Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Fr Andrei Kuraev Advocates that We Place the Monuments to the Bolsheviks in a Special “Ghetto”


Deacon Andrei Kuraev (1963- ), professor at the Moscow Theological Academy and popular preacher

Deacon Andrei Kuraev, a professor at the Moscow Theological Academy, advocated that we transfer all the monuments to Bolshevik leaders to a “reserve” area. In commenting on the recent destruction of a two-metre-high plaster-cast monument to Lenin in an industrial area of Ryazan, he said “it didn’t bother him that much”. “On the one hand, it is using the weapons of the weak, but, on the other hand, it is necessary to ‘thin out’ the monuments to the Bolshevik executioners and take them to a kind of reserve area, the same way as the Bolsheviks, in their time, transferred churches to the Kizhi reserve”, Fr Andrei was quoted as saying by the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda (Komsomol Truth) on Tuesday. In his opinion, it is time to get rid of the Soviet names. “I’m tired of driving along Leninsky Prospekt (Lenin Avenue)”, Deacon Andrei confessed.

18 November 2008




The MP is Against Defining the so-called “Golodomor” as an Act of Genocide, but, it Advocates that We Denounce the Actions of the Bolsheviks that Led to It


Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan (1935- ) of Kiev and all the Ukraine, the canonical First Hierarch of the Ukraine. All others are poseurs or Uniate traitors. He is a confessor, being guarded here by Cossacks to protect him from Galician Uniate thugs.


The Moscow Patriarchate believes that the actions of the Bolsheviks that caused the mass famine of the 1930s should be denounced, but it advocates that we reject all attempts to consider the tragedy an act of genocide. “The subject of the mass famine of the 1930s gives us grounds for reflection, both in the Ukraine and in Russia. Kiev should understand that the Ukrainian people weren’t the only victims of this tragedy, and Moscow should decisively condemn the Bolshevik actions that resulted in this mass famine”, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the Deputy Head of the MP Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday.

In his opinion, it was obvious that these “actions were consciously aimed to wipe out an entire class within the nation”. He also fully agreed with the position of the Bishop Aleksandr of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky, the metropolitan vicar for Kiev, who stated the position of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church/MP in regards to holding the famine as an act of genocide, “We tried to avoid this word, because genocide is a crime of one nation against another”. Fr Vsevolod went on to say, “Genocide is historically defined as an act committed to exterminate a people on ethnic or religious grounds, and, that wasn’t the case with in regards to the mass famine of the 1930s. This was a repression aimed at a specific social class. People of various nationalities suffered, the peasants suffered as they were Christians, and contrary to the myths of Soviet propaganda, they didn’t destroy the churches, but, rather, defended them, they rebelled against the Bolsheviks, and opposed collectivisation and the other monstrous experiments on the Russian, Ukrainian, and other peoples”, he noted.

According to him, “Indeed, the Bolsheviks tried to annihilate the peasantry as a class, for they were the foundation of old Russia, and we should decisively denounce the actions of the so-called Bolshevik junta in power at that time”. He said, “It’s necessary for us to condemn these crimes as a completely unacceptable and unprecedented annihilation of our own people on the basis of social class”. He also believes that it is also necessary to pay homage to the victims of the mass famine on the national level. “There’s no one to prosecute for this crime, the Lord Himself judged the guilty if they didn’t repent, but I believe that to call crime a crime and to call the involved institutions criminal would be very useful not only for a correct understanding of the past, but it’ll help us create a decent future as well”, Fr Vsevolod said. In closing, in comments on the recent encyclical of the Holy Synod of the UOC/MP on the topic of the famine, he reflected that “it was formulated and developed quite independently of Moscow, but many clergy and laity in Russia think in the same way, they condemn the Bolshevik crimes in no uncertain terms, as well”.

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Editor’s Note:

Yet another Big Green Weenie Award is tacked onto the wall at Interfax. It wasn’t so bad this time, as only the final paragraph was omitted, but when will they ever learn?


Fr Vsevolod Chaplin says the Lord shall Show His Mercy to All Our Departed Pets


Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin urged believers not to grieve in vain over dead pets, but, to show their feelings through good deeds. “Give this situation to God. We don’t know what living creatures will surround us in the afterlife, but, we know that the Lord is merciful to all His living and breathing creatures. Rest assured, the Lord won’t leave any creature that lives with us and is dear to us without His mercy”, the Deputy Head of the MP Department for External Church Relations said in a live broadcast on the Russkoi Sluzhby Novostei (Russian News Service). According to Fr Vsevolod, “We often grieve over ourselves, over the people around us, and over our pets, whilst the natural state of a Christian is joy. Our grief over a dead pet can be shown in good deeds, for example, in our care for another living creature”, he advised. Thusly, he answered a woman who phoned in and told him that she grieved over the death of her favourite pet cat and that she couldn’t get over it.

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