Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… His Holiness at Alapaevsk

This is a photo of His Holiness at the Monastery of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia at Alapaevsk, the place of martyrdom of Grand Princess St Yelizaveta Fyodrovna (1864-1918) and those killed with her, who included her cell attendant, St Varvara Yakovleva (circa 1850-1918), and the poet Prince St Vladimir Paley (1897-1918). One should note that the Church both glorifies the victims of the initial communist persecutions and embraces Social Democracy… it doesn’t view these as incompatible stances. We are NOT reactionaries in the Church… we do NOT demonise socialists and socialism… do ask Gennady Andreyevich and the majority of the members of the Communist Party, who are active and practising believers. A far cry from the stance of the pre-1991 ROCOR, no? The problem with the pre-1991 ROCOR was that it was run by right-wing rejectionists… they were only in the ROCOR for negative reasons, because they were anti-Communists. Once Communism fell, they had no one to hate any more, so, some left the Church (thank God), and some stayed, but they started creating their own little ego-trips in fantasy-land (you see this in the various apparatchiki). Were they ever amongst us for the right reasons?


Thursday, 26 August 2010

Court Decided To Reopen the Criminal Case on the Murder of the Imperial Family

Filed under: history,legal,politics,Revolution/Civil War,Romanovs,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

The Basmanny district court in Moscow overturned the decision to terminate the criminal investigation of the murder of the last Russian tsar, Nikolai II, and his family. “It’s a big legal victory for those who recognise the value of the historical record”, said Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the Romanov House Chancellery. The court’s verdict declared the termination of the criminal investigation to be illegal, satisfying the Romanov Chancellery. “The court was absolutely right”, Mr Zakatov said. He went on to say that the putative head of the Romanov House, Grand Princess Maria Vladimirovna, was informed of the decision of the court. “The criminal case should be reopened, for a decision must be made on bringing all the documents in accordance with the decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Court, which found that Nikolai II and his family were victims of political repression”, Mr Zakatov said.

On 15 January 2009, the Basmanny district court reversed the decision of a lower court to terminate the criminal proceedings on the charge of murder against the members of the royal family. According to German Lukyanov, a barrister for the Romanovs, the court partially granted his appeal, amending the wording of the regulations. “We insisted that in respect of the royal family, they didn’t commit a criminal offence, but they were deprived of life by virtue of a state decision”, Interfax quoted Mr Lukyanov as saying. Earlier, the Moscow City Court found that the termination of criminal proceedings against the royal family was unfounded.

26 August 2010

Voice of Russia World Service


Saturday, 17 July 2010

Russians Bow in Memory of the Last Tsar

Editor’s Foreword:

Many thanks to the reader who sent me the link for this. I am only one person… who can’t keep track of everything. Please, click on the URL below… it will take you to a page with a three-minute video in Russian… watch it even if you lack facility in Russian, the visuals are worth it (the bishop leading the procession in the vid is the inimitable Archbishop Vikenty Morar of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturiye). Again, спасибо болшая to my contact… you folks DO keep me going. Remember the path of the Russian New Martyrs… what we’re going through in the USA is a mere piffle in comparison (and it’s mostly self-inflicted at that).



In Russian churches, there were prayers in memory of the last Russian Tsar Nikolai II, his wife, and their children, shot 92 years ago in the basement of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. Last night, at the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, built on the site of the killings, 50,000 people took part in a procession. It ended at Ganina Yama, where the killers dumped the remains of the royal family after they were shot. Not only believers from Yekaterinburg participated in the affair, people came from all over Russia. Believers call the night of 16 to 17 July a time of both repentance and massacre… they call it “the Russian Golgotha”. On this night, 92 years ago, the imperial family was murdered in the basement of the Ipatiev House. In memory of a tragedy that changed the course of history, for twenty consecutive years, Orthodox have, in detail, retraced the final journey of the last Russian tsar.

The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood attracts pilgrims not only from all over Russia, but from all over the world as well. After a service that lasted a couple of hours, believers marched to the pit at Ganina Yama where, in 1918, the remains of the imperial family were thrown into an abandoned mineshaft. With every passing year, the procession becomes larger. Some of the pilgrims had walked all the way from St Petersburg, taking the same route that the Romanovs took to their final destination. A female pilgrim told us, “Seriously, the power of the Spirit helps us, prayer helps us. It was about 3,000 kilometres from St Petersburg to here. On the feastday of the Holy Royal Martyrs, everybody is on the road. We do it in honour of the Holy Royal Martyrs, which show the way for everyone”. Amongst the marchers, one saw children, oldsters, and disabled people. Kristine’s only seven, but this was her second time in the procession to Ganina Yama, together with her father, who is a priest from Tsaritsyn. He said, “Our legs will get a workout today, we’ll all get there when we can”.

At sunrise, the procession participants reached the memorial complex at Ganina Yama. It’s 20 kilometres from the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood to Ganina Yama, but the pilgrims make good time and most cover the distance in three hours. Many sit down around the church, taking a break after their hard journey. In Soviet times, this place was considered ominous. Despite the fact that the fate of the imperial family was a taboo subject, some believers came here to pray in secret. Many mysteries still shroud the events surrounding the death of the Romanovs. Their remains were found in a pit near Ganina Yama in 1991, but some were missing. The remains of Tsarevich Aleksei and Grand Princess Maria were found only two years ago. Soon afterwards, the investigation into the murder of the imperial family was closed, but scientists continue to follow leads.

Geophysicists doing research near the Koptyakovsky Road found several anomalies where there may be either bone fragments or other artefacts. Both historians and archaeologists believe that there are still quite a few secrets shrouding that fateful night. Vladimir Momot, a historian said, “I read through the historical archival documents. It turns out that two soldiers refused to participate in the shooting, and they were shot and buried in the same place”. If such is true, it means that soldiers of the Latvian Rifle Regiment {known as a fanatically pro-Red unit: editor} refused to take part in the massacre. Shedding light on this chapter of history can help new digs. Archaeologists are going to resume them.

In Yekaterinburg, meanwhile, continued the Царские дни (Imperial days) festival continues. Today, liturgy will be served in all churches in the Urals. In addition, there will be a complete All-Night Vigil in the Cathedral at Alapaevsk {the place of martyrdom of St Yelizaveta Fyodrovna and Prince St Vladimir Paley: editor}.

17 July 2010

Inna Osipova

Телекомпания НТВ (Telekompaniya NTV)


Friday, 18 June 2010

Fr Vsevolod Chaplin Urged Us to Take our Time with the Identification of the Possible Remains of Tsarevich Aleksei and Grand Princess Maria

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



Editor’s Note:

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.


Editor’s Postscript:

“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.


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