Synod Yakov Shakhovskoy, considered the most honest man of his time, and General Ivan Leontyevich Shakhovskoy, a hero of the Patriotic War of 1812, who fought at the Battle of Borodino and entered Paris with the Russian army in 1814.


Rossiiskaya Gazeta (RG)

What circumstances led to the fact that you and your wife initiated an open letter to the descendants of the White Movement émigrés?

D M Shakhovskoy

I’d like to point up a few things. Firstly, there was the reunion of the Crimea with Russia. Frankly speaking, for us, it never ceased to be Russian, and it constantly pained us that for some time the peninsula was cut off from Russia. When the Crimea returned to Russia, we were very pleased. However, to our surprise, we saw that not everyone shared this feeling, including amongst our émigrés. It was then that we realised that anti-Russian propaganda and dezinformatsiya affected not only the French, so, we decided to speak publicly about it. In addition, we’re outraged at how the Western media reports preposterous stories concerning the Ukrainian crisis.

I must say that the position of Russia and of the Russian President in the current international situation is quite clear and many of us are in complete agreement with it. After all, our parents brought us up with a certain consciousness of our Russian past, our history. I have the feeling that what’s happening now is what Anton Kartashov foretold… he was a professor at St Sergius Theological Institute in Paris, and a minister in the Provisional Government before that. He talked of the “reconstruction of Holy Rus”.

As for me, personally, I dedicated myself to the study of Russian history and literature, and I taught French at the University of Rennes. All my life, I defended the principles that my parents handed down to me, and the foremost amongst them was the unity of the Russian land. Therefore, when that’s strengthened, as it was the in Crimea, well, that means that the country is returning to normal, and that there are signs of vitality.


Dmitri Mikhailovich, how did you go about collecting the signatures? Did you have a hand in it?

D M Shakhovskoy

Firstly, we prepared the letter in French, then, we made a Russian version. At that point, we began to send it to friends, and these people sent it on to their friends. Thus, the letter went beyond France and Europe, to other continents. In addition, the initiative group “Russian Bridge” involved itself in the project. This group includes the descendants of the original White Movement émigrés, those who took part in the memorial cruise from Bizerte to Sevastopol in the summer of 2010. Let me remind you, several Russian organisations had a hand in it, the Foundation of St Andrew the First-Called and the Centre of National Glory, amongst others, that took part in this action in memory of the end of General Vrangel’s army in the Crimea in 1920.


A lot of interesting people signed the letter, didn’t they?

D M Shakhovskoy

I’d mention, for example, my old friend, the great-grandson of Pushkin, Mikhail Vorontsov-Velyaminov, Aleksandr Bobrikov, who’s the head of the Museum of the Cossack Imperial Life Guards Regiment, and also Prince Konstantin Muruzi, who does a lot to strengthen ties between Russia and France. By the way, there are French people on the list. In particular, it has one of the former directors of the World Bank, Roger Carmignani.


More than 120 people already signed your letter. What’s next?

D M Shakhovskoy

We posted the letter on the website “Russian Bridge”, and it’s open to everyone who wishes to join our initiative.

Prepared by Vyacheslav Prokofiev, Paris

25 December 2014

Rossiikaya Gazeta


Thursday, 24 July 2014

24 July 2014. Video. “New Ukrainian Anthem”… Appropriate Music for the Dark Fascist Night Now Enveloping the Ukraine and Novorossiya

00 Igor Kolga. The Ukrainian Government. 2014

The Ukrainian Government

Igor Kolga




The Banderovtsy and the Vlasovtsy are identical under the skin… both collaborated with the Nazis… both were aided by rightwing US officers after World War II… both received oodles of cash from Langley in the Cold War… both distort the truth and hate the achievements of the USSR and want to destroy them and their memorials… both nursed their hatred and refused to let it die. Trust me… the Vlasovtsy are as full of hatred as the Banderovtsy are. Some are left at Jordanville, sadly enough, others work as willing running dogs of the American Establishment. Interestingly enough, even though they hate one another, Langley uses both… and forces them to cooperate! God does have INTERESTING ways of exacting justice.

I wish that this was a spoof… it isn’t. Reflect on that…


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