Dear brothers and sisters, my friends, comrades, and compatriots!
I send you my greetings on the Nativity of Christ, a holiday of light, joy, and hope!
We celebrate this holiday with family and loved ones; we bring our parents, children, and grandchildren close to us. We remember those who gave us life, who raised us, who educated us, and who defended us in the most severe trials, who gave us our right to live in a great country. Now, before our eyes, enormous changes are taking place, giving birth to a world order in which Russia is once again called upon to take its rightful place, to become the centre of attraction of all positive and just elements.
On the eve of the New Year and the Nativity, we are like millions of voices, calm and resonant, childlike and adult, rereading the immortal pages of Lev Tolstoy’s War and Peace. We see all of our forebears who defended the motherland in Natasha and Andrei, in Platon Karataev and Tikhon Shcherbatov, and in Captain Tushin and Vasili Denisov. The crowds of Napoleonic Europe throbbed with joy as Russian troops marched into the Parisian squares. Less than a century-and-a-half later, Soviet soldiers crushed the fascist vermin, proudly hoisting the banner of victory in Berlin over the defeated Reichstag. We remembered the podvigs* of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya and Aleksandr Matrosov, of Panfilov’s division and of Nikolai Gastello, and of the millions of frontline soldiers and homefront workers this past year. We also recalled the leadership, brilliance, and military prowess of G K Zhukov and K K Rokossovsky. Indeed, the main event of our celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory were the Marches of the Immortal Regiment, held across all over our country.
- 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.
Such is the historical destiny of Russia… to resist invaders and tyrants and their cronies, then, to accept the thanks of the rescued. Our “Folk Wisdom”, formed over hundreds of years of battles and campaigns, is once again relevant. Noting the podvigs of our ancestors, of our victor-fathers, reminds us of their hopes for a better and brighter future for Russia. In these days of the Nativity Feast, we hope that our children would live in a society of justice and equality, in a country whose main emphasis would be on the dignity of human labour. We’d honour our workers, whose efforts create national wealth; all of our people would have access to affordable health care, the right to education, and a sense of personal security. That’s what I call the “Idea of the Family”.
However, we can only do this when our national interests guide our government, not when the whims of a handful of oligarchs and their political lackeys steer the state. Does the current government satisfy these requirements? Public health is in decline, education is becoming a pig-sty, rents are up, and the dilapidated state of housing leads to despair amongst old and young. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings forth not good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them (Gospel according to St Matthew 7.18-20). In order to bring the country out of crisis, it’s necessary to form a government of national trust, change the socioeconomic policy, orient it in the national interest, in the interests of society and the working people, to protect our children, women, and the elderly.
Our current national crisis isn’t only due to the impact of the worsening foreign policy situation. Nor is it only due to the long-running internal Russian economic and financial crisis. Nor is it just a social crisis, with the problems associated with the sanctions and the lopsided hydrocarbon-focused economy passed on to the people. Rather, it’s a crisis of values and ideals. Nevertheless, our young people have become the barometer indicating the “weather” of our society and world. Young souls thirst for justice. The collapse of the modern consumer-market society and the loss of ideals brings a response from young souls… a hunger for something other than what’s on offer from liberal society, a thirst for ideals worth fighting for, a longing for something to which one could devote one’s life. Who has ears to hear, let him hear … Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened (Gospel according to St Matthew 13.9, 7.7-8). After all, a lot of it depends on us, on our voices, our choice.
You must choose… on the one hand, there are the fakirs of this passing era, the cunning demagogue orators, obediently singing praises to the powers-that-be, and on the other hand, there is inescapable truth, the eternal truth. The most important thing is the working people… their hopes and aspirations. They want a better world, with justice and equality for all, regardless of wherever they live, in all cities, towns, and villages… in all places where all our families live. They want a society where the older generation has a dignified old age, where fathers and mothers have confidence in the future, and where children and young people have equal access to education, sports, art, and science.
Think and confer with one another… then, decide.
We long for peace… peace for our brothers, peace for our neighbours, peace for everyone in our so beautiful and so fragile world. We have always fought and shall continue to fight for justice and friendship amongst peoples and for the truth. Our main strengths are our Folk Wisdom and our Idea of the Family.
On this joyous holiday, I wish health, happiness, satisfaction, and success to every family and to every person. We hope that all your desires will come true.
To the Nativity of Christ!
Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma
Chairman of the TsK KPRF
6 January 2016
KPRF official website
Superficially, it doesn’t appear to say much about the Nativity. However, remember that the Incarnation is meaningless without the Resurrection. Ergo, any talk of Incarnation necessarily points to Resurrection, and vice versa. Therefore, Comrade Zyuganov is on-point and spot-on. He speaks of a “resurrection of society”… with an optimism that can only come from grasping Christianity’s essence. He grasps the fundamental truth that the REAL meaning of the Incarnation is the Resurrection… it’s not merely celebrating the birth of an infant in a cave in Bethlehem.
People want to escape from the present Crapitalist Hell. They want hope… they want something REAL to believe in. That, my dear friends, is the TRUE meaning of Christmas… Christ came amongst us to save us from ourselves… but we can only grasp His salvation if we CHOOSE to… in the same manner that He CHOSE Incarnation. That is Comrade Zyuganov’s point… we must CHOOSE the good… we must CHOOSE to turn away from the present neoliberal “conservative” Gehenna. That is the only way out of the diabolic situation that we’re in now.
In short, people must reject “conservative” neoliberal nihilism in its entirety. That’s why Our Lord Christ took flesh… to destroy the power of Evil. Whenever we oppose Evil, we tap into the power of the Incarnation, into the power of the Resurrection. So, even without mentioning it, Comrade Zyuganov gave a deep meditation on what the Incarnation truly entails. That’s why I’m voting for Bernie… if we’re to have a society that embodies the ideals of the Incarnation, we must reject the Mark of the Beast peddled by the Republicans and Establishment Dems. Do think long and hard on that…