Voices from Russia

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Greetings of First Secretary G A Zyuganov to Orthodox Christians on Easter

01 Christ is Risen! KPRF 2011


Dear brothers and sisters, compatriots, comrades and friends!

Easter Sunday celebrates the triumph of life over death, of eternity over extinction, loyalty over oblivion. These bright days of the beloved people’s holiday of Easter fill young and old, our towns and villages with joy and gladness. Coincidentally, this spring, common historical experiences unite us. Seven decades ago, the peoples of our country won a globally fateful victory of good over evil. Before our eyes, during these paschal days, the Immortal Regiment marches by… our fallen… “trampling down death by death”… they live forever, on watch and on patrol in our memory. The veterans are still with us, those lucky ones who returned despite all the deaths. We’re together… the living and the dead… we, their descendants, and those who seven decades ago came to grips with the forces of evil who tried to crucify the Motherland…

Soldiers aren’t born. They fight to the death, for what’s holy and right… those who were only recently workers and farmers, students and teachers. They didn’t do it for glory; they did it for the sake of life on earth. From the beginning of those bitter days, their mothers, wives, sisters, and children took their places, working tirelessly in the rear. However, for the people, the holy war wasn’t a trifle; everyone made a strong contribution to the cause of saving the country and the world from enslavement and destruction. As our ancestors once did at Kulikovo and Borodino, at Poltava, the Battle on the Ice, Izmail, and Sevastopol, our grandfathers and fathers did at Khalkhin Gol, through the Kursk Salient, Mamaev Kurgan, the Bryansk forests and swamps to Prague and Berlin. We went on to win, though love and mercy, in a merciless war.

The victory won in that bright spring of 1945 showed a historical continuity, of the Russian spirit and of Soviet patriotism. In those happy spring days, the people of Europe bowed their heads to the courage and sacrifice of the Soviet soldier, and gave thanks for their redeemed world. It’s written, There is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (Gospel according to St John 15.13). Then, it seemed that we burned out the “brown plague” with fire and sword; that we’d put it down forever and everywhere. The victors returned to their still-smouldering homes… reviving our country demanded selfless efforts from veterans, widows, and orphans. The triumph of life and the resurrection of the people and of the motherland followed the tragedy of death.

With a unanimous cry, our multiethnic country burst forth and rushed towards the heavens. In those same spring days, on 12 April 1961, the first Russian officer, a Soviet Communist with a lovely disarming smile, the grandson of Putilov workers, a peasant partisan’s son from Bryansk, looked at the Earth from the window of a spacecraft. Yu A Gagarin spent 108 minutes looking at the Earth, amazed at its beauty and fragility. The Soviet people on Earth watched the flight of the “Vostok” and praised the podvig* of our scientists, engineers, designers, and workers who created the space industry. The podvigs of the people led to the greater podvig, to create a new civilisation of benevolence, of humanity, of serving the people. Despising past grievances and betrayal, in this victorious era, we fought for universal disarmament and world peace. “Peace on Earth*!” we wrote on their victory banner.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.
  • An untranslatable play-on-words in Russian («Миру – мир!»)

Now, in this seventieth spring of the victory, a cold light arose… again, Evil put us to the test. It couldn’t take us by force, so it tried to shove us to our knees with lies, scorn, slander, and pieces-of-silver. History repeated itself… as farce, not a tragedy. In the fraternal Ukraine, poisonous seed sprouted from the teeth of the once-defeated Nazi dragon. In the motherland of the Young Guard, in the Donbass, those who honoured our historical memory clashed with the successors of the ravishers of our motherland, in a battle for life and death. Again, we see the frontline of the confrontation between good and evil, and the anti-fascist warriors can only draw upon their own strength and on the solidarity of people of goodwill. We believe that you can’t rewrite history, that you can’t cover it up, and that you can’t embroider it… consciousness will reject corroding lies, and the truth will prevail. We will never deny our glorious heritage… only historical truth makes us a people. We must keep in mind that the leadership should remember that one could only direct Russia with an enlightened head, a pure heart, and a good soul. We should encourage them to be worthy and to do the will of the people, striving for truth, justice, and creativity. We hope that the younger generation will follow the true traditions of their elders, to continue to fight for peace, genuine democracy, a just world order, human rights, and the dignity of citizens. Then, no dark forces will prevail against us.

Therefore, we’ll win!

I give greetings on this Easter Sunday to all Orthodox Christians! I wish you peace, joy, and new achievements towards the revival of our Motherland.

Christ is Risen!

00 G A Zyuganov 2011

G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

11 April 2015


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