Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Patriarch Kirill Urged the Élites: Don’t be Tempted to Rescue Russia by Using Foreign Ideologies

Pavel Chistyakov. Patriarch St Germogen Refuses to Sign the Polish Decree. 1860

Patriarch St Germogen Refuses to Sign the Polish Decree

Pavel Chistyakov



Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias called the élite to remember the tragic lessons from the Smuta, so as not to be tempted to “rescue” Russia by using foreign ideologies, just as some boyars in the 17th century tried to force the Patriarch to support the Polish papist invaders and betray the Russian people. Patriarch Kirill said this on Saturday, the feastday of the Holy Martyr Patriarch Germogen, after a Molieben at the future site of a monument to the saint in the Aleksandrovsky Garden. Previously, the liberal community (that is, “conservative” in Anglosphere terms: editor) repeatedly called on Patriarch Kirill to intervene in the political and social situation. A year ago, the oligarch Boris Berezovsky addressed His Holiness with a missive asking him to “support a bloodless régime change in Russia”.

Patriarch Kirill also pointed up his position with respect to last year’s mass rallies and reminded us that he faced criticism for the fact that he’d supported the government at that time, saying, bringing to mind the events of the Smuta, “However, the treacherous boyars, as well as the Polish occupiers, understood that all would come to nought with their plans for Russia, if the Patriarch of Moscow refused to appeal to the people to believe in the principle of ‘rescue’ via foreign ideology. Patriarch [St Germogen] came under enormous pressure from some of the boyars and the Polish occupiers to ‘sign an appeal addressed to the Russian people to accept foreign domination as an excellent and necessary act, with the intention of saving the country’”.

He noted that the Polish invaders easily prevailed in Moscow because boyars in the Moscow élite “saw the occupation of Russia as a good thing, as a way to improve their material situation and level of culture by adopting European values. Why did our enemies need such assistance from the Patriarch? Indeed, it was because they knew that the people… the ordinary simple people, who always decided, and who still decide, the fate of Russia… didn’t agree with the élite, they weren’t tempted [by foreign ideas], they lived according to their conscience. Only one voice could affect the people… the voice of the Patriarch. However, [Germogen] was as one with his people, but this powerful élite group, who tried to destroy the country’s unity, was, in fact, alien to the church and to the people”.

As Patriarch Germogen disagreed with the elite’s plans to “transform their motherland”, he was imprisoned in the Chudov Monastery, where his gaolers starved him to death. Nevertheless, even in prison, Germogen continued to appeal to the Russian people, he blessed their war of resistance against the invaders, and his appeals galvanised Minin and Pozharsky, who led the opolchenie in a glorious chapter of Russian history. Vladyki Kirill remarked, “What happened to us in the 17th century is a great lesson for all time and it’s a lesson for everyone… for the government, for the élite, for the Church, and for the people”.

He noted that the Church recognises three Patriarchs of Moscow and all the Russias as saints… Patriarch St Job, who didn’t succumb to the temptation to support the False Dmitri, who “retained a true understanding of the underpinnings of Russian state power”, Patriarch St Germogen, “who remained faithful to his people and country”, and Patriarch St Tikhon Bellavin, who “in the tragic years of the 20th century Smuta raised his voice and spoke the truth”. All three patriarchs were victims of the “the powers of this world” and the “powers that be”, and the Patriarch pointed up that these men set an example of the prophetic ministry of the Church, which operates to the benefit of both the Faith and the motherland, going on to say, “I feel… both at that time, and now… that our deepest relationship is with our people, with that people who’re sometimes offensive, who sometimes feel themselves unable to make decisions, who are sometimes easily-misled, weak, and prone to failings. Yet, the Orthodox faith resides deeply in the life of the people, together with a deep loyalty to the motherland. So, the Church, being at one with its people, prays for the people, continuing the ministry carried out by the greatest Patriarchs of Moscow”.

2 March 2013

Olga Samsonova



Editor’s Note:

Do observe that HH uses the term “Smuta” for both the period of the Polish occupation and the period of the confused era of the first years of the USSR. However, the most important takeaway here is:

What happened to us in the 17th century is a great lesson for all time and it’s a lesson for everyone… for the government, for the élite, for the Church, and for the people.

HH compares the present pro-Western neoliberals (“conservatives”) to those boyars who favoured bringing a Catholic junta to Russia. This has resonance far beyond Russia. This isn’t the place for an extended treatment of the subject, but it means that all the churchmen who compromised themselves by an overly-cosy relationship with the Western “powers of this world” and “powers that be” are treacherous and traitorous Quislings. In particular, it means that past and present figures such as Aleksandr Schmemann, Victor Potapov, Lyonyo Kishkovsky, Basil Rodzianko, Alexander Webster, James Paffhausen, and John Jillions besmirched and compromised themselves by their shameless and open service to the Western Moloch (often, for mere filthy lucre and prosperity, as in the case of Rodzianko, Potapov, Webster, and Jillions). This requires a more thorough treatment, but we don’t have the time or the space now.

However, do read Potapov’s screed against Stalin on the ROCOR official website in light of the fact that he was (or remains) a bought n’ paid-for minion of the most reactionary Russophobic elements in the American government (a fact that’s been known for at least thirty years). Remember, he who pays the piper determines the tune. That speaks volumes about those named above, no? Can you see why the Centre refuses to sign off on Paffhausen joining the ROCOR? Dig deeply… you’ll find riches. Dig superficially… you’ll end like the Monomoron crowd, making bootless predictions that never see the light of day (their forecast of Lyonyo’s imminent demise was laughable, wasn’t it?). All that glitters isn’t gold…


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Yekaterinburg Marks 400th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty

Imperial Days Yekaterinburg


On Thursday, the press service of the Diocese of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye announced that events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty began in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, where the Ural Soviet executed the last Russian tsar and his family in 1917. The Romanovs came to power when the Zemsky Sobor elected 16-year-old Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov as tsar in February 1613. His reign marked the end of the Smuta. Celebrations in Yekaterinburg began with a liturgy and the opening of an outdoor exhibition dedicated to the Romanov Dynasty. The exhibition centres on the last tsar, Nikolai Aleksandrovich, and his family, executed by the Bolsheviks in the cellar of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg on 17 July 1918. The Church canonised the family in 2000.

21 February 2013




Sunday, 13 January 2013

13 January 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Vigilantes Against Smoking

00 Sergei Yolkin. Vigilantes Against Smoking. 2013

Vigilantes Against Smoking

Sergei Yolkin



In Russian, Народное ополчение (Narodnoe Opolcheniye: People’s Militia or Muster) brings up visions of Minin and Pozharsky during the Smuta, of the First Patriotic War against Napoleon, and the desperate defence of Moscow, Leningrad, and Sevastopol in the VOV. This caricature also has overtones of the Sov era Добровольная Народная Дружина/ДНД (Dobrovolnaya Narodnaya Druzhina/DND: Volunteer People’s Posse) and of Soviet anti-drunkenness posters. To use the word ополчение as he did, Yolkin’s taking a sly dig at the current anti-smoking campaign. He’s hinting that it’s overblown and more than a little self-serving. Again, a Russian would be au fait about many of these things, and would grasp Yolkin’s point immediately, but a Westerner needs a heads-up on it all to see the thrust of the jab.

I chose “vigilante” as the rendering of ополчение because “militia” would be too formal… and the picture makes it clear that Yolkin finds the whole thing too ludicrous for words. It’d also give it a military colouring that Yolkin’s not trying to convey.



On Friday, the newspaper Izvestiya reported that RF Gosduma deputies proposed a ban on smoking rooms in buildings, smoking onscreen in TV and movies, and for the new anti-smoking law to enter into effect immediately, not in phases, on 1 January 2014.

11 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin




Saturday, 3 November 2012

Russian Patriarch Warns of New “Time of Troubles”… Urged Believers Not to Follow Western Models


On Saturday, the head of Russia’s powerful Orthodox Church urged Russians to stay faithful to their own traditions, cautioning that Western recipes of modernisation could result in political turmoil. In what observers will likely see as a veiled attack on the opposition, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev, a staunch supporter of President Vladimir Putin, warned that blindly following Western models and forgetting one’s roots could lead to a new “Time of Troubles“. The late 16th and early 17th centuries are known as the Time of Troubles (or Smuta in Russian); a period of political upheaval marked by peasant uprisings, rebellion against authority, and attempts to seize power with the help of foreign intervention. The crisis ended with the establishment of the Romanov dynasty in 1613.

Kirill, who spoke on a regularly-featured religious programme on the country’s most popular television channel, said, “We should first and foremost take care not to allow the Smuta in the minds, Smuta in the heads, because today there are people who, like Moscow’s nobles, offer unacceptable recipes for the modernisation of our life and the improvement of living conditions for our people”. The patriarch didn’t name any names, but most will likely see his message as a veiled attack on the promotion of Western liberal values by the anti-Putin protest movement that began organising mass demonstrations last winter before the strongman’s re-election to an unprecedented third Kremlin term.

Kirill said on state-run Pervy Kanal (Channel One) that Russians should learn from the country’s past and not make the same mistake twice by allowing foreigners to take control of Russia. After the Time of Troubles ended, he said, “Russia got a new lease of life, there was a huge and colossal development of national life, economy, state building, (and) the development of new lands”. On Sunday, Russia will mark the Day of National Unity, a public holiday celebrating the Russian victory over the Polish occupiers expelled from the Kremlin in 1612, which preceded Mikhail Romanov‘s accession to the throne. The commemoration was designed to replace the Soviet-era holiday celebrating the 1917 October Revolution {not true… it’s a revived tsarist holiday, so, a leftist could celebrate BOTH Red October and the Day of National Unity: editor}. The Orthodox Church flourished under Putin, becoming increasingly present in society and politics over the past few years. Putin, who’s battling the most serious political crisis of his 12 years in power, flaunts his religiosity, and is believed to have his own father confessor.

3 November 2011

Viktor Drachev



Editor’s Note:

Note the “and is believed to have his own father confessor”… that’s crackbrained. Everybody knows that Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov is Putin’s confessor… it’s common knowledge; it shows that the correspondent has a shaky grasp of the situation at the Centre (not uncommon for the ignorant pro-Western faction). Putin doesn’t “flaunt his religiosity”; indeed, he does the exact opposite. What planet is this putz from?

We as Orthodox Christians have NOTHING to learn from the heterodox. NOTHING. We don’t need their “mission techniques”, we don’t need their “tithing”, and we don’t need their “input” on anything. They’re outside the Church, full stop… that means that Josiah Trenham spat in Our Lord Christ’s face full-force when he allied himself with a godless Evangelical on his radio show (a Russian bishop called Evangelicals “Christian atheists”… I believe that he’s right). We shouldn’t hate such people… we should be “good neighbours”, but they have nothing to teach us or show us. Everything that we need is in our God-received Tradition, and that’s that. Remember the Orthodox Way, “Send us no letters on doctrine; send us letters of friendship only”. Now, that’s something to hold to…

By the way, this shows that the Blunder is out of sync with HH (yet again)… that’s another reason not to get too hot n’ bothered over his latest junket to the USA. He’s trying to buck up his faction here, that’s all.

By the way, my own personal pipsqueak opinion is that Russia should declare a holiday period from 4 to 7 November. It’d start with the celebration of the Day of National Unity and end with the commemoration of Great October. These were the two greatest events in Russian history… we should mark them as such.


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