Voices From Russia, Too

Saturday, 7 November 2015

7 November 2015. Our Great Russian Motherland: Dalmatovo Assumption Monastery (Dalmatovo Raion. Kurgan Oblast. Ural Federal District)

00 dalmatovo assumption monastery. dalmatovo Russia. 070915

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In 1644, Monk St Dalmat Ivanovich Mokrinsky founded this monastery when he built his cell in an isolated region to the east of the Ural Mountains (he came from Beryozovo in the Ural region). It endured until 1922, when the atheist authorities closed it. The property saw several uses… a theatre, commanders’ school in the VOV, factory. In 1989, the Church started to take over the property, a process complete in 1994. At present, there’s a small community of monks here, and the run-down buildings and property are under renovation.

BMD

Monday, 13 July 2015

13 July 2015. Our Great Russian Motherland: Holy Trinity Serafimo-Diveyevsky Convent. Diveyevo (Diveyevo Raion. Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. Volga Federal District)

00 Diveyevo. Russia. Holy Trinity Serafimo-Diveevsky Convent. 110715

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Founded in 1780, the claim to fame of Holy Trinity Serafimo-Diveyevsky Convent is that it had a connection with St Serafim Sarovsky. Closed in 1927, it reopened in 1988… well before the fall of the USSR.

BMD

Sunday, 21 June 2015

21 June 2015. Our Great Russian Motherland: Cathedral of St Aleksandr Nevsky. Yalta (Republic of the Crimea. Crimean Federal District)

00 Yalta. Crimea. Russia. Cathedral of St ALeksandr Nevsky. 16.05.15

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Crimea IS Russia… full stop. It was never “Ukrainian”… it isn’t “Ukrainian”… nor is it ever going to be “Ukrainian”. Let anyone who thinks otherwise come and expel us… and no one has the power to do so, INCLUDING the EXCEPTIONAL and INDISPENSABLE USA! If the USA was so INDISPENSABLE, where was it in 988? If it was so EXCEPTIONAL, why is it the Prison House of All the Nations and the leader in violent gun deaths by police?

I rest my case…

BMD

Friday, 19 June 2015

19 June 2015. Our Great Russian Motherland… The Fairytale Island of Kizhi

00 kizhi. russia. orthodox 02. 13.06.15

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Kizhi is an island in Lake Onega in the northern lands near St Petersburg, in the Republic of Karelia. It’s become an open-air museum of about eighty buildings moved to the island from all over Karelia. The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

BMD

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