this ice cave on the kamchatka peninsula in russia was formed by a stream flowing beneath glacial ice which emanates from hot springs associated with a nearby volcano. and because glaciers in the area have been melting in recent years, the roof of this cave is now so thin that sunlight is able to penetrate it, illuminating the cave and colouring it with the volcanic ash and organic material trapped in the ice. (x, x, x, x, x)


Russia’s 15-year-old prodigy Yuri Plisetsky at the Rostelecom Cup,  Yuri!!! On Ice

Russia’s 15-year-old prodigy Yulia Lipnitskaya at the Sochi Olympics, 2014

She is very beautiful, isn’t she? Fun fact: Yulia is a spokeswoman for Adidas. 

Threat to Alternative Media: House passes HR 6393 ‘Russian propaganda’ bill

Three days ago, on November 30, 2016, the House of Representatives passed a bill that can be used against the Alternative Media. that are The corrupt MSM — proxies of Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration, and the ironically-named Democratic Party — have maliciously labeled the Alt Media “fake news.” See:

The bill is H.R 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). See full text of HR 6393 here.

HR 6393’s purpose is to authorize FY2017 appropriations for the conduct of intelligence and intelligence-related activities of various federal government agencies, including the CIA; FBI; the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Army, Navy and Air Force; and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The overt purpose of the bill is to authorize funds to weaponize technology against these supposed ‘covert Russian agents of influence’. This is a good mechanism to persecute alternative media organisations under false pretenses. Our government assumes dissident media is influenced by Russian media because they sometimes report on the same things. Stories inconvenient for the US establishment = stories planted by Russia, anything from anti-fracking to pro-Brexit.

What is most ironic is that the U.S. is slinging these accusations around as though they aren’t responsible for manipulating foreign press under the guise of humanitarianism. Or as if they don’t create sock puppet accounts on social media to sway public opinion.

But this bit about Russian propaganda is really only the tip of the iceberg. The bill is 93 pages long, so I haven’t read the entire thing, but there are a lot of references to GTMO, the NSA, and the rest of the surveillance and police state.

Thank you to @edgarcarrow for bringing the original article to my attention! 


At the Russian Court || (1/?) T h e  C e r e m o n y  o f  t h e  T s a r ’ s  O a t h 

For the ruling house itself, one extremely important ceremony was the swearing of an oath to the throne by the heir. Paul I established a law of succession which declared the heir - the Tsesarevich - to be age at sixteen. His son Nicholas I published a manifesto by which he made the oath an official state document and ordered its inclusion in the next volume of the Code of Laws to be published : ’ On the ceremonial declaration of the majority of each and every individual belonging to Us, they shall be sworn in the presence of the Sovereign Himself both as a sign of allegiance to the Ruler and to the Fatherland, and equally to observation both of the rights of inheritance and to this family order, and shall affirm this in writing, which oath shall be preserved in the State Archive together with documents belonging to the Family. ’ The oath sworn by the Emperor’s sons had as its purpose the further reinforcement of the autocracy.

The holy rite of oath of His Imperial Highness the Sovereign Heir and Tsesarevich Grand Duke Alexander Nikolaevich (future Alexander II) took place on 22 april (4 may) 1834, Easter Sunday, which gave particular resonance and meaning to this secular state event. The ceremony commenced at 11.30 in the morning with a ‘great appearance’ in which the participants were 'members of the Most Holy Synod, court ranks, notable individuals of both sexes and foreign ministers. Detachments of Life Guards regiments stood with banners in the rooms from the Concert Hall to the Portrait Gallery; the Company of Palace Grenadiers in the Portrait Gallery itself.’ The first part of the ceremony was to oath sworn by the heir to the throne in the Large Church in the Winter Palace. Metropolitan Seraphim and the court clergy greeted the imperial family with a cross and holy water The imperial regalia - sceptre, orb and crown - 'were ceremonially moved on gold brocade cushions carried by the first ranks of the Court from the Diamond Room to the Great Court Church and laid on the table made ready there, to the left of the lectern placed by the Royal Gates for the Life-giving Cross and the Holy Gospels’ Nicholas I himself led his son to the lectern where lay the life-giving Cross and the Gospels. Raising his right hand, Alexander pronounced the oath, 'composed especially for him’. Quoting Peter the Great that he would ’not spare his belly’ for Russia, he swore to observe all the rules of the throne and all the laws of the imperial house. The ceremony was halted by the heir’s tears, after which he was embraced by his parents. Then the heir signed the oath and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Karl Nesselrode took charge of the document, to place it in the state archive. The first part of the ceremony ended with the prayer 'We praise Thee, oh Lord’, a salute of 301 cannon in the Peter and Paul Fortress and the ringing of the bells in all the churches of the capital.

The second part of the ceremony was the swearing of the officer’s oath, which took place in the St George Hall in the Winter Palace before a larger audience than the first. The imperial procession passed between rows of Guards officers towards the St George Hall, where the cadets of various military colleges - future ‘defenders of the fatherland” - were lined up. Generals, dignitaries and the diplomatic corps stood in hierarchical order around the throne. On the two lower steps of the throne were Guards officers holding the regimental standards. In front of the throne stood a lectern with the life-giving cross and the Gospels and the standard of the Don Regiment, of which the heir was commander. To the sounds of he new anthem, God save the Tsar, the Emperor, Empress and Tsesarevich entedred, mounted the throne and greeted the troops. Then Nicholas I led Alexander to ‘the lectern sheltered by the Ataman standard’ and the Tsesarevich ‘swore an oath of allegiance in service to the Sovereign Emperor and the Fatherland’. The troops saluted, the standards were lowered before the throne and the procession back commenced. 

Source {At the Russian Court, Hermitage Amsterdam}


Behind the scenes of the ever-enchanting Nutcracker

During Christmas season, St. Petersburg, Russia comes alive to produce the beloved classic ballet, The Nutcracker. Take a look at how ballerinas, choreographers, makeup artists, and designers prepare for the magical performance.