southern russia

I’M FUCKIN CRYING @pinkplumcake @janiedean @tenitchyfingers @georgeorwell E TUTTI GLI ALTRI

I bet you know that cunt Salvini was coming to Naples for votes after years of being a racist piece of shit towards Southern Italians

so Russia Today was livestraming the clashes that ensued (yes there’s been a huge backlash and the whole city is on fire hahahaha)




inb4 it’s mostly americans in the comment section but not only hahaha



[si-meer-ee-uh n] 

1. Classical Mythology. of, relating to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness.

2. very dark; gloomy:
    deep, Cimmerian caverns.

Cimmerian, also spelled Kimmerian, comes from the Latin plural noun Cimmeriī, a borrowing from the Greek plural noun Kimmérioi. In the Odyssey the mythical Cimmerians lived at the edge of Oceanus that surrounds the earth in a city wrapped in mist and fog, where the sun never shines, near the entrance to Hades. The historical, “real” Cimmerians are mentioned in Assyrian sources (Gimirri), the Hebrew Bible (Gomer in Genesis 10:2), and by the Greek historian Herodotus (5th century b.c.). Herodotus says that the Cimmerians were nomads driven south from the steppes of southern Russia by the Scythians through the Caucasus Mountains, turned west, and c676b.c. overthrew the kingdom of Phrygia (in west central Turkey), whose last king was Midas. The connection between myth and history is that there are variant readings for Homer’s Kimmérioi—Cheimérioi, “Wintry People, Stormy people”; and Kerbérioi “Cerberus’s People,” both of which were displaced by the historical Cimmerians. Cimmerian entered English in the 16th century in reference to the nomads, and in the 19th century in reference to the Homeric people.

“The sunny English noon had swallowed him as completely as if he had gone out into Cimmerian night.”
- Edith Wharton, “Afterward,” Tales of Men and Ghosts, 1910

January 16, 2017 - Siberian Accentor or Mountain Accentor (Prunella montanella)

These accentors breed in parts of northern and southern Russia and Mongolia, wintering in central and eastern China and Korea. They eat mostly insects and spiders, along with seeds and fruits during the winter, foraging primarily on the ground. Their cup-shaped nests are made from sticks and grass, usually near the ground in thick shrubs.


Russian military plane crashes into Black Sea

A Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, killing everyone on board, Russian authorities said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said one of its TU-154 Tupolev planes had disappeared from radar screens at 0525 MSK (9:25 p.m. ET), two minutes after taking off from Sochi in southern Russia, where it had stopped to refuel from Moscow, on its way to Syria.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesman, told reporters that nobody had survived.

“The area of the crash site has been established. No survivors have been spotted,” he said. An unnamed ministry source told Russian news agencies no life rafts had been found, while another source told the Interfax agency that the plane had not sent an SOS signal. (Newsweek Europe)

Photo credits: Viktor Klyushin/AP, Pavel Golovkin/AP, Yevgeny Reutov/Reuters, Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Unusual Herbs: Calamus

This is technically a root, but it was too interesting not to add to the list

- Also known as Sweet Flag, or by it’s scientific name, Acorus Calamus. Other nicknames include Myrtle Grass, Sweet Cane, Sweetgrass and Gladdon

- A member of the Acoraceae family, it is native to India, southern Russia, Siberia, China and central Asia

- The root is commonly powdered and put into sachets for healing, as well as using the seeds as beads for the same effect

- It’s also grown in order to bring good luck, and can be kept in the home for protection

- It is said that it is used to control others or a situation, and so is often used in spells for this purpose, by sometimes powdering the root and sprinkling it where they need to

- Magical uses include; peace. love, strength, luck, protection, money

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The wall which stood for centuries along the southern border of Old Russia has collapsed. Fallen mutants now scavenge the tombs of the Golden Age, and the plague they have unearthed in the wastes is more dangerous than even they understand. Join Lord Saladin. Journey into the Plaguelands. Learn the fate of the Iron Lords and stop the growing threat before it is too late.

Rare Slavic “Axe of Perun” Pendant, 10th-12th Century AD

Axehead pendants were popular in the late Viking age during the 10th-12th centuries and were mostly found in Western Russia and Southern Scandinavia. They were identified by some researchers as amulets representing an axe of the highest god of the Slavic pantheon, Perun, the god of thunder and lightning.

Linda is from Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, a republic in Southern Russia where ancient traditions mix with modernity and many women wear colourful scarves on their head.

While visiting this unique place a few days ago, I discovered a new city, totally rebuilt, but where memories of war are still alive.

In 2003 the United Nations called Grozny the most destroyed city on earth after years of terrible battles.

In one of these battles, Linda lost her father, who was accidentally shot in his way to work. At that time, Linda’s mother was pregnant with her second child.

Linda and her sister were raised by a single mother, in a time of war, but received a wonderful education. Today Linda studies medicine preparing to become a paediatrician.

This strong Chechen woman had a tough childhood and now she wants to dedicate her life to help other children in need.

Napoleon once said, “give me 20,000 Cossacks and I will conquer the whole of Europe and even the world.”

In 2005, Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin were enlisting the help of the Cossack ethnic minority to keep order in Russia’s volatile southern regions.

The President personally introduced a Bill to the state Duma (parliament) that would create special Cossack security units to preserve law and order and fight terrorism. About 600,000 Cossacks would be eligible to join the units, the first of which could be formed by the end of the year. The move would mean an end to a 90-year hiatus of their traditional role as tough defenders of Russia’s border regions.

The word Cossack is derived from the Turkish word ‘Kazak,’ meaning freedom. In Russia, Cossack history inspires and emboldens. Dating back to their settlement on the steppes of southern Russia and the Ukraine in the 15th century, Cossacks were famed for their horsemanship, valour and ferocity.

During the middle ages Polish and Russian rulers enlisted Cossacks to defend their kingdoms against marauding Tatars. They were brutally repressed under Stalin’s reign due to their traditional power being viewed as a threat and thousands were transported to the Siberian Gulags. After the Soviet collapse in 1991, Cossack society slowly began to resurface.

Nowhere is the Cossack ideology more strong than in southern Russian cities and towns. The region boasts dozens of military bases, military academies, regional recruiting stations, and the headquarters of the great Don Cossack Army where Cossack children from the ages of 11 to 17 are taught the rich history of their culture. In addition to learning mathematics, science and language, the boys also learn everything from hand-to-hand combat to ballroom dancing. After graduation they are propelled in to the military where they are likely to serve in the war torn republics of the Caucasus for a minimum of three years.

However in Southern Russia, enthusiasm for a Cossack revival is far from unanimous. The region is a volatile mix of Muslim-Christian ethnic divisions; Ossetians, Chechens, Ingush, Dagestanis, and of course, ethnic Russians.

Photographer: Guy Martin

March 21, 1883: Birthday of Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko, prominent Ukrainian Bolshevik leader.

During the Revolution of 1905, he led an uprising in Poland and Crimea. He was subsequently arrested and sentenced to twenty years’ exile in Siberia. He soon escaped and by 1910 had emigrated to Paris. In May 1917 he returned to Russia.

On November 7 (October 25), 1917, he led the revolutionary forces to storm the Winter Palace, and arrested the ministers of the Russian Provisional Government.

On December 21, 1917, Antonov-Ovseyenko was put in charge of the Red Army in Ukraine and southern Russia. The army subsequently captured Kharkov, where Soviet power in Ukraine was proclaimed. In 1918 and 1919, Antonov-Ovseyenko oversaw the defeat of Ukrainian nationalist and White Army forces in Ukraine, ensuring the creation of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

In 1936-37 he was a Soviet consul in Barcelona where he tried to defend the line of providing support also to anarcho-syndicalists and POUM. After that, he was recalled and purged in 1938. Rehabilitated in 1956.

Via Dmytriy Kovalevich

“Novruz - Welcoming the spring! The oldest festival Novruz (“Novruz bayrami”) is celebrated on March 21, at the time of the vernal equinox. Music, singing, dances fill in the air on March 21st. Navruz, which has a 5000-year history. Navruz is celebrated widely and colorfully in Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and the western provinces of China, as well as the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq and the Tatars and Bashkirs in southern Russia. In the last twenty years, the Central Asian republics have recognized Navruz as an official holiday. Its celebration is marked by concerts in parks and squares, trade fairs and national horseracing competitions.
Celebrations of spring are a natural outgrowth of the Earth’s rhythms. In most of the Silk Road countries, Navruz announces the joyful awakening of nature after winter and the beginning of the agricultural cycle of cultivating, planting, and harvesting.
Novruz (New-Ruz, Naw-Ruz) - Spring Festival, or the New Year. The word ‘Nauruz’ consists of two Persian words ‘nau‘(new) and ‘ruz’ (day) - the first day of the initial important festival of the Aryans. It is celebrated during the last several millenniums. The meaning of this holiday is that exactly on the vernal solstice, when the length of day and night is 12 hours, the interaction of nature and man achieves perfect harmony: a period of awakening and renewal. Novruz is the beginning of a new year and is a tradition based on the relationship between man and nature.”- Nadira Shah

# Happy Spring equinox.
# Vernal equinox.
# Happy Novruz.

Archaeologists excavating a mound in the Filippovka burial ground in the Orenburg region of Russia’s Southern Ural steppes discovered a rare intact burial from the nomadic Persian-speaking Sarmatian people who lived in the area from around 500 B.C. until 400 A.D. 



The wall which stood for centuries along the southern border of Old Russia has collapsed, a battle-scorched reminder that our enemies still seek to destroy us all. Fallen mutants now scavenge the tombs of the Golden Age, and the plague they have unearthed in the wastes is more dangerous than even they understand. Join Lord Saladin. Journey into the Plaguelands. Learn the fate of the Iron Lords and stop the growing threat before it is too late.

The Plaguelands

This area near the Cosmodrome has been quarantined for centuries. Now the Devil Splicers have broken through the walls, dug deep into the earth and found technology of almost limitless power. The Splicers are using this forbidden technology – SIVA – to transform the region to fit their twisted desires.

The Devil Splicers

Every Fallen House has Splicers – body hackers and bioengineers, these Splicers meld flesh and machine. The Devil Splicers are loyal to the House of Devils, and they now have the ultimate technology – SIVA. They are using it to transform themselves. Instead of worshiping machine gods, the Devil Splicers will *become* machine gods.

The Iron Lords

Before the City and the Vanguards, there were the Iron Lords. Blessed by the Traveler’s Light, these brave warriors dedicated themselves to defending humanity and rebuilding a lost civilization. From their mountain fortress on Felwinter Peak, the Iron Lords ranged across the planet, battling the Darkness and protecting the survivors of the Collapse. They did great things … but then they encountered an enemy they could not defeat. Now Lord Saladin, the last Iron Lord, honors the memories of his lost brothers and sisters.

And he waits… because he knows that someday the thing that destroyed the Iron Lords will return.


The wall which stood for centuries along the southern border of Old Russia has collapsed. Fallen mutants now scavenge the tombs of the Golden Age, and the plague they have unearthed in the wastes is more dangerous than even they understand. Join Lord Saladin. Journey into the Plaguelands. Learn the fate of the Iron Lords and stop the growing threat before it is too late.

“Kvaris. Queen of Rust. Kell of the House of Rust. Leader of the Devoted Few. There are many names for this old warrior, but none fit her better than Engineer. A former Dreg of the House of Devils, she killed and killed until she was of the top ranks, a Baroness with a fire in her heart and a lust for power. She remembered, however, what it was like to be filth, and had her lower two arms removed in act of humbleness, gaining the respect of the lower ranks. The elder Fallen were disgusted. A Baroness comparing herself to a mere Dreg was an affront. And so she was cast out, given only a single dropship and followed by her devotees and a servitor. She wanders the Scraplands of southern Russia, her new House following closely.”

Here’s my first Destiny draw, and my first Destiny oc, Kvaris. She’s a big softie who just wants her small crew to survive. She has a small shack a few miles outside the City where salvage crews trade supplies for her expertise in fixing Golden Age tech. Her weapon is made of her old Shock Blade and an axe head she found from a dead Guardian. She also has a “pet” cat called Scrappy (he just refuses to leave tbh)

Maykop Culture Gold Bull, Mid-3rd ML BC

Found in the Maykop Barrow (Barrow Oshad), Maykop, Adyghe Republic

The Maykop culture (also spelled Maikop), c. 3700 to 3000 BC, was a major Bronze Age archaeological culture in the Western Caucasus region of Southern Russia.  It is contemporaneous with the late Uruk period in Mesopotamia. Their territory extended along the area from the Taman Peninsula at the Kerch Strait to near the modern border of Dagestan and southwards to the Kura River. The culture takes its name from a royal burial found in Maykop in the Kuban River valley.

In the early 20th century, researchers established the existence of a local Maykop animal style in the artifacts found. This style was seen as the prototype for animal styles of later archaeological cultures: the Maykop animal style is more than a thousand years older than the Scythian, Sarmatian and Celtic animal styles.

The Maykop people tended to live sedentary lives on artificial terrace complexes in the mountains. The terraces were built around the fourth millennium BC and all subsequent cultures used them for agricultural purposes. The vast majority of pottery found on the terraces are from the Maykop period, the rest from the Scythian and Alan period. The Maykop terraces are among the most ancient in the world, but they are little studied. The longevity of the terraces (more than 5000 years) allows us to consider their builders unsurpassed engineers and craftsmen.