Voices From Russia, Too

Sunday, 11 December 2016

11 December 2016. Our Great Russian Motherland… The Winter Palace in Piter… Yes… That’s a RECENT Pic

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Yep… it’s winter before winter in Russia again! It’s ten more days before the official faceoff, but Ol’ Baba Winter is goin’ on strong in the Rodina, as this picture from Piter shows. That’s the Winter Palace… today, the restored palace forms part of the complex of buildings housing the State Hermitage Museum (the official website of the museum complex is here). By the way, nothing in Washington comes even close to the Ermitazh in scope or grandeur… so, all American claims of “exceptionalism”, “indispensability”, and “unique goodness” are nothing but vacuous bullshit. The Ermitazh is the real deal (it was around BEFORE the USA even existed… fancy that)…

BMD

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

8 January 2014. A Photo Essay. It’s Wintertime in Russia…

00 Winter in Russia 01. Moscow. 08.01.14

Walking in the snow in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 02. Lermontov monument in Stavropol. 08.01.14

Lermontov monument in Stavropol (Stavropol Krai. Southern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 03. Santa Claus on Yenisei near Krasnoyarsk. 08.01.14

Boater dressed as Santa Claus on the Yenisei River near Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) noting the end of the navigation season

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00 Winter in Russia 04. banks of the Moskva River in Moscow Oblast. 08.01.14

On the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow Oblast (Central Federal District) near the Moscow city limits

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00 Winter in Russia 05. Moscow. 08.01.14

A kid with a snowman in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 06. St Petersburg. ice sculpture of Kazan Cathedral. 08.01.14

Ice sculpture of Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 07. Stavropol. 08.01.14

Love STILL conquers all in Stavropol (Stavropol Krai. Southern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 08. Divnogorsk. 08.01.14

Anglers take their fishing seriously in Divnogorsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 09. Veliki Ustyug. 08.01.14

Taking a stroll in Veliki Ustyug (Vologda Oblast. Northwestern Federal District)… the official home of Ded Moroz, dontcha know!

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00 Winter in Russia 10. horse race on frozen Yenisei. Novosyolovo. 08.01.14

Harness racing on the frozen Yenisei River near Novosyolovo (Novosyolovo Raion. Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 11. mist over the Angara River. Irkutsk. 08.01.14

Mist over the Angara River in Irkutsk (Irkutsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District)

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Brrrr! That looks plenty cold! Do pass the jug… I think that all of us need it… it’s wintertime in Russia!

BMD

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Saturday, 21 May 2011

A Photo Essay. 21 May 2011. The Revival Will be Live… It Will NOT be Televised… Severodvinsk

A parish church in Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk Oblast, Northwestern Federal District) RF… as Severodvinsk is a “Soviet” city, there were no churches there (save for an old 17th century monastery built in what was then-empty wilderness) until the fall of the atheist state. In this case, an old warehouse or workshop was converted for worship purposes.

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St Aleksandr Nevsky Chapel (2006). Severodvinsk

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Cathedral of St Nicholas (1674). Nikolo-Korelsk Monastery. Severodvinsk. new iconostas. Christmas, 7 January 2008

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Church of the Icon of the Mother of God ‘of Vladimir’ (2007). Severodvinsk

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Church of the Icon of the Mother of God ‘of Vladimir’ (2007). Severodvinsk. Iconostas

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Church of the Resurrection (late 1990s). Yagra Island. Severodvinsk

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Church of Ss Benjamin and Nikofor of Solovki (2002). Severodvinsk

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Church of Ss Benjamin and Nikofor of Solovki (2002). Severodvinsk. iconostas

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Official Rollout of APL (SSN) Severodvinsk at Sevmash Shipyard (Severodvinsk) in 2010… note the priest in the foreground… that means that the revival is as strong in the provinces as it is in the capitals… no mean thing, that…

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Important as they are, it’s more critical to note what’s happening in the provinces, rather than to harp on the events in Moscow and Petersburg. It’s clear that the revival is just as strong (if not stronger) in places like Severodvinsk. The decline in population here was due to the fact that it was a “service town”… and when the forces were cut back, people moved to where the work was. The same thing will happen in the USA when it has to cut back its forces (for the same reason that the post-Soviet states did… lack of money)… Norfolk and San Diego will lose population, and some smaller towns will be wiped out.

I wanted my first example of “provincial revival”  to be one of the “Soviet cities”… that is, a town with no stock of Tsarist-era churches, a town that was planned from the outset to be officially “godless”. Look well at the interiors of the new churches… they are mute witnesses to the fact that the Western Renovationists (mostly SVS in Yonkers and St Sergius in Paris) are 24-carat solid-gold liars, pure and simple. There are no minimal, “peek-a-boo”, iconostases here. These are traditional, full-height, affairs. Mind you, these aren’t old buildings brought back up to snuff… these are new-build edifices.  That is, the tradition isn’t a “pickled in formaldehyde” corpse… it’s alive… and it’s still practised! What does that tell us about SVS and St Sergius? At the least, it means that they’re missing out on the real deal revival in Russia. I feel sorry for those that the Renovationists have misled…

The Revival will NOT be televised… the Revival will be LIVE!*

*This is a shameless crib from Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution will NOT be televised… the Revolution will be LIVE!” Hey, if you combine the best of Christ with what’s right in Marx… put Red and White together… whew, you’re talking CRITICAL MASS…

BMD

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