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Music for the Soul by Vyacheslav Artyomov, Russia’s Greatest Living Composer

In Artyomov’s music, you will encounter a composer with a unique vision who fully delivers on his stated belief that – as he writes in an essay quoted in the liner notes included with these recordings – music is “a mediator between God and man” and “should awaken man’s ethical understanding and purify his soul.”

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A New Look at Rasputin and a Nation Gone Mad

It took three bullets to kill him: a bullet into his left chest, one into his back, and the third into his forehead. The killers then threw his body off a bridge and into the icy water of the Neva River below. The doctor who performed the autopsy said his body had suffered a number of wounds from the fall. His head, nose, eyes were severely damaged, and one of his ears was nearly torn off. This only added to the legend of Rasputin.

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Before & After: 13 Beautiful Sanctuary Renovations Worth Celebrating

Fortunately, recent years have brought a renaissance in sacred architecture, with architects such as Duncan Stroik and James McCrery designing a collection of beautifully-designed, traditional churches. That trend is also manifest in the growing number of traditional renovations recently, a number of which can be seen below.

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