Voices from Russia

Thursday, 17 September 2015

17 September 2015. A Thought from Ivan Ilyin

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

24 June 2015. A Thought from Ivan Ilyin

00 Roeselien Raimond. Purple Haze. 2015. ilyin. 240615


I A Ilyin wrote this nearly a century ago… I’d say this to you… “The level of expressed religiosity and the amount of actual religion are often in inverse proportion to one another. That’s to say, those with loudest professions often have the least actuality”. Do think on that… for if one were to go by expressed religiosity, one would go badly astray in diaspora Orthodox circles. Do remember the Apostle’s words on loud clashing cymbals…


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Christmas Appeal of G A Zyuganov: “Good Fortune in Your Endeavours, Love and Concord for Our Families”

00 To the Nativity of Christ! G A Zyuganov. 06.01.14


On the eve of the feast of the Nativity of Christ, as has been our tradition for over a millennium in the Russian vastness, we gather together with our parents, children, and grandchildren. The joyful celebration of the Christmas holiday is a long tradition amongst out families. That’s because, firstly, our children are our heirs and successors, we wish them all the best… good health, success in school, a happy and joyful childhood. All of us, not only children and parents, but also us weather-beaten elders, await a miracle in these bright days, a gift from fate, perhaps, a better life. Wishing each other happiness and new accomplishments, we remember the past year. For all of us, it wasn’t only the beginning of a year that saw an ingathering of the Russian World, of which we’re rightly proud, but also a time of hardship and anxiety. Therefore, we begin a new year in our lives and in the life of our vast country, wishing peace and higher justice.

The West is the eternal enemy of the Slavs; they bring confrontation and strife to our fraternal peoples. They kill our close blood-kin in internecine war, in the heart of the Russian World. In the fraternal Ukraine, in Novorossiya, was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning (Gospel according to St Matthew, 2.18). The forces of evil gang up on us, seeking to destroy our historical memory, to impose their will upon us, to subjugate us to “Herodian” laws and regulations. This isn’t the first time that we’ve faced such a challenge; every other time, we overcame our foes due to the resistance and self-sacrifice of our peoples, to our indestructible faith in justice, and to our trust in the triumph of good.

Are arguments between Europe and us new?

Have Russians forgotten their victories?

Or, is some of it due to us?

Slanderers of Russia

A S Pushkin

The great Pushkin asked this question, not doubting that Russia would defend its dignity and would fight back against enemies and slanderers. Trust me; it’ll be the same this time.

The Russian land arises

The Slavic streams merge in a Russian Sea

This is so because not only do we share a common past, but also I’m sure that we share a common future. Our great sovereign state, stretching from the Far North to the Far East, from the tundra to the desert to the Tavride, received from destiny great treasures, real “Gifts of the Magi”… fertile land, boundless forests, deep rivers, and fathomless lakes, along with inexhaustible reservoirs of “black and blue gold”. This wealth haunts those who assert their right to world domination, who don’t want Russia to have such resources, so, the forces of darkness bare their teeth against us, resorting to any means and methods of pressure.

What is this, is this call arrogant?

A call to battle still raging?

Or, the voice of envy embarrassed,

The impotence of evil impulse?

M Yu Lermontov

This is a question asked by another famous Russian poet, the soldier Mikhail Lermontov. Yes, it’s a challenge and a call to battle, against the voice of envy and resentment against the Russian state, but the finally-awakened unbroken will of the people will prevail. “The evil impulse” would be “powerless” if the huge resources of our country belonged to its people… those who plough the fields, tend our forests, mine the ore, refine the metal, and heal and teach our children. This is justice, and we must base our laws on such justice. Only then, would our true national interest triumph, not the greed of those who serve “Unrighteous Mammon”, those whom the Lord called “unfaithful stewards”. Justice can only come from those who deserve the people’s trust, from wise people with responsibility, from people both visionary and pragmatic in action.

I’m sure that our resistance and perseverance will defeat the forces of evil, along with our fraternal aspiration to unite in the name of the shining ideals that our fathers and grandfathers gave their lives for in the Great Patriotic War (we’ll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in the coming year). Seven decades ago, we defended our freedom and our blood redeemed Europe’s freedom, honour, and peace (A S Pushkin, Slanderers of Russia). This is what our enemies are trying to make us forget and erase from history, in the name of so-called “national development”. However, the memory of those who gave their lives for the Great Victory is imperishable in our hearts. We revere the names of our heroes and we remember their podvig, we carefully preserve the monuments of their glory and we unite as one to celebrate Day of the Great Victory, recognizing the “hidden meaning” (I A Ilyin) of the war as a struggle of our people for a distinct spiritual identity.

During this Nativity feast, I wish you good health, fulfilment of your desires, good fortune in your endeavours, love and concord for our families, joy and fun for our kids, confidence in the future for our mothers, courage and fortitude for our men, peace and prosperity for all peoples of the world, as we aspire to embody the life-giving light of truth, goodness, and justice.

To the Feast!

To the Nativity of Christ!

01 Gennady Zyuganov6 January 2015

G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF


KPRF official website



Note well that Comrade Zyuganov quotes the Gospel and uses scriptural allusions throughout this epistle. The last phrase (“the life-giving light of truth, goodness, and justice”) is an almost word-for-word gloss from the Tropar to the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. He even quotes I A Ilyin, one of the ideologues of the White Movement. That is, Comrade Zyuganov recognises the Harmony of the Russian World, the Integrity of Holy Rus, and the Unity of Russian History. All those who rip down statues of Lenin rip down Truth and replace it with Lies. V I Lenin was a FACT… all must admit this. Note well that Anglo Americans believe that “history is bunk”… we Russians know otherwise, and Comrade Zyuganov articulates it wonderfully.

Our Russian World is in pain… Gennady Andreyevich points it up well, but also gives us the hope of a better world after it’s over. The Cross and the Red Banner… the struggle is done and finished. BOTH have won… fancy that…


Saturday, 27 September 2014

27 September 2014. A Point to Ponder from I A Ilyin…

00 Mikhail Nesterov. The Thinker. A Portrait of Ivan Ilyin. 1922


You can’t help but love your Motherland; if you don’t love it, this means that you haven’t found it and that you really don’t have one. You must seek out your Motherland with your soul… with an unbound soul, full of the love of beauty; you can’t see it without knowing it, but if you do find it and know it, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

I A Ilyin

On the Essence of Justice



In the midst of a raging Civil War, Ilyin stipulated that the “Sense of Justice” was an intrinsic property of the human soul, which manifests itself as a feeling of respect for the law and the rule of law. Ilyin posited that the person has a special moral sense… of righteousness, justice, responsibility, and freedom. The absence of such feelings generates a civic void, one that inevitably becomes an uncivil morass. If one finds the Motherland, one finds the strength to take upon themselves this burden of responsibility… ergo, if one refuses to find the Motherland, if one refuses the Sense of Justice, one has no strength, no reality, and no moral compass. One sees this in Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rod Dreher. The last-named is particularly egregious… he refuses to settle down and to have a real objective Motherland, ergo, he not only has no Sense of Justice, he has no standard of humanity whatsoever (where is he from? Is he from Brooklyn, Texas, the District, or Louisiana? He’s a rootless and soulless avatar of his own making… a figure more to be pitied than hated). If you don’t have a Motherland, you can’t have the World, either. Before you can love the Abstract, you must love the Concrete… and that is always a specific place, a Homely Home, as the Brits say. I live in the Northeast, and the only way I’ll leave it is in a box, toes up… I mean it. It gives me grounding and nurture. That’s why I pity those like Dreher… he’s sold off his real inheritance for mere and fleeting financial gain. Silly wabbit… there’s no place like Home… when will he realise that and stop his peripatetic wandering (not only in geography, but in spirituality, too)?


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