Enjoy pre-Christmas / pre-New Year Moscow! Pre-COVID, too – Holiday Season 2019-20. It was spectacular, I was there. Great to revisit that wonderful time. 🙂 The New 2020-21 New Year decorations are coming up in Moscow – I’ll have some vids soon.
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THE MAGICAL & AWE INSPIRING HOLIDAY MOSCOW
In 2019 Moscow surpassed London and Paris as the world’s most desirable city and No. 1 tourist destination. When you watch the videos and read my story below, you’ll know exactly why. There is nothing more charming, magical and joyful than Moscow during Christmas-New Year’s.
On the videos below, witness what I have enjoyed this holiday season in Moscow! And it was even relatively warm this year. (The videos aren’t mine; I was fully focused on celebrating. For you I’ve picked several from YouTube. These videos, in my view, best represent the true spirit and magic of the amazing New Year 2020 Moscow! Thank you to all those who made and posted these great videos!)
Below videos I give you my spread and tell you where to go and what to see in the Moscow wonderland.
I also want to say a special HUGE thank you to all those who have created this amazing display of light and joy around the city, and to all those who brougth a truly magnificent New Year 2020 to Russia and to all Russians! Moscow isn’t the only city with a brilliant display of beauty and creativity – everyone throughout the country had something to contribute!
One of the special gifts to all Russians was the historic full opening of the Crimean Bridge and two first trains from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Crimea just days before the New Year’s! People were buying tickets in advance and traveling from all over to experience something that just a few years ago seemed impossible. The international importance of this event cannot be underestimated (I might share some cool footage and my analysis of what this means – check it out later on Lada Ray Patreon).
Today, enjoy the magic of the 2019-2020 Christmas/New Year Moscow!
Children’s open air ice-skating Russian fairytale show in Moscow center
Near Kievskaya Metro station and Kievsky Train Station. (No one in Russia renames places historically named after something Ukrainian, while Ukraine, taken over by the lowest elements, bans everything Russian. For the holidays, Russian stores continue selling the famous Kievsky cake, and it doesn’t occur to anyone to ban or rename it.)
New Year 2020 Russian Space exploration cosmonautics themed GUM
JAW-DROPPING & EYE-POPPING MOSCOW WONDERLAND! WHERE TO GO & WHAT TO SEE?
Holiday Moscow boasts not only amazing decorations, but also lovely music playing everywhere; free open air concerts; children’s Ded Moroz (Santa) and Snegurochka (Ded Moroz’s granddaughter) performances; over 15 free ice skating, sledding, tubing and snowboarding venues. There are also Europe’s largest VDNKh and Red Square skating rinks, both with the views to die for.
During December 2019 and part of January 2020 Moscow hosts its annual international fair on Red Square, with holiday cousines and goods from over 20 countries and various Russian regions (some of the fair is shown on videos above). I believe it’s called ‘A Journey to Christmas.’ By the way, Russian Christmas is celebrated on January 7.
Since Soviet days, VDNKh hosts pavilions representing the Soviet (now ex-Soviet) republics, with cafes and restaurants serving national cousines, shops and exhibits. One of the highlights to see is the always smashingly gorgeous GUM (Glavny Universalny Magazin – the Main Department Store) on Red Square. GUM’s holiday theme this year is Space exploration, due to a large number of anniversaries celebrated by the Russian cosmonautics. GUM also has a tradition of decorating its many New Year-Christmas trees with special decor, particular to each store under its roof. Therefore, you’ll see trees decorated by Gucci, Armani, Bosco and Versace all over the place. It’s common for people to come to GUM as if to a museum, wandering around and shooting photos and videos (take a look at the one above).
You are very likely to walk into a movie set: many streets and squares of Moscow in December turn into TV or film backdrops for countless holiday programs.
The modern Moscow City, which is the business center of Moscow, may warrant a visit. It has an observation deck in one of the sky scrapers.
Don’t forget to visit Nikolskaya Street with its incredible ceiling of light (as seen on videos above). Also go to the Manezhnaya Square, the Bolshoi and Pushkin Squares. Walk around Tverskaya Street, Tverskoy Boulevard, the new Zariadie Park with its hanging bridge, Novy Arbat and the pedestrian Arbat (aka, Old Arbat). That’s just to name a few.
Beautiful New Year’s Trees are installed on every square and in every neighborhood of Moscow (what’s called ‘a Christmas tree’ in the West is called ‘New Year’s Tree’ in Russia).
There are lots of jaw-droppingly gorgeous arches, tunnels, pyramids and ceilings of sparkling light everywhere.
All public transporation is free for New Year’s. And public transportation in Moscow is nothing like New York’s (such as the toxic and depressing New York subway).
During holidays there is so much to do that people don’t even talk about the Metro, although this is top of everyone’s list during the rest of the year. Inside of a couple of Moscow Metro stations – one old and one new:
Moscow’s public transportation is a fusion of palacial luxury, smashing futuristic world and ultimate comfort. The incredible Moscow Metro, electrobuses, the new circular Lastochka train… Russian trains, metro, buses and trams have wi-fi connection and electronic equipment charge stations. Long-distance metro-style trains, such as Lastochka, have modern bio-toilets and convenient baby carriage and bike stalls.
(I just tried to picture all that in New York subway and began laughing. It’ll already be a revolutionary achievement if New York splurges on paint to cover up all that ugly rust, or patches up holes in the ceiling so water doesn’t drip on poor passengers stuck in that dystopian nightmare!)
They annually build 10 or more new Metro stations, all looking like fairytale. And currently, they are rolling out driverless taxis and minibuses! Russia practically from scratch created a new advanced transporation industry and it now produces all the high-speed trains, metro trains, mini-buses, buses, ambulances and trams it needs, while just five-ten years ago it bought most of it abroad. Russia is also at the forefront of the electric and driverless revolution, with flocks of new electrobuses and upcoming driverless electric cars navigating the streets.
The public tranportation park is very well maintained and it gets quickly replaced with new models. This applies to entire Russia, not just Moscow, although Moscow and other large cities are first to test the most advanced transportation.
And you thought the West was the pinnacle of the world? Think again!
Moscow is considered expensive, especially in the center. If you are away from the center prices drop very significantly and in some cases shopping may become incredibly affordable (even Ukrainians, who make 1/3 of Russian salaries say so).
Food is delish, very diverse, generous and very reasonably priced even in the center, compared to the quality vs. price ratio anywhere in the West. The difference is striking if you compare it to the US – and very much NOT in the USA’s favor.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to try the famous Moscow ice cream, which people line up for in the GUM even in the middle of winter. This ice cream is highly requested by presidents; when Putin was in China, he brought a huge box for Xi, who especially asked for it. Go to another famous GUM spot: the iconic Soviet-style cafeteria, where you can eat fabulously for just a few dollars (equivalent).
The Main Children’s Department store also has amazing decor. It’s called Detskiy Mir (The Children’s World) – don’t miss!
In Moscow, you literally don’t have to spend any money to speak of on entertainment during the Holiday Season, if you don’t want to; there is so much free open air entertainment, so much to do and so much to see!
Moscow has more than enough for all budgets and tastes. Of course there are famous theatres and restaurants, some of which can be expensive, but always highly desirable.
All the good shows were sold out. It was possible to get tickets for The Bolshoi Nutcracker for 50,000 rubles ($900+), and even those went fast. Next time I’ll be buying tickets months in advance. If purchased in advance, the holiday price I think could be between 6,000 and 12,000 rubles – $100-$200. It’s still better than what you pay for the New Year’s opera or ballet gala shows at the New York Lincoln Center, which could cost up to $300-$500. But the New York City Ballet is incomparable to superior quality of the Bolshoi (even though New York ballet repertoire was created by Russians and it ‘borrowed’ pretty much everything from Russian ballet).
The great news for foreign tourists is that the Russian ruble is very depressed compared to most currencies, and it’s very affordable to buy anything in Russia today. Go while you can!
You could easily get tickets to the Bolshoi for some minor stage performances though, and they are still all great. It’s where The Bolshoi School students and young artists perform, who are all very talented and professional. For a fraction of the regular Bolshoi cost you can catch the beginnings of a future star. Bolshoi, after its major reconstruction, now has 4 separate stages. In the past it was only one: that iconic Bolshoi Theatre the whole world recognizes. It’s now called the Historic Stage and it’s where the most popular shows take place, with major stars performing.
Bolshoi – the iconic Historic Stage:
I last saw The Bolshoi Nutcracker (correct in Russian: Щелкунчик – tr. Shchelkunchik) as a child in Moscow. Back then the tickets to this world famous theatre were a mere several rubles, then an equivalent of several dollars.
Many other theatres and circuses host holiday shows, as well.
Just before, during and after New Year’s, Russian TV hosts hundreds of various colorful humor, song and dance shows, including the New Year’s Blue Light (Novogodniy Goluboi Ogonek), the KVN final game (this I always watch), Song of the Year, Humor of the Year, the Star Parade, etc. Some of these have been beloved TV programs since forever. The oldest are the nostalgic Goluboi Ogonek, which began in the 1950s, and the ever-popular KVN game show, since 1961. The shows are funny, entertaining and very lavish. Plus, there are various other concerts and shows for children and adults, all very nostalgic and positive. The artistic scene is so rich that it truly is awe-inspiring.
I can’t beleive Russians still complain about the quality of this or that… Spoiled is the word. For those of us in the West, who risk dying of boredom during Christmas-New Year’s, due to nothing, absolutely nothing, to do or see, except go to some sad bar, contrived party or bawling alley (yes, people do that too for New Year’s, if you can believe it). In bars and at parties people drown their boredom and lack of meaning in liquor and pretend they are having fun to ear-splittingly loud ‘music.’ And don’t even get me started on the “dream of dreams” of some people: greeting the New Year on Times Square. As a New Yorker who has gone once and never again, I tell you: DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME! What happens there is so cheap, pretentious and superficial that it’s nowhere near what you can experience in Russia. Not even in the same galaxy.
As opposed to that, Russia presents itself as a magical wonderland, full of life and meaning. It literally is the healing soup of joy for the soul!
I am sorry I have to bring this up, but the truth is the truth. The problem is, people very rarely see or hear the truth and they prefer wearing distorted glasses when it comes to reality. My job is to show people reality and truth, to open people’s eyes and to show them how the clock really works. Even when it comes to holidays.
I know all kinds of people read this. Some may be from Russia, and to them I say:
RUSSIANS, STOP COMPLAINING! START APPRECIATING WHAT YOU HAVE! YOU HAVE SO MUCH! YOUR COUNTRY IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO THE WORLD, IT HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER & IT DESERVES TO BE ADMIRED!
As someone who has lived all over the world, I can compare and I can see it clearly!
If you live in the West, I hope one day you get the chance to visit the magical and enchanting Russia! Don’t believe what your propaganda tells you! The truth and reality are just the opposite! The truth is that the West is jealous of Russia the Great Balancer and Harmonizer; it’s scared of its potential to show a better way – it has been for many centuries. This is why Russia and everything Russian is maligned. The West doesn’t understand Russians, who value beauty, generosity, friendship and spirituality much higher than money.
Russia isn’t perfect – as nothing can be perfect in this life. There are pluses and minuses to everything. But Russia on balance is awesome, cool, full of amazing magical discoveries, rich heritage and talent! And it’s full of soul and heart!
Russia is the true hope of the world!
More to say – maybe next time.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!
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UNCUT! Full Livestream of Victory Day Parade on Red Square, Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2019 (Russian).
Includes rare per-parade inside look and interviews with soldiers participating in parade, plus, Putin, Shoigu, Lavrov, and full parade.
Frist couple of hours: inside scoop and various interesting bits
Troops greeted by Shoigu & parade kicks off: 3:04:00
Shoigu reports to Putin, and Putin’s speech: 3:13:00
Parade begins: 3:26:00 – uncut version, followed by Putin talking to the vets and then Putin and others laying flowers to the tomb of the unknonw soldier.
Putin spoke – among other things – on how some shamelessly lie and attempt to re-write history (Reference to the many lies perpetuated by Kiev junta, ex-Soviet republics and some in the West)
**Example of how lies are perpetuated is a comment posted by someone to recent post “So many? Really?” Germans do not know how many Russians were killed by their ancestors – and see our rebuttals and clarifications. I had to delete a number of even more disgusting neo-nazi trolls’ comments. The re-writing of history is becoming lately more and more disturbing!
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Flashmob in the front square of Leningradsky Vokzal – Leningrad Train Station, Moscow, Russia. A great 5 min glimpse of the real Moscow!
Song: Electrichka from Moscow (electrichka is Russian/Soviet electric train, usually travels short distances to suburbia or countryside). This non-polluting and efficient train was invented many years ago in the USSR and it is one of the most popular modes of transportation, along with trams, trolleybuses and metro. Way ahead of the ‘hybrid cars’ and solar panels in the West…
By Alexandr Sklyar and the Suvorov Cadets
I’ll get into electrichka, electrichka from Moscow
And to nowhere, nowhere I’ll head,
Where one can hear a call of an owl…
Cool is the word! The Russia Day on Red Square – Russian Anthem Flashmob with Yaroslav Sumishevsky, et al. And pay especial attention to the Russian police ‘brutality’! LOL
Smuglyanka at a Moscow department store, also Yaroslav Sumishevsky, et al.
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On February 23 Russians celebrate the Day of the Defender of the Motherland, also known as the Day of the Russian Army. HAPPY HOLIDAY!
‘We are Russians, God is With Us!’ Or: ‘Russians Are Coming’! Remember the American film under this name?
Who would’ve known, turns out this famous phrase was coined in 18th century, by Russian Marshal Alexandr Suvorov! The words ‘Russkie idut’ or ‘Russians are coming’ are the refrain of this song.
This is a very inspired clip, the song is set to the Russian Army Victory Day parade on Red Square. What also impresses me are the many inspired international reactions to this video on YT. They truly are very telling and I couldn’t resist adding them here, with my translations, including some very cool poetry about Putin in the end. Check it out!
The song is simply great. It’s mind-boggling that its surprisingly relevant to today lyrics was written nearly two and a half centuries ago by Marshal Suvorov, probably the biggest military name in Russian history, who never in his very long career lost a battle, who is credited with defeating the Ottoman Empire and liberating entire Black Sea coast and part of the Balkans. Among other places, he liberated what would become my native Odessa, which was at the time the Ottoman fortress Khadzhibei, plus Bessarabia and the Danube estuary, Pridnestrovie (Transnistria) and Moldova.
Suvorov was also credited with being the most humanistic of the world’s generals, who ate simple foods together with his soldiers and cared deeply for them. His training methods included the protection of his troops and preservation of their lives. The lyrics talks about the Russian Army, protector of truth, freedom and motherland, and the honor of serving in it. How little has change since those days!
**On the video note at 3:50: a little boy wearing a marine cap that says ‘Odessa.’ This just warms my heart. Thank god Odessa and other places the ukro-nazis are trying to subdue, aren’t forgotten in Russia! One day they’ll all return to motherland, like Crimea did! A notable thing is that February 23, or the Day of the Russian/Soviet Army, is still celebrated secretly and often openly in Ukraine and other post-Soviet states, despite all desperate attempts to ban it.**
Мы Русские…С нами Бог!
Comments with my translations. Poem about Putin in the end.
Стоит моя Россия гордо!
А как весь запад ликовал, Когда амбал с пудовой мордой, как рубль Россию пропивал.
В угаре беспробудной пьянки Давал понять-мы все пропьем!
И потирали руки янки-Еще немного и добьем.
Но невысокий с ясным взглядом, С молитвой к Богу подошел
“Иди вперед. Я буду рядом”- Сказал Господь. И он пошел.
Он попросил у Бога силы. Без шума, пыли, болтовни,
Взвалил убитую РОССИЮ На плечи сильные свои.
Так Мать-Россия возрождалась, И становилась все сильней!
Но завопила, завизжала, Вся свора западных “друзей”.
Скрипит Америка зубами…Да,им, убогим , не понять,
Что НИКОГДА вот этот парень Не посрамит Россию-мать.
И возвышается над миром С улыбкой светлой и простой
Непобедимый князь Владимир- Достойный сын РУСИ СВЯТОЙ!!!
(Sorry, can’t adequately translate the poetic rhyming and Russian rhythm, but the content is there)
My Russia again stands tall,
But how the West had rejoiced when huge gorilla siting in the Kremlin drank the country into oblivion (LR: Yeltsin),
The drunkard was ready to sell it all, and the yanks were looking forward to Russia’s demise,
And that’s when a bright-eyed slight man came to god with a prayer.
‘Go, I’ll be with you,’ said god. And he went.
He asked god for strength, and quietly, with no noise, dirt, or drama,
He hoisted the nearly dead Russia on his strong shoulders.
And Mother Russia was reborn, and she grew stronger every day.
And immediately the howling and yelling came from the Western ‘friends.’
What those poor souls will never get is that this man will never betray his Russian land.
Above the world’s arguments and fights his simple smile shines.
He is the invincible Knyaz Vladimir, the true son of sacred Russia.
A wonderful little video from a Mexican living in Moscow!
A beautiful video tour around New Year 2019 Moscow with Russian/Ukrainian girl. In Russian only, but images are spectacular and each is worth a 1000 words!
Christmas – New Year Moscow looks a million times (not joking) better than any world capital during the big holiday season! Sooooo worth visiting. In fact, Moscow has now become THE world’s No.1 Christmas – New Year destination!
BTW, have you ever tried the famous Moscow ice cream? Nothing compares to its delicious quality, take it from a non-ice cream fan, who tried it once at 5 and loved it ever since! Putin once brought a whole big box of the classic Moscow ice cream as a present for the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who fell in love with it during his Moscow visit. Moscow ice cream is so loved that people line up to buy it despite the winter cold, as shown on this video.
The video showcases the most beautifully decorated Moscow squares, GUM and more:
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It was magical…
“Подмосковные вечера” – А. Нетребко – Д. Хворостовский, Красная Площадь
I’ve selected these video guides around Moscow from two of my fave YT travel video bloggers, a Brit Graham Phillips and an American Nadine. They are very different in style, but they both know their stuff. Both of these vids get my nod of approval. They possess the right spirit and energy, and they are something I can recommend. Check’em out.
1: Moscow – A Guide To! (2018) – Москва – (2018) – Обзор! By Graham Phillips, British journalist and truth-teller, famous for his eye-witness reports from Donbass front lines and credited with helping to awaken the English-speakers to the truth about the war in Donbass and Kiev junta’s real nature.
Graham bought an apartment in Odessa just before the Maidan and Kiev coup. After 2014 he was unable to return to the city, where his life would have been in danger from the junta regime and ukro-nazis descended in numbers on Odessa. He later got word that ukro-nazis took over his Odessa apartment, expropriated it in other words, in his absence.
This video is a pleasant, lighthearted view of Moscow in the run-up to World Cup 2018.
2. what MOSCOW RUSSIA is REALLY like. From a young American’s (novice) perspective, but she means well and a nice footage. Also just to point out, Nadine made this film at the height of anti-Russian hysteria in the West, when everything was full of Russia-bashing, with distorted views throughout (well, except Futurist Trendcast and a few other good publications, of course). This in itself deserves respect.
LIVE FROM MOSCOW: 2018 Million-Strong Immortal Regiment March (with great Russian music)! #IRemember #May9 #ДеньПобеды
The Immortal Regiment is marching through Moscow – LIVE!
Putin joins the 2018 Multi-Million Immortal Regiment March on Red Square!
Awesome live video, with non-stop awesome Russian music! Don’t miss!!!
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Dear friends, readers and followers,
Lada and Az are wishing you a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!
May all your sacred wishes come true!
Frohes neues Jahr
¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè)
For Russians the biggest annual holiday is the New Year. I have done big posts for previous New Years, where I gave recommendations for various New Year’s films, posted holiday music, beautiful images and videos, as well as gave the history and lore of the Winter Holidays. In the end of this post you’ll see the links to my past articles. This time, on the light holiday note I want to share with you some of Russian New Year / Christmas pics and traditions.
So you know, in Russia that well-known magical guy who gives out presents is called ‘Ded Moroz’ (Grandfather Frost). He is the equivalent of the Western Santa, but per Russians, he definitely, no question about it, resides in the ancient town of Veliky Ustyug, in northern Russia.
Here’s Putin, together with Ded Moroz at his official residence in Veliky Ustyug ~
Ded Moroz doesn’t come for Christmas, as in the West. He comes for New Year’s, which is (if I may say so myself) the right way of doing things. 😉
Why? You probably know by now that in fact the figure of Ded Moroz / Santa Claus / San Nickolas is a pagan spirit, or god, of winter. At one point it was absorbed by Western Christianity so that to entice more people to convert. Russian Orthodox Christians, shall we say, were a bit more honest about it.
Regardless of what he’s called and when he comes, we all love and welcome him, along with his companion, who in Russia is his beautiful granddaughter, Snegurochka (snow maiden). Snegurochka is certainly also an original Vedic nature goddess character.
As seen on top pic, Russian Ded Moroz brings his gifts normally in a sleigh pulled by three horses, not by reindeer.
This is the northern Russian version of Ded Moroz, straight out of ancient legends — the true Vedic God of Winter. Look at his outfit (remember my Forbidden History articles on FuturisTrendcast?) Read the rest of this entry
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to all our readers, followers & friends!
This is a pic from the Russian Christmas Fair on Red Square, Moscow:
Russian Rozhdestvo (Orthodox Christmas) takes place one week after Western New Year. More pics then!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY WONDERFUL READERS & FOLLOWERS!
MAY THE YEAR 2017 BRING YOU JOY, HAPPINESS & PEACE!
Welcome to Live New Year on FuturisTrendcast!
The party runs from today, Dec. 31, 2016 till Jan. 2, 2017. During this virtual gathering, I’ll be posting the views of the fairytale New Year’s Moscow, my favorite Russian New Year movies, with English subs, as well as my personal international, cool, funny and bizarre New Year’s stories!
Everyone’s cordially invited to the party. In the comment section you are also invited to share your own New Year’s stories, New Year pics and celebration videos from your country and home!
LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!!
ENJOY THE NEW YEAR’S IN THE FAIRYTALE MOSCOW 2017!
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MY OUTRAGEOUS & FUN NEW YEAR STORIES
In my life, I happened to greet the New Year in some fun, memorable and outrageous ways, and in many fascinating places.
In the old days, back in Odessa and Moscow, we usually celebrated in a company of good friends. Being fashionably late was a sport of sorts; in our intellectual circles it was considered all in good fun. Just like in the perennially favorite Russian New Year’s film, The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath, I remember frantically trying to get to the party before the first stroke of midnight. We would catch a taxi – with difficulty – and urge the driver to go as fast as he can through the snowed-in city. Then we would storm into our friends’ apartment building clutching the requisite bottle of the Soviet Champagne (yep, it’s a famous brand) – our responsibility to bring to the party – as others nervously awaited our arrival with empty champagne flutes on hand. Then, at 11:59 sharp, as on TV the Spasskaya Tower Clock began chiming midnight, we would shout, ‘Quick, the glasses!’ and pour it just in time! New Year saved by the bell!
Later, there were many other New Years…
Once, in the 1980s, I greeted the New Year at the Tropicana Club in Havana, Cuba. Incidentally, the night club, full of hot and almost naked Cuban dancers, booze and buzz had absolutely no age restrictions. There were people of all ages, including some suspiciously young ones. But they were all divine dancers. I was invited by the club’s leading musician and manager, for whom I once translated in Russia. As a total non-drinker, I had to do some fancy footwork to enjoy the party, while avoiding drinking throughout the night.
The millennial New Year 2000 I happened to greet in Haifa, Israel. The terrorist acts were widely predicted and expected. When I was leaving to Israel before the holidays, my various Smith Barney clients begged me not to go, saying, ‘We don’t want to lose you!’ I assured them all that I would be safe. I was right, as usual. Even then, when I didn’t do it for a living, my predictions were spot on. 😉
How do you think we greeted New Year’s 2000 in Haifa? You won’t believe it, but my nice Jewish-Russian friends decided it would be fun to invite me to the Russian mega-bash at a fashionable Russian night club, called… Hollywood. The all-night entertainment program and I don’t know how-many-course holiday meal were loudly lavish, never-ending and borderline risque. We have to forgive them: they still ran on the Russian mentality of the crazy ’90s.
To be honest, I preferred to either catch up with my friends’ entire family at home or go exploring authentically Jewish and Muslim entertainment. Of course, I also did all the usual: Dead Sea, Arabic settlements, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Wailing Wall and the Holy Sepulchre.
The security on streets and airport was shocking. Let’s recall it was pre 9/11 and very bizarre to a Western eye. At the time it was very hard for an average person to understand how the entire country could constantly live under siege. The military with machine guns were everywhere you went in Jerusalem. Snipers were menacingly stationed on top of the Wailing Wall, full of Jewish worshippers in big black hats – they did expect an attack that night.
When I was leaving Israel, a young and unsmiling airport security girl in military uniform unapologetically and unemotionally squeezed every tube of the healing Dead Sea scrubs and rare creams a bought from the famous beauty company Ahava. The whole check-up procedure lasted 45 minutes. But that was nothing compared to what they’d done to a little boy’s shoe. The Arabic family in the next aisle was told to remove their little son’s shoe. The shoe was ripped apart and tossed out to the cries of the boy. Turned out it was bomb free.
Later in the decade I understood why they did what they did.
Once in the US, for New Year’s I was stuck in our country home in the Berkshires, with only my darling kitty Lilechka for company (you see her on my pic in the top right corner of this blog). It was at the time that I began writing THE EARTH SHIFTER, while also finishing up STEPFORD, USA. Incidentally, the story of Stepford, as journalist Jade Snow gets stuck in the Berkshires alone, while her husband works in New York and abroad, is partially inspired by my own.
That New Year’s we had a totally crazy amount of snow. In town, the mountains of snow pushed from the road to the sidewalks reached second and even third floors of buildings. The sidewalks looked like narrow tunnels, dug between tall white walls. The snowfall began on the 29th and by the 30th our 1/4 mile-long driveway was covered in snow to my waist. Due to the holiday I simply could not get anyone to plow it. Meanwhile, some roads and bridges from New York were closed and my hubby was unable to drive back home. When they cleared the roads and he finally arrived on the night of Jan. 1, I saw his car’s dim lights on the other side of the massive white sheet. Thank god he brought a shovel. We dug simultaneously from both sides, illuminated only by the bright moon’s light, until we met in the middle. That night I fully understood how the WWII Russians and Western allies felt when they met on Elba in 1945.
At other times I greeted the New Year on Red Square, and on Times Square. My Times Square New Year has its own funny story, which I’ll tell another time. Those times I spent New Year on Red Square, and generally in Moscow, are some of my most treasured.
New Year’s on Red Square:
These are some of my New Year’s stories. And what are yours? Please share them in comments!
Enjoy Novogodnyaya – New Year’s Song from the Russian girl band Blestyaschie (Shining).
Watch BELOVED RUSSIAN NEW YEAR COMEDIES OF ALL TIME!
Genya, the main hero of the aforementioned The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath says: ‘We have a tradition. Every year, on December 31, my friends and I gather at the banya.’ (Banya is a traditional Russian wet sauna or steam room.) That fateful phrase began the incredible adventure, which became the beloved Russian film of all time.
Just like Genya and his friends, we also have a family tradition. For New Year’s we watch the nostalgic Russian movies. Today, I want to share with you the treasures of the golden era of Soviet/Russian cinematography, which we enjoy every year.
Of course, the staple: The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath. You can find it on Amazon, or at certain Russian stores. The original made in the 1970s has the incredible magic and freshness that contemporary films are simply unable to reproduce. After all these years, it hasn’t lost its mega-popularity. There is a contemporary Irony of Fate part 2, which is also not at all bad.
Unfortunately, Irony of Fate is unavailable on YouTube. But the good news, I found several other all-time New Year favorites! And the best thing, they are posted on YouTube for FREE and they come with English subs! All highly recommended by me!
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Some have already celebrated the New Year. Still 12/31/16 on my side of the pond. As promised, FREE links to some of my fave Soviet/Russian New Year’s films. These are all 5 stars or above in my classification, in other words, world classics and eternal favorites (for more on my rating scale see Russian films page on FT – under RUSSIA tab above!)
NOTE! Most of these come with English subs. Because Mosfilm owns copyright, I cannot post them on FT. Please click on links below to watch on YouTube! These are unlisted, the links can only be obtained through watching a Russian version. This means Mosfilm frowns upon sharing. So, please be considerate – I am sharing only with my blog’s loyal readers, those who genuinely love Russia and are interested in her culture.
Carnival Night – Eng subs (Rus: Карнавальная ночь)
Blurb: The bureaucratic and nosy new director of the Cultural Club Ogurtsov annoyingly interferes with the preparations of the event of the year, the New Year Carnival, by demanding bizarre and non-sensical changes to the program. The party organizers are in despair, but their determination to make the concert and carnival a success help them outwit Ogurtsov.
Song ‘5 MINUTES’
Gentlemen of Fortune (Rus: Джентльмены удачи)
5+ STARS – WOULD GLADLY GIVE IT 10+! 1971. Sorry, no Eng subs. One of my fave movies of all time, a comedy with cute songs, great acting and immortal lines that became instant sayings. It is one of my New Year’s films as the action takes place mainly around New Year’s, part in Moscow and part in hot Central Asia.
This is the story of a kindly principal of a Moscow kindergarten, who also happens to be a WWII hero, and who is a spitting image of a dangerous criminal. Taking advantage of this incredible likeness, Soviet police decides to infiltrate him into the gang to find the missing archeological treasures. As the gang retraces their steps to try to find the treasures hidden by their ring leader, while experiencing various adventures along the way, our kindly kindergarten teacher subtly, and unbeknownst to him, manages to change the psyche of the gang members, who slowly develop consciousness.
The Prisoner of Caucasus, or the New Shurik’s Adventures – Eng subs (Rus: Кавказская пленница, или Новые приключения Шурика) Note, Mosfilm translates it as ‘The Caucasian Prisoner.’
5+ STARS. Awesome, cool, full of action Soviet comedy, peppered with satire and great lines that became instant classics and a part of Russian culture.
Blurb: An eccentric comedy about a student named Shurik, who goes to the Caucasus for work and meets local chief Saakhov, a man full of guile. Having been duped by conniving Saakhov, Shurik, with the assistance of three famous crooks, abducts the beautiful Nina. Now it’s up to Shurik to figure out where Nina is held prisoner and how to save her.
(This is for those who asked me about Putin’s reference to this film! You may recall Putin mentioned a line from this film in his recent annual Q&A – the one about who destroyed the 17th century chapel: ‘And the 17th century chapel we have also destroyed?’ In the comment section I’d explained what that line meant. Note, in the movie they are actually referring to the 14th century chapel. Please see full explanation in comments for Putin holds annual Q&A marathon (FULL VIDEO – Eng))
Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures – Eng subs (Rus: Операция «Ы» и другие приключения Шурика
5+ STARS. The first film about the kindly and soft-hearted Shurik, who, when necessary, can show spunk and courage. The second film in the Shurik trilogy is The Prisoner of Caucasus. In this first instalment, Shurik is still a student; the film consists of 3 separate hilarious and educational episodes, describing his funny and inadvertently heroic adventures.
Blurb: A series of 3 short film comedies, where the protagonist, a student named Shurik: 1. reforms a malicious idler at a construction site; 2. frantically prepares for an exam, failing to notice his exam preparation buddy is actually a pretty girl; 3. with the help of a granny catches three burglars attempting to rob a warehouse.
And it’s 2017!
ADDED JAN. 1. 2017. These two Russian films are great to watch any time of year!
Ivan Vasilievich Changes Professions – with english subtitles (Rus: Иван Васильевич меняет профессию). In the US it was released as ‘Ivan Vasilievich Back to the Future.’
5+ STARS – deserves all 10!
Hilarious and charming comedy, with elements of social satire, based on M. Bulgakov’s play “Ivan Vasilievich” about a time machine, which inadvertently transports the smart czar Ivan the Terrible into the twentieth century. At the same time, tsar Ivan’s look-alike, not very bright bureaucrat Bunsha, together with a shrewd thief George Miloslavsky, by mistake get transported into the ancient Russia. The result is a cool and funny comedy of errors you’ll remember.
This is also the third installment of Shurik’s adventures, where Shurik is a researcher and inventor of the time machine.
5+ STARS – deserves all the stars it can get! Cool, sweet, action packed, comical and satirical, with great songs and soundtrack, with lines that became instant hits and a part of the Russian culture. Funny and fun – don’t miss!
Blurb: An awkward and kind-hearted family man, Semyon Semyonovich, by mistake gets entangled in a major smuggling operation during his tour abroad. Being confused with the crook he travels with, he becomes the unwilling and unwitting courier, carrying precious jewels in his fake arm cast. Throughout the dangerous and elaborate cat a mouse game, which turns into a comedy of errors, Semyon Semyonovich manages to outsmart the international criminals.
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IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
In case you were planning a trip to Moscow, I thought you all might enjoy this fun piece about the Kremlin. We have talked lately about UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Palmyra (Syria) and Odessa. The Moscow Kremlin is another one.
Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is presently closed for tourists due to Victory Day – May 9, 2016 parade preparations. Since last year, a part of the Kremlin has been under massive renovations after the decision to demolish the so-called Building No. 14, which used to house presidential administration and which, according to specialists, didn’t represent any historic of architectural value. It was built in 1930’s, replacing the Small Nikolayevsky Palace, damaged during the revolution and demolished in 1929. The palace once served as Moscow residence for Emperor Nikolay II and his family.
The demolition of Building No. 14 opened up a boon for excited archeologists. The well-preserved foundation of the Nikolayevsky Palace was found underneath the structure. Historians and researchers were allowed access to its mysteries for the first time ever. Underneath that, archeologists discovered foundations of another dozen or so ancient buildings, as well as artefacts and relics dating back to 12th century Moscow.
Gold-domed medieval Kremlin cathedral
The new gardens now bloom in place of the huge building; previously blocked, a gorgeous view on the unique Kremlin cathedrals has opened up. Moreover, the new Kremlin tourist route has been opened, previously inaccessible due to presidential security. Tourists can now exit the Kremlin through its most famous and grandest Spasskaya Tower.
The Kremlin reopens after Victory Day celebrations, on May 10.
Watch the video below, with the new look of the grandest Moscow landmark. At the end of video, you’ll see the new tourist route, which, as usual, starts by Alexander Gardens, through Kutafia Tower. But you can now exit through Spasskaya Tower, allowing direct entrance onto Red Square, right by St. Basil’s Cathedral. Spasskaya Tower exit was previously open only for state visits and officials. I’ll tell you, considering the enormous distances you need to cover around the Kremlin, your feet will thank you dearly for this shortcut; and your eyes, for the luxurious view of Red Square! 🙂
St. Basil’s, Red Square
Towards the end of video, notice the glass enclosures. These are entrances to Kremlin’s underground archeological digs. What new mysteries does this place hold? Many more, for sure…
Cherry on the cake: thought I’d include a video showcasing the legendary Kremlin Presidential Regiment. The Presidential Regiment is celebrating its 80th birthday. The role of this elite regiment is to guard President and Kremlin, as well as to perform Kremlin ceremonial duties. Chosen for their looks, its members are much more than just pretty faces. During the 1941 battle for Moscow, the entire Kremlin Regiment went into battle straight after the parade.
The Kremlin Presidential Regiment today. Some are chosen for looks, others, for their way with horses. Do check out the only woman serving in the Presidential Regiment.
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The United States of America undoubtedly has the largest, best equipped and best financed army in the world. USA spends more on military than the rest of the world combined. USA seems to dominate in every type of conventional warfare, be it on land, air, or sea.
Per the accepted global geopolitical theory, world powers are divided into sea, hybrid and land ones. USA today, like the British Empire before it, is the dominant sea power. As is fitting for such super-power, USA’s Navy is the most powerful, and by far the largest, in the world. Until recently, the US Navy, it seemed, owned our planet’s oceans and seas.
Since mid-2000s a rumor circulated that the reason US never attacked Iran from the sea was because they knew Russia could disable the entire US Navy fleet. What mysterious weapon could have been used for such purpose?
While usually Russian defence programs are very secretive, recently, Russia started coming out publicly with more and more breakthrough designs, such as the world’s most advanced Armata tank first presented during the May 9, 2015 Victory Day parade on Red Square.
For a few years now, some Russian politicians have been urging the government to reveal new designs so that the West wouldn’t get any ideas about attacking Russia, like it happened in 1941. The need to make them understand that Russian Army is fully ready to defend the country became especially pressing after the USA and EU’s direct interference in Ukraine, including supplies of weapons, mercenaries and military advisors. As the smell of potential new world war intensified, Russia made a decision to begin showcasing the technology that was kept under wraps all these years.
As my readers and listeners know, I have predicted in the beginning of 2014 that Russia would NOT send any troops to Ukraine, instead ‘gradually remolding the situation in her favor using all quiet and peaceful means at her disposal.’ I said that there would be NO direct confrontation between USA and Russia and that there would be NO hot World War III. I also said back then that the hidden global war would continue raging, be it diplomatically, economically, financially, electronically, or as spy and propaganda war.
This is exactly how the situation has been developing for the past one and a half years. It will continue developing the same way, until the massive EARTH SHIFT we are going through is complete (read more in PREDICTIONS).
Some call it a hybrid war. I call it 4D warfare.
It is beyond the fully incarnated, physical 3D reality. It’s often fought by computer geeks, masterminds, and invisible operators. It can only be gleaned if you know behind which curtain the wizard is hiding.
One of the main reasons the world will NOT go through the physical carnage of another devastating world war is Russian preparedness. This is the best deterrent against any possible aggressor. It falls to Russia, as the Great Balancer of our planet, to become the Sacred Shield and Sword against any global aggression.
As such, Russia always has to be ready. This is why the image of a soldier, protector and Defender of the Motherland, is so important to Russians.
We all recall the strange case of the USS Donald Cook, dubbed ‘Donald Duck,’ which had to urgently retire from the vicinity of the Crimea and the Black Sea after it was buzzed by the mysterious Russian device called KHIBINY, rendering the world’s most sophisticated electronic AEGIS system onboard helpless. What is referred to as KHIBINY is an older Soviet device. If you know about KHIBINY, believe me, you know nothing yet!
In this program we will see for ourselves how target cloning works; how Russian subs confuse and disable attack and spy planes; how a single, ordinary-looking all-terrain vehicle can create an invisible shield to protect the entire city against blanket rocket fire; how to make ballistic missiles explode before they reach target, or better yet, how to prevent them from taking off in the first place, thus rendering any missile system obsolete; how a bullet-proof vest could make the bullet change its trajectory and how a target can vanish from radars.
The program includes Russian Army’s inside footage and, until recently top-secret, demos and live tests; interviews with designers; until recently classified, real names of producers and real names of new Russian weapons, designs of the future, and much, much more!
What appeals to me most is that all designs and weapons you will see are of defensive, or non-offensive, nature. These are not aggressive attack weapons most military documentaries might showcase.
Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that they all seem straight out of Star Trek or a movie about aliens.
Finally, I want to draw your attention to two episodes. One mentions “an undisclosed conflict several years ago.” Per the narrator, throughout that conflict, the Russian army didn’t lose a single plane or helicopter, despite incessant blanket fire from the adversary’s BUK systems. What conflict are they talking about? And how did they avoid any losses?
KHIBINY and the Donald Cook episode are also mentioned, while some interesting details are revealed.
But why don’t you find out for yourself!
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Don’t miss! May 9th, 2015, Moscow. Tastefully masterminded and beautifully performed Great War re-enactment and spectacular concert on Red Square. Includes some of the best and most famous Russian songs and dance – must see! Праздничный концерт «Дороги Великой Победы» на Красной Площади.
Please note, what is customarily translated to English as the “Great Patriotic War” is, like so many others, a bad translation. The right translation is: The Great War for Fatherland (Russian transliteration: Velikaya Otechestvennaya Voina). I simply call it “The Great War,” which gives it the right meaning, too – to match with the “Great Victory.”
Geopolitical message to the world
Throughout the entire day of May 9, 2015 Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping were seen together, talking all the time, while watching the parade and concert – you will see them again in this video of the Red Square concert. This is a clear geopolitical message to the world! Some analysts have said that a new anti-fascist coalition was formed on Red Square on May 9th. Those leaders who came to Moscow celebrations and brought their troops with them are in it. Those who didn’t come… you do the math. This may be correct on some level.
But it goes beyond that – far beyond. The fact that leaders of China, India and a number of other EURASIAN countries arrived, while only Serb and Cyprus presidents were present from Europe, sends another signal. As is well-know, Serbia is a very close-knit part of the Russian world, considering Russia their mother-culture, while Cyprus is the most pro-Russian part of the EU. While the island is primarily ethnically Greek, geographically it’s located next to Turkey, thus being a part of the Middle East, or more broadly – Eurasia. (Added: I am also told that Macedonian president was there as well – same story as Serbia. Please see much more in Comments).
Like I said back in the beginning of 2014: Russia is forced to rebalance to the East. Actually, destiny and the West are pushing Russia towards such rebalancing, whether Russia wants it or not.
Please recall my PREDICTIONS and multiple articles/videos: Russia is the Great Balancer of our planet. The previous great rebalancing started 1000 years ago, a process that was completed by Russia about 300 years ago, during the reign of Peter the Great. This rebalancing gave the West (first Western Europe, and later North America, as well) a huge advantage over the rest of the planet. Such rebalancing happens roughly every 1000 years, although there are also different timelines involved as well. Russia is now starting the process of rebalancing back to the East and Global South.
“The Roads of Great Victory” Re-enactment of the Great War and spectacular concert. Don’t miss it!
Victory Day fireworks with gorgeous views of the Kremlin and Moscow:
And don’t miss the Victory Day parades marathon, including the Immortal Regiment March. The Red Square parade was spectacular. But the Immortal Regiment March stole the show. 12 million people in Russia, post Soviet republics, and beyond took part in the Immortal Regiment March. 500,000 took part in Moscow alone. The entire initiative was grass-roots. I am told that many people from the UK, US, France and elsewhere in Europe came to the march as well, carrying portraits of their relatives who perished in WWII. I literally have never seen anything like this! And I’d been to 30 countries and seen lots of mass marches and parades growing up in the USSR. Victory Day Parades Marathon and The Immortal Regiment March.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon showed up for the May 9th celebration in Moscow. He said that when he saw that sea of people approaching Red Square, he first thought it was anti-Putin protest. But it turned out it was actually pro-Putin and pro-government celebration. You deserve all the love of your people, mr. President, concluded Ban Ki-moon. Whether it was meant as a pretty awkward joke, or he really is that misinformed – you decide.
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