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and that's why i didn't want to come here one tyrant what could i do there but they came and stayed. until it changes every one little by little between the lake and the city of life. most of the the island is so small but for me it's the center. the center of the universe. live in the summer and i go to the island by motor boat that was in winter when lake opens go freezes over i go by car from the town of all into this new by also skied there or went on for it would be to the island isn't very far from the lakeside about twelve kilometers which i've become so used to this route that it's
the way home. get it and the first time. it was long ago so long ago but it feels like yesterday it was nine hundred seventy two. i got married to alexander. because he said that we would go to spas company island for a honeymoon he wished we went there by boat the lake was perfectly calm and then i saw something incredible something that would be hanging in the air it was a miracle a real miracle. the bell tower was almost completely destroyed the island was overgrown with raspberries and stinging nettle we didn't have a lot of things with us just a one person canvas tent a blanket a couple of jackets two mugs two spoons and a teapot that's all we had a bit but it didn't matter to me. it was about something else.
it was all about alexander all these that ended i can't quite remember all of the listening i just watched him. by that time we already had three children and alexander had a good job he was the head of a factory. i can't explain how it happened but at some point alexander quit his job he told us that he'd love the factory and he did this without looking for a new job without thinking about the fact that he had a wife and three children. he didn't talk about it and i didn't dare ask. about that moment none of us could have imagined that our lives were changing at that very moment but then they would take a completely new turn and it wasn't just us.
that enough of a monastery was founded on the island of the thirteenth century after the revolution of the twentieth century the monastery was closed and the cathedrals well enough of those the island who just fill it no one but fishermen and hunters came here. spend the night and have a drink by the fire leaving trash and campfires all around it was like that until the ninety's when two people decided to restore the monastery in interesting to note that this want to stere wasn't down by a monk but was it by a russian prince even. and it was brought back to life not by monks or priests but by regular people here. at the they were to alexander's alex alexander a staff of an architect to. examine and alexander pleitgen an engineer. they met in the winter of one nine hundred ninety one good their. late one evening i opened the door of our house to find one two slightly drunk men on the porch they
were radiant with happiness and told me. we're going to restore the spas monastery they spent the whole make discussing everything to be honest there was nothing there to restore. it's. do you just want to know already by spring in may of ninety ninety one to be precise work. load. everything god gave me i received. at first he told me to keep a diary of the island then at one point he brought a camera and said start filming or you will work on that. until i put it where it's meant to be. it was like a childish city full of adventure and delight. to land
a. job close to god the building materials. when i talk to my father i used to ask him dad why are you doing all of this is this going to be our island what is this place he would answer. i'm doing it for everybody. we're making nails to attach stones to the copula. company my father when people visited the island i remember tourists my father xander how long do you think it will take you to restore the monastery one secret of my shoulder and i think my children will have to continue this work. in one thousand nine hundred three our architect. and almost right after that the government stopped funding the restoration. as
a result alexander was left with nothing he was out of work because he quit his job . our family was in the help the situation it's difficult for me to say what his thoughts were then i couldn't really say how he felt about having to make this decision. to stay or to leave. on the surface he was calm and peaceful. after a while he became self-confident he had absolutely nothing no prospects but he grew serene and steady and friendly. she became the owner of the owner and its guardians. so. what are we going to do with the motor boat every hero do the same thing by
a one hundred years and it's like this and every year we start at the beginning. and never told them to go away or give up this work of course i broke down that we had no money absolutely not paying our oldest son the next day he went to college then he used to hide a piece of bread on top of the cupboard so he could take it with him in the morning . alexander would come home very quietly almost secretly and he would take some things in food from the cupboard. he would put it in his backpack and leave for the island this always made me cry i was in despair i told him please ask someone else to give you some food you can't keep taking everything from me i've got nothing. i cried a lot he would look at me and say nothing he never said anything harsh he never interrupted me when i said he just looked at me in the eye which made my heart
feelings speed away and after that he would leave for the island. so i was going to the island company at a. new level of the city on carbon. all over do you live on the i wonder did you visit alexander over you know we're working here we're restoring a thirteenth century monument we have a radio station. i wish you every success in your work goodbye. and it was a great worker and a real man of the house he told us to always make use of each trip once you go to the island take a piece of board a branch of brick or stone it doesn't matter what everything will come in handy so . the more i worked the easier it became it's amazing when we started this i was
much younger it was twenty years ago but it was very hard and difficult i was really exhausted crossing the lake in winter was a very tiresome that you had to walk on this snow. island you're going to get soaked. through careful. what is the dad's. cooler scurries thing in. in his final years under began to have heart problems he grew physically weak and he took me to the island to help him shift machinery or something but i couldn't help that much. who could kind of help or could i be. so this could happen several days before his death when he was already at the
hospital one of the he was so weak smile or talk so he told me it's you don't give the island to anyone. whew after that he died. dismissed alexander died young was only fifty six. happened in two thousand and four. on the island chapel. was there everybody trying to our house after the funeral and we could all feel these questions floating in the air what's going to happen what are we going to do who is going to do it one of my children i don't know who exactly said mom you'd better stay here because you know everything you're always with dad will help you.
everybody gave a sigh of relief and after making that decision we parted when i came to think of it if i knew what would happen afterwards i don't know if i would have agreed to it all. out it was me anything like this before. the never told me. because heading right towards me. you could feel. the wanted to visit and to cover the house which the one is very strong. that's it i'm moving to fighting to stand here. because it's so quiet here and your place under. the you feel it suddenly stopped you know it's will be in another direction
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was no way oh. clearly they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. and sold to the u.s. and turned over to the u.s. for. the sole that could be buried alive. was saved with great effort. and they wanted to turn me into a terrorist so it is they wanted me to admit that i was a member of al qaeda the taliban that i fought with them. about time i didn't even know what al qaeda is nevertheless there are people. rave enough to start a fight. or something is going to be done that's going to be done by me to have a short amount of time to do it but it's going to impact me i'd be prosecuted but it's going to impact. the wife my daughter. the one time a trap. monarchy.
sold picture. from around the globe. you don't fall over. careful the ice is soft says that the you know it's so good that you came here. how can a woman stay here and do anything my decision came very naturally i stayed here to help my mother because i just couldn't leave her i made up my mind to help her. get this at the end i couldn't help thinking why not my oldest one of the thing if
we judge by our human standards and customs it should be like state my oldest son to evolve nothing about machinery that is the youngest son used to be so spoiled he grew up with the love of his brother and sister but it was only after some time that i realized why it happened like this it wouldn't have done the same good if he had stayed on the island there was no reason for him to stay here for the benefit of this is. the island and our father were inseparable that's what people thought of but for me my father was just a man i knew the way he lived before he came to the island and that life seemed more interesting to me he always took me with him to the factory to air fields and he was an experienced parachute jumper was going to do we ever talk with my father about continuing his work yes we did he never insisted on making us carry on with
his legacy he never told us that we must do it he said it's my cross i wanted it and i will bear it this is what i do do you wish to do the same is your choice i can't make you do this i can't force you. this island is the place where my father is buried that's how i feel at the moment i often come here and i always go to see his grave that i was twenty eight when my father died already had a family of my own and i had children my brother alex and i we already had a business company in the city of. asked our little brother yvonne to take father's place and support all mama. i think i just didn't understand it at first they all used to talk about the
importance of the family meaning that everybody should stay on the island but it ended up being just my mother and me i took offense at that for a while but everything goes away especially in a sacred place like this i don't make so much trouble about that anymore put everybody in the right place and we move along everyone has his own way. through today i went to the grave with yvonne. cross my mind nobody needs the island. this means we should continue our work. began has been so thoughtful lately even thought i was. what can we do we have to bear it a man saw progress is in sorrow just like steel is tempered in fire. something bad to happen to even the family and i made up my mind to support him i just told him that i would be with him on the island and i would help him we had another
friend with us but he's dead now unfortunately initially the three of us started this work. we started with. we had to do at least something simply to prevent it from collapsing we succeeded in doing that but you don't stop halfway when you've already started something so we carried on if we had done the belltower why not work on the refectory that's how everything takes its course naturally things are taking care of themselves this year we have to put arches under the cube with crosses on them that will be on the second floor and we also have to do the windows next year we'll finish construction we'll build it up to the roof sometimes i look at the work that's been done so far and i can't believe that we did it ourselves. but it's something changes in your mind some wall before your eyes just falls down and you
stand there you can't help thinking why am i doing this what for maybe it's all in vain perhaps someone else should do it it becomes even worse when someone says something like this you know guys you'll never finish this reconstruction ever yeah thanks for the support it's very pleasing thanks for your encouragement that's why so many people have visited the island so for every year hundreds of people come here it's been like this for several years perhaps we do give people some kind of hope. this is the fourth time i've come to the island but as my body and soul get rest. i get so fed up with life in moscow and here even though it's physical work it's so very pleasant it's good they don't sell beer and there are no temptations here you don't regret it. back and most good when you come back home exhausted after work you'll certainly get drunk on
a friday. there wouldn't be today i continue to clear up de brézé around the church by phone with a dozen abundance of nails. i'm going to spend fourteen to fifteen days here to get my mind back in order. then will i be ready to plunge myself into the chaos of moscow life. a making of doors that will be used in the refectory i've worked in factories i sold computers i can't say what i haven't done and worked as a bartender once but this experience is so special because in here you don't work for yourself and click every man has something inside of him which makes him feel better when he does something good for other people here you experience it all the time. i came here on the invitation or sergei whom i'd known for eighteen years
i was really depressed after a tough divorce so to be invited me into the island to get some rez and come down it's a nice place after all when i was on the way here i had only one thought please and on the kitchen on the kitchen i'll sweep the floors do the cleaning are anything but cooking this was the way i felt and then my stay here the betted becomes people come here and tell me new recipes i'm new to share now i feel so good here i don't want to leave. and i will get married soon. i don't think just any girl will come here even more so to work for free. when shall we go on vacation just one day just one better for two. maybe in september that means in a month time flies when you're busy working. wouldn't today is the
first in the past ten days that. the lake was calm everyone was working doing their own tasks this it's a pita that today i didn't have time to attend the service because working in the kitchen doesn't allow you to go to church as often as you would like to. so it never did i was worried about cooking preparing the firewood bringing water i had to do everything including the tourist excursions and ringing the bells everything at the same time now all the duties are distributed among the many assistants i have here there are too many people but there are also good sometimes i have to work to of course. she'd. come out.
weapon any questions dance. flash about the grass end up audio come i don't want to hear it was. that it really just carried me. and were a scare it's. just so much to be done and we have to help just that almost all to clean up the cross i want to become a priest or a mom's if you're a priest you can have a family and you live in your own posts and i was saying that when they made him on if. they give you any iran and you get completely separated from. if you have a family. feud dedicate your life to god. and you are
on the screen is because i still want to give live to the next generation. but gosh that would only. care for the time being. i live in a small wooden house on the island. we first came here in one thousand nine hundred ninety seven when the restoration process was only just beginning. that time we came here in the summer. we. had a look around was going on. back then absolutely no thoughts all plans about reestablishing a monk here or even regular services that was a long way off. afterwards we came here
to conduct services just once or twice a month doesn't happen that often. this june i was appointed rector of the. ministry. this isn't a punishment any way you look at it. it's exactly what a person needs happens in the lives of all christians that god sends them what they need. someday today we held the divine liturgy. which is very small tiny. help i hope we'll be able to reconstruct the transfiguration cathedral will have more room then.
why not and we'll do it. if you want to do something you can do it. we're not used to falling back. there's a civil war it's holy land. monks and churches used to be here and they must be here. you have to deal with it and move on. sometimes i run out of energy and why am i doing this why what's going to happen. going to come here after us. quickly. if you think about the future. plans everything. it will be as it should be all we can do is work. to save our souls.
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effort. and they wanted to turn me into a terrorist so it was a one of me to admit that i was a member of al qaeda the taliban that i fought with some. time i didn't even know what al qaeda is nevertheless there are people. brave enough to start a fight. something's going to be done that's going to be done by me and it's been a short amount of time to do it but it's going to impact me i'd be prosecuted but it's going to impact. the wife my daughter. the one time a trap. on our teeth.
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