Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Villagers in Tula Oblast Erect Cross on the Site of a Mass Execution by the Fascists in the Great Patriotic War

The murders of the Nazi fascists were no hoax… they killed more people in six years of war than the communists did in 75 years of power. Reflect well on the fact that American neocons prefer the company of those nationalities who helped the Nazis do this…

On Tuesday, the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow, the residents of the village of Prudnoe in Leninsky Raion in Tula Oblast erected a devotional cross as a memorial to fellow villagers who were shot by the fascists [during the Great Patriotic War]. “We erected the monument on the site where the fascists shot 30 villagers in the autumn of 1941, when Nazi troops were in the immediate vicinity of Tula, and the area was occupied by the Germans”, a raion administration spokesman told Interfax. The memorial cross was built by the municipal authority “Inshinskoe” and by some of the villagers. At present, there are 730 military cemetery plots in the oblast, the remains of 48,815 soldiers, including 14,253 unidentified, are buried in mass and individual graves. In the oblast, the accounting and certification of burials is compiled on index cards, the department of the Military Commissariat of Tula Oblast and the relevant municipalities of the region created a database with photographs of gravesites.

22 June 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=36157

His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine Addressed an Appeal to the President of the European Court of Human Rights

His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine (1935- )

His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine addressed an appeal to the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Jean-Paul Costa. The reason for the letter was a recent decision of the court to ban the placement of icons and crosses in public places in Italy, particularly in schools. “Although this decision only affects the internal affairs of a single country, it profoundly affects the question of religious freedom and cultural identity in other countries that are also members of the Council of Europe”, the metropolitan’s appeal emphasised. In Metropolitan Vladimir’s own words,”The presence of Christian symbols in public places in no way debases anyone’s religious feelings. It does not express disdain for or exclude anyone from society, but it is a clear and unambiguous expression of the traditional religious faith practised in this part of world, and it is a reminder of the high moral standards of the Gospel”. The letter also stated, “In all European countries, there are more and more rights to religious freedom. In addition, in many countries around the world, religious symbols are permitted by law, or are generally accepted”, the First Primate of the UOC (MP) wrote. Freedom of religion is available to all, but you cannot “ensure the right to freedom of religion for some people by depriving others of the cultural roots of their people, by effacing their traditions and customs”. Metropolitan Vladimir expressed the hope that the European Court of Human Rights would understand the questions surrounding the placement of Christian symbols in public places in Italy “because, after two thousand years of Christianity in this country, as in all other European countries, it has become an integral part of its social, cultural, and private life. The ability to openly practise one’s religious beliefs, using, amongst other things, one’s traditional symbolism, is a valid expression of freedom of religion”, Vladyki Vladimir concluded.

23 June 2010

Patriarchia.ru

Official website of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/1185664.html

Orthodox Human Rights Activist Blames Liberal Activists for the Rehabilitation of Fascism

The dead in the concentration camps were REAL. I met people who saw these scenes, either as liberating soldiers or imprisoned victims. Don’t fall for the nonsense peddled by the neocons about their Baltic, Galician, and Croat friends. Those guys HELPED the Nazis and did so enthusiastically. Americans died to free those in the camps… don’t spit on their memory by supporting the neocons, or their wars, or their laissez faire economics.

Roman Silantyev, the Director of Human Rights Centre of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS), thought that “liberal journalists and human rights activists” are largely to blame for the rehabilitation of fascism. Speaking at the inaugural conference of the international human rights movement Мир без нацизма (A World Without Nazism) in Kiev, Mr Silantyev noted, “They fiercely fought what they saw as an ‘accursed past’, so they indiscriminately labelled their opponents Nazis. This eventually made people think that Stalin and Hitler were the same, and that Red Army soldiers and the SS were equivalent”. In his view, a contribution to this destructive process was made “by so-called anti-fascists, who, through their rowdy demonstrations, are perceived by the general public, not as fighters against Nazi ideology, but as an aggressive set of marginalised minorities”. In turn, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Synodal Division for Church and Public Relations, spoke at the forum, saying that, today, not only individuals, but also entire states, use radical currents to manipulate the past for geopolitical benefits in the former Soviet Union. In his view, at one time, the Soviet Union did so with leftist movements around the world, and the West did so in the early 1940’s. Now, the instigators of manipulation are “pseudo-religious radicals and aggressive nationalists”. Currently, according to Fr Vsevolod, there are many enticements to Nazism. One of them is the “’revisionist’ interpretation of history, which is offered to us after the death of most of the witnesses who could tell us the truth”. Fr Vsevolod called antifascist forces to form a coalition and devise unified strategies and tactics to use against fascism.

22 June 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=36154

Editor’s Note:

No one is forgotten… nothing is forgotten. As time goes on, the ignorance of the younger generation in the West about the horrific and unique nature of the Nazi threat is appalling. One reason that they have done so is the activities of the neocons and their duped “teabagger” supporters (their patriotism is abused by greedy corporatist elements such as the HMOs). When Russians use the term “liberal”, they do not mean “social activist” as the term is used in the West. Rather, “liberal” signifies a classical 19th century economic liberal, one who believes in the special mission and pre-eminence of the bourgeoisie, coupled with a touching faith in laissez faire corporatist ideology (along with a fawning attitude to the robber barons that it spawns). Godless Western Secular Liberalism (the Russian definition) is the most dangerous ogre stalking the planet today. If you go to a “teabag” rally, this is what you support… reflect well on that. Don’t be fooled by the religious rhetoric of some of the neocons… they use Radical Proddie notions, which are not truly Christian. Orthodox in the West should be attending to voices from the Orthodox civilisation… not those from the heterodox West. I’ll be blunt… in the West, both “conservatives” and “liberals” are anti-Orthodox, and are such fundamentally and essentially, it’s not accidental or incidental. They are two sides of the Godless Western Secular Liberal coin… just as papism and Proddies are “milk brothers” under the skin. We should avoid both parties… it’s not our fight. The risk of contamination is much too high.

BMD

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