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Ætsæg Din or Etseg Din (Ossetian: Æцæг Дин, literally “Exact Faith”, “Right Faith”) is the modern organised revival of Ossetian ethnic religion, emerging since the 1980s.

Ossetians an Eastern Iranic people of Alan-Scythian stock inhabiting a homeland in the Caucasus, now split between two states: the North Ossetia–Alania republic within Russia, and the neighbouring partly recognised state of South Ossetia (within Georgia).

In the Ossetian case, certain traditions of folk religion had survived with unbroken continuity, and were revived in rural areas. This contrasts, and interacts, with an urban and more intellectual movement which elaborated a systematic revival religion to overcome the crisis of identity of the Ossetian people, based in ethnic nationalism and opposition against of Russian and Georgian Orthodox Christianity as foreign.

The Etseg Din movement is active both in North and South Ossetia. Whilst there are no figures about religious demographics for South Ossetia, in North Ossetia–Alania about 29% of the population adheres ethnic or folk religion according to 2012 survey statistics.

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Excerpts from book “The Beslan Diary” that was composed of interviews with The Beslan school siege survivors and their loved ones:

When it’s dark I go outside and call his name very quietly “Zhorik, where are you hiding? Come out, don’t be afraid”. He doesn’t answer and I go to the school. I call his name over and over again and nothing. I look for him everywhere and any time, even when I’m sleeping. But I can’t find him… - Zifa, mother and survivor, lost her son Zhorik.

After the siege was over, local merchants raised price for flowers. And they never dropped since then. The merchants know that we have no choice, we won’t go to our children graves without flowers. War is mother for some people and is stepmother for others. – Lena, mother, lost her child.

I approached a militant and gave him 5 rubbles. All I had. I said to him “Let my mother go”. He laughed at me and said “Do you know how many 5 rubbles coins I have?” He didn’t let my mother go. It’s my fault. If only I had more money… - 7-year-old Mairbek, survivor, lost both parents.

The most horrible thing was that adults would leave dangerous places, for instance the place under to the basketball hoop to which the bomb was attached, and they would put there children that came to the school without parents. It was so hard to watch. Under the hoop there were only children! The scariest thing was not militants. It was our adults. – 14-year-old Vika, survivor.

I couldn’t identify her. How could I? There was nothing left of her. The autopsist suggested to open her mouth and look at her teeth. I opened her mouth and… all her teeth fell out. So I took them all and I laid them on the pavement. She loved puzzles and how I’m collecting the puzzle from her teeth. A neighbor and her husband passed by, saw me, rushed to me and cried out “Oh my God, Dzera, what they did to us!” And I just continued to collect teeth of my child to see if they will match and identify her sooner. – Dzerassa, mother, lost her daughter.

They removed 30 pieces of iron from her body, but there were plenty of them left. They couldn’t extract them. God, how she creams when its raining! This pieces, you can’t confuse this with anything, you know right away when you hear the way she screams. The doctors afraid to remove remaining pieces. So she will scream when its rains until the rest of her life. – Svetlana, mother of 9-year-old survivor Anya

the-real-charles-de-gualle-deac  asked:

You should look up a guy named Nikolai Valuev. He was a boxer that became a Russian congressman. Very weird story...

Frankly, Russia is filled with stories like that, for example:

Meet deputy minister of construction of North Ossetia–Alania, Vitaly Kaloyev, a former architect, and a convicted murderer.

His story is downright bizarre, and very sad: He lost his entire family when the plane carrying them collided with a DHL plane in 2002 over Germany, during a vacation trip to meet him in his working place, Spain.

The tomb of his family, of his own design

Once he found out about the crash, he immediately traveled over to the crash site, where he searched, and eventually found and carried the remains of his family, the rescuers on the scene unable to stop him from doing so. 

Devastated, he blamed the swiss air traffic controller of that fateful night, Peter Nielsen, for the crash, so he tracked him down for two years, found his house, and stabbed him to dead right in his own doorstep.

He was shortly captured and sentenced to 8 years in prison, but only served 3 as the court deemed his mental state as a factor in the crime, where he got a hero’s welcome once he returned to his hometown, and eventually got elected into that very same position he still holds.

Russia is really weird like that. 


The pictures above are screenshots from rare videos made during Beslan school siege. The text in the bottom of the pictures says “Time for fun”. Now seems as a cruel joke, the text actually has a very simple explanation. The videos was made on the camera that one of kids’ parents brought to the school to film celebration of the day of knowledge therefore the parent named the video “Time for fun”. However, later the camera was used by militants to film their activity inside the school. Smiling man you see on the second and third pictures is  Ruslan Khuchbarov , also known as Colonel, who was the head of hostage takers.