The story goes that artist Svetlana Telets painted the painting in less than 5 hours and felt during them hours that a hand was guiding her.
The painting was put on the market but was quickly brought back which occurred several times by different purchasers of it.
It now hangs in the Vinnytsia salon “Merckx-furniture” on the streets of Kiev.
Customers who visit the shop today claim that sometimes you can catch the painting smiling and to some there is often a glance of anger.
Svetlana stated she felt as if someone was always with her and one day she had the urge draw and believes she captured who watches over her :
”I always felt like someone was watching me. I always drove such thoughts away. Then, one day, by the way it wasn’t a rainy day at all, I was sitting in front of a blank canvas and thought of what I could draw.
Suddenly I saw clearly the contours of a woman. Her face, colours, shades.. I saw every detail of the image. I started to draw it, as if someone drove my hand over the paper. In fine hours I managed to finish it.”
The reports from the first purchasers
The first purchaser was a lonely businesswoman, she hung it on the wall in her bedroom and after two weeks, Svetlana got a call late at night from the lady stating
“ Please take it back, I can’t sleep! It feels like there is someone else in my apartment beside me!! I even took it off the wall and hid it behind the cupboard, but still I have this feeling ”
The second purchaser, a young man bought the painting. He too couldn’t stand it. He brought it back to the artist without even taking his money back. He said he kept dreaming of and complained that every night there was a shadow of the woman walking around, he stated that it was sending him mad and he was extremely afraid of it.
The third was a male, he was completely sceptical and didnt what was rumoured to be happening with it at all but he quickly returned it when he started to see the lady in the paintings white eyes everywhere he also claimed to have intense headaches while being in the room with it.
Many believe the painting is evil and is curse but the artist herself disagrees and has optimized views on it.
I’m sure that every picture is born for some particular person. I believe that for my “ Woman “ also there is a person. I understand that many of you don’t need this grief in your eyes. It’s just not an interior decoration. I’m sure there is some one who looks for it, as it looks for that someone.
The Brusilov Offensive (Russian: Брусиловский прорыв Brusilovskiĭ proryv, literally: “Brusilov’s breakthrough”), also known as the “June Advance”, of June to September 1916 was the Russian Empire’s greatest feat of arms during World War I, and among the most lethal offensives in world history. Historian Graydon Tunstall called the Brusilov Offensive the worst crisis of World War I for Austria-Hungary and the Triple Entente’s greatest victory, but it came at a tremendous loss of life.
The offensive involved a major Russian attack against the armies of the Central Powers on the Eastern Front. Launched on 4 June 1916, it lasted until late September. It took place in an area of present-day western Ukraine, in the general vicinity of the towns of Lviv, Kovel, and Lutsk. The offensive takes its name after the commander in charge of the Southwestern Front of the Imperial Russian Army, General Aleksei Brusilov.
Russian Empire: 500,000 to 1,000,000 casualties
Austira-Hungary/Germany/Ottoman Empire: 962,000 to 1,337,000 casualties
“We are happy that people are going [abroad] and gaining experience, but we also want our diaspora in the US to be able to return, and so we are working on a dual citizenship reform,” Zelensky said.
In the president’s opinion, in order to encourage Ukrainians to remain in the country or to return, Ukraine needs foreign investments and the creation of new jobs.
“One of the things that we are most proud of is Ukrainians and their intellectual level, but many of them are in other countries, including Canada, Poland and Germany. If they are leaving due to unemployment, we need investors to create jobs, so that Ukrainians will stay… Investors anywhere in the world always have two key questions: How is my money being protected, and who will do the work? We have an answer to the second question: There are many qualified people in Ukraine. But we need to give a decisive answer to the first question,” Zelensky remarked.
He pointed out that Ukraine’s current parliament has already passed around 80 laws to improve the investment climate during its first two and a half months.
The president also noted that Ukraine has a big privatization plan, and intends to destroy monopolies in the gas and distillery sectors.
Zurich, Switzerland 127.77
New York, NY, United States 100.00
Brooklyn, NY, United States 88.43
Raleigh, NC, United States 69.19
Kiev, Ukraine 35.41
Lviv, Ukraine 31.65
Countries with Similar cost of Living to Ukraine: Turkey, Romania, Egypt, Colombia
The European Parliament has finally taken a stand against rising state-backed homophobia in Poland, where more than 80 towns have declared themselves “LGBTQ-free zones” amid a heated culture war over gay rights.
MEPs voted by 463 votes to 107 Wednesday in favor of a resolution condemning discrimination against LGBTQ people in Poland, and explicitly calling on the Polish government to revoke discriminatory measures such as the “LGBTQ-free zones,” established by dozens of conservative local authorities that have symbolically declared themselves free from “LGBTQ ideology.”
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Gay rights have become a hot-button issue in Poland this year since the ruling right-wing populist Law and Justice made its opposition to “LGBTQ ideology” a central platform of its campaigns for national and European elections. The party’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, echoed by Catholic hardliners, nationalist groups and state-run media, has painted gay rights as a dangerous, alien ideology — imported from the decadent, liberal West — that threatens the traditional, Catholic family unit.
Law and Justice chairman Jarosław Kaczyński, Poland’s de facto leader, warned in April of an “imported” LGBTQ movement that “threatens our identity, our nation… and therefore the Polish state.” In October’s elections, his party was returned to power comfortably with 44 percent of the vote.
Ukraine categorically condemns all forms of anti-Semitism and pays homage to the victims of the Holocaust on a state level. It also does not intend to forego paying respect to the people who fought for Ukraine’s independence, whose names have been tarnished by Soviet propaganda, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Israeli ambassador recently accused Ukraine of glorifying Stepan Bandera and Andriy Melnyk, two leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which had an anti-Semitic component to its views.
“Ukraine decisively condemns all forms of intolerance and anti-Semitism, and the organs of government on all levels make an effort to combat their manifestations. This has also been recognized by influential international and non-governmental organizations, as well as the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. Such an appraisal coincides with those given by Ukraine’s Jewish community and the national non-governmental advocacy organizations,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, January 14.
The department emphasized that preserving the historical memory of the Holocaust tragedy will remain a part of Ukraine’s state policy, as well as the “restoration of historical justice regarding the people who fought for the Independence of our state and whose memory the Soviet Union’s propaganda machine smeared in its own interests”.
“Civilized nations should proceed from the principle of honoring all the dead, and the discussion in this area should proceed on the level of historians and experts, and not politicians,” the ministry continued.
On January 1 in Kyiv, Lviv and other Ukrainian cities there were traditional torchlight processions on the 111th birthday of OUN leader Stepan Bandera. Polish Ambassador Bartosz Cichocki and Israeli Ambassador Joel Lion made a joint statement condemning the “glorification” of OUN leaders Stepan Bandera and Andriy Melnyk, whom they alleged were complicit in the killing of Jews by the Nazis during World War II.
I think it is Latvian, but I’m not certain.
ROME — Christian sites in Europe suffered a record number of attacks in the year 2019, with some 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments vandalized, looted, or defaced.
Reports compiling the anti-Christian acts during the year document a range of profanation including arson, defecation, desecration, looting, mockery, Satanism, theft, urination, and vandalism.
“Sadly, 2019 was punctuated by increasing incidents of desecration and vandalism of churches around Europe, along with the 2019 fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, which captured worldwide attention,” the director of The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, Ellen Fantini, told Breitbart News on Saturday.
“In most instances the perpetrators of these acts were unidentified, but the Observatory has documented that churches and other symbols of Christianity in Europe are targets for many groups — from Islamists to radical feminists, LGBT activists to anarchists and self-proclaimed Satanists,” Ms. Fantini said.
In all, some 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments were vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe during 2019, making it a record year for anti-Christian sacrilege.
The greatest number of acts of violence against Christian sites have occurred in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments “are being vandalized, desecrated, and burned at an average rate of three per day,” according to reports citing government statistics.
Germany is not far behind, with attacks against Christian churches happening at an average rate of two per day. Meanwhile, attacks on Christian churches and symbols regularly occurred in 2019 in Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, and Spain as well.
While the violence overwhelmingly involves Roman Catholic sites and symbols, in Germany, Protestant churches have also been targeted.
Police and mainstream media almost always censor information about the identities and ethnic backgrounds of the perpetrators, so it is difficult to get a clear idea as to who is committing the crimes and the motives behind them — especially when they are religiously driven.
Movie re-enacting Vladimir Lenin’s Cheka program that executed anyone who was suspected of being an enemy of the communist regime.
The New York Times is now reporting that Russian hackers from the military unit known as the GRU “successfully” targeted Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural gas company that Hunter Biden was paid millions of dollars for as a board member.
“The attacks were successful,” according to a Silicon Valley security firm told the Times.
According to the New York Times, the Russian hackers began targeting Burisma’s servers in November as House impeachment hearings were in full swing.
The paper claims that the hackers were searching for potentially embarrassing material against Joe and Hunter Biden.
Ukrainian Oligarch Kryvetski (who is associated with Ukr-Spirit government alcohol monopoly) owns a resort called Edem Resort. I’ve actually stayed there once. It’s okay. A little aspirational — wealth and ostentation masquerading as refinement.
Anyway, it seems they’re using the land-for-veterans program to get around a moratorium on construction and expansion. As I understand, the land-for-veterans thing was designed for corruption. Everything veteran can claim not one plot of land, but five or six:
another agricultural plot
a vacation home
a garage or storage unit
Meet the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, Sharing Culture Through Music
The Bandura tradition from Ukraine, to German displaced persons camps, to the mid-west.
We went to see a choir performance at Lviv’s Dominican Cathedral. A niece of mine was singing. It was magical and lovely to see a packed house.
The music was magical. I’ll add a couple of rough recordings I made.
China displaced Russia last year as Ukraine’s top single nation trading partner, according to trade statistics for the first 10 months of the year. China-Ukraine trade was $10.5 billion, 21% more than the Russia-Ukraine trade, which was $8.6 billion. In the last weeks of the Poroshenko administration, bilateral trade sanctions were increased. To duck sanctions, much trade between Russia and Ukraine passes through Belarus. After Germany at $7 billion and Poland at $6.2 billion, Belarus came in as Ukraine’s 5th largest trading partner, with $4.4 billion.
More at https://www.ubn.news/
Olena Lytvynenko, the Kyiv Region judge who tried to ground Ukraine’s low-cost airline SkyUp last May, has been fired by the High Council of Justice. Lytvynenko tried to ground the airline based on the complaint of a local woman, Oksana Pasenko. RFE’s Scheme reporters soon discovered the flight did not exist, that Pasenko did not have a passport, and that she had never flown on an airplane. It is not clear if a bribe was made to the judge.
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Robert Powell, the husband of Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., reportedly took $700,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky. Mucarsel-Powell sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his alleged abuse of power with regards to Ukraine.
In 2018, the Daily Beast reported that a number of businesses linked to Kolomoisky hired Powell as an attorney. One of those firms paid Powell at least $700,000 over two years, according to public records.
The Miami Herald reported Powell was working for companies tied to Kolomoisky for 10 years. Powell made most of his money in the two years leading up to his wife’s election in 2018.
Kolomoisky has been accused of contract killings and embezzlement in the past. Yet, in 2018 when Mucarsel-Powell was running for her seat, she did not see her husband’s work as relevant to her campaign.
Soviet mobile Gas Chambers were vehicles which would execute their passengers by making them breathe deadly exhaust fumes.
Wikipedia has recently been heavily edited, removing the Soviet Union completely from the Introduction, which now portrays these mobile gas chambers as an exclusively Nazi thing.
It seems that there’s still a section on the Soviet Union’s use. I wonder whether the multiple spellings of the alleged inventor’s name is an intentional obfuscation:
ccording to testimony given by NKVD officer Nikolai Kharitonov in 1956, Isai Berg had been instrumental in the production of gas vans. Berg had become chief of the administrative economic department in Moscow’s NKVD in the summer of 1937. In October 1937 he was charged with the supervision of the Butovo firing range. Berg had to prepare Butovo for the mass execution of people from greater Moscow and to ensure that these executions would take place smoothly. According to testimony given by Fjodor Tschesnokov, a member of Berg’s execution team, in 1956, trucks were used, which were equipped with valves through which the gas could be directed inside the vehicles. The interrogations revealed that the prisoners were stripped naked, tied up, gagged and thrown into the trucks. Their property was stolen. Berg was arrested on 3 August 1938. sentenced to death for participating in a “counter-revolutionary conspiracy within the NKVD” and executed on 3 March 1939.
The scale at which these trucks were used is unknown. Author Tomas Kizny assumes that they were in use while Berg oversaw the executions (October 1937 to 4 August 1938). He points to archaeological excavations conducted in 1997. Then 59 corpses were exhumed who most likely had been killed during Berg’s tenure. Only four of these victims had been shot in the head, which leads Kizny to conclude that at least some of them had been gassed.
Journalist Yevgenia Albats maintains that gas vans were a “Soviet invention”. Kizny names Berg as the “inventor”. Historians of the Holocaust like Henry Friedlander argue that the mobile gas chambers were invented in 1940.