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The other night was sleepless……
More than 700,000 people celebrated the victory of the Russian national soccer team over The Netherlands with a score of 3:1 in the quarterfinal of the Championship of Europe Saturday night. Such massive exultation has never before been seen in the Russian capital, where, as in other Russian cities, automobile traffic came to a standstill as people came out onto the street shouting “Forward Russia!” and drivers honked in time and emerged from their cars to wave flags. A minor accident took place on Leningrad Prospekt, but the drivers were embracing by the time the police arrived and the matter ended in a conversation about the match. Stranger hugged and clinked bottles of beer or champagne in common toasts.
Where we live they tore up the bus stop, broke out multiple business windows, tore down fences & broke beer bottles all over the streets. Boza (dog) & I went for a 3 am walk and got to experience the destructive force of around 60 guys who had way to much to drink.

Good thing Russia Won!

Kyle & Svet & Boza!

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Looks like Pastor Phillip Miles Got A Lucky Break… Or, maybe it could have been -“The defense team provided letters from Russia’s human rights ombudsman and 62 members of U.S. Congress with requests for the cleric’s acquittal.” :)
MOSCOW, June 23 (RIA Novosti) – The Moscow City Court ruled on Monday to release a U.S. pastor from prison changing his earlier sentence of more than three years for illegally bringing ammunition in Russia to a 10-month suspended sentence.

Moscow’s lower district court sentenced Phillip Miles, 58, to three years and two months in prison in April for smuggling rifle rounds, declarable under Russian customs law, into the country for his Russian hunting partner.

Miles’s defense attorney appealed the ruling as “severe and inadequate” and sought his acquittal, citing an absence of criminal intent.

“Documents for his release will be sent to the detention center, and Miles will be released today or tomorrow,” the presiding judge said.

The defense team provided letters from Russia’s human rights ombudsman and 62 members of U.S. Congress with requests for the cleric’s acquittal.

I bet he does not bring hunting ammo for a friend anymore or better yet, he should stay in America, the Russian’s are Orthodox & very happy about being Orthodox. I am growing found of the Russian Orthodox myself & feel that it has better structure than the Christianity sects in America.

Good Luck Pastor Phillip Miles!

Kyle & Svet

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Poland says let us see the green backs……
Poland is demanding one billion dollars a year from the United States for allowing elements of its anti-missile defence shield to be placed there.

It’s believed that cost could be too much for the White House in the latest setback for the controversial project, which is opposed by Russia. Link: Russia Today

Actually with inflation that is not enough, Poland should ask for more….

Kyle & Svet

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I was drinking my morning cup of coffee & thinking about what Russia might be saying in conjunction with USA, Israel & Iran situation!
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday warned against the use of force on Iran, saying there was no proof it was trying to build nuclear weapons. Lavrov said Russia had asked both the United States and Israel to provide factual information to back their claims that Iran was working to build atomic weapons.

“So far we have seen none, and the same conclusion was made by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” he said. “It’s absolutely not right to speak matter-of-factly that Iran continues building nuclear weapons,” Lavrov added. Link: The Jerusalem Post
Can any one say World Disaster……?

Kyle & Svet

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This is an important gas pipeline. This pipeline puts Ukraine and others out of the ballpark…
Russia Today:

The Dutch national gas company Gasunie has joint the Nord Stream gas pipeline project.

The announcement came from Russian gas giant Gazprom.

The Dutch company gets 9% in the joint enterprise, reducing the shares of E.On Ruhrgas and Wintershall Holding to 20% each. Gazprom keeps its 51% stake.

The Nord Stream pipeline is to transport Russian gas to European customers, bypassing transit countries. It will run over the seabed of the Baltic Sea.

Gasunie is the operator of one of the biggest European gas networks with a total length of over 12,000 kilometres.

Gazprom never rests….

Kylke & Svet

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The film fest is wonderful in Moscow. Last year we caught a few Japanese films that we enjoyed…
Russia’s capital will be at the hub of world cinema over the next 10 days with the city’s 30th International Film Festival.

Thousands of people from the movie industry are in Moscow for the event, including a galaxy of A-list stars.

The ceremony opens on Thursday with the Russian premiere of the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Hancock’, with the film’s stars, Will Smith and Charlize Theron, expected to attend. Russia Today

For all fans of Moscow Movie Festival it will be very interesting to watch this video what we just found:

Kyle & Svet

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Today we continue reading stories for kids what were written by Nikolay Nosov. These stories were published first in the magazine for children “Murzilka”. Then many of them make up the foundation of the Nosov’s first collection Rat-tat-tat (Тук-тук-тук), 1945. And today we’ll divide this long story on two parts like they did it when they published the stories in magazine.

(Part 1)
Vitalik’s mother made him a present of a crucian carp and a small aquarium for it to live in. It was a beautiful little fish and Vitalik was very excited about it at first, he fed it and changed the water in the bowl regularly. But after a time he lost interest in it and sometimes he even forgot to feed it.

Vitalik had a kitten, too, called Murzik, a grey fluffy kitten with large green eyes. Murzik loved to watch the fish swimming about in its bowl. He could sit for hours beside the bowl with his eyes glued to the carp.

“You’d better keep an eye on Murzik,” Vitalik’s mother warned him. “He’ll eat up your fish one of these days.”
“No, he won’t,” said Vitalik. “I’ll see he doesn’t.”

One day when his mother was out, Vitalik’s friend Seryozha came to see him. When he saw the fish he said:
“That’s a nice little carp you’ve got there. I’ll give you a whistle for it if you like.”
“What do I need a whistle for?” said Vitalik. “I think a fish is much better than a whistle.”
“No, it isn’t. You can blow on a whistle, but what can you do with a fish?”
“You can watch it swimming in its bowl. And that’s more fun than blowing a whistle.”

“Rats,” said Seryozha. “Besides, the cat can gobble up your fish any time and then you won’t have a whistle or a fish either. But the cat won’t eat a whistle, because it’s made of iron.”
“Mummy doesn’t like me to swap things. She’ll buy me a whistle if I want one.”

“She’d never get one like this,” said Seryozha. “You can’t buy them in the shops. This is a real militiaman’s whistle. When I go outside in our yard and whistle everyone thinks it’s the militia.”
Seryozha took a whistle out of his pocket and blew a piercing blast on it.
“Let me have a try,” begged Vitalik.
He took the whistle and blew on it. It responded with a loud trill. Vitalik was enchanted. He longed to own the whistle but at the same time he didn’t want to part with his fish.
“Where would you put the fish if I changed with you? You haven’t got an aquarium.”
“I’d put it in a jam jar. We have a big one at home.”
“All right, take it,” said Vitalik, finally giving in.
They had a hard time taking the fish ,out of the bowl. It kept slipping out of their hands. At last, after splashing water all over the floor, Seryozha managed to catch it, wetting his sleeves up to the elbow in the process.
“I’ve got him!” he shouted. “Quick, bring me a glass of water.”

Vitalik brought a mug full of water and Seryozha dropped the fish into it. Then the two friends went to Seryozha’s place. The jam jar turned out to be not quite so big as Seryozha had said, and the fish had much less room than in its bowl. The boys stood watching it swimming back and forth in the jar. Seryozha was very pleased, but Vitalik felt a little sad. He was sorry he had given away his fish, and what is most important, he was afraid to tell his mother that he had exchanged it for a whistle.

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Best wishes and we’ll continue next Wednesday!


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Village: Sunrise To Freedom!


I was drinking my morning cup of coffee & thinking about this last weekend. We went to our Dacha in the Village called “Sunrise to Freedom!”

I have written about a church being built there again and
I also wrote about a death that happened there.

It seems that the murder stopped the process of rebuilding the church. Seems that there was a lot of underhanded things going on that should not have been going on. So the Orthodox Church wisely shut down, the escapades of one “preacher boy” as I called him.

The village is back to normal and quiet as always. There was a new public phone that had been put in, the cow was still there, goat ladies still there and of course we (the American & his Russian wife). It was a fantastic weekend full of fun & Bugs!

Kyle & Svet

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RBC, 17.06.2008, Moscow 17:54:53.Russian Railways is drafting an offer on its potential participation in the funding of Deutsche Bahn’s railways, the Russian company’s President Vladimir Yakunin told journalists today. He said that, while it was a very attractive asset, it was within the government’s competence to decide whether Russian Railways could take part in the funding. He stressed that Russian Railways’ investment program needed to be approved by the government, adding that the company was now preparing a project analysis to be introduced to the cabinet.

RBC, 17.06.2008, Moscow 16:52:26.The Russian stock market rose more than 1 percent in the afternoon. After 3 p.m., the RTS index was up 1.09 percent at 2,392.14 points and the MICEX index was up 1.12 percent at 1,852.55 points. The trade volume approached USD 20m on the RTS and topped RUB 23bn (approx. USD 967m) on MICEX.

RBC, 17.06.2008, Moscow 15:26:47.The number of ways in which the National Welfare Fund can be invested needs to be increased, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting on economic issues in the Kremlin today. The fund must increase the number of options available for investment in various securities, including shares and bonds of both Russian and foreign companies, the President noted. He reiterated that, according to the Russian Budget Code, the National Welfare Fund was created to help finance pension payments and support the pension system as a whole. Therefore, it is vital that the fund be invested in reliable securities, Medvedev stressed.

RBC, 17.06.2008, Moscow 14:55:38.LUKoil expects to increase hydrocarbon output outside Russia to 170,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2008, up more than 20 percent compared to the previous year, a spokesman for the Russian oil company Andrei Gaydamaka said during the 12th investor conference today. He noted that LUKoil’s hydrocarbon production had risen more rapidly abroad than in Russia. This can be attributed to the company’s implementation of new foreign projects, including gas ones. Gaydamaka named Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Columbia, and Venezuela as the most promising countries in terms of hydrocarbon output growth. The suspended Western Kurna-2 project may also contribute to a further increase in hydrocarbon production, according to Gaydamaka. He stated that LUKoil was becoming an oil and gas company, as it was actively developing gas projects. LUKoil, which produced some 16bn cubic meters of natural gas in 2007, expects the figure to exceed 20bn cubic meters this year.

RBC, 17.06.2008, Moscow 13:42:26.Gazprom is willing to allow its foreign partners to participate in the share capital of the holding’s energy assets, the company’s President Alexei Miller told journalists today. He explained that Gazprom was in the process of forming a production and supply chain, starting with geological surveys and natural gas production and ending with its gas supplies to end users. Miller added that foreign companies could come in at any stage, noting that exchange of assets could potentially become a means of foreign participation in the holding. Miller reiterated that Gazprom was nearing the completion of deals with its German and Italian partners E.On and Enel.

RBC, 17.06.2008, Moscow 12:39:44.Russia is still undecided about the price of its oil, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told journalists today. He pointed out that in recent years growth resulted in a slow increase in oil prices, yet currently oil prices continue to rise, despite a slowdown in global economic development. Kudrin explained that in such circumstances Russia must be prepared both for a rapid rise or fall in the price of oil. He also stated that nobody could accurately foretell what the next pricing trend might be, as it potentially could surge to $250 per barrel or tumble to $70 per barrel. He added that if the oil price remained high, Russia could not spend revenue from oil sales rapidly, as it would result in the ruble’s significant appreciation against the dollar.

RBC, 17.06.2008, Moscow, Sergei Mironov, Chairman of the Federation Council upper chamber of the Russian parliament, is convinced that the Russian ruble can become a regional currency for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

“The Russian ruble is stronger than ever before, and it could become a regional reserve currency very soon. This is entirely realistic,” he told reporters on Monday.

The ruble is already beginning to assume the role of a regional reserve currency for the CIS, according to Mironov. Its stability is supported by the country’s dynamically developing economy and growing exports and imports. “Concerning the supply of Russian oil and gas with our CIS partners, why not make the ruble the currency of payment and include this condition as part of our contracts with them?” he asked, adding that in the future, Moscow would become one of the world’s major financial centers.

He stressed that Moscow had the potential to become just such a center but that the process would not happen over-night and that it would require significant structural changes.

Boris Listov, a member of the Federation Council’s Committee for Financial Markets and Money Circulation, feels the same. He said that, “using the ruble as a regional currency would not entail the need for any CIS country to stop using their own national currency, which is one of the most important elements of state sovereignty.” As a regional currency, the ruble would only be used in international trade and economic relations, to determine the price and currency for contract payments. “All the necessary preconditions exist, this could become part of our state policy in our foreign economic ties with neighboring countries,” Listov said.

“As for the ruble’s role as a currency for saving on the international market, it is too early to speak about that,” he noted. “It will depend on a number of factors, including the ‘authority’ of the national currency, its sustainability and the demand for it. In other words, our goal for now is to expand the use of the Russian national currency as a full-fledged means of exchange in a particular trade and economic space,” Listov reckons.


I hope that Oil price stays at only $120 to $130 a barrel, but I do not think that it will I think that the price will get to the $200 a barrel by the end of the year…..
MOSCOW, June 17 (RIA Novosti) – Oil prices may level out at $120-130 per barrel, a spokesman for Russia’s largest private crude producer LUKoil said on Tuesday.

World crude prices reached almost $140 per barrel on Monday, rising from an average of $90.64 in February, $99.03 in March and $105.16 in April.

“I believe the prices will level off at $120-130 per barrel,” Sergei Kukura, LUKoil’s first vice president, said on the sidelines of an investor conference in Moscow.

He said he did not rule out that the prices could eventually reach $250 per barrel, referring to forecasts by analysts.

“We consider $130 per barrel to be a fair price,” the official added

Lets hope I am wrong! What do you think?

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.


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