Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kazan: Where Europe Meets Asia. Also included are some snippets of classic Cold War propaganda which some of us swallowed whole...

Also is there the big question of what the U.S.A. is coming to.
The constant here is profit. That is a very good thing, up to a point...

From The Moscow Times and other sources (to add spice). 
After all, why would any government feel embarrassed?

Kazan’s kremlin includes one of the oldest Russian Orthodox cathedrals and the new Kul Sharif mosque, the largest mosque in Europe.
Kazan’s kremlin includes one of the oldest Russian Orthodox cathedrals and the new Kul Sharif mosque, the largest mosque in Europe.

america under communism

A tyubeteika, a traditional Tatar cap.
A tyubeteika, a traditional Tatar cap.

Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili; 
18 December 1878.
The Soviet famine of 1932–1933 killed many millions in the major grain-producing areas of the Soviet Union. These areas included UkraineNorthern CaucasusVolga Region andKazakhstan, the South Urals, and West Siberia.
The Great Purge was a series of campaigns of political repression andpersecution in the Soviet Union orchestrated by Joseph Stalin from 1936 to 1938.

Striking American Railway Union members confront Illinois 
National Guard troops in Chicago during the Pullman Strike.

A model presents a creation by Russian designer Konstantin Gayday during Moscow Fashion Week

red rape

Kazan’s metro, which began operating in 2005, is the first and only one to open after Soviet days.
Kazan’s metro, which began operating in 2005. Note crystal chandeliers and NO graffiti.

"Toto, I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore..."

When American girls fall in love with a city, it is for forever, and it is like forever. As though there never was a time when they didn’t love it. The minute they arrive at the train station or get off the ferry and glimpse the wide streets and the wasteful lamps lighting them, they know they are born for it. There, in a city, they are not so much new as themselves: their stronger, riskier selves. And in the beginning when they first arrive, and twenty years later when they and the City have grown up, they love that part of themselves so much they forget what loving other people was like—if they ever knew, that is.

red dawn

All signs are in Russian and Tatar, and both languages can be heard with equal frequency.
All signs are in Russian and Tatar, and both languages can be heard 
with equal frequency.

Heroic moment for the Ohio National Guard, shooting unarmed children.

Kent State massacre occurred at Kent State University in the U.S. city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. No wonder, the kids had the gall to yell at the soldiers, which must have hurt theirfeelings..

After 70 years, Russia has finally acknowledged that 
Joseph Stalin personally ordered the wartime massacre 
of 20,000 Polish officers.

The boat ride on the Don River, top right, offers the best view of Rostov-on-Don’s right bank, with the golden domes of an Orthodox cathedral.
Golden domes of an Orthodox cathedral in Rostov-on-Don.

A Cossack

At the beginning of the Cossack Era, the Polish and Lithuanian people are still controlling the Ukrainian region, and are limiting the economic and cultural growth by enforcing a noble structure.  The people under this noble structure were given less and less land, leading to less food growth and pressure from the Lithuanians and Poles to conform to their cultural norms. These settlers had enough and began to move out towards the steppe region.  Here they had more freedom, and more land to live on.  These people became known as the Cossacks or free men.

purgatory of the conquered

People walking along the Pregolya River in central Kaliningrad. Königsberg Cathedral, background, is the city’s most recognizable landmark.People walking along the Pregolya River in central Kaliningrad. Königsberg Cathedral, background, is the city’s most recognizable landmark.

Wrong wars, but still cute...

A fisherman waiting for a catch near an abandoned downtown fort.

Kaliningrad is the capital of Russia's westernmost province of the same name, an exclave on the Baltic Sea that is separated from the rest of the country by Lithuania and Latvia. Locals take pride in the region's German history — the region was historically part of Prussia — and its status as an "island" separate from what they often call "greater Russia."

Samara was a closed city in the Soviet Union due to its aerospace industry enterprises.
Samara was a closed city in the Soviet Union due to its aerospace 
industry enterprises. Here passenger aircraft are being assembled.

Russian USSR KGB secret police pocket watch.

Samara owes much of its historically strong economy to its location on the Volga River.
Samara owes much of its historically strong economy to its location 
on the Volga River.

red iceberg

Don’t miss Bogolyubovo’s stunning blue-domed monastery, which boasts the Castle of Andrei Bogolyubsky, named after Yury Dolgoruky’s son.
Bogolyubovo’s stunning blue-domed monastery in Vladimer
Founded in 990
Tucked away on Letneperevozkinskaya Ulitsa stands a typical U.S. house, a wooden bungalow with an open garden and garage. This is The American Home, an exchange and language teaching center founded in 1992 by Ron Pope, a scholar from Illinois. Currently, the home’s English program enrolls 400 students per term. Find out more at

The Lubyanka is the formidable home of Russia's secret police.

Girls taking a break from an afternoon of skating by the 12th-century Assumption Cathedral.
VLADIMIR girls taking a break from an afternoon of skating by the 
12th-century Assumption Cathedral.

A Christian comic-book educating youth against 
the dangers of Communism (1961). 

anti-communist comic book

Ded Moroz, wearing a red rather than a Soviet-era blue robe, welcoming visitors to Veliky Ustyug, an ancient northern town that is known for old churches and silvercraft, not just his presents.
Santa welcoming visitors to Veliky Ustyug, an ancient northern town that is known for old churches and silvercraft.

Santa relaxes after a hard day in his toy factory 
(actually located on the Russian sector at the North Pole)

At Lenin's direction, the director of the Cheka, Felix Dzerzhinsky, set a bloody precedent for communist oppression by killing millions and imprisoning millions more. Stalin would merely accelerate the mayhem.

The 1648 Church of the Ascension is among over a dozen old churches in the city’s center.
The 1648 Church of the Ascension.

Ded Moroz’s Votchina (Russian for “estate”), which welcomes families for three-day stays.
A typical Russian duplex in a Veliky Ustyug middle-class neighborhood.

President Reagan with Pope John Paul II in Miami, Florida
Pope John Paul II collapses upon hearing Ronnie's confession.

Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins; July 6, 1921) is the ... In 1952 she married Ronald Reagan, who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild, .....that she fastened upon her husband during his speeches and appearances. .... In 1982, she revealed that she had accepted thousands of dollars in clothing, ...

Ronald Wilson Reagan flew cheerfully into the California sunset on January 20, ... Long before the second term ended, Nancy Reagan had shopped around for a ... October 1989 trip to Japan for which Reagan was paid off (very cheaply by today's standards) with two million dollars for two short speeches... 

‘They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work’ – Communist-era adage
It was a moment in history that former Russian President Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century”: the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. There it was, a socialist, military superpower that in its last years had a non-existent GDP, chronic ethnic tensions, and an ideology that had failed to fulfil the prophecies spun by its creators.
All of the problems that the Communist Party had tried so hard to ignore rose to the surface, one by one, under the rule of the Communist Party’s last General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev. Budget deficits that had previously been hidden came to light, and threw an already unstable economy into further disarray. Tax revenues from breakaway republics.suddenly vanished. Increasing political turbulence and ad hoc economic and social reforms ultimately undermined the entire legitimacy of the ideology upon which the Soviet system was built.

In economics, a bailout is an act of loaning or giving capital to an entity (a company, a country, or an individual) that is in danger of failing, in an attempt to save it from bankruptcyinsolvency, or total liquidation and ruin; or to allow a failing entity to fail gracefully without spreading contagion.

Emergency-type government bailouts can be controversial. Debates raged in 2008 over if and how to bail out the failing auto industry and financial institutions in the United States

An era of devil-may-care ethics in "high places" of business, the White house and Congress nearly bankrupted the United States. They had almost taken the more profitable post Civil-War-Slavery business plan a step too far... but Congress always knows who pays for their multi-million dollar perks...

Thinking of moving to Switzerland?

Which one will benevolently lead the new U.S.A.

Can an unregulated capitalism lead to bringing the U.S. a benevolent new Stalin? "They" have been working on provoking another revolution to put total power into a benevolent dictator's hands for a long time...
Grand Ayatollah The Donald?

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