The memory of Marina Tsvetaeva

Everything about Marina Tsvetaeva, one of Russia’s most celebrated poets, is complicated; even the day she was born in 1892, on 26 September Old Calendar corresponding to 08 October New Calendar, is confusing. Her life, her loves, her family and her writing reflected the confusing times in which she lived.

A first-hand witness to the Bolshevik revolution, she was no Communist and hated the deceit and confusion spawned by the Soviet system. Her young husband, Sergei Efron, fought on the side of the White Army during the civil war that followed.

Artist: Aida Hanemaayer
Artist: Aida Lisenkova-Hanemaayer

As to her deep connection to her writing, Tsvetaeva expressed that “every verse was a child of love” and it showed.

Every verse is a child of love, A destitute bastard slip,
A firstling – the winds above – Left by the road asleep.
Heart has a gulf, and a bridge, Heart has a bless, and a grief.
Who is his father? A liege?
Maybe a liege, or a thief.

Not widely known outside Russia is that the Bolshevik revolution ushered in a long five year famine in Russia and one of her daughters, Irina, died of starvation in 1919. She fled to Europe for several years and received her formal education at the Sorbonne (University of Paris) and the Charles University in Prague. She was the mother of three children; Irina, Ariadna, and Georgy.

Her father, Ivan Vladimirovich Tsvetaev, was the founder of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and her allegiance to Russia was strong but she hated Communism with an even stronger passion.

O, tears that in eyes freeze!
The cry of love and pain!
My Chekhia’s in tears!
In blood is all my Spain!

O, mountain of black,
You shaded all the world!
It’s time to return back
My ticket to the God.

Yes, I refuse to be
In Bedlam of non-men.
Yes, I refuse to see
How wolves of squares do slain.

Yes, I refuse to wail
With field sharks of all ranks.
Yes, I refuse to sail
Down the stream of backs.

My ears I need more not,
My eyes I needn’t to use,
To all your crazy world
One answer – ‘I refuse.’

After returning to Russia her husband Sergei and daughter Ariadna were arrested in 1941 and Efron was executed on charges of espionage although unbeknownst to Marina he had been recruited by the NKVD. Marina Tsvetaeva committed suicide later that same year.

In Moscow visit her home, the Marina Tsvetaeva Museum and Cultural Centre at 6, Borisoglebsky Lane. For hours, telephone the museum at 495-695-35-43 or 495-697-53-69.

English: House-Museum of Marina Tsvetaeva. Mos...
English: House-Museum of Marina Tsvetaeva. Moscow, Borisoglebsky Lane, 6. Русский: Дом-музей Марины Цветаевой. Москва, Борисоглебский переулок, 6 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Click this link for our highly recommended site to learn more about the life and writings of Marina Tsvetaeva.


Miss Philippines is “Miss World” for 2013; Miss Ukraine among finalists

Our sincere congratulations to Megan Young, Miss Philippines, for winning the title of Miss World for 2013. The beautiful Miss Philippines was born in the USA but lives in the Philippines, becoming the first Filipina to win the crown.

Miss World Megan Young from the Philippines.
Miss World Megan Young from the Philippines.

Second place went to Miss France Marine Lorphelin and Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter took third place to round out the top three contestants.

Miss World Marine Lorphelin represented France.
Miss World Marine Lorphelin represented France.

The winner of the Miss Russia contest, Elmira Abdrazakova, represented the Russian Federation.

Representing Russia was Miss Elmira Abdrazakova.
Representing Russia was Miss Elmira Abdrazakova.

By virtue of her Miss Russia title, Miss Abdrazakova is the official representative of Russia for the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants, the world’s top beauty contests. Miss Russia has been active in promoting charity work across Russia since her coronation in March of this year.

Miss Anna Zaiachkivska of Ukraine.
Miss Anna Zaiachkivska of Ukraine.

The winner of the Miss Ukraine Universe pageant, Anna Zaiachkivska, made it to the top 20 of the finalists.

Pageant officials were forced to move the competition to Bali from the capital, Jakarta, due to threats of violence from Muslim groups against the showcasing of women in beauty contests. Security was high but there were no incidents. The resort island of Bali has a minority Hindu population.

The Miss Universe pageant will be held in Moscow on 9 November 2013.

Sochi Olympics – help wanted/jobs

Looking to combine Olympic activities with a way to pay the bills in 2014? Azimut Hotels Group is hiring bi-lingual hotel employees for the Olympic season in Sochi. Flyers advertise housing plus meals along with pay so if interested, check out the telephone and email information on the flyers pictured here.

Sochi hotel employment

The Azimut Hotel complex is located in the Imeriti lowland with a unique landscape park consisting of two hotels: AZIMUT Hotel Resort & SPA with 720 four star-level rooms and AZIMUT Apartment Hotel with 2880 three star-level rooms.

Sochi azimut hotel

There are jobs available at the Olympics and our Russian speaking readers can find that information at this link. Just a little over four months remain until the start of the Games on 7 February 2014.

More recognition for the Mendeleyev Journal

You may have noticed another badge of recognition on our sidebar. We’re grateful and encouraged. As we continue to grow, we offer our sincere thanks to readers of the Mendeleyev Journal.

You are the reason for this growth and we could not function without your support. Большое спасибо!, a big thanks to each of you!

Vladimir Putin was in his first stretch as President of the Russian Federation when we began although we’d been around in other journalistic venues prior to the Journal’s beginning. The late Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II was the spiritual leader of the Orthodox people and orange snow had fallen in Siberia, supposedly the result of sandstorms in Kazakhstan.

A lot has happened between then and now and we’ll continue to move forward with you at our side.

Sochi flooding- will it impact the Olympics?

With only 134 days before the start of Olympic games in February 2014, critics are saying that relaxed construction standards and hasty building deadlines  contributed to the damage from flooding over the past two days in Sochi, scene of the 2014 winter Olympics.

(photo: RIA Novosti)
(photo: RIA Novosti)

Meanwhile the Russian government says that there was no damage to any of the Olympic facilities. Local residents however are asking if the government is going to compensate them for damage from the flood waters.

Flooding in Sochi has become an increasing concern since the Olympic construction began. The video below documents local street flooding from rains earlier this month.

Sochi is a resort city in the Krasnodar Krai (region) of Russia and is situated on the Black Sea coast near the Caucasus mountains, close to the border of Georgia and Russia.

First snow in Moscow

To the complaint department: Hello, our complaint is for the weather forecast folk. All week we’ve heard of snow arriving on Friday.

(photo: RIA Novosti)
(photo: RIA Novosti)

Yesterday was Wednesday, not Friday. How hard is it to follow a schedule?

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin riding the Metro these days?

Well, well, well. It might appear that if you win an election with only 52% the punishment may be to ride the Metro with normal citizens to work each morning. Don’t count on it however and even if Mayor Sobyanin came close to having to submit to a run-off, he still has a driver and a car.

(Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, standing to the right next to the door.)
(Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, standing to the right next to the door.)

So what was the mayor doing on the Metro on 19 September?

Reconnecting with the people, shaking hands and trying to appear normal. Sorry, Mayor Sobyanin, you do come across as a decent guy most of the time and you have done many good things for Moscow. But riding the subway isn’t going to convince anybody that you are just like the rest of us.

The election is over so despite what you are being told by the Kremlin, stop campaigning. You’re not fooling anyone and even that child in the stroller seems uninterested in a politician’s kiss.

You have work to do. Call your driver and get to work.