by Nicolai Levashov
(Some extracts from the book «Russian History Viewed through Distorted Mirrors»)
Russia is a unique country, unique in every aspect. Take, for instance, the name of the country and ... you can discover quite a sizeable layer of the information unknown to the majority of inhabitants of Russia. Moreover, they even do not have a slightest idea of its existence.
The name of the country – Russia – is descended from other word – «Russea» which in turn was formed from «Russenia»1. Russenia was the part of an ancient Slavonic-Aryan Empire2 and occupied the territory west of the Riphean (the Ural) Mountains.
The land to the east of the Urals up to the Pacific Ocean and further from the Russian North (called Lukomorie) to the Central India was called as the Land of Holy Race3 (pronounced in Russian as «Sviata Rasa»). Foreigners named this country differently.
One of the last foreign names of this land known in the Europe up to the end of the 18th century was «The Great Tartary»4. According to the first edition of the British Encyclopedia of 1771 it was the greatest country of the world. Interested persons can read about this in the contemporary edition of the encyclopedia.
This empire was inhabited by Slavs, mainly Russians. At the same time, people of many other nationalities lived in its territory and had equal rights with the main population, similar to modern Russia.
The name Tartary has nothing in common with the name of Turkic tribes. When foreigners asked natives of this country who they were, the answer was: «We are children of Tarkh and Tara»5 – a brother and a sister who, according to the belief of ancient Slavs, were guardians of Russia.
These beliefs did not appeared out of nowhere: human beings «came» to the Earth through, so-called, Star Gates6 about forty thousand years ago.
Among the star immigrants there was a small group of advanced humanoid creatures, very similar to modern man, who formed a sort of caste and were referred to by other immigrants as URs. Urs7 had mighty abilities far beyond the imagination of the majority of «ordinary» people, who did not belong to this caste.
Urs became tutors and guides to the rest of the people. They protected an initially rather small number of settlements of «ordinary» people both from wild nature and «biped predators». Urs trained people and helped them to master primary technologies, and gave them the knowledge necessary for them at that moment as well as knowledge that would be called for only in millennia.
Urs taught them and gave them into the charge of a special caste of keepers – volkhvs8, who in due time were to convey conserved knowledge, having carried them through millennia and preserved as much of it as possible.
For this purpose those keepers-volkhvs received two runic alphabets, each of them was used by volkhvs of different levels of initiation. Those alphabets were da’Aryan and h’Aryan letters9.
The memory of Urs, the teachers, has remained in language, for example, in the word «cult-ur-e», which means a system of moral and spiritual concepts, which were transferred by Urs to their wards, Ruses.
The two-caste system of the ancient Slavs reverberated in the names given them by their neighbours. For instance, the majority of Asian neighbours called an inhabitant of the Slavoniс-Aryan Empire as «ur-rus», uniting the self-names of these two castes in a single word. Even now many Asian neighbours call Russians in old fashion manner, as «Urruses».
There was a time when the names of the Slavonic tribes were formed by the addition of prefixes to the root «rus», reflecting distinctive features of these tribes of Ruses, for example, Et-rus-can, P-rus-sian.
The prefix «et» before the self-name of Ruses means «elucidated Ruses» – the carriers of high cult-ur-e. The proof of their existence has been found in the north of Italy in the form of inscriptions on stones and works of art.
The name of «Prussian» meant «Ruses of Perun»10, their other self-name was Venedas11 (bellicose tribes of western Slavs), was kept in the self-name of the territory where they lived up to the 19th-20th centuries even after the German (gothic) tribes seized this land in 9th-10th centuries A.D.
The gothic tribes destroyed the majority of Prussian-Slavs, assimilated the rest amidst them and borrowed their name. After that one of the German tribes that lived on this territory began to call themselves as «Prussians»; in the 19th century they played a key role in the merger of German tribes into a united state.
During the thousands of years of history of the Slavs, who initially had a unitd culture and language, the formation of self-names of the different Slavonic tribes was influenced by different factors. In the Urs’ time all Slavonic tribes have the second name «Ur-rus». After the Urs’ disappearance their functions had to be distributed between their wards, Ruses.
This led to the formation of several castes: a caste of Volkhvs, carriers of knowledge and traditions; a caste of the professional warriors, defenders from external enemies; a caste of handicraftsmen, grain-growers and cattlemen. At the top of all castes was a patrimonial aristocracy.
After the Urs’ disappearance, Ruses added to the common tribal name (Rus) one or another prefix reflecting their basic type of activity (Et-rus-can, P-rus-sian).
Nomadic tribes of Slavic cattlemen began to call themselves as Scots (the word «cattleman» sounds in Russian as «scot-o-vod»); tribes of farmers, Polians (the word «field» is «pol-e» in Russian); inhabitants of woods, Drevlians (the word «tree» is «derev-o, drev-o» in Russian).
In the course of time Slavonic tribes began to isolate of from each other, especially as a result of the last cold snap, when a famine emerged in Siberia and some Slavonic tribes left their Motherland in search of new lands to dwell in.
Those who left began to name themselves after their leaders–princes. The tribes leaded by the prince Sarmat called themselves Sarmatians; those with the prince Scyth called themselves Scythians.
In due course, having gemmated from a parent Vedic culture, these Slavic tribes «acquired» the local cultural features of the lands they settled in, gradually incorporating cultural elements of the indigenous population that they adjoined or conquered.
But these were not completely different nations; they still were the same Slavs. And when they later, for whatever reasons, returned to their ancestral home, they again became simply Ruses. For precisely this reason the so-called «historians» cannot explain, for instance, the complete disappearance of the Sarmatians and the Scythians.
These groups did not disappear at all but, having simply reunited with their senior kin, accepted their patrimonial name according to the existing social laws.
They were like branches of a Slavonic tribal river, branching off from the main «river-bed» and later merging back into it. Thus they infused a fresh spirit into the «waters of an old channel», while many other «tribal branches» left their «old river-bed» for good.
In the course of time the new Slavonic tribes, new Slavonic people originated from these «tribal branches». The new tribes – Serbs, Bulgarians, Macedonians, Croatians, Czechs, Slovenes, Poles and many others – differed from each other to a greater or lesser degree in their language, traditions and conceptions.
Nevertheless, all of these tribes up to the Middle Ages remembered and knew perfectly about their Slavoniс-Aryan Vedic Empire12 existed during dozens of thousand of years.
All the abovementioned is not a delirium of an ignoramus, who has suddenly gone in for a history. It can be demonstrated by quite real historical, archeological and anthropological proofs, which were ignored and concealed by so-called «historians» with diplomas and scientific degrees.
In 1999 professor Chuvyrov found a stone plate in the southern part of the Urals near Chandar village. This plate proved to be a relief map of the West-Siberian region, executed with the help of technologies unknown to modern science. Even today it is impossible to create a map similar to this one.
This three-dimensional map contains details, whose mapping demands at the least the existing of artificial satellites. In addition to the natural landscape it has 2 systems of channels with a general extension of 12,000 kilometers and a width of 500 meters each and 12 dams, 300-500 meters wide, up to 10 kilometers long and up to 3 kilometers deep. There are diamond-shaped platforms near these channels.
There are also some written signs on the stone plate in the form of hieroglyphic-syllabic letters, which for some reason at once was considered to be the Old Chinese language. Later this was not proved to be true completely.
The idea of primitiveness of the Slavonic progenitors has been hammered into our heads and stuck in the brains of Russian scientists so firmly, that they could not even consider the idea that those inscriptions had been made by Slavonic-Aryan runes. Naturally, the numerous inscriptions on the stone plate could be easily decoded with the help of the latter and does not require going to the other end of the world but only comparing them with runes from the Slavonic-Aryan Vedas.
It is supposed that there were 348 similar stone plates, which all together formed a three-dimensional map of the world. The majority of these plates are likely lost forever, after the «spotters of Russian history» brought newly acquired trans-Ural territories of the Romanov’s Empire to a «standard» suitable for them in the beginning of the 19th century.
Still, more than 200 of such stone plates were mentioned in archival documents of the 18th century. The history spotters, devoted to the Romanov’s tsar dynasty and practically all of whom were foreigners, who even did not speak Russian, destroyed almost all historical traces of the Slavoniс-Aryan Empire.
However, sooner or later all secrets reveal clues. Russian people managed to preserve what remained from their true national history, often risking their life but refusing to reconcile with this mass and merciless destruction of the great past of the Russian people. Even the «dribs and drabs» proved to be enough to restore a real picture of Russia’s past. And lately more and more «dribs and drabs» have been descovered.
At the end of the 20th century, people got access to the Slavoniс-Aryan Vedas, which contained a lot of very interesting information that was vainly ignored by modern science.
These unique manuscripts translated into modern Russian reveal that last glacial age was a consequence of the war between the Great Russenia and Antlania13 (Atlantis). This war happened more than 13,000 years ago. Then people moved large distances of planetary scale by means of Vaitmans and between planets by means of Vaitmars. Each Vaitmar could carry up to 144 Vaitmans.
So, those mysterious rhombic platforms on the three-dimensional map of Western Siberia are nothing else but landing grounds for Vaitmars and Vaitmans. The last Vaitmars left our planet Midgard-Earth about 3500 years ago when the Night of Svarog14 began.
There is another interesting document – the Book of Veles. The last records in it were made by volkvs of Novgorod at the end of the 10th century. This book covers more than 20,000 years of Slavic history. It also tells about a great cold snap, which was a consequence of a catastrophe caused when splinters of the Small Moon – Fatta15 – fell on the Earth during a war between the center of the Empire – Great Russenia – and its province Antlania (Atlantis), which wanted to get rid of its «parental» tutelage.
The sharp cold snap and change in climate of the territory of Siberia and the Far East caused a huge number of ancient Slavs to leave their mother country and migrate to free and inhabited lands of Europe. This resulted in a quite significant weakening of their mother country.
Their southern neighbours – Arimians, inhabitants of Arimia (so Rusitches16 named ancient China then) –immediately tried to take the advantage of it. The war was very severe and unequal. However, Great Russenia won a victory over ancient China–Arimia.
This event happened 7511 years ago. The victory was so significant and heavy that our ancestors selected the Day of the Signing a Peace Treaty on September 22, according to a Christian calendar, as a new reference point of their history.
According to the Slavonic calendar now it is 7511 year from the day of signing of the peace treaty. So, Russian history has more than 7,500 years of a new era, which began after the victory over the ancient China in severe war. The Russian soldier piercing the snake with his spear now known as George Pobedonosets became a symbol of this victory.
The meaning of this symbol has never been explained at least I had not found any explanation of this sign in the «official» history. And only after reading the Slavonic-Aryan Vedas did everything fall into place.
In the past, ancient China was called not only Arimia but also the country of the Great Dragon. Untill now China has kept its figurative name of the country of the Great Dragon.
In the Old Russian language, a dragon was called a snake. In Russian fairy tales their main hero Ivan-tsarevitch wins by turn a three-headed, six-headed and finally nine-headed Snake Gorynych, in order to release Vasilisa the Beautiful.
Each Russian fairy tales came to an end with a line: «The fairy tale lies but has a hint making people think». What «hint» contains in this fairy tale?
In it Vasilisa the Beautiful represents the image of the Motherland. Ivan-tsarevitch is a collective image of Russian heroes liberating their native land from enemies: Snake Gorynych – the Great Dragon – armies of Arimia, in other words, China.
This fairy tale has immortalized the victory over China and the soldier piercing the snake-dragon with his spear became a symbol of this victory. It is unimportant what this symbol is called nowadays, its meaning remains the same – the Great Victory of Russian (Slavic) arms over their enemy 7511 years ago.
Unfortunately this victory has been forgotten for good. Russian historical scientists, among whom, regretfully, there were practically no Russians by nationality, «inform» us, Slavs, that we emerged from our dens in the 9th-10th centuries and were so primitive what we did not have even our statehood, and only «enlighted» Europe helped us and taught us how to live.
To learn something useful is always welcome, but did it happen like this in reality? Let us remember, that in the middle of the 11th century (according to the Christian calendar) a daughter of Jaroslav Mudry, princess Anna became the French queen. Arriving from the «wild» Kievan Rus, the princess did not consider that arrival as entering into civilized Europe but considered Paris a big village. This has documentary acknowledgement in the form of her letters.
She brought with her to the remotest depth of the provinces, which France was then, a part of the library, some books from which returned to Russia only in the 19th century and were found in the library of Mr. Sulakadzaev. It was he who made the first translation into modern Russian of the Book of Veles, which was composed of wooden plates with runic letters on them. After Sulakadzaev’s death his widow sold the greater part of his library to the Romanovs, and after that nobody heard anything about these books.
Only a small part of his library, including the Book of Veles, which was photographed by Mr. Mirolubov in 1942, came into hands of other collectors. This book written by volkvs reflects the history of a part of the Slavonic-Russian tribes which left their Motherland in Semirechie, as the territory of seven Siberian rivers was called: Iriy (Irtysh), Ob, Yenisei, Angara, Lena, Ishim and Tobol. Another name of this land was Belovodie17.
The content of this book is quite similar to that of the Slavonic-Aryan Vedas and archeological discoveries of last decades completely sweep aside any «objections» of «true» historians.
In a certain way they are «right». The word «history» has originated from a merge of two words: «from+tora» that means «stories from the past of Judaic people».
Indeed, the Book of Veles has nothing to do with a history of Judaic people simply because it reflects the past of Russian people. But I personally do not see any problem as in it there is no attempt to deform the history of Judaic or any other people. This book describes the past of Slavs.
Now we have a very interesting situation: Jews have the right to have their past, their history like all other people, except for us, Slavs, who cannot have their past especially a great one.
And even those photos of the Book of Veles made in 1942 were declared a forgery, while the majority of well-known «historical» documents serving as a basis for a contemporary history are nothing more than printed or hand-written copies from the time of the Middle Ages.
The most interesting fact is that after the appearance of these copies, all originals without exception have disappeared – they either were burned down in bonfires of the inquisition, having been declared as heretical books, or were lost in «accidental» fires and epidemics «affected» all ancient libraries.
The libraries of Alexandria, Athens, and Tzargrad (Constantinopol), along with the Etruscan library in Rome, were burned down almost simultaneously. The libraries of Yaroslav I the Wise (978-1054) and Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584) disappeared without a trace.
All originals were burned or disappeared, while the copies made from them so «opportunely» have been kept and cherished. Nobody declared them heretical, and on their basis is written a his-TOR-y of our civilization.
And all this occurred only in the Middle Ages, precisely in the 15th-17th centuries in Europe, which has its objective reasons.
The capital of the Slavonic-Aryan Empire, city of Asgard Iryisky (temple city), was destroyed by hordes of dzungars18 in the year of 7038 according to the Slavonic calendar (1530 A.D.). It was a city of huge stone pyramids, city of volkvs and veduns19. This city was the richest treasury of knowledge, which was kept in artificial underground caves under pyramids.
It had no any fortifications; however, for a very long time no enemy was able even to approach to this city. The city was surrounded by invisible power protection that prevented both hostile armies and individual people with dirty thoughts or bad intentions from passing through it.
With the beginning of the Night of Svarog this protective field began to weaken gradually due to natural reasons. And finally Black Magicians, using a rather mean way, neutralized this power protection right before the storm of the city by hordes of dzungars so that Superior Volkhvs had no chance to restore this protection.
Rushing into magnificent temples and grandiose pyramids, those hordes killed the majority of volkhvs, burned or destroyed invaluable depositories of ancient manuscripts and books brought to Asgard Iryisky from DaArya20. Fortunately they did not manage to destroy everything, as the most valuable books have always been stored in special deep underground depositories.
The word «cave» (in Russian «peshe-ra») initially consisted of two words: the Food of Ra, meaning a spiritual food and in modern interpretation corresponds to a library – a book depository.
The point is that in a cave, natural or artificial underground emptiness, a certain micro-climate with constant temperature, humidity and pressure is naturally created. It ideally suited as a place for storing books and manuscripts, the majority of which were made of the thinnest leather, written on wooden plates, etc.
I truly hope that in the nearest future these books will be taken out of these underground depositaries and will shed a light on numerous mysteries of our past.
However, as it still has not happened, let us continue to search for nuggets of truth in what we already have in our disposal.
A uniform psi-field of the Empire supported by Superior Volkhvs by means of pyramids was considerably weakened after the destruction of the temple-city of Asgard Iryisky by hordes of dzungars using the «small» help of Black Magicians.
This weakening became especially apparent in the remote provinces of the Empire, first of all in European provinces. As a result, governors of these provinces – who carried titles of kings and dukes, but in reality were appointed deputies – rose in revolt and declared themselves independent from the authority of the Empire.
The Empire had already lost its former might after the first attempt of its outskirts to separate themselves from the center of the Empire as far back as four centuries earlier. Only after the second attempt did they manage to destroy Asgard Iryisky and begin to exterminate any evidence of any connection between the Mother-country and its former provinces.
Old books were destroyed; new ones were written. They were adjusted so that in new «history» there was no any mention about the Slavonic-Aryan Empire. The period of history before the 10th century in Europe was declared as dark, barbarous centuries, which were illuminated by the light of education brought with the culture of the Sacred Roman Empire.
The greater part of the Slavonic-Aryan Empire, although cleft in several big splinters after the separation of the West-European provinces, managed to keep their basic Vedic traditions of their ancestors.
Another splinter of the Empire – the Moscow Rus with it east border on the river Volga (the original Slavic name of this river is RA) – was exposed to skilful manipulating of westernized groupings, among them aristocracy that organized there The Time of Troubles21, physically destroyed the old dynasty of the Rurikovitchs and put on the Moscow throne the Romanovs, who from the very outset took a westernized position.
The Romanovs, according to the ancient tradition that existed then, had no right to occupy the Moscow throne. They received this throne from hands of West-European politicians in exchange for «small» services. What were those «small» services? Let us relive a bit of the past.
Firstly, before their ascension to the throne, the Romanovs, who eagerly longed for power, thoroughly «cleaned up» those members of Moscow nobility, who unfortunately for the latter, having either more noble origin or being faithful to the traditions of their people, became an obstacle for the Romanovs on the way to the Moscow throne.
Having made the Romanovs to do this dirty work, the Romanovs masters unjustly accused Ivan IV who had nothing to do with it. Everyone who tried to give them a dare left his head on executioner's blocks.
Rather interesting things happened already during the government of the first Romanovs.
In 7161-7164, according to Slavonic chronology (1653-1656 A.D.), the head of the Church, the patriarch Nikon, carried out a religious reform. Later, Nikon was forced to renounce his holy orders on the next Ecumenical Council.
Let us see, what in reality was hidden under this reform.
Before Nikon’s reform Christianity in Russia was Orthodox. In spite of the fact that it was a state religion, the majority of Russian people accepted it as an inevitable necessity rather as a need, as it was repugnant to the spirit of Russian people.
At that time people lived on norms of Orthodoxy – a system of conceptions and norms of life based on the millennial wisdom of Slavic Vedism. According to these norms Slavs, descendants of the Heavenly Clan22 and grandsons of their god – Dazdbog – could not accept the dogmas of Christianity that transformed all people into slaves of god, whose lot was to accept without a murmur all tortures and misfortunes as ordeals of their sins.
It was not important that a baby still had no time to sin however hard he or she may «try»!
This reform-diversion has been carried out in order to overpower a Russian soul at any price. Unfortunately this type of a reform was not the last one.
The Christianity began to be called «orthodoxy» to indulge the ears of Slavs. A lot of ancient orthodox ceremonies were brought into this Christianity conserving, however, a slavish essence of the Christianity.
The Christianity has been conceived for the justification of slavery, as the tool of retention of the majority of slaves under authority of minority of slaveholders in the slaveholding countries and empires.
Almost simultaneously with this in 7190 (1682 A.D.), in the days of the tsar Feodor Alekseevich Romanov, the order of precedence was cancelled in Russia. At the same time all the books concerning with this, including the famous Rank Book that contained the history of the state assignments in Russia for the last two centuries, were burned.
Genealogical Books that traced family trees of the noblest names of the Empire were also destroyed. Instead a new genealogical book was written – the Velvet Book in which everything was done just as required. However, there is a question: by whom it was required and why.
One more grandiose diversion was carried out in days of Peotr Alekseevich Romanov, more known as Peter I. Having cancelled the patriarchate and having subordinated the Christian church to the state, actually becoming its head, in 7208 Peter I introduced into practice on the lands of the Moscow Rus a Christian calendar.
With a stroke of his pen, literally speaking, the year of 7208 at Peter’s will turned into 1700 A.D.
Thus Peter I stole from Russian people 5508 years of history that followed the signing of the peace treaty between the Slavonic-Aryan Empire and Ancient China, as well as many millennia before it.
And it was just the beginning...
July 20, 2003.
1 Russenia was a territory where the Great Race was settled, i.e., the White nation whose representatives were voluntary immigrants to the Earth from other star systems of the Space. Later on the word «Russenia» has passed to Latin language as «Ruthenia» and began to be translated as simply «Rus».
2 The Slavonic-Aryan Empire occupied the territory of modern continent of Eurasia in the time of great antiquity.
3 The Land of the Holy Race was the country of aces (an ace was the god living on the Earth) – representatives of highly developed civilizations. The abbreviation RACE was originated from the reduction of the phrase in Russian «Clans of Aces of the Country of Aces». The Land of Holy Race consisted of four Great Clans of Aces: da’Aryan, h’Aryan, Russenas and Sviatorussians who led a patrimonial way of life.
4 The Great Tartary (or Mighty Asia) was the most ancient State of white people on the Asian part of the continent of Eurasia. Ancestors of the terrestrial mankind came to our planet from different Star systems: the Great Race (white), the Great Dragon (yellow), the Fiery Snake (red) and representatives of Star systems of the Gloomy Heath land (black).
5 The goddess Tara was a patroness of the Nature and her senior brother Tarkh (or Dazdbog) was a keeper of the ancient Great Wisdom.
6 Star Gates are power complexes, which utilize gravitational, and space-time spins or torsion systems that are used for moving between planets and Star systems.
7 Urs are representatives of the planet Urai; the word «ur» means an habitable and fertile territory.
8 A Volkhv is a cleric, the Supreme priest, and a keeper of ancient sacred texts.
9 Da’Aryan and h’Aryan characters (letters) are two of four kinds of writing of the Great Race: da’Aryan Trags, h’Aryan Runes, Sviatorussians Images (bukvitca, runica, cherty and rezy) and Russenian Molvitca.
10 Perun was the god-patron of all soldiers, the defender of the land and the clan of SviatoRuses (Russians, Byelorussians, Asts, Lits, Lats, Latgalls, Zemgalls, Polans, Serbs, etc.)
11 Venedas were inhabitants of the Great Venea where Clans and tribes of Venedas migrated. It corresponds to the territory of modern Western Europe.
12 The Slavonic-Aryan Vedic Empire: ancient Slavs and Arias possessed a fundamental knowledge about material and non-material worlds. This knowledge existed in the form of the Slavonic-Aryan sacred legends called Vedas.
13 Antlania was an island in the Atlantic Ocean where Slavonic clan of Ants was lodged. Then their land began to be called as Ant-lan, i. e., the Land of Ants. Ancient Greeks named it Atlantis and its inhabitants – atlantes (modern Ukrainians; U-krai-ne means in Russian outskirts («krai») of the Land of Holy Race).
14 The Night of Svarog, according to Slavonic tradition, is the name of a dark difficult time when our solar system passes through spaces of the Dark Worlds; or Cali-Uga in Aryan or Indian tradition.
15 Fatta, Lelia, Mesiats were three small planets (Moons) of the Earth. Fatta’s orbital period (ancient Greeks called this planet the Phaeton) was13 days; Lelia, the nearest to the Earth and the smallest of all Moons, had its orbital period of 7 days.
16 Rusitches are representatives of all Clans of the Grate Race.
17 Belovodie or the land of Holy Race; Iriy (mod. the river Irtysh) means white, pure water.
18 Dzungar (also Jungar or Zungar;) is the collective identity of several Oirat (West Mongolian) tribes.
19 Vedun was a person wielding sacred legends of Slavonic-Aryan Vedas.
20 DaArya was a country situated in the sunk continent in Arctic ocean; in ancient times called as Arctida, Hyperborea, Severia, Arctogea.
21 The Time of Troubles (Russian: Smutnoye Vremya) was a period of Russian history comprising the years of interregnum between the death of the last of the Muscovy Tsar Feodor Ivanovich of the Rurik Dynasty in 1598 and the establishment of the Romanov Dynasty in 1613 characterized by a grave political, economical and social crisis led to the temporary collapse of Russian State system.
22 Descendants of the Heavenly Clan and grandsons of Dazdbog: the Heavenly Clan are representatives of the developed civilizations; in ancient times people and heavenly gods fraternized among themselves, helped each other, and Heavenly Gods left to their terrestrial brothers and descendants their wise Precepts. Dazdbog gave nine books containing Sacred Vedas to representatives of the Great Race.
Translation: Elena Lyubimova
with the assistance of Kelly McMullen