On the eve of the feast of the Nativity of Christ, as has been our tradition for over a millennium in the Russian vastness, we gather together with our parents, children, and grandchildren. The joyful celebration of the Christmas holiday is a long tradition amongst out families. That’s because, firstly, our children are our heirs and successors, we wish them all the best… good health, success in school, a happy and joyful childhood. All of us, not only children and parents, but also us weather-beaten elders, await a miracle in these bright days, a gift from fate, perhaps, a better life. Wishing each other happiness and new accomplishments, we remember the past year. For all of us, it wasn’t only the beginning of a year that saw an ingathering of the Russian World, of which we’re rightly proud, but also a time of hardship and anxiety. Therefore, we begin a new year in our lives and in the life of our vast country, wishing peace and higher justice.
The West is the eternal enemy of the Slavs; they bring confrontation and strife to our fraternal peoples. They kill our close blood-kin in internecine war, in the heart of the Russian World. In the fraternal Ukraine, in Novorossiya, was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning (Gospel according to St Matthew, 2.18). The forces of evil gang up on us, seeking to destroy our historical memory, to impose their will upon us, to subjugate us to “Herodian” laws and regulations. This isn’t the first time that we’ve faced such a challenge; every other time, we overcame our foes due to the resistance and self-sacrifice of our peoples, to our indestructible faith in justice, and to our trust in the triumph of good.
Are arguments between Europe and us new?
Have Russians forgotten their victories?
Or, is some of it due to us?
Slanderers of Russia
The great Pushkin asked this question, not doubting that Russia would defend its dignity and would fight back against enemies and slanderers. Trust me; it’ll be the same this time.
The Russian land arises
The Slavic streams merge in a Russian Sea
This is so because not only do we share a common past, but also I’m sure that we share a common future. Our great sovereign state, stretching from the Far North to the Far East, from the tundra to the desert to the Tavride, received from destiny great treasures, real “Gifts of the Magi”… fertile land, boundless forests, deep rivers, and fathomless lakes, along with inexhaustible reservoirs of “black and blue gold”. This wealth haunts those who assert their right to world domination, who don’t want Russia to have such resources, so, the forces of darkness bare their teeth against us, resorting to any means and methods of pressure.
What is this, is this call arrogant?
A call to battle still raging?
Or, the voice of envy embarrassed,
The impotence of evil impulse?
This is a question asked by another famous Russian poet, the soldier Mikhail Lermontov. Yes, it’s a challenge and a call to battle, against the voice of envy and resentment against the Russian state, but the finally-awakened unbroken will of the people will prevail. “The evil impulse” would be “powerless” if the huge resources of our country belonged to its people… those who plough the fields, tend our forests, mine the ore, refine the metal, and heal and teach our children. This is justice, and we must base our laws on such justice. Only then, would our true national interest triumph, not the greed of those who serve “Unrighteous Mammon”, those whom the Lord called “unfaithful stewards”. Justice can only come from those who deserve the people’s trust, from wise people with responsibility, from people both visionary and pragmatic in action.
I’m sure that our resistance and perseverance will defeat the forces of evil, along with our fraternal aspiration to unite in the name of the shining ideals that our fathers and grandfathers gave their lives for in the Great Patriotic War (we’ll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in the coming year). Seven decades ago, we defended our freedom and our blood redeemed Europe’s freedom, honour, and peace (A S Pushkin, Slanderers of Russia). This is what our enemies are trying to make us forget and erase from history, in the name of so-called “national development”. However, the memory of those who gave their lives for the Great Victory is imperishable in our hearts. We revere the names of our heroes and we remember their podvig, we carefully preserve the monuments of their glory and we unite as one to celebrate Day of the Great Victory, recognizing the “hidden meaning” (I A Ilyin) of the war as a struggle of our people for a distinct spiritual identity.
During this Nativity feast, I wish you good health, fulfilment of your desires, good fortune in your endeavours, love and concord for our families, joy and fun for our kids, confidence in the future for our mothers, courage and fortitude for our men, peace and prosperity for all peoples of the world, as we aspire to embody the life-giving light of truth, goodness, and justice.
To the Feast!
To the Nativity of Christ!
Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma
Chairman of the TsK KPRF
KPRF official website
Note well that Comrade Zyuganov quotes the Gospel and uses scriptural allusions throughout this epistle. The last phrase (“the life-giving light of truth, goodness, and justice”) is an almost word-for-word gloss from the Tropar to the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. He even quotes I A Ilyin, one of the ideologues of the White Movement. That is, Comrade Zyuganov recognises the Harmony of the Russian World, the Integrity of Holy Rus, and the Unity of Russian History. All those who rip down statues of Lenin rip down Truth and replace it with Lies. V I Lenin was a FACT… all must admit this. Note well that Anglo Americans believe that “history is bunk”… we Russians know otherwise, and Comrade Zyuganov articulates it wonderfully.
Our Russian World is in pain… Gennady Andreyevich points it up well, but also gives us the hope of a better world after it’s over. The Cross and the Red Banner… the struggle is done and finished. BOTH have won… fancy that…