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  • The Most Wondrous Places of Orthodox Crimea

    THE OLDEST TEMPLE One of the oldest cities in the world is Kerch. It is known that its territory was inhabited in prehistoric times. Among the main attractions of Kerch are numerous excavations of ancient cities and mounds, ancient fortresses.This is the location of Crimea's oldest and one of the...
  • Do We Live in a Dystopia?

    The literary genre "utopia" acquired its name from the novel by the same title, published by Thomas Moore in 1516. Various authors have tried to imagine a perfect society and describe it in the form of a project, tale, or novel. Plato's Republic is probably the first known utopia, describing th...
  • Invisible Wings (India, 2018)

    Invisible Wings is a Malayalam short documentary film about a tea-selling globe trotter. Malayalam is one of the languages spoken at the southern tip of Indian peninsula. The documentary won the Best Short Film at Filmfare Awards this year. Deservedly. With little money but a heart full of d...
  • Viktor Vasnetsov, the Delicate Bogatyr of Russian Art

    When one looks at the frescos painted by Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926), one is overwhelmed by the sense of wonder and respect. Catholic religious painting is representational, Orthodox is symbolic, and Vasnetsov's paintings are realistic, but not sufficiently realistic to obliterate the symbolic mean...
  • The Icon of the Theotokos of the Gate of Dawn

    On October 27, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the Icon of the Theotokos  of the Gate of Dawn. The icon is found above the northern city gate in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The icon is venerated by both Roman Catholics and the Orthodox. It is considered one of the most important C...
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British Pelagianism and the Push Toward a World War
In the article "The British Are Driving the West's War Agenda -- But Why?" published two days ago in Global Research by Richard Cook, the author labels Brits as the masterminds of the current frenzied Russophobia in the West and the impatient effort to start World War 3. Cook is a retired Ameri...
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