Monthly Archives: July 2008

Russian Video about Kalmykia!


Recently Marley mentioned Buddhism in her comment as a religion with very beautiful attributes. And her comment reminded us about our last trip when we spent several days in one of most beautiful Russian republics: Kalmykia! We just fall in love with this big beautiful and sparsely populated country! Today we want to share with you a beautiful and very interesting video about Kalmykia.

Kalmykia is the only Buddhist republic on European territory, and the Kalmyks follow the Tibetan branch of the religion. In the Soviet period most of their temples were destroyed; those that survive are treasured by locals. Founded in the 1860s, the capital Elista is a small city with a population of just 130,000 people:

I wish we could spend more days and I hope we will be back there again!

Best wishes, and remember every year to visit a new place (How Dalai-Lama said)
and who knows maybe one day it will be beautiful Kalmykia,

Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.

Russian animation – Fears!


Animation about ghosts who try to frighten two boys. This is great!

Reminds me of Casper the Ghost, somewhat.

The production company behind this is first rate (Soyuzmultfilm, 1981).

The heroes of the film – two brothers, go at night journey after flowers as a gift for his mother and overcoming fear reach its goal…

Best wishes and remember that Fears can scare just a crowd and they melt away when they meet a brave person!

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

Russian Video: Russian Orthodox Church – 1020 Years Since Foundation! Hello, Today we'll watch two very interesting movies about Russian Orthodox Ch


Today we’ll watch two very interesting movies about Russian Orthodox Church:

The country’s Orthodox believers are celebrating Russia’s conversion to Christianity 1,020 years ago. The religion was brought from Constantinople (now Istanbul) by Prince Vladimir. At first it was met with great resistance by the pagans but over time was broadly accepted and came to define the soul of the nation.

Orthodox Christian leaders from around the world are in Ukraine to mark the 1,020th anniversary of ancient Russia’s conversion to Christianity. Patriarch Alexy II of all Russia and Bartholomew, the Patriarch of Constantinople, held a joint liturgy in the country’s capital Kiev – the cradle of Russian Christianity:

St. Liturgy on Volodymyr’s hill in Kyiv:
Part 1.

Part 2.

Best wishes,
Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.

Russian Video: Adoption of Russian children! (2)


We just published a very sad article Russian Video: Adoption of Russian children! (1). In this article we’ll try to find out how it’s possible these terrible things are happening with adopted in USA kids from Russia.

Kyle explained me whole situation. The truth is there are a lot of orphans in USA also but it’s not very easy to adopt a kid in America. To adopt a kid couple have to meet a very strict criteria that’s why some people who would never meet this criteria go to Russia or Asian countries to make adoption kids from these countries where they can hide some facts of their life or trade “this facts” to money for officials.

Some people who watched the videos in our previous article asked why Russians don’t adopt their kids. The truth is that was very difficult! Family who wants adopt kids must meet a lot of criteria. [The same like in America!] But good news now it becomes easier for Russian families to adopt kids: Russian MPs are considering ways of making it easier to adopt children, so more families can take orphans and abandoned children. Complex legal procedures currently put off many prospective adopters.

And one more good news “The Wind of Changes” came from our authorities: now we have more and more social advertisement what encourages to adopt or patron kids! We have it even at our bus-stop!

Проект усыновления «Ищу маму»

Best wishes and
maybe it’s time to think whom you would like to present Your Love!

Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.

Russian Video: Adoption of Russian children! (1)


Recently, Russian public opinion has been shocked to learn of the terrible death of a child from Russia: A two-year-old child adopted from Russia three months ago has died after being left alone in an overheated car. It happened in the U.S. town of Herndon, where the death of Dmitry Yakovlev is likely to further complicate the already disputed issue of foreign adoption in Russia:

And that is not the only accident with Russian baby adopted by Americans! That’s another video about adopted Russian kids was published just 2 month before: An American couple, who adopted a Russian baby who then died, are facing murder and child abuse charges. The 14-month-old’s skull was fractured. Another Russian child, 3-year-old Kolya, who was in the care of Fyodor and Kimberly Emelyantsev was found to be exhausted and dehydrated:

We are proud to have Marley Greiner as our reader! She takes this problem very serious! She fights for Adoptee Rights!

Pleas visit her blogs, think how you can help:

The Daily Bastardette
A DAY FOR ADOPTEE RIGHTS – July 20-22, 2008
Bastard Nation

I don’t have any comments to this sad article… Such things what were showed in these videos and told by Marley Greiner must not exist! But they do… and that is very painful question how to live when such things still exist.

Maybe some answers we’ll find in the second part of this article:
Russian Video: Adoption of Russian children! (2).

Best wishes,
comments always welcome.

Russian Video: Ducks in the park!


How do you like to spend your weekends? We like to walk in the parks and watch nature! Today we are publishing for you one more of our “Duck videos” our regular readers already watched several. Today we will watch a duck with ducklings.

For our readers who want to know more about these ducks:

The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.

The Mallard and the Muscovy Duck are believed be the ancestors of all domestic ducks.

You can read more about this type of ducks in Wikipedia.

For our readers who want to see more “Duck’s Videos”: You can do it by follow this link :).

Best wishes and
have a good weekend,

Svet and Kyle
comments always welcome.

Old Russian romance: Those were the days!


Today we will watch a video and listen to a good old Russian romance: By Long Road (Dorogoy Dlinnoyu/Дорогой длинною) [composed before 1917]! We think many of our readers know and love an English version of this song, known as “Those Were the Days” and written in 1968.

For our readers who wants to know more:

This Romance was written by Boris Fomin (1900-1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii the official year of birth is 1924 but specialists still argue about it: Because there are two versions of this romance and first version of it was sung by incredible Alexander Vertinsy even before Russian Revolution [25 October 1917]. All who has heard this romance by Vertinsky admit that it was genial!

For our Russian speaker readers here is a very good article about this romance in Russian.

And for all our readers we publish the original Russian text and its English interpretation:

Слова К.Подревского

Ехали на тройке с бубенцами,
А вдали мелькали огоньки…
Эх, когда бы мне теперь за вами,
Душу бы развеять от тоски!

Дорогой длинною,
Погодой лунною,
Да с песней той,
Что вдаль летит звеня,
И с той старинною,
Да с семиструнною,
Что по ночам
Так мучила меня.

Да, выходит, пели мы задаром,
Понапрасну ночь за ночью жгли.
Если мы покончили со старым,
Так и ночи эти отошли!

В даль родную новыми путями
Нам отныне ехать суждено!
Ехали на тройке с бубенцами,
Да теперь проехали давно!

English text by Gene Raskin

Once upon a time there was a tavern,
Where we used to raise a glass or two.
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
And dreamed of all the great things we would do.

Those were the days my friend,
We’d thought they’d never end,
We’d sing and dance for-ever and a day,
We’d live the life we choose,
We’d fight and never lose,
For we were young and sure to have our way.
Lalala lah lala, lalala lah lala
Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days.

Then the busy years when rushing by us.
We lost our starry notions on the way.
If by chance I’d see you in the tavern,
We’d smile at one another and we’d say:

Just tonight I stood before the tavern,
Nothing seemed the way it used to be.
In the glass I saw a strange reflection,
Was that lonely person really me.

Through the door there came familiar laughter.
I saw your face and heard you call my name.
Oh, my friend, we’re older but no wiser,
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same.

Best wishes
and we think it is great that both Russian and English speakers can enjoy such a wonderful song!

Svet and Kyle
comments always welcome.

Russian Video: Worker and Farm Girl will rise again!


Today we watch a little bit of News Video from Russia… What is this video about? That is about rising one of the most famous statues of Soviet Uninon “Worker and Farm Girl“(1930) again. That’s very good news: after years of selfdestoying, forgetting and putting aside history of great country, Russia starts to restore not just monuments but people’s pride what was broken after faling Soviet Uninon. When I wathc this video about rising the sculpture I think about rising of Russia and we can see more and more signs of this and we write about it in our blogs.

Russia Today writes:

It was a Soviet icon from the 1930s, the celebrated ‘Worker and Farm Girl’ statue, which became the unmistakable logo of Russia’s major film studio Mosfilm. Moscow authorities promise the huge sculpture, dismantled in 2003, will be restored to its full glory.

The 24-metre-high work or art in stainless steel by Vera Mukhina triumphed when put on show for the first time at the 1937 World Fair in Paris. It became a symbol of the socialist dream for millions in the Soviet Union.

Best wishes and
just think if Russia can rise again maybe you can too? 😉

Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.

Russian Video: Bird of Happiness!


Today we are watching an old Soviet video: Nikolay Gnatuk (Николай Гнатюк) sings a song “Bird of Happiness” (Птица Счастья), 1981. We think that’s nice song :).

For our readers who wants to know more about this song:

The song was written by very famous Soviet composer Aleksandra Pakhmutova and a famous poet (her husband) Nikolai Dobronravov in 1981.

And for our readers who wants just to know what this song is about we found a translation:

Tomorrow’s bird of happiness
Flew over, its wings tinkling
Choose me, choose me
Tomorrow’s bird of happiness!
How much silver in the starry sky
Tomorrow will be better than yesterday
Better than yesterday, better than yesterday
Tomorrow will be better than yesterday

Somewhere a guitar is playing
Trustworthy heart will keep the love safe
The heart loves and cherishes
And the bird of luck will fly over again
Tomorrow’s morning will come
Someone will become first, but not me
Someone but not me, someone but not me
Will put together tomorrow’s song

There is no dance without fire in this world
In my heart there is hope
Choose me, choose me
Tomorrow’s bird of happiness
Somewhere a guitar is playing
Trustworthy heart will keep the love safe
The heart loves and cherishes
And the bird of luck will fly over again

Best wishes,
hope the song made you smile, just believe
“Tomorrow will be better than yesterday”!

Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.