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Vladimir Putin shows his religious devotion at Valaam Monastery

It’s nice to have a President who is a devoted believer, isn’t it?

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On July 11, 2017, the Russian president together with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited Valaam Monastery in Karelia and attended a divine liturgy on the day of commemoration of Saints Sergius and Herman of Valaam.

President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill at the Transfiguration of the Saviour Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam (July, 2017)

The Transfiguration of the Saviour Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam is one the most beloved Russian monasteries. In Russian Orthodoxy, Saints Sergius and German were Greek holy monks who came to the Novgorod along with the first Orthodox missionaries and founded a monastery on Valaam Island in the north of Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe.

Valaam Monastery on Lake Ladoga, Karelia

Today, the monastery has more than 200 inhabitants. Every year, over 100,000 pilgrims and tourists visit this monastery. Including Vladimir Putin!

 

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An American Protestant pastor and news commentator (Rick Wiles of trunews.com ) first made me aware a few years ago that President Vladimir Putin was a devout Orthodox Christian. I decided to research this, and was very impressed by Mr. Putin’s devotion to his faith and the practice of it. May God bless him and deepen his faith with each passing day.

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Yes, and President Putin has initiated (successfully), support and encouragement for the women of Russia to KEEP their babies instead of shucking/sucking them out to be sold off as “parts” to rejuvenate aging oligarchs and flavor soft drinks …
…. and the rest of the world should take note that the birth rate for Russia is today positive….
Russia is NOT wasting away as it was during the Zio-communist regimes.

FACT! – A nation must have PEOPLE… real live flesh and blood human beings to stay healthy, and “importing aliens” is not a remedy.

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I got quite a shock the other night when a Christian Internet talk show host was talking about the Donald Trump Jr. case, and the woman lawyer linked to the attempt to reestablish the ability of American parents to adopt Russian “orphans” (I use quotes here because I know now that all the children being “adopted” in the US are not necessarily orphans–eg. Haitian children that are being trafficked.). I had thought that this was a diplomatic move on Russia’s part because we’d done something to tick off Russian leadership. This woman on the radio raised the fact that it… Read more »

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Mr. Putin is a ‘devout denominational Christian’, who, according to this article, worships a temple made by man, but that does not display true Christianity, where one worships the One True God, through His Son, not images of stone. The Russian Orthodox church is just another branch of the great whore’s religious outreach, and is under the control of the vatican. Note, when Mr. Putin visits the pope, who bows down in obeisance, who kisses who’s ring? This act, performed by ALL politicians who go see the pope, demonstrate who is the boss, and, as much as one had prayed… Read more »

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So, John…. President Putin “kisses the ring”… and to your mind that makes him a vassal? Did it ever occur to you that Vladimir Putin “kisses the rings” of ALL the heads of state around the world as a gesture of respect to that particular leader? So, would you rather have him flip off the Pope, and Merkle, Erdogan and THE Trumpus .. and all the rest of tin horn posturing “leaders” that control politics, massive militaries, and make decisions? You would prefer that he alienate them so that they will take a personal offense to THEIR massive egos, and… Read more »

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Oh, and another thought on the subject of President Putin “worshiping stone images”… what BS~!
The image is a “representation” of thought quasi-incarnate.. the image reminds people that the conviction that God is there, and of the need to recognize that freak shows of deviant satanic types, such as the Kadashians, ARE NOT the kind of energies that should be worshiped.

Oh, and personally I would prefer to see a reminder ‘stone image’ honored than The Wheaties Boy Jenner~!!!!

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It is the symbology of the exercise. Generally leaders of different nations shake hands, which is a display of friendship, also, subtly revealing that one is not carrying a knife in the hand extended. Yes, Mr. Putin is a devout member of the Russian Orthodox church, which is great, it shows he has far more comprehension of the Christian standards on which the Western nations were originally built. The point being made is that all political leaders, that go meet the pope, to my mind, are displaying subservience to that church, and, one suggests, we should never mix politics and… Read more »

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Dear John, The situation with Our Lady of Fatima/Pope Francis’ refusal to honor her request because it illustrates Pope Francis’ lack of belief in his own theology. I credit Mr. Putin for making the effort to make “pilgrimage” (basically a trip undertaken for a religious purpose; Protestants read that “bus trip”) to Rome to see the Pope in an effort to have him actually do something that at least a portion of his people believe in and would welcome. I assume from your emphasis on the stone statues and objection to several things Roman Catholic that you are Protestant. I… Read more »

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While I agree that a national leader darkening the door of a church of any denomination or saying he/she is a Christian doesn’t necessarily make them one in their heart (eg. George W. Bush), I have a tendency to believe Mr. Putin. No less of a Putin-hating source than a New York Times reporter noted that Mr. Putin openly professed his faith in God while stationed with the KGB in East Germany–not something calculated to make him popular with the upper-level management!!! I also know of two separate occasions when he could have extorted bribes from those coming to him–once… Read more »

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It was the religious leaders of Israel that nailed their Messiah to the cross, in collusion with the Sanhedrin, which is a questionable demonstration of meddling betwixt state and church, that it can be highly detrimental to the community. Scripture declares that it will be the Gentiles who fulfill Heb.6:6, as they worship a man, believing they are worshipping God. What does Mary have to do with anything? Yes, she was the vehicle used by God to bring His Son into the world, but nothing more! Check how Jesus called her ‘woman’ not mother. There is no evidence that our… Read more »

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Don’t Laugh : It’s Giving Putin What He Wants

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself.

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The BBC has published an article titled “How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon” about the Kremlin’s latest addition to its horrifying deadly hybrid warfare arsenal: comedy.

The article is authored by Olga Robinson, whom the BBC, unhindered by any trace of self-awareness, has titled “Senior Journalist (Disinformation)”. Robinson demonstrates the qualifications and acumen which earned her that title by warning the BBC’s audience that the Kremlin has been using humor to dismiss and ridicule accusations that have been leveled against it by western governments, a “form of trolling” that she reports is designed to “deliberately lower the level of discussion”.

“Russia’s move towards using humour to influence its campaigns is a relatively recent phenomenon,” Robinson explains, without speculating as to why Russians might have suddenly begun laughing at their western accusers. She gives no consideration to the possibility that the tightly knit alliance of western nations who suddenly began hysterically shrieking about Russia two years ago have simply gotten much more ridiculous and easier to make fun of during that time.

Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the emergence of a demented media environment wherein everything around the world from French protests to American culture wars to British discontent with the European Union gets blamed on Russia without any facts or evidence. Wherein BBC reporters now correct guests and caution them against voicing skepticism of anti-Russia narratives because the UK is in “an information war” with that nation. Wherein the same cable news Russiagate pundit can claim that both Rex Tillerson’s hiring and his later firing were the result of a Russian conspiracy to benefit the Kremlin. Wherein mainstream outlets can circulate blatantly false information about Julian Assange and unnamed “Russians” and then blame the falseness of that reporting on Russian disinformation. Wherein Pokemon Go, cutesy Facebook memes and $4,700 in Google ads are sincerely cited as methods by which Hillary Clinton’s $1.2 billion presidential campaign was outdone. Wherein conspiracy theories that Putin has infiltrated the highest levels of the US government have been blaring on mainstream headline news for two years with absolutely nothing to show for it to this day.

Nope, the only possibility is that the Kremlin suddenly figured out that humor is a thing.

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself. The hypocrisy is so cartoonish, the emotions are so breathlessly over-the-top, the stories so riddled with plot holes and the agendas underlying them so glaringly obvious that they translate very easily into laughs. I myself recently authored a satire piece that a lot of people loved and which got picked up by numerous alternative media outlets, and all I did was write down all the various escalations this administration has made against Russia as though they were commands being given to Trump by Putin. It was extremely easy to write, and it was pretty damn funny if I do say so myself. And it didn’t take any Kremlin rubles or dezinformatsiya from St Petersburg to figure out how to write it.

“Ben Nimmo, an Atlantic Council researcher on Russian disinformation, told the BBC that attempts to create funny memes were part of the strategy as ‘disinformation for the information age’,” the article warns. Nimmo, ironically, is himself intimately involved with the British domestic disinformation firm Integrity Initiative, whose shady government-sponsored psyops against the Labour Party have sparked a national scandal that is likely far from reaching peak intensity.

“Most comedy programmes on Russian state television these days are anodyne affairs which either do not touch on political topics, or direct humour at the Kremlin’s perceived enemies abroad,” Robinson writes, which I found funny since I’d just recently read an excellent essay by Michael Tracey titled “Why has late night swapped laughs for lusting after Mueller?”

“If the late night ‘comedy’ of the Trump era has something resembling a ‘message,’ it’s that large segments of the nation’s liberal TV viewership are nervously tracking every Russia development with a passion that cannot be conducive to mental health – or for that matter, political efficacy,” Tracey writes, documenting numerous examples of the ways late night comedy now has audiences cheering for a US intelligence insider and Bush appointee instead of challenging power-serving media orthodoxies as programs like The Daily Show once did.

If you wanted the opposite of “anodyne affairs”, it would be comedians ridiculing the way all the establishment talking heads are manipulating their audiences into supporting the US intelligence community and FBI insiders. It would be excoriating the media environment in which unfathomably powerful world-dominating government agencies are subject to less scrutiny and criticism than a man trapped in an embassy who published inconvenient facts about those agencies. It certainly wouldn’t be the cast of Saturday Night Live singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to a framed portrait if Robert Mueller wearing a Santa hat. It doesn’t get much more anodyne than that.

Russia makes fun of western establishment narratives about it because those narratives are so incredibly easy to make fun of that they are essentially asking for it, and the nerdy way empire loyalists are suddenly crying victim about it is itself more comedy. When Guardian writer Carole Cadwalladr began insinuating that RT covering standard newsworthy people like Julian Assange and Nigel Farage was a conspiracy to “boost” those people for the advancement of Russian agendas instead of a news outlet doing the thing that news reporting is, RT rightly made fun of her for it. Cadwalladr reacted to RT’s mockery with a claim that she was a victim of “attacks”, instead of the recipient of perfectly justified ridicule for circulating an intensely moronic conspiracy theory.

Ah well. People are nuts and we’re hurtling toward a direct confrontation with a nuclear superpower. Sometimes there’s nothing else to do but laugh. As Wavy Gravy said, “Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.”

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EU’s ‘toothless’ response to creation of Kosovo army risks worsening the crisis – Moscow

Russia’s ambassador to the UN said that the EU could have and should have done more to stop the breakaway region from creating its own army.

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The creation of Kosovo’s own 5,000-strong army is a threat to peace and security in a turbulent region and may lead to a new escalation, Russia’s UN envoy has warned, calling the EU’s lackluster response irresponsible.

Speaking at the UN Security Council emergency meeting on Kosovo, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzya said that the EU could have and should have done more to stop the breakaway region from creating its own army to replace its lightly armed emergency response force.

“The EU reaction to the decision by Pristina cannot be described as other than toothless. This irresponsible policy has crossed the line,” Nebenzya said, after the UNSC meeting on Monday.

The diplomat said the lack of decisive action on the part of the 28-member bloc was a “great disappointment,” adding that the EU seems to “have turned a blind eye on the illegal creation of Kosovo’s ‘army.’”

The law, approved by Kosovo lawmakers on Friday, paves the way for doubling the size of the current Kosovo Security Force and for turning it into a de facto army, with 5,000 soldiers and 3,000 reservists.

The move did not go down well even with Kosovo’s usual backers, with both NATO and the EU voicing their indignation. NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg called the decision “ill-timed” and lamented that Kosovo’s authorities had ignored “the concerns expressed by NATO.”

The EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has echoed those concerns, saying in a statement that the mandate of Kosovo’s forces “should only be changed through an inclusive and gradual process” in accordance with the state’s constitution.

The only nation to openly applaud the controversial move was the US, with its ambassador to Kosovo, Phillip Kosnett, saying that Washington “reaffirms its support” for the upgrade as it is “only natural for Kosovo as a sovereign, independent country” to have a full-fledged army.

The Kosovo MPs’ decision has drawn anger in the Serbian capital Belgrade and provoked a strong response from Moscow, which calledon the UN mission in Kosovo to demilitarize the area in accordance with UNSC resolution 1244, and to disband any armed units.

Nebenzya pointed out that the UN resolution does not allow any Kosovo Albanian military units to be present in the region’s territory. He accused Western countries, including members of the NATO-led international peacekeeping force (KFOR), of “condoning and supporting” the violation by Pristina of the resolution.

It is feared that the army, though a relatively small force, might inflame tensions in the region and impede attempts at reconciliation between Pristina and Belgrade. Serbia has warned that it might consider an armed intervention if the army becomes a threat to the 120,000-strong Serb minority in Kosovo.

“The advance of Kosovo’s army presents a threat to the peace and security in the region, which may lead to the recurrence of the armed conflict,” Nebenzya stated.

In addition to creating its own army, Kosovo in November hit Serbia with a 100 percent import tariff on goods, defying calls by the US and the EU to roll the measure back.

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Ukraine’s President Says “High” Threat Of Russian Invasion, Urges NATO Entry In Next 5 Years

Poroshenko is trying desperately to hold on to power, even if it means provoking Russia.

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Perhaps still seeking to justify imposing martial law over broad swathes of his country, and attempting to keep international pressure and media focus on a narrative of “Russian aggression,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denounced what he called the high “threat of Russian invasion” during a press conference on Sunday, according to Bloomberg.

Though what some analysts expected would be a rapid flair up of tit-for-tat incidents following the late November Kerch Strait seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and their crew by the Russian Navy has gone somewhat quiet, with no further major incident to follow, Poroshenko has continued to signal to the West that Russia could invade at any moment.

“The lion’s share of Russian troops remain” along the Russian border with Ukraine, Poroshenko told journalists at a press conference in the capital, Kiev. “Unfortunately, less than 10 percent were withdrawn,” he said, and added: “As of now, the threat of Russian troops invading remains. We have to be ready for this, we won’t allow a repeat of 2014.”

Poroshenko, who declared martial law on Nov. 26, citing at the time possible imminent “full-scale war with Russia” and Russian tank and troop build-up, on Sunday noted that he will end martial law on Dec. 26 and the temporarily suspended presidential campaign will kick off should there be no Russian invasion. He also previously banned all Russian males ages 16-60 from entering Ukraine as part of implementation of 30 days of martial law over ten provinces, though it’s unclear if this policy will be rescinded.

During his remarks, the Ukrainian president said his country should push to join NATO and the EU within the next five years, per Bloomberg:

While declining to announce whether he will seek a second term in the office, Poroshenko said that Ukraine should achieve peace, overcome the consequences of its economic crisis and to meet criteria to join the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during next five years.

But concerning both his retaining power and his ongoing “threat exaggeration” — there’s even widespread domestic acknowledgement that the two are clearly linked.

According to The Globe and Mail:

While Mr. Poroshenko’s domestic rivals accuse him of exaggerating the threat in order to boost his own flagging political fortunes — polls suggest Mr. Poroshenko is on track to lose his job in a March election — military experts say there are reasons to take the Ukrainian president’s warning seriously.

As we observed previously, while European officials have urged both sides to exercise restraint, the incident shows just how easily Russia and the West could be drawn into a military conflict over Ukraine.

Certainly Poroshenko’s words appear designed to telegraph just such an outcome, which would keep him in power as a war-time president, hasten more and massive western military support and aid, and quicken his country’s entry into NATO — the latter which is already treating Ukraine as a de facto strategic outpost.

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