Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The House of Romanov Doubts the Authenticity of the Remains Found in Yekaterinburg

Filed under: history,politics,Revolution/Civil War,Romanovs,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00


The House of Romanov announced that the remains found near Yekaterinburg and buried in the crypt of Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral in St Petersburg may not be those of Nikolai II and his family. “Certainly, alas, we can’t rule out such a possibility”, Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the Chancellery of the House of Romanov, told Interfax on Wednesday. He emphasised that the priests who officiated at the burial of the Yekaterinburg remains on 17 July 1998 “didn’t use any particular name at the service. In any case, the remains were those of martyred people, victims of the terror. No one says that we should disturb their bones again, even if we can prove that they’re not the Romanovs. What’s done is done. May they rest in peace. However, we must settle the truth”. He noted that when the first debate about the authenticity of Yekaterinburg remains surfaced, the head of the Romanov House, the late Grand Prince Vladimir Kirillovich suggested that we temporarily bury them in a church or chapel, then, do an honest, open, and verifiable examination without haste and excitement. “However, in the 1990s, no one listened to the position of the Grand Duke; they wanted to make a political show by a certain date. The result was disastrous. The investigators and officials themselves did their best to sow distrust amongst the faithful and the public of their expertise”, Zakatov said. In his view, the state commission “ignored the position of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Imperial House. If there are doubts, neither the Church nor the House of Romanov is guilty of the sin of leading people astray. Those who try to pressure the Church into issuing scandalous findings only drive the situation into a dead end. It’s possible that only the next generation of Russians could look into this matter calmly and objectively”.

In July 1991, archaeologists opened a gravesite at the Old Koptyakovskoy Road near Yekaterinburg; it contained the remains of nine people. It’s assumed that they belong to members of the royal family, Nikolai II, his 46-year-old wife Aleksandra, their daughters 22-year-old Olga, 21-year-old Tatiana, and 17-year-old Anastasia, as well as members of their entourage, 53-year-old Yevgeni Botkin , 40-year-old Anna Demidova, the 62-year-old Aleksei Trupp, and 48-year-old Ivan Kharitonov. On 29 July 2007, during archaeological excavations 70 kilometres south of the first grave, at a depth of 60 centimetres, investigators found bone and tooth fragments. The identity of the victims and circumstances of their deaths wasn’t determined at the time of the excavation, but the location and nature of burial gave reason to believe that the remains were those of two children of Nikolai II, Tsarevich Aleksei, and his sister Maria. Vladimir Solovyov, an investigator with the SKP RF, who headed the team carrying out the official inquiry into the murder of the royal family, told Interfax in January that he had no doubt that the remains discovered near Yekaterinburg were the remains of the imperial family. “We’re fully confident that the identification of the remains of the royal family is 100 percent correct”, Solovyov said. Solovyov worked on the criminal case and investigation into the murder of Nikolai II and his family since 1993. On 14 January 2011, he signed an order terminating the criminal case.

9 March 2011



Editor’s Note:

Maria Vladimirovna (MVR) is a typical pretender… full of pretence and pride, lacking in power and resources. Why would she issue such a statement now? The only possible explanation is that the Church is ready to accept the Yekaterinburg remains as genuine, and that would upset MVR’s applecart completely. To begin with, she’s isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, and if the Church was to accept the remains as genuine, it would close this chapter of Russian history, it would lay the topic to rest. She’d have to find another hobbyhorse to ride! Patriarch Kirill’s shown himself to be an innovative leader who’s not afraid of making controversial decisions. If he accepts the remains, it’ll help the reconciliation process between the “Red” and “White” streams in Russian life. Reflect seriously on the fact that MVR wants to keep such tensions alive. I say that the Yekaterinburg remains are genuine, we must say so, and that if obscurantists don’t want to admit that, well, let them stew! Let the remains of the Royal Martyr Passionbearers lie in peace in St Petersburg… enshrine the new remains in the Spas na Krovi in Yekaterinburg… that would write a fitting end to this chapter in our history.


Monday, 28 February 2011

28 February 2011. A Point to Ponder…

Here’s our proud Red heritage!


It has been my very great good fortune to have the right to claim my blood is half Southern and half Northern, and I’d deny the right of any man here to feel a greater pride in the deeds of every southerner than I feel. Of all the children, the brothers and sisters of my mother who were born and brought up in that house on the hill there, my two uncles afterward entered the Confederate service and served with the Confederate Navy.

One, the younger man, served on the Alabama as the youngest officer aboard her. He was captain of one of her broadside 32-pounders in her final fight, and when at the very end the Alabama was sinking and the Kearsarge passed under her stern and came up along the side that had not been engaged hitherto, my uncle, Irvine Bulloch, shifted his gun from one side to the other and fired the two last shots fired from the Alabama. James Dunwody Bulloch was an admiral in the Confederate service.

Men and women, don’t you think I have the ancestral right to claim a proud kinship with those who showed their devotion to duty as they saw their duty, whether they wore the grey, or whether they wore the blue? All Americans who are worthy of the name feel an equal pride in the valour of those who fought on one side or the other, provided only that each did with all his strength and soul and mind his duty as it was given to him to see his duty.

Theodore Roosevelt


Here’s our proud White heritage!


Let’s change the last paragraph slightly, and, now, look at it:

Men and women, don’t you think I have the ancestral right to claim a proud kinship with those who showed their devotion to duty as they saw their duty, whether they were Red Riflemen, or whether they were White Guards? All Russians who are worthy of the name feel an equal pride in the valour of those who fought on one side or the other, provided only that each did with all his strength and soul and mind his duty as it was given to him to see his duty.

THAT’S the legacy of modern Russia… to be true to ourselves, we must take from both the Red and White legacies. Do note that both Red and White oppose the Black Banner of Nihilism… both stand against the money-grubbing godlessness of Neoliberal (“conservative”) Laissez Faire Corporatism. The Red legacy stands for justice… the White legacy stands for honour… Black Nihilism stands for NOTHING. It’s why America will be the first country to bow low before Anti-Christ… it worships “success”, grubs for money, and confesses a fuzzy “feel-good” substitute religion (“Jayzuss” isn’t the Lord Christ)… worshipping Anti-Christ wouldn’t be much of a stretch.

Am I White? Am I Red? I’m BOTH and PROUD of it!


Monday, 21 February 2011

Gorbachyov: We Should Bury Lenin’s Body Normally in Due Time

Filed under: history,politics,Revolution/Civil War,Russian,Soviet period — 01varvara @ 00.00

Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachyov believed that we should bury the body of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the world proletariat, but that we shouldn’t be hasty about it. “I’m for it; we should bury him in the earth like everybody else. That’s what he and his family wanted, after all. However, one must be cautious in these matters”, Mikhail Sergeyevich said at a press conference in Moscow. In particular, he noted that Russia has many different problems, such as the fight against nationalism. “Just one little thing could split the whole country”, the former Soviet leader said. He also noted that when the time came for his burial, Vladimir Ilyich’s last rites must be “a dignified farewell to a great man. Make no mistake… he was a great man”.

21 February 2011



Editor’s Note:

This shows that even communists are willing to see Lenin’s body buried normally… as long as it’s accorded the customary and usual dignified funeral that any human being deserves. I agree emphatically. One of the ugliest notions afoot amongst “Christians” is that atheists and agnostics (“unbelievers”) are nasty people, unfit of any human compassion due to their lack of the normal and usual human impulses. I beg to differ. In any case, most contemporary Communists ARE believers… but even if they weren’t, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t human, that they don’t have feelings and emotions as everyone does.

Most communists I know are people aflame with the love of social justice… the opportunists left after ’91. The contemporary KPRF (and the heroic KPU, which stood tall for the Church in the Ukraine), or, the US Republican Party… which one is closer to the call of Patriarch Kirill and Pope Benedict for economic justice? Gennady Zyuganov or Scott Walker… which of these is closer to Christ’s commandment to us to be Good Samaritans? I know how I would answer… what about you?


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

15 February 2011. What Goes Around… Comes Around. There’s Nothing New Under the Sun…

00 A Happy Worker in Sovdepiya. 1919. 23.04.14

There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that, if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests up on them.

William Jennings Bryan


The above is a White Russian poster published in Odessa in 1919, satirising hyperinflation in Soviet-held territories (it was almost as bad in White territories, to speak frankly)… it shows an emaciated worker begging, sitting on a heap of devalued and worthless banknotes. It’s a perfect illustration for today’s USA… we have inflated and devalued currency, too. For instance, it cost three cents to mail a first-class letter in 1954, the year that I was born… today, it costs 44 cents, over fourteen times as much. There used to be a TV show in the 50s called The Millionaire… a sum of equal value today would be 14.66 million dollars. Alternatively, to flip the equation around, one million dollars in today’s money would be 68,213 dollars in 1950s terms. No matter how you slice this particular hunk of baloney, it comes down to the fact that the wild deficit spending of Ronald Reagan and George W Bush beggared this country. Indeed, both of these presidents threw pots of money at defence contractors… Reagan did so in an attempt to bring the Cold War to a head (a conditional success), and Bush did so in an attempt to enforce a notional American hegemony around the world (an utter failure). They did all of it on tick… even the USA didn’t have that kind of money. We aren’t at the level of Weimar-style inflation, yet… but if the present Republican-engendered and supported wars continue… need I go on?

The root of today’s inflation is “running the printing presses” rather than taxing the rich. They’ve gotten a relatively free ride since 1981… what do we have to show for it? Now, we have unemployment/underemployment at 20 percent, that’s what we have to show for it all. There’s more misery amongst working Americans and more satiety amongst the oligarchs. This situation reeks to high heaven… how long shall it endure? Reflect well that the GOP and Sectarian “religious leaders” defend the system that led to this situation with utter tenacity.

None dare call it evil… 1919… 2011… there’s not much difference for the common man, is there? There’s nothing new under the sun in this fallen world, but must we continue to make the same greedy mistakes? Think hard on the picture… think of William Jennings Bryan… “You shall not press down upon the brow of labour this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold”. Looks like they faced the same evil in 1896 as we face today… and we defeated that ogre, at least for a spell. It’s time to go “back to the future”, isn’t it?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 15 February 2011

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