Voices from Russia

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov Proposed that Schools Add the Subject “The Meaning of Life” to their Curriculum

Fr Dmitri Smirnov


On Tuesday, Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, the First Deputy Chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family and Maternal Assistance, thought that Russian schools should teach a new subject, “The Meaning of Life”. During a lecture at Northern State Medical University in Arkhangelsk, according to the local diocese, Fr Dmitri said, “Algebra and geometry are good, geography and biology are nice, and Russian literature is delightful, but they don’t address the main problem”. In his opinion, it’s tragic that mankind pursues false goals. “In our country, it’s particularly noticeable… all too many people are mostly sullen and unhappy. Life doesn’t bring them joy… this terrific gift, to use the colloquial expression, ‘goes down the drain’”{идет коту под хвост, literally, “the cat goes under its tail”, its Russian idiomatic analogue: editor}.

According to Fr Dmitri, every baptised Christian must “change the meaning of their life and its direction, to realise their responsibility before God and society for their actions”. Touching on the theme of large families, he expressed regret that many people are afraid to have children, and “dodge having them, which is criminal”. He pointed up, “Perhaps, they think that they can’t support children properly. I support 50 orphans. The state doesn’t give us any money, not a busted kopeck, but there wasn’t a single day that these kids didn’t have enough to eat and have proper clothes to wear. Everything works out; God helps… through people’s good will, of course. None of my three children’s homes are in want”.

26 March 2013



Editor’s Note:

Fr Dmitri isn’t a greasy and smarmy eunuch from the Blunder’s set in Bolshaya Ordynka. He’s a tough “rough diamond” street sort who’s the liaison between the MP and the forces and the police (one of his dedes was a White officer). Anyone who wanted to give Marat Gelman the belt for his blasphemous exhibitions has my vote (he also hates Neoliberalism and Crapitalism, which ain’t bad, either). His thesis is simple and straightforward. Our goals are skewed; therefore, we screw up our lives. You can follow Fr Dmitri, or, you can follow Victor Potapov and James Paffhausen (who cheerlead for the rightwing advocates of American consumerism). It’s your choice…


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Fr Dmitri Smirnov Offered a “Black List” of the Detractors of Orthodoxy


Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, the head of the MP Department for Cooperation with the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies took the initiative to draw up a list of those who oppose Orthodox values. On Tuesday, he said, as quoted by the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, “I hope that somebody runs with my idea and will post their names on the web. I haven’t yet placed them in categories… but you know who they are. First of all, you have people who run porn sites, then, you have those who push drugs and alcohol, and there are TV presenters, too”. He had to admit that he looked with sadness “on our generation”, and proposed to add “sexual minorities, which were against family values, and against us, from the first” to the black list. On the question of whether he was afraid of a violent response to his idea, Fr Dmitri said, “I’m a serene pensioner, but I’m a former boxer”.

15 November 2011



Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov Thinks that Troy Davis was One of God’s Chosen

It’s NOT just in Russia… Irish MPs rally with Martina Davis, Troy Davis’ sister…


Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, head of the MP Department for Relations with the Armed Forces and Police, expressed outrage at the execution of Troy Davis in the USA. In his video-blog, Fr Dmitri said, “He was, of course, in human terms, a martyr… I’d say that he’s simply one of God’s chosen”. In 1989, a jury in Georgia found Davis guilty of shooting a policeman. Litigation lasted for years, and, just the other day, the State of Georgia finally put Davis to death. According to Fr Dmitri, “This man had already suffered 20 years of imprisonment, that’s plenty of time to atone for any crime”. Furthermore, he thought that the four delays in the execution of the sentence were “despicable, inhuman, and sadistic. Over 20 years, a person can radically change, so, in any case, if you execute someone after 20 years, you kill an innocent person, because they’ve become quite another person. This is nothing but horrendous and depraved vengeance”. For Fr Dmitri, “the only consolation” is that thousands of Americans stood up for Troy Davis.

27 September 2011



Editor’s Note:

Fr Dmitri’s no pansy! He believed that the best punishment for the Forbidden Art 2006 nutters was to take the belt to ‘em! We’re NOT talking of an oily, effete, and mincing eunuch from the Blunder’s aspirantura in Bolshaya Ordynka. He’s a stand-up guy who delivers it straight-up, with no mixer, and no guile. I agree with him… 20 years is enough punishment for any crime. Anything more is “despicable, inhuman, and sadistic”. I think that most decent people would agree with Fr Dmitri, “This is nothing but horrendous and depraved vengeance”.

Reflect on this… Fathausen, Alexander Webster, Victor Potapov, John Whiteford, Freddie M-G, Terrence Mattingly, Rod Dreher, the Coneheads, and all the other konvertsy agree with the Sectarian nutters who put Troy Davis to death, not with Fr Dmitri and the rest of civilised humanity. The “Evangelicals” are bloodthirsty exponents of “an eye for an eye” and champions of the worst Calvinist Determinism… “if you’re rich, God willed it; if you’re poor, God’s punishing you”. That ‘s what the Sectarians actually believe, and the konvertsy echo them. Now, THAT’S food for thought!


Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Fr Dmitri Smirnov Thought it Fair that the Procurator Demanded that Samodurov Serve Three Years in the Clink

Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov (1951- ), the head of the MP Synodal Department for Relations with the Armed Forces and Police 


Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, the head of the MP Synodal Department for Relations with Armed Forces and Police, thought that the procurator was justified in demanding a sentence of three years in a penal colony for the organisers of the Forbidden Art 2006 exhibition. “It’s a fact that these people (the organisers of the exhibition) incited discord, it’s obvious to everybody. I’ll admit that Samodurov, the organiser of this exhibition, has got me riled up. I’m a peaceful man; I’m far from being young or an artist, but what kind of feelings did he arouse in me? Exactly those for which he is being tried”, Fr Dmitri said on Tuesday to our Interfax-Religion correspondent. In his view, such a sentence for the organisers of the exhibition is necessary in order “so that others would not attempt to mock our holy symbols”. Fr Dmitri agreed with the procurator’s request that the accused serve three years in a penal colony. “This type of confinement isn’t a prison! Then, let’s see the composition (of the crime), the events involved, and the article of the Criminal Code that they transgressed. [Samodurov] thinks it’s all a lark, he just doesn’t understand”, he said. He reminded us that, previously, “[Samodurov] was already on probation, but he didn’t slacken his activities, he didn’t realise that he’d committed a crime. Well, if somebody doesn’t repent and refuses to understand, then, you need to take further action. When you tell a child, ‘Vasya, don’t do it’, but they don’t listen… you give them the belt”. Fr Dmitri did not deny that Samodurov claimed that he was sorry. “Of course, he said, ‘I’m sorry’, doesn’t everybody? However, if he persists in his shamelessness… what’s there to do? “Of course, I have sympathy for him as a person. He should’ve cooled it, but he went ahead and appeared on all sorts of TV shows, holding discussions, trying to call it art. Well, there’s art that engenders good feelings, but there’s also art that incites religious, national, and all other divisions, and art that offends the national dignity”, Fr Dmitri said.

6 July 2010



Editor’s Note:

It’s a good thing that Fr Dmitri isn’t in America! Owen, Chris, “John”, and “Gabriel” would be tut-tutting about his “hatred” and “violence”, and George Washburn and John Garvey would be smarmily informing us what a nasty fellow Fr Dmitri was. I’d like to get Fr Dmitri’s opinion of Bobby K, the Iggster, Eric Tosi, and the rest of that scurvy lot. He’d take the belt to ‘em, and with no time wasted, either! “John” would bleat to him about forgiveness… Fr Dmitri would say, “I forgive them! I don’t hate them. But they’re gonna pay for their crimes! That’s God’s way!”That IS God’s way of it… “Forgiveness means you’re off the hook with God… you still have to answer to man’s law”… a wise old priest said that to me thirty years ago… it’s still true today. Remember… there’s a Federal Prison Camp just up the road from St Tikhon’s … they wouldn’t lack for spiritual sustenance, would they? Something to ponder…


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