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Hello,

I was drinking my morning cup of coffee & thinking that I better warn everyone that vacation time for Svet & I is almost here.

At the end of the week, (29th of March) we are going to travel Russia! A few of the places that we plan on seeing is the cities of Volgograd, Novocherkassk, Sochi, Kazan, Samara & Nizhnijj Novgorod! We are also looking at going to the countries of Georgia and Armenia.

Svet & I do not have plans set in stone, we just want to see the world a little bit at a time. I have our car ready & we have someone to watch Boza our dog!

We have an old laptop that we are taking this time. I have installed Xubuntu operating system, a wireless card, 128 megs of Ram & an external hard drive. The wireless works fantastic & we have gone to McDonald’s in Moscow to test out the system.

Many Hotels that we stay at have Wi-Fi and all McDonald’s that we find in Russia seem to have free Wi-Fi.

We plan on posting a few articles while we are gone on vacation & let you see what we find on the way. There are no promises that we will succeed in posting but we plan on trying,

One of the purposes of the trip is to travel to Sochi where the 2016 Winter Olympics will be held. We want to get pictures of the now(preconstruction) before all the construction is done. So that when we go back to Sochi at the Olympics we can compare.

That is all for now……

Kyle & Svet

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Hello,

This is not a surprise to me, The story is sad but a real part of life in Russia!

My wife & I have stood at train stations and overpasses, looking at the train tracks. As we watch the trains come & go, we see people crossing the tracks. I ask why do they all seem to put them selves in danger? Why do they cross under trains instead of going around them? Why cross here?

My wife just says that it is much faster…… She says that they live across the tracks and they take the shortest route! That all makes sense to me, except I value my life more than crawling under a rail car that could move at any moment.

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Seven-year-old girl loses legs in train tragedy in south Russia

24/03/2008 12:57 ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 24 (RIA Novosti) – A seven-year-old girl lost both legs when a rail car hit her as she crawled over the tracks in Taganrog in southern Russia, the regional railway press service said on Monday.

The accident occurred Friday when the girl’s mother, decided to take a short cut under a stationary wagon rather than walk round the train. As the mother and daughter crawled under the train, it started moving crushing the girl’s legs.

The girl was rushed to hospital where doctors fought to save her life.

The mother sustained slight injuries in the tragedy.
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So the Mother had only a slight injury, whereas the daughter lost both legs……..

Kyle & Svet

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Hello,

Latest update on Miles. Looks like it is still many days from being over. This is starting to look bad for Pastor Miles. I think pretrial was too quick myself.
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Friday, March 14, 2008

With respect to Phillip’s legal case, we have been informed that the pre-trial investigation process has been completed. This is encouraging news because this process frequently lasts many months. The prosecutor now has the case and will determine a trial date. The prosecutor has the authority to try Pastor Phillip on both the smuggling and trafficking charges. We hope to hear that the trial will take place within a few weeks, although there is currently no date set. Pastor Phillip’s attorney will argue that any violation of Russian laws was done unintentionally and with no desire to cause any harm or danger to anyone in Russia. The testimony and evidence support this position. We trust that the prosecutor and the judge will agree with the evidence and Pastor Phillip will be released at the conclusion of his trial. Please continue to pray that the judge will show understanding and mercy on Pastor Phillip.

On a personal note, Pastor Phillip is continuing to develop close relationships with his cell mates and has faith that he will be able to return home soon. Two embassy officials visited Phillip this week and reported that he looked well. They were able to take the first package of letters and cards to him sent from the church, and he enjoyed reading every one of them. They had a wonderful conversation with him, even discussing the recent UNC/Duke basketball game. He decided to overlook the fact that one of the embassy visitors graduated from Duke! His third hand-written letter to Lynn seemed to indicate that he will have plenty of stories to share when he comes home. He sent his love and appreciation to the staff and congregation of CCC.
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We will see….

Kyle

http://kylekeeton.com/2008/02/pastor-phillip-miles.html
http://kylekeeton.com/2008/02/russia-important-update-on-american.html
http://kylekeeton.com/2008/02/russia-update-on-pastor-phillip-miles.html

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Bloggers on strike over lack of free service Thousands of users of the Livejournal.com blogging web-service are on strike on Friday protesting against the policies of its owners, the Russian company Sup Fabrik.

They have pledged not to create any content and refrain from taking part in any discussions on the day of the strike in protest against the cancellation of so-called basic accounts, which are free of charge and without any advertising.

The online protest was initiated by an American user from St Louis, who claimed that basic users create value for the website by producing content.

The system is very popular among Russian bloggers, many of which said they would join in the strike.

Anton Nosik from Sup Fabrik told Russia Today it’s a logical step for a commercial enterprise:

“The existence of basic accounts, which are actually a non-profit thing – slightly contradicts the very idea of this being a commercial venue. We are not a Wikipedia, we are not fund-raising. We are expecting ourselves to live through advertising. To make things clear – we are not canceling any basic accounts that have been created before the announcement. We’re just not offering new ones,” he said

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Hello,

Could this be true?


“According to an investigation by Edward Epstein, a New York Sun journalist, Aleksandr Litvinenko may have accidentally poisoned himself while trying to smuggle polonium-210. Aleksandr Litvinenko, a former Russian Intelligence officer, died of polonium-210 poisoning in November 2006.”

I think that it is possible…..

Kyle
Here is the link to the article by Edward Jay Epstein in New York Sun Newspaper.

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Lent, in most Christian denominations, is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where, according to the Bible, he endured temptation by Satan. Different churches calculate the forty days differently.

The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penitence, alms giving and self-denial for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In Western Christianity, but with the exception of the Archdiocese of Milan which follows the Ambrosian Rite, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Saturday. The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter”, a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.

In those churches which follow the Byzantine tradition (e.g. Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics), the forty days of Lent are calculated differently: the fast begins on Clean Monday, Sundays are included in the count, and it ends on the Friday before Palm Sunday. The days of Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday and Holy Week are considered a distinct period of fasting.

There are several holy days within the season of Lent.

* Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. * Clean Monday (or “Ash Monday”) is the first day in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. * The fourth Lenten Sunday, which marks the halfway point between Ash Wednesday and Easter, is sometimes referred to as Laetare Sunday, particularly by Roman Catholics. * The fifth Lenten Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday (however, that term is also applied to Palm Sunday) marks the beginning of Passion tide. * The sixth Lenten Sunday, commonly called Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent immediately preceding Easter. * Wednesday of Holy Week is known as Spy Wednesday to commemorate the days on which Judas spied on Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane before betraying him. * Thursday is known as Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, and is a day Christians commemorate the Last Supper shared by Christ with his disciples. * Good Friday follows the next day, on which Christians remember His crucifixion and burial.

In the Roman Catholic Church, Mass is a three day event called the Easter Triduum that begins with the opening song of the Holy Thursday celebration. After the Holy Thursday celebration, the communion bread and wine is taken from the altar with no formal closing. Instead, the parish is invited to worship the holy Body of Christ. The next day is the official commemoration of The Passion of Jesus Christ and is usually celebrated at 3 PM local time though some parishes usually change the time due to work schedules. This commemoration is part of the Triduum Mass which the opening is just a prayer followed by the day’s readings. The service usually ends with a shortened communion involving only the Body of Christ and a post communion prayer before the service ends without dismissal. The Easter Vigil is the start of the end of the Triduum mass and usually starts with a fire service before the readings which explore the history of mankind. The service also includes baptism and confirmation services which are usually celebrated after the homily. The Easter Vigil and Triduum Mass ends in the usual way with full communion.

Holy Week and the season of Lent, depending on denomination and local custom, end with Easter Vigil at sundown on Holy Saturday or on the morning of Easter Sunday. It is custom for some churches to hold sunrise services which include open air celebrations in some places.

In the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican traditions, the altar linens and priest’s vestments are violet during the season of Lent. However, during the holy days the linens often change.

There are traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and alms giving (justice towards neighbor). Today, some people give up a vice of theirs, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.

The number forty has many Biblical references: the forty days Moses spent on Mount Sinai with God (Exodus 24:18); the forty days and nights Elijah spent walking to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8); God made it rain for forty days and forty nights in the days of Noah (Genesis 7:4); the Hebrew people wandered forty years traveling to the Promised Land (Numbers 14:33); Jonah in his prophecy of judgment gave the city of Nineveh forty days in which to repent (Jonah 3:4).

Jesus retreated into the desert, where he fasted for forty days, and was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-2, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-2). Jesus overcame all three of Satan’s temptations by citing scripture to the devil, at which point the devil left him, angels ministered to Jesus, and he began his ministry. Jesus further said that his disciples should fast “when the bridegroom shall be taken from them” (Matthew 9:15), a reference to his Passion. Since, presumably, the Apostles fasted as they mourned the death of Jesus, Christians have traditionally fasted during the annual commemoration of his burial.

It is the traditional belief that Jesus lay for 40 hours in the tomb which led to the forty hours of total fast that preceded the Easter celebration in the early Church (the biblical reference to ‘three days in the tomb’ is understood as spanning three days, from Friday afternoon to early Sunday morning, rather than three 24 hour periods of time). One of the most important ceremonies at Easter was the baptism of the initiates on Easter Eve. The fast was initially undertaken by the catecholamine to prepare them for the reception of this sacrament. Later, the period of fasting from Good Friday until Easter Day was extended to six days, to correspond with the six weeks of training, necessary to give the final instruction to those converts who were to be baptized.

Converts to Christianity followed a strict catechizing or period of instruction and discipline prior to baptism. In Jerusalem near the close of the fourth century, classes were held throughout Lent for three hours each day. With the legalization of Christianity (by the Edict of Milan) and its later imposition as the state religion of the Roman Empire, its character was endangered by the great influx of new members. In response, the Lenten fast and practices of self-renunciation were required annually of all Christians, both to show solidarity with the catechisms, and for their own spiritual benefit. The less zealous converts were thus brought more securely into the Christian fold.

Traditionally, on Easter Sunday, Roman Catholics may cease their fasting and start again whatever they gave up for lent, after they attend Mass on Easter Sunday. Other Western denominations have also followed this general principle to a greater or lesser degree.

No matter how you celebrate Lent, it should be a time to recollect & renew!

2008 date for Easter:
March 23 (Western)
April 27 (Eastern)

Kyle & Svet

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RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 19:56:38.Following the Russian Federal Security Service’s accusations that a TNK-BP employee was involved in industrial espionage, the Russian-British oil company issued a statement declaring that it was opposed to the use of unfair competitive practices. Commenting on searches carried out at the company’s offices, spokesperson Alexander Shadrin said that TNK-BP never supported and does not codone any illegal activities, whose purpose is to bring harm to the Russian Federation. Furthermore, he stressed that the company continues to provide assistance to the law-enforcement bodies within the procedure established by law. According to Shadrin, TNK-BP, meanwhile, continues to conduct its business activities as usual.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 19:15:36.The strategy and reorganization committee of RAO UES’s Board of Directors is planning to review dividend recommendations during a meeting scheduled for March 26, the agenda of the meeting states. In addition, the committee intends to discuss the details of the sale of a government stake in the power generation company TGK-13, which is issuing additional shares at a price range of between RUB 0.19 and RUB 0.23 per share.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 18:56:16.The investigation committee of the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office has opened the fourth criminal case against Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, the committee’s public relations department reported today. The organization is currently drafting a request for legal assistance to be forwarded to concerned agencies in the UK. Berezovsky is charged with making false accusations regarding the intentions of Russia’s secret service to assassinate him, as well as with deliberate falsification of evidence.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 18:27:32.Russia’s Federal Security Service has charged a TNK-BP employee Ilya Zaslavsky and his brother, head of the British Council in Russia, Alexander Zaslavsky, with industrial espionage in favor of foreign companies, the agency’s public relations center reported today. Each of the suspects has dual citizenship in the US and Russia. According to the organization’s statement, the brothers engaged in illegal gathering of confidential commercial information to provide a number of foreign oil and gas companies with competitive advantages over their Russian rivals. A search was conducted in offices of TNK-BP and BP Trading Ltd., during which evidence confirming espionage was discovered. Both suspects were detained on March 12.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 17:23:47.Russian banks could lose up to a fourth of their assets due to financial instability, deputy head of the Federation Council’s committee on financial markets and monetary circulation Gleb Fetisov told a banking conference today. According to Fetisov, five top banks with state participation have accumulated nearly 50 percent of total banking assets in Russia. He believes that regional banks have fallen behind without any hope to catch up with them. Most banks are covering their short-term liabilities with long-term loans, which could result in a liquidity squeeze. Low capitalization of the banking system is yet another problem, Fetisov said, as most regional banks have never had any intention of going public. One of the ways to solve the issues is funding by large financial organizations, including financial institutions.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 17:02:11.According to preliminary unaudited data, Lebedyansky’s net profit under IFRS went down 10 percent to $79.2m in 2007, Russia’s natural juice producer said in a report today. Meanwhile, revenue surged 33 percent to $944.8m, including sales of Lebedyansky’s subsidiary Troya-Ultra. Sales excluding those of Troya-Ultra grew 27 percent to $892.5m. The company’s management attributes the rise in sales to regional expansion, the development of direct sales and the pricing and marketing policies. EBITDA increased 12 percent to $155.6m, while EBITDA margin declined from 19.6 to 16.5 percent in 2007.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 16:55:05.Russian President Vladimir Putin has formed a list of instructions following the meeting of the presidential council for the implementation of high-priority national projects, held on February 28, the Russian leader’s press office reported today. For instance, Putin urged the council to ensure the realization of the government’s demographic policy and the development of priority national projects in the areas of healthcare, education, affordable housing, and agriculture.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 16:20:11.The Russian stock market is not expected to stop its downward correction until the end of the week, experts told RBC TV today. Once again, the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate cut had only a short-term effect on the market. Meanwhile, analysts believe that Russian stocks’ decline is likely to slow in the afternoon, with shares sliding 0.5 percent before the close. Second-tier securities of the construction and consumer sectors look more stable than the rest, experts say.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 15:52:03.According to various criteria, between 18 and 42 percent of Russians consider themselves to be middle class, a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) showed. The respondents of the poll considered themselves middle class on the basis of the following criteria: good living conditions (42 percent), ability to provide high-quality education to children (39 percent), satisfaction with life prospects (35 percent), comfortable life after retirement (26 percent), ability to travel abroad (21 percent), and owning two or more cars per family (18 percent). The poll also showed that people under 35 considered themselves middle class a lot more often that people aged 35-39 and 60 or over. The poll was conducted among 1,600 respondents in 153 locations in 46 Russian regions and republics on February 16-17, with the margin of error of no more than 3.4 percent.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 13:57:02.Russia and Egypt have a great cooperation potential in the nuclear and oil and gas industries, Russia’s Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said during his talks with Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. According to the press office of the Industry and Energy Ministry, Khristenko has arrived in Egypt to take part in the session of an intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, research and technology cooperation between the two countries. During the meeting, the minister defined the ties with Egypt as strategic. As a result of the meeting, the two sides arrived at a framework agreement on peaceful nuclear cooperation, including in such areas as personnel training, infrastructure facilities and research. The agreement is to be signed next week during the visit of Egypt’s President to Russia.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 11:37:37.Russia’s gold and currency reserves stood at $502.1bn as of March 14, 2008, up $7.6bn, or 1.5 percent from the previous showing. This has been the highest increase in reserves since the beginning of the year. The reserves climbed a total of $13.5bn over the four previous weeks, and therefore, the overall increase amounted to $21.1bn, or 4.4 percent, in five weeks. The rapid rise can be attributed to the euro’s considerable increase against the dollar on international exchanges, as well as to the Central Bank’s active foreign currency acquisitions on the domestic market. As a result, Russia has been able to somewhat close up the gas separating it from the world leaders in reserves, China and Japan. China’s reserves currently exceed $1.5 trillion, having climbed more than 43 percent in 2007 alone, due to the country’s huge trade surplus. Japan currently boasts over $1 trillion in reserves.

RBC, 20.03.2008, Moscow 09:29:28.Russia’s Central Election Commission has filed lawsuits in a number of countries over allegations of irregularities during Russia’s recent presidential election made by some foreign mass media. The commission’s Chairman Vladimir Churov made this announcement during a live interview to one of the Russian radio stations. In addition, the commission’s officials are now working on important publications on the issue.

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Hello,

Today on Rotus, I found a very pleasant surprise. He did a review about Windows to Russia!

No, he was not paid to do this. (He even put that in writing, that is a good thing because I could not pay his regular review fee of 5,534,876 pesos!)

Rotus has a Flagship blog called “Clarks Picks!”

Put Clark’s Picks In Your Sidebar: please


Just click on the Button & you can receive your own very special button to put on your blog or website!

Thank You for being a good friend, Clark!

Kyle & Svet

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Hello,

I have been following this story line for a while. Russia has been doing all that it can to try to get these people out, but since they will not leave, Russia has been working very hard to keep the caves from flooding & killing all the occupants!
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Russian doomsday sect’s cave saved from flooding

20/03/2008 15:28 NIZHNY NOVGOROD, March 20 (RIA Novosti) – Emergency service workers in central Russia have carried out an operation to prevent thaw waters reaching a cave where 35 members of a doomsday sect have been holed up for almost five months.

The sect, including four children, have been holed up in the cave in the Penza Region since the fall of 2007 waiting for the apocalypse, which they say will happen in May 2008. They have threatened to set fire to themselves if any attempt is made to force them out.

“Rescuers have dug special drainage ditches to prevent thaw waters from reaching the cave,” said an official with the emergency services.

The official went on to say that there was little likelihood now of the cave being submerged by underground waters in the spring thaw, adding however that, “If a need arises, rescue workers will come to the site again to carry out any necessary work.”

He also added that police officers on duty near the cave were monitoring the situation and that there were contingency plans in place to rescue the sect members if flooding did occur.

According to the sect’s founder, Pyotr Kuznetsov, the cave is said to have been divided into five cells, with one large ‘room’ set aside for prayers. The prayer room is also to be used for the eventual burial of the sect members.

Kuznetsov is currently being treated for paranoid schizophrenia in a psychiatric hospital in Penza, about 600 km (370 miles) southeast of Moscow.

Religion was tightly controlled in the U.S.S.R. and the collapse of the Soviet Union saw an explosion in sects and cults, as well as interest in New Age philosophies and beliefs in Russia and many other former Soviet republics.

There are currently believed to be around 500-700 such sects in Russia, containing some 600,000-800,000 people.
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Sounds more like America everyday that I am here. :)

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

PS:Remember (Waco: 74 members of Branch Davidians cult, including leader David Koresh, died in a fire) I remember!

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