KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov (1944- ) with Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev (1946- ) of Moscow and all the Russias (then, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad). HH often meets with those on the Left (he doesn’t speak of his personal political leanings, but “actions do speak louder than words do”)… he doesn’t associate with godless liberal (“libertarian” in Anglosphere terms) right-wingers. When HH attacks “liberalism”, he attacks “libertarianism” and all of its pomps, NOT the political Left.
KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov called Pussy Riot’s actions “outrageous and blasphemous”; if it were up to him, personally, he’d give them a good taste of the belt. The official KPRF website quoted Zyuganov as saying, “Of course, one can’t speak for everybody in the country. Personally, my point of view is that I’d give them a good taste of the belt… I’d whip them and sent them home to mommy and daddy. This would take the place of a judicial punishment. I’d say that they wouldn’t engage in such outrageous and blasphemous behaviour again”. He said that the action at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was “a slap in the face to all Orthodox believers”. Zyuganov noted, “I agree with the idea that the trial made the situation worse. They used it as a comprehensive attack on Russia’s spiritual foundations”.
He thought that we should listen carefully to the writer Valentin Rasputin. Zyuganov pointed up that Rasputin stated, recently, “There’s been a very serious struggle against Christianity as a cultural phenomenon. After all, the foundation of our European civilisation is Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. As for communism, they rewrote it, they decided to build the Kingdom of God on Earth, and they made a lot of mistakes, and committed ill-advised actions. It seems to me that [Pussy Riot’s action] was an attempt to turn against our spiritual foundations and roots, which, in any case, lie in Orthodoxy. This action was extremely dangerous for all concerned”. Moreover, he believes that the politicians “were interested parties, but it was difficult for them, they didn’t adapt well to the situation. Many of them hold a candle in church like it’s a glass of vodka, and they hold a cross in their left hand! I’m sorry; they don’t have God in their soul. It’s all very sad. If we tear out our spiritual basis, anything can become a provocation … after all, the fascist contagion that led to World War II began with the fact that the half-mad van der Lubbe set fire to the Reichstag, and, then, the Nazis herded opponents into concentration camps and put the Communists and Socialists against the wall. We shouldn’t make a mockery of national symbols”.
21 August 2012
One of the reasons that the protests against the Pussy Riot sentence didn’t gain traction is that the Organised Left (KPRF and Left Front) weren’t buying the liberal nihilist (that is, “conservative libertarian” in Anglosphere terms) argument. The KPRF didn’t show up at all, and Sergei Udaltsov (leader of the Left Front) only made a token appearance.
Here’s a point to ponder. The Left, by and large, agrees with Gennady Andreyevich. Hell, most commies are believers nowadays… the unbelievers are found amongst the pro-American, pro-Free Enterprise, pro-globalist zapadniki. That’s right… the Leftists are god-fearing people with a thirst for a social justice (and a sense of humility because their fall from power taught them bitter (but candid) lessons). The godless Libertarians are the enemy. They worship Almighty Mammon… they bow down before the Moloch of Filthy Lucre. That’s where you’ll find the Abomination of Desolation… in nice McMansions in nice gated communities where nice people don’t raise their voices.
Gennady Andreyevich is the Left of today… Pussy Riot symbolises the Right in all of its self-centred “me-first” nihilist greed and hubris. Do look beyond the surface… there’s much more in common between Paul Ryan and Pussy Riot than there appears at first glance. Scary, ain’t it?