Russian Orthodox Archbishop Warns the West

Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev has offered a stark warning to Western churches confronting secularism in Europe.

 

Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev issued what could only be viewed as a warning to Western churches during a speech last week at the Russian Embassy in London. Continue reading

New ‘Praetorian Guard’ Seals Putin’s Hold on Power

Vladimir Putin now has his own private army to enforce policies he is borrowing from both Russia’s Soviet and czarist history.

The Praetorian Guard of the Roman Emperor became infamous as one of the ancient world’s most brutal military forces. Equal parts secret service, riot police and imperial bodyguard, this corps d’elite became a permanent force only after Caesar Augustus made himself sole master of the Roman world.

These handpicked soldiers were loyal first and foremost to the emperor. After the fall of Rome, the legacy of this imperial force inspired would-be emperors from Napoleon Bonaparte to Czar Peter the Great to create private armies.

A modern-day imperial strongman is resurrecting this idea once again!

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What’s Behind Russia’s Revival of a Soviet-Era Song Contest?

Russia will revive the Cold War-era Intervision Song Contest this October, according to July 25 reports.

Intervision was first established back in 1977 as a direct rival to the Europe-oriented Eurovision Song Contest. Few people in the participating Soviet nations had private telephones, so Intervision’s television viewers would turn on their house lights if they liked a certain song, or off if they didn’t. The state energy company would then record the size of each power spike, and report the results to the television company to determine points for each contestant. As the Soviet Union began to weaken in the early 1980s, Intervision was discontinued.

Now, Putin is reviving this relic of the Soviet Union’s “glory days,” as he recently has with so many others including a military prep fitness program, the “Hero of Socialist Labor” award, and a grip on domestic media that would earn a hat tip from Comrade Stalin himself.

All these moves serve Putin’s general purpose of resuscitating the Soviet Empire. But this latest one—reviving the song contest—also serves another specific purpose. Continue reading

Kalashnikov, AK-47 designer, wrote penitent letter

‘The pain in my soul is unbearable,’ Kalashnikov wrote several months before death

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, reportedly wrote a regretful letter several months before his death asking the head of the Russian Orthodox Church if he was to blame for the deaths of those killed by the guns.

The Russian daily Izvestia reported Monday that Kalashnikov, who died last month at 94, wrote to Patriarch Kirill in April and told him he kept asking himself if he’s responsible. Continue reading

Christianity Made Russia Great World Power – Putin

MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the role of Orthodox Christianity in the country’s history and congratulated the heads of the world’s Orthodox churches on the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus, a medieval state comprising parts of modern-day Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

“The adoption of Christianity became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped it turn into one of the largest world powers,” Putin said in a message addressed to participants of a commemorative celebration on Red Square, the Kremlin reported.

“It is Orthodoxy that gave Russia a powerful impetus for the development and rise of culture and education,” the message says. Continue reading

Russia’s Putin tells army to shape up for foreign threat

While the military threat currently emanating from Moscow may not be immediate, it’s purpose is five 5% sabre rattling and 95% conditioning for immediate combat readiness for an immanent war in the near future. Meanwhile, America is lulled into a false sense of security and still twittering about the Oscars, while its defensive and offensive capabilities are stripped/disarmed by its top leadership.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin ordered military leaders on Wednesday to make urgent improvements to the armed forces during his new presidential term, saying Russia must thwart attempts by the West to tip the strategic balance of power.

“Attempts are being made to tip the strategic balance,” said Putin, who as president is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, told his audience at the General Staff academy on Moscow’s outskirts. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, sat in the front row.

“Geopolitical dynamics call for a quick and considered response … Russia’s armed forces must move on to a new level of capabilities in the next three to five years,” said Putin, who has not ruled out seeking another term in 2018.

He said drills must be sharpened up and held with less advance warning, to keep soldiers on their toes. Continue reading

The solution to US debt? Sell Alaska

Maybe what Russian professor Igor Panarin had to say quite a few years ago, although off on the timing, might slowly be coming to fruition.

The prospect of once again hitting the federal debt ceiling has provoked the ritual round of hand-wringing about the intractable nature of this $US16 trillion conundrum. But there is a simple, elegant option that involves no tax increases, no spending cuts and just a bit of imagination.

Sell Alaska.

That’s right. Put the entire state – from Juneau to Deadhorse, from the Bering Strait to the Beaufort Sea – on the auction block.

Absurd? No more absurd than the spectacle taking place right now as we skid closer to the fiscal cliff. Continue reading

SAVAGE: ‘Putin just did one thing I agree with 100%’

From time to time, the Soviet Union is also a nation of laws. Even if it is a country ran by a highly corrupt intelligence agency, Mr. Savage has a point.

While performing in Russia, pop star Madonna voiced her support for three “performance artists” who are in jail for trashing an Orthodox church building.

“This is not about free speech,” Savage said after praising Putin’s crackdown on these criminals. “Either you have a society of laws, or you have lawlessness.”

“Madonna went to Russia to give a concert,” Savage explained. “The stoners in Russia are no different than the stoners everywhere else,” adding:

You’re allowed to go see an aging grandmother cavorting on the stage.

So while she’s there, Madonna calls for the release of three gangster women in Russia.

I call them gangster women because you won’t believe what they did. The media here made you think they were just punk rockers who were arrested by Putin for being wild and crazy.

But no, that’s not what happened.

They went to the main Russian Orthodox church, stormed the pulpit, performed obscene acts and screamed that the Orthodox Church is too closely tied to Putin.

So Putin had them arrested, and I agree with him 100 percent.

There’s a certain point at which society breaks down unless you control the vermin: the vermin drug addicts, the vermin anarchists and so on. We’ve seen that in our own country.

Russian politicians are not constrained like our petty bureaucrat politicians are.

The deputy prime minister got so mad at Madonna that he said, “Every ex-wh*** tends to lecture everybody with age, especially during world tours and concerts. Either take off the cross or put on your panties.”

These so-called punk rocker performances offended the great majority of the Russian people who belong to the Orthodox Church. Their trial is certainly not about free speech.

Either you have a society of laws, or you have lawlessness.

Full article: SAVAGE: ‘Putin just did one thing I agree with 100%’ (Michael Savage)