The imperial family with loyal Cossack retainers in 1916… within the short sapce of a year, this world would tremble and fall… sic transit gloria mundi.
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Synodal Division for Church and Public Relations, urged us to take our time with an official confirmation of the identification of the remains found in 2007 near Yekaterinburg as belonging to the children of Tsar St Nikolai II, as some investigators believe. ”I think that we shouldn’t rush into this today. A funeral would create the temptation to believe that the case was settled. It is not”, Fr Vsevolod said on Wednesday to our Interfax-Religion correspondent. Commenting on a recent statement by Vladimir Solovyov, a senior forensic scientist in the Chief Directorate of the RF SKP, that the remains found in 2007 actually belong to Tsarevich Aleksei and Grand Princess Maria, Fr Vsevolod asked us to “soberly consider all the divergent positions of experts” on the question. In addition, he thinks that it is important to compare “the results of the investigation conducted under Kolchak with the current investigation, and most importantly, identify the perpetrators”.
In this regard, Father Vsevolod commented on the statement of the RF SKP that the family of Nicholas II was executed on the decision of the Ural Soviet without the approval of top Soviet leaders such as Lenin and Sverdlov. “Yes, there is controversy as to whether Lenin and Sverdlov gave authorisation for the execution. Perhaps, there are historical documents, perhaps, not, but you need to make sure that we use all available material”, he said. In addition, as he noted, “If the investigator, Solovyov, recognised that a decision was taken by the Ural Soviet; then, you need to establish the responsibility of this body and its members. From the findings of this respected investigator, it is clear that there was a decision of this Bolshevik body. As I see it, I think that we must give this finding a legal, political, and, most importantly, a moral assessment”, Fr Vsevolod said.
16 June 2010
Fr Vsevolod is simply saying that we must close and resolve all possible lacunae before we make a final official statement. He wishes to avoid the brouhaha that surrounded the 1998 burial of the other victims of the 1918 regicide. He is right to believe that we can still “screw it all up”. Of course, this is bad news for the lot around Maria Vladimirovna. It means that the Church is not taking a side in the dispute over monarchism. From what I understand from the public statements of KMG, the Church favours a monarchist restoration, but believes that the time is not yet ripe for it. In any case, one reason that I favour such (besides being of White background, of course) is that it would put the biznessmen in their place. Indeed, a mixture of Tsarist legitimatism with Soviet social justice with a dash of modern pragmatism thrown in for good measure would be the way to go! I am a PINKO and proud of it! All those who think that allying the White Movement with American Corporatism is logical should think again.
By the way, Fr Vsevolod is the closest intellectual confidant of KMG. This statement can be taken as coming from KMG himself. In short, the Church does not intend to dispute the findings, but it wishes that we do not waste this opportunity to definitively solve the case and draw the proper lessons from it.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say…””
Hi there! Shh… they’re reading their rights to the Interfax translator… it seems that they are charged with criminal mischief, imposture, fraud, and general incompetence. Can you believe that the version ginned up by that dogsbody had only 159 words, whilst mine had 314? Want proof? Here’s the URL:
The entire last paragraph is missing! Fr Vsevolod’s point is mangled to the point of incoherence… what a maroon! The Interfax translator gets The Order of the Big Green Weenie, Double First Class with Dog Logs. For messing up Fr Vsevolod’s point, he also deserves a Golden Evil George Weigel Award.
Hey, here’s here Chukcha. Let’s ask his opinion. “Hey, Chuk? What do you think?”
“Chuckcha say, if he run Interfax, he boot out all lazy phonies. However, translator is probably brother-in-law of owner or friend of silovik… No can touch”.
THIS is why I continue to soldier on with my English translations. You guys deserve “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”… it’s why I continue to write on the squiffy situation in American Orthodoxy too. The two situations feed on one another, and reinforce one another. Those who want me to stop writing about their konvertsy idols in America had best find another source for news…
The truth will set you free… only if you let it! Think on that.