Wahhabi terrorist violence against Christians has put the very survival of the religion in some regions in peril. "We cannot stand idle," says Baroness Warsi, who is the UK Minister for Faith and Communities. Christian populations are plummeting and the religion is being driven out of some of its historic heartlands. There is even talk of Christianity becoming extinct in places where it has existed for generations -- where the faith was born. In Iraq, the Christian community has fallen from 1.2 million in 1990 to 200,000 today. In Syria, the horrific bloodshed has masked the hemorrhaging of its Christian population whose percentage dropped to 6% after being around 20% since 1946. In Egypt, 32 churches were looted, burned, and destroyed during the past few months.
Nazareth Illit in Israel is a multi-ethnic community of Jews, Arabs and Christians. But the mayor is very open about his desire to change that, and his openly racist views were no barrier to his reelection. RT's Paula Slier takes a look.
Putin and Pope Francis’s first meeting focuses on Christians’ plight in Mideast.
RT.com November 25, 2013 16:21
Hopes were high for warmer relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic churches as President Vladimir Putin flew Monday to Rome for his first audience with Pope Francis. Topping the agenda is likely help for Christians in the Middle East.
Putin, an Orthodox Christian, has repeatedly said that he is a man of faith and his administration has consistently sought closer ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.
His policies “have brought religion to the forefront and triggered positive change in ecumenical relations," said Natalya Pecherskaya, rector of the St. Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy.
But state interests will come first on the visit, officials said.
"Putin will be meeting Pope Francis as the president of Russia, and then only secondly as a Russian Orthodox [Christian]," said Father Kirill Gorbunov, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow.
As well as his visit with the Holy Father in the Vatican, Putin will meet with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano and Romano Prodi, the country’s former premier and a special UN representative, in Rome. On Tuesday, Putin will travel to Trieste for talks with the Italian government.
The Kremlin announced ahead of the visit that Putin and Pope Francis would focus on the state of international institutions and their ability to respond to crises, as well as the protection of Christian minorities in the Maghreb and the Middle East.
It’s not the first time Pope Francis has addressed topical political issues: before the Group of 20 Summit in early September, the pontiff implored Putin to seek a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis, along with other world leaders.
"To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution [in Syria]," Pope Francis wrote in his letter to Putin. "Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community."
Yury Ushakov, senior foreign policy aide to Putin, said the Pope’s letter had “served as a constructive background for the discussion of the Syrian crisis during the [G20] summit. Afterward, an interesting and rather positive development happened, taking into account the initiatives suggested by our president.”
In recent months, violent attacks on Christians in Syria, Libya and other hotspots in the Middle East have featured increasingly in media reports.
Christians, who comprise about 10 per cent of Syria's population, are viewed as supporters of President Bashar Assad, fearing the Islamist ideology of some rebels.
“I believe it is all systematic and planned,” Sami Housni, a Christian priest in Damascus, told RT. “Forcing Christians to leave… In Iraq, for instance, less than 200,000 Christians remain. We do have concerns, and we do hope to stay in our land, Syria, which is the cradle of Christianity. We also hope that the Pope and the heads of Christian denominations will call for the renunciation of violence and the adoption of dialogue.”
During Putin’s Vatican meeting there are no plans to pass along any official communication from Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, to the pontiff, Ushakov said.
For nearly a thousand years, tensions have dominated relations between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, which were split in the Great Schism of 1054.
Last week, ahead of Putin’s trip to the Vatican, Patriarch Kirill met with a senior Catholic archbishop in Moscow. "We live in an epoch when many of our historic differences should no longer play the negative role they have played in relations between our churches," Kirill told journalists, as quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.
During his years in power, Putin has visited the Vatican three times, meeting with John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Then-President Dmitry Medvedev also paid a visit to Pope Benedict XVI.
Putin’s last visit to the Vatican took place in 2010, when he was Russia’s prime minister.
These visits have formed the backdrop for strengthening ties between Russia and the Vatican – which is, after all, a sovereign state. In 2011, Russia and the Vatican signed a cooperation agreement in the field of child health care, and last month the countries agreed to increase cooperation between their respective academic institutions and museums.
The reason Russian Orthodox Patriarchs and Catholic Popes have not met in recent decades has both ancient and modern roots. There has been a centuries-old dispute between the Russian Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches, and the Russian Orthodox Church says the Catholics wrongfully seized its property in the 1980s and 1990s.
Under Soviet leader Josef Stalin, Eastern Catholic churches were handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Catholics took back more than 500 churches, mostly in western Ukraine.
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MP seeks to establish Orthodox Christianity as national Constitution basis.
RT.com November 22, 2013 13:21
Center left MP Elena Mizulina, known for her pro-life stance and conflicts with leaders of the LGBT community, has suggested amending the constitution emphasizing the exclusive role of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Mizulina said at the Friday session of the parliamentary group for the protection of Christian values, that the Russian constitution should include a preamble saying that “Orthodox Christianity is the basis of national and cultural originality of Russia”.
The move gained support from other participants in the session who represented the majority caucus of United Russia and the Communist Party caucus.
Currently the Constitution describes Russia as a secular state and protects freedom of conscience. Four religions – Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism are sometimes called ‘traditional’ in the mass media and politicians’ statements, but there is no legal basis for that.
In 2012 nationalist lawmaker Sergey Baburin also suggested mentioning Christianity in Russia’s constitution. Baburin said the country could follow Georgia’s example and underline the Church’s role in the nation’s history while still protecting the equality and freedom of all beliefs. Back then, the move failed to gain sufficient support.
According to a poll conducted by the Levada research center in late October this year, over 70 percent of Russian Federation citizens consider themselves Orthodox Christians. 44 percent of respondents hold the Russian Orthodox faith as the official religion of the country. 56 percent agreed that the Russian Orthodox Church played a major role in Russian history.
Mizulina represents the moderate leftist party Fair Russia and chairs the Lower House’s Committee for Family Women and Children. Earlier this year the committee developed a concept of the national family policy that stressed the role of a traditional 'nuclear family' and suggested strengthening it by supporting traditional religions.
In November speech, Mizulina lashed out at surrogacy saying that the practice, along with abortion, would eventually lead to humanity’s extinction. Earlier this year she also suggested making ‘morning after’ pills a prescription drug.
On an island far from the mainland, the Valaam monastery is one of the Russian Orthodox Church's holiest and most isolated sites. Join James Brown as he meets the monks, mucks in with the volunteers, and encounters a special group of children in one of most spiritual places in the country. For more of James's adventures around Russia follow him on Twitter @jimbrownjourno.
Leaked: Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists will be freed under amnesty.
RT.com December 09, 2013 15:51
The members of the Pussy Riot punk band, Greenpeace activists and protesters jailed after the May 2012 Bolotnaya demonstration will be freed in an amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, Russian media report.
A total of 25,000 people will be freed under the amnesty initiated by President Putin, Interfax cited Vladimir Vasilyev, deputy speaker of parliament, as saying.
“Around 1,300 people will be released from prison, and 17,500 people will be relieved of non-custodial sentences. In addition, criminal proceedings against nearly 6,000 can be terminated,” Vasilyev said.
Several Russian media including Izvestia and Vedomosti newspapers have obtained a copy of the draft amnesty, which was submitted to the parliament by President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
According to the papers, the participants in such high-profile cases as the Pussy Riot Cathedral protest, Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise boarding of an oil rig and the Bolotnaya Square riots will all be granted amnesty.
The upcoming amnesty won’t apply to those who committed crimes that posed a serious danger to society, Vladimir Vasilyev said, adding that the amnesty will give preference to convicts in vulnerable social categories and people who have served the country.
It will favor all minors, mothers with small children, pregnant women, women over 55 and men over 60, the disabled, Chernobyl cleanup workers and military veterans, he said.
According to Vedomosti newspaper, the draft amnesty covers three articles of the criminal code “as an exception,” which means that those, who were convicted under them, will be freed or relived from punishment regardless of age, sex and social status.
The first such article Number 213 is “hooliganism”, which means that two Pussy Riot members – Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova – as well as the Greenpeace’s activists, awaiting trial in Russia, will a get pardon.
Three members of the Pussy Riot punk band were each sentenced to two years in prison after staging a protest in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012, although one member of the band was later released on appeal.
The 30 Greenpeace activists are currently on bail and awaiting trial after an attempt to board Russia’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Barents Sea this September.
The second exception was made for Number 2012 Part 2 and 3 articles “participation in the riots and calls for them.”
This will see nine participants of the Bolotnaya trial, who aren’t accused of using force against the police officers, avoid prosecution.
The so-called Bolotnaya prisoners are people who were detained following riots on Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow in May 2012.
The third exception deals with those, who were convicted for violating traffic regulation with severe consequences to people’s health.
Meanwhile, those, who committed economic crimes, won’t be pardoned as there has already been an amnesty for this category of prisoners earlier this year, with 1,431 people released, Izvestia said.
This means that former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner, Platon Lebedev, will remain behind bars.
The amnesty will be adopted before the end of the year and implemented within the next six months, a high-ranked source in the parliament told Izvestia.
Russia celebrates the 20th anniversary of the country’s Constitution on December 12.
The head of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, expressed his satisfaction with the draft amnesty bill, expressing hope that it won’t suffer heavy revisions by the Duma deputies.
“I’m sure that there’ll be some MPs, who’ll try to widen the amnesty bill and those, who’ll push for it to be narrowed. In the end, I hope that it’ll remain as it was when submitted by the President,” he told RIA-Novosti news agency.
But one of the heads of Memorial human rights center, Oleg Orlov, has called the draft amnesty bill a disappointment.
“Even in its current form, I welcome the document. At least, some people will be released,” he told Interfax news agency. “But that part of Russian society, which advocated an amnesty, understand it in a broader sense, and of course we are disappointed."
President Putin tasked human rights activists with putting together a draft bill for an amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the country’s modern Constitution in late September.
In mid-October, the draft bill, which proposed to pardon around 100,000 prisoners, was approved by the Presidential Council for Human Rights.
Syria has been torn apart by a civil war that began in March 2011, with both sides accusing the other of perpetuating atrocities on civilians. Niow there are concerns that relations between Muslims and Syria's small Christian community are rapidly deteriorating, as they are throughout the Middle East in general. RT's Sam Sacks asks Ahmed Fathi, a Middle East analyst, what is behind the declining relationship between countrymen of differing religions, and what affect it might have on the broader Middle East.
Father Nikolay Stremsky has built an Orthodox village outside of Orenburg and opened his home to 70 children. RT meets the priest and his adopted offspring, who have come from all walks of life and have become the family project of this modern-day miracle-worker.
Islamic extremism to blame as Christian deaths nearly double in a year – report.
RT.com January 08, 2014 21:53
At least 2,100 Christians because of their beliefs in 2013 according to a group monitoring persecution of Christians worldwide. Most of the dead were in Syria, where radical Islamist groups have clamped down on a long-established religious minority.
Open Doors, a US-based non-denominational group that first formed in the 1950s smuggling Bibles into Communist Eastern Europe, conducts an annual survey of 50 countries where Christians suffer the worst discrimination.
“Overwhelmingly, the main engine driving persecution of Christians in 36 of the top 50 countries is Islamic extremism,” write the authors.
North Korea, which is officially atheist but is dominated by the Kims’ personality cult, and where merely owning a Bible is reportedly grounds enough for a life sentence or execution, remains the worst country in the world for Christians. Open Doors claims that as many as 70,000 believers are in North Korean labor camps and prisons.
But the rest of the top five is made up of Muslim states suffering from internal instability, with Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan all earning a place.
Of these, the situation has worsened “least surprisingly” in Syria, which had a Christian population of more than 1.7 million prior to the start of the internal conflict nearly three years ago.
“The Syrian opposition is increasingly ‘Islamizing’, and Christians are becoming more vulnerable in all spheres of life. Many Christians were reported to have been abducted, physically harmed or killed, and many churches damaged or destroyed,” write the authors.
The situation has deteriorated fundamentally since professional foreign jihadists, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), joined the fray.
The most notable recent attacks have been on centuries-old Aramaic-speaking communities, such as Maaloula and Sadad.
Open Doors, which says that it uses conservative estimates sourced from the news media and believers on the ground, claims that at a “minimal count”, 1,213 Christians were “martyred” in the country last year. The figure is higher than the world total for 2012.
Nigeria, which has a roughly equal split between Christians and Muslims, is next on the list with 612 deaths, mostly at the hands of newly-active militias in the north, such as Boko Haram, which frequently bombs Christian schools and churches.
In Somalia, “retreating al-Shabaab rebels vent their anger by imposing an even more restrictive form of Sharia law” and while the Christian minority is small, anyone who is found out to follow the faith risks execution.
Open Doors predicts that Central African Republic, which erupted into a civil war at the end of last year, could be the hotspot to watch out for in 2014.
“The country has been torn apart by warlords and especially foreign mercenaries from Chad and Sudan who target Christians for rape, robbery and murder,” write the authors.
“Like Mali last year, Central African Republic shows how rapidly a seemingly stable state can disintegrate and a Christian minority or even majority can come to the brink of extinction.”
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‘Tour cathedrals’: Russian, US ambassadors to UN trade taunts over Pussy Riot.
RT.com February 06, 2014 13:05
As Samantha Power met two released Pussy Riot members in New York, Russia’s Vitaly Churkin wondered if the US ambassador to the UN would join the controversial punk band and suggested a tour route. The jibe did not go unnoticed.
Power, a vocal proponent of American military interventions as a solution to human rights abuses, met Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina on Wednesday as part of their tour of the US.
During the meeting at the US mission to the UN, Power and the two band members discussed "the disturbing trend in [Russia] of legislation, prosecutions and government actions aimed at suppressing dissent and pressuring groups that advocate for fundamental human rights and basic government accountability," according to her deputy spokesman Kurtis Cooper.
When asked about the meeting, Russian UN ambassador Churkin joked, "She has not joined the band?"
"I would expect her to invite them to perform at the National Cathedral in Washington," he said. "Maybe they could arrange a world tour for them, you know."
"St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, then maybe in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, ending up with a gala concert at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. So if Ambassador Power fell short I would be disappointed," Churkin said.
Power responded on Twitter, saying she would be honored to join Pussy Riot and invited Churkin to join in.
“I can't sing, but if #PussyRiot will have me, Amb Churkin, I say our 1st concert is for Russia's pol. prisoners. #LiveFromMatrosskayaTishina,” she tweeted in reference to one of Moscow’s oldest prisons, which is currently used as a preliminary detention center.
Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are two of the three members of the group who stood trial on hooliganism charges for their performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012. The performance was conducted to produce footage for an anti-government music video, which the band later published online.
In August 2012, the three women were sentenced to two years each for the offence, but later the term for the third member, Ekaterina Samutsevich, was suspended by a court. Samutsevich is not accompanying her former co-performers on their US tour.
The two honored Pussy Riot members were granted amnesty in December 2013, a few months ahead of the end of their prison terms. Following their release they said they want to be involved in human rights activism and particularly in defending the rights of prisoners in Russia.
Their Wednesday meeting with Ambassador Power was followed by a visit to an all-star concert in the New York borough of Brooklyn, where they were welcomed by their long-time supporter Madonna.
Pussy Riot 'principles violated': Former band members back off from released pair.
RT.com February 07, 2014 11:31
Six Pussy Riot members have reproached formerly imprisoned ex-members, Maria and Nadezhda, for 'completely forgetting about the aspirations and ideals' of the ensemble by taking part in a star-studded Amnesty International's gig in Brooklyn.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina spent 21 months of their two-year sentences in prison for singing a "punk prayer" protest song in Moscow's landmark Orthodox cathedral in February 2012. Convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, they were released from prison in late December last year, following an amnesty from the government. Throughout all this time, they have been under the glare of the media spotlight, both in Russia and overseas.
On February 5, Maria and Nadezhda made their first public appearance in the United States and shared the stage with one of their loyal supporters, Madonna.
"Unfortunately for us, they are being so carried away with the problems in Russian prisons, that they completely forgot about the aspirations and ideals of our group — feminism, separatist resistance, fight against authoritarianism and personality cult, all of which, as a matter of fact, was the cause for their unjust punishment," Tolokonnikova and Alekhina's ex-fellow members complained in their open letter on Thursday.
"Now it is no secret that Masha and Nadia are no longer members of the group, and they will no longer take part in radical actions. Now they are engaged in a new project. They are now institutionalized advocates of prisoners' rights," the bandmembers, who wished to remain anonymous and identified themselves as Garadja, Fara, Shaiba, Cat, Seraphima, and Schumacher, wrote.
"And as you know, such advocacy is hardly compatible with radical political statements and provocative works of art that raise controversial topics in modern society. Just as gender conformity is not compatible with radical feminism," the sextet wrapped up.
Ex-fellow members lashed out at Masha and Nadia for choosing to take part in Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" concert, which drew a crowd of thousands into one of New York’s biggest venues with a maximum capacity of nearly 20,000.
"Our performances are always 'illegal,' staged only in unpredictable locations and public places not designed for traditional entertainment," Pussy Riot members noted, adding that those who attend their performances are "always spontaneous passersby, and we never sell tickets to our 'shows.'"
They also mentioned that the poster of the event promoting Tolokonikova and Alekhina's appearance at the New York concert featured a man in a balaclava with an electric guitar, under the name of Pussy Riot, "while the organizers smartly called for people to buy expensive tickets."
"All this is an extreme contradiction of the very principles of the Pussy Riot collective: We are an all-female separatist collective: no man can represent us either on a poster or in reality," Pussy Riot members stated in their letter.
Meanwhile, some of those who attended the Wednesday gig were surprised to find out that Tolokonnikova, 24, and Alekhina, 25, didn't perform any of their famed radical songs, but recited catchphrases from the closing statements of the Russian activists arrested during a pro-democracy rally on May 6, 2012 instead.
An interpreter translated the young women’s vehement speech from Russian into English. Their performance reached a climax when Nadia and Masha, wearing T-shirts with large crosses on their chests, demanded the release of anti-government prisoners and chanted "Russia will be free" several times in English to make sure everyone present at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn understood.
Meanwhile, introducing them on stage was the queen of pop herself, Madonna, who couldn't help thanking the former prisoners "for making pussy a ‘sayable’ word" in her household. "I've always considered myself a freedom fighter since the early '80s when I realized I had a voice and I could sing more than songs about being a material girl, or feeling like a virgin," Madonna mentioned.
The band's name must have become a household name for another prominent American, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, with whom Tolokonnikova and Alekhina caught up with ahead of the New York concert.
According to Power's deputy spokesman, Kurtis Cooper, the trio discussed "the disturbing trend in (Russia) of legislation, prosecutions and government actions aimed at suppressing dissent and pressuring groups that advocate fundamental human rights and basic government accountability."
When asked about their half-hour brief meeting, Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin ironically wondered: "She [Power] has not joined the band? I would expect her to invite them to perform at the National Cathedral in Washington. Maybe they could arrange a world tour for them, you know.
St Peter's Cathedral in Rome, then maybe in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, ending up with a gala concert at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem," Churkin suggested. “So if Ambassador Power fell short I would be disappointed," he added.
"Will you join us?" Power responded on Twitter. "I can't sing, but if Pussy Riot will have me, Ambassador Churkin, I say our first concert is for Russia's political prisoners," the US Ambassador to the United Nations wrote, suggesting that their joint gig be held at Moscow's Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
In fact, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina told a press conference ahead of the concert that "anybody can be Pussy Riot."
"You just need to put on a mask and stage an act of protest in your particular country," one of them pointed out.
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Orthodox church to be sanctified in Antarctic.
St. Petersburg, February 14, Interfax - An Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity located at the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen will be sanctified on Friday, the press service for the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic has reported.
The church turns 10 on February 14, the press service reported. The polar explorers from the Russian Antarctic expedition suggested the creation of an Orthodox chapel back in the late 1990s. That offer was upheld and an Orthodox church was build at the station.
The construction of the church began in fall 2001 in Altai. The main materials used in its construction were cedar and larch, which do not rot. The Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic said the disassembled church was taken to Bellingshausen Station in early 2003.
The chapel was sanctified in 2004.
"Monks from the Holy Trinity Laura have served there since then. They combine their high spiritual service with work at the Bellingshausen Station, and they do all the work that they have to do. A lot of things happed in this most southern Orthodox church on the planet in these ten years. It was visited by the presidents of several countries of Latin America, the Spanish king, the chairman of the Russian Federal Assembly, many deputies of the Russian State Duma, ministers, and heads of the federal services of Russia," the report says.
A Chilean man and a Russian woman, who had married in Chile, were married in the church several years ago.
A delegation led by Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar has left for the Antarctic to sanctify the church, the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic reported. Holy relics taken to Antarctic from Russia will be placed in the church's altar.
Fourteen Orthodox patriarchs and archbishops gathered in Istanbul Thursday for a three-day meeting at the invitation of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. The main topic of the meeting, which runs until Sunday at the Fener Rum Patriarchate, is the current situation of Christians in the Middle East.
The churches represented at the meeting are determined according to hierarchy: the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Alexandria Patriarchate, Antioch Patriarchate, Jerusalem Patriarchate, Russian Patriarchate, Serbian Patriarchate, Romanian Patriarchate, Bulgarian Patriarchate, Georgian Patriarchate, Cyprus Autocephalous Church, Greek Autocephalous Church, Polish Autocephalous Church, Albanian Autocephalous Church, Czech and Slovak Autocephalous Church.
I shouldn't bring nationalism into this issue, but seriously wtf? How is Bulgarian not further up the ladder? First Slavic Orthodox church, and also...Serbian higher up? That makes sense how? It was Bulgarian church that backed the Serbs to get their very own first Patriarch, without Bulgarian patriarch that backed them, n made official, the other patriarchs wouldn't have accepted then a Serbian patriarch.
After Jerusalem Patriarchate it should be Bulgarian, these priests n their politics, they can't rewrite history.
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Syria: Patriarch Mar Ignatios Iwaz farewelled in Damascus.
RuptlyTV Mar 28, 2014
A funeral service for His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, was held in St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus on Friday.
Patriarch Mar Ignatios Iwaz was admitted into a German hospital for treatment on February 20, before passing away on March 21 at age 80. His body was flown from Germany to Lebanon and then returned to Syria.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5