Voices From Russia, Too

Monday, 18 August 2014

18 August 2014. WTF! It’s Got to be Russia!

00 izba in Russia. 16.08.14

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The above is a real-life izba (Russian log house)… it’s not a museum exhibit. People actually live in it… and, let me tell ya, izbas are WARM n’ COSY in the wintertime… Russians do know a thing or two about cold. Why the colour? That’s simple… when snow covers the ground from November to March, it makes it easy to find home when it’s all white, the wind is biting despite wearing a quilted jacket and furs, and it’s -20 (-4 Fahrenheit) outside. People do things that they do for a reason, kids… WTF! It HAS to be Russia… you can’t understand it with your mind, you can only accept it for what it is

BMD

Thursday, 7 August 2014

7 August 2014. WTF! It’s Got to be Russia!

00 Bread House. Russia. 07.08.14

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For them not in the know, the lettering says “Bread House” (literally, “House of Bread”) in Russian. That be one proud baker! As a wise old Russian baker once said, “Fool’s words! Bread… or the lack of it… that’s what makes history!” I wholeheartedly agree… WTF! It HAS to be Russia… you can’t understand it with your mind, you can only accept it for what it is

BMD

7 August 2014. A Photo Essay… Our Great Russian Motherland… VDNKh is 75! URA!

00 VDNkh Moscow fireworks 01. 07.08.14

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00 VDNkh Moscow fireworks 06. 07.08.14

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00 VDNkh Moscow fireworks 08. 07.08.14

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00 VDNkh Moscow fireworks 09. 07.08.14

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00 VDNkh Moscow fireworks 10. 07.08.14

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00 VDNkh Moscow fireworks 11. 07.08.14

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00 VDNkh Moscow fireworks 12. 07.08.14

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The famous Russian exhibition centre VDNKh celebrated its 75th anniversary. A wonderful fireworks display capped off the event. Feel the atmosphere…

VDNKh is “Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy” in English… it resumed its Soviet-era name this year. Slowly, but surely, Russia is telling the West to “get rooted” as it returns to the verities of its Tsarist and Red paths. G A Zyuganov has spoken of a “Red Tsar”… I think that he speaks truthfully and prophetically… after all, isn’t V V Putin the “Big Kahuna” amongst statesmen? That’s why the West wants to take him down so badly… unfortunately, none of their leaders are of his stature… silly wabbits.

BMD

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

15 April2014. The Art of the Pisanka in Moscow… A True Holy Rus Tradition

00 easter eggs in Moscow 01.12.04.14

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00 easter eggs in Moscow 08.12.04.14

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We’ve all heard “Ukrainian” caterwauling about  pisanki. Well, it’s not true. All the Slavs do them… Poles do them (including Hutsuls and Gorali)… Czechs and Slovaks do them… Russians, Carpatho-Russians, and Belarusians do them… Slovenes, Serbs, Bulgarians, and Croats do them, as do the Sorbs and Kaszubs (the most westernmost Slavic peoples, who live in Eastern Germany and Northwestern Poland, respectively). Not only do Slavs do them, most Northern Europeans do them… Magyars do… Romanians do… Germans do… Lithuanians do… and the patterns used are very similar, considering the distances involved. That’s not all, kids! It cuts across confessional lines… Orthodox do them… Catholics do them… Evangelical Lutherans do them.

In short, pisanki are a treasured part of Easter for MANY peoples, spread out over a large part of Europe. Ergo, for any one group to “claim” them isn’t only ridiculous, it’s downright nasty. Pisanki are all-Slavic (and more)… that’s that.

BMD

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