Why did Russia and the West reverse roles?

Russia, the West and persecuted Christians


by Don Hank


There is evidence that Russia is, for whatever motive, interested in protecting Christians. One article in Interfax bears the title “Putin vows Russia will defend persecuted Christians abroad.”

So how sincere are the Russians? There has been a plethora of commentaries on the subject here in the US, mostly attacking Russia for defending her own interests under the pretext of Christian concerns. Who knows?

But here are some things to contemplate:

1–Even in the atheistic Soviet Union, churches that had been bombed out in the war were lovingly and painstakingly restored, at enormous cost to the nation, as were other places of cultural value. The Russian government may have publicly criticized Christianity, but the Russian people would not have stood for the physical destruction of Russian Orthodox churches. Now, I did visit one such church in Leningrad (name now reverted to Petersburg), which was, sadly, converted to the so-called Museum of Religion and Atheism, a deplorable example of desecration and unveiled blasphemy. But the entire building and its furnishings, including the icons, were in mint condition. Unlike in Mao’s China, traditional things and antiques were not destroyed, quite the opposite.

2–The Russian opposition to Western intervention in Kosovo was also culturally/religiously rooted. The Slavic population there is and was mostly Russian Orthodox, with church services generally being held in Old Church Slavonic, an archaic Slavic dialect universally understood by the clerics. Let us recall the themes of Christian repentance in the novel Crime and Punishment, and the pro-Christian message of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Both books were printed and published in the Soviet Union and were available to the public at low prices throughout much of Soviet history (I know because I bought my copies directly from the Soviet Union, and for a pittance). The name Raskolnikov, the protagonist of the former novel, comes from “raskolniki,” a persecuted Christian sect of 17th Century Russia which stoically suffered excruciating torture for their faith. The Russian soul empathizes with persecuted Christians, particularly those of its own brand, but by extension, with all confessions of Christianity.

4–In both Moscow and Petersburg, mayors have opposed “gay” parades, refusing to issue permits and even arresting those who defied the law to hold the parades. This is as much cultural, related as it is to the Slavic variety of “machismo,” as it is religious. It is difficult to separate the Paulian doctrine on homosexuality (which has never died among the people) from a purely cultural phenomenon, but in denying permits for homosexual events, the local governments were without a doubt appealing to the Russian people’s respect and love of traditional family. Contrast that to Western schools that sell filth and perversion as if they were something divine and cherished.

5–Russia opposed Western intervention in Egypt, Libya and now Syria, specifically voicing concerns over the fate of the Christian population there.

Now you can argue that Russia is only concerned with its own Realpolitik, fearful of its own restless Muslim population and how they will respond to the Syrian outcome, or with economic issues or the like. There might be some truth to that.

But one thing is certain. While Russian officials have had the courage to publicly deplore the plight of Middle East Christians, officials of our own “Christian” nation have said nothing about it during the last 2 decades of Western military intervention and the resulting persecution, banishment and murder of Christians abroad.

For whatever reason or motive, the first is now last and the last is first.


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5 thoughts on “Why did Russia and the West reverse roles?

  1. Modern feminism first saw the light day early in Soviet society. This concept only infected the west en mass in 1960s and 70s. Today, attitudes of ‘Russian’ (i.e. ex-USSR countries) women are generally far more traditional family-oriented on average than those of English speaking countries. Russian women I have spoken with have expressed the opinion that they realised, long ago, that they were ‘sold a pup’. With the advent of the counter-communist revolution in 80s and the economic collapse of soviet communism, many in those countries seem to have ‘breathed a sigh of relief’ and reverted to former traditional cultural values in many areas.

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  3. Don,

    Here are some more facts that make the idea of the emergence of a new “Holy Christian Conservative Russia” more complicated and worth paying attention to:

    1 – During the debate with philosopher Olavo de Carvalho, Dugin made a point of appealing to the centuries-old idea of Russia’s spiritual mission in the world (Russia is supposed to be the messiah of nations), condemning the Western Civilization as an aberration, and calling for a global alliance against the West, especially against the US.


    2 – Dugin stated in an article he wrote about Dostoevsky that:

    “We Russians are a blessed nation. Therefore all our manifestations – lofty and shabby, comely and terrifying – are sanctified by otherworldly senses, by rays of the otherworldly city, are washed by transcendent moisture. In the abundance of the national Grace the good and the evil are mixed, pour from one to another, and suddenly the dark lightens, whereas something white becomes a mere hell. We are as unknowable as the Absolute. We are a divine nation. Even our Crime is incomparably superior to some others’ virtue.”

    (See http://www.evrazia.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=512)

    3 – As to how much Dugin’s Eurasian dreams are shared by the Kremlin (or at least by the people close to Putin), see the recent article below recently published by UK’s Daily Mail: “Back to the USSR? Putin raises fears of return to Cold War days with plans for ‘Eurasian Union’ of former Soviet states”(at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045186/Vladimir-Putin-Eurasian-Union-plans-raise-fears-return-Cold-War-days.html).

    4 – Dugin’s Eurasian ideology has been around for quite a long time. Back in 2001, for example, his “geopolitical” theory, according to a General Klokotov, a professor emeritus at the General Staff Academy, said that Dugin’s theory “had been taught as a subject at the General Staff Academy since the early 1990’s, and that in the future it would “serve as a mighty ideological foundation for preparing a new [military] command.” (see http://www.princeton.edu/lisd/publications/wp_russiaseries_dunlop.pdf)

    3 – The Kremlin seems to have plans to crown the “Tsar of all Tsars,” but it cannot do it without the support of a unified Russian Orthodox Church, which is the KGB Church. (See http://www.spiritoftruth.org/orthodoxchurch.pdf)

    4 – Putin himself declared that Russia could not be restored to its real stature without the Russian Orthodoxy being unified again. So he decided to put a KGB agent as the new head of the Church. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLqjwVqHZcQ)

    5 – Sometime later he would make the Russian Orthodox Church the official religion of the state. (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/24/world/europe/24church.html?_r=1&scp=4&sq=russia&st=nyt&oref=slogin)

    6 – Now just think to what’s been going on to other Christian denominations in Russia ever since:

    Protestant Church is burnt down; Pastor and his family are threatened with death: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h16EYUBumrg

    Religious Persecution in Russia? http://www.wnd.com/2002/04/13639/

    Russia’s Holy War Against the Catholic Church: A Documentary Movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7esUOmVB8U8

    7 – In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children in Fatima, in Portugal, and delivered several messages, among which was this one:

    “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. … I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia. … If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

    (see http://www.fatima.org/essentials/facts/default.aspx)

    8 – As Olavo cleverly points out: “Our Lady mentioned ‘errors’, plural, and did not reduce Russia to communism.

    I hope you find this information useful.

  4. The better source to understand the Russian plans toward religion is an awesome debate between the professors Olavo de Carvalho and Alexander Duguin: debateolavodugin.blogspot.com

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