Thursday, April 30, 2015

Crazy Bro. Nathaniel blessed by RocorMP bishop Jerome

A Warning-Beware Sharing: 'Brother', Nathaniel Kapner continues His 'Orthodox Christian', Hate Preaching 'Gospel'!

This poor demented lunatic, with his extensive internet following and a big voice among world-wide anti-Semitic groups, actually convinces many non-Orthodox people, that what foul and abominable hate speech he preaches is what the Orthodox Church teaches!  and is in fact, what Jesus preached in His holy Gospel!
What insane and deranged and impious blasphemy!
This rabid variety of Jew-hating [ and this coming from a man of Jewish blood heritage! himself], is a severe mental and spiritual disease, not anything to do with Orthodox Christianity...or with any version of Christianity, or connected to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rd. Daniel...long disgusted with this pathetic mental patient, but one who still! many ignorant people do listen to, sadly.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Save the Christians

newly-ordained Fr. Dcn. George

(Photos)-Increasing the ranks of our ROCA clergy, to better serve our world-wide flock-   


MANY YEARS!     MNOGAYA LETA!    to new Deacon,
 Fr. Deacon, George Jurevich Prygunov!

ROCA: In Odessa, Vladyka Agafangel  performed a  deacon's ordination PHOTOS

Request help compose life of Fr. Valentin

Photo from 2008, with newly departed, Fr. Valentin, and a request from Vl. Agafangel for someone who knew him, to compose his life and share it-

Note: Fr. Valentin is the priest on the far right,  front, of the table, in this photo.

 RE: ROCA: reposed in the Lord Archpriest Valentin Iwaszewicz -  METROPOLITAN AGAFANGEL  04/26/2015 22:11
We would like to have someone who knew Fr. Valentin, who would publish here some detailed material about him, and his life. Father deserves to be remembered always. In the photo: during a visit to Trinity Church in Argentina, Vl. Agafangel, at a clergy meeting of the South American Diocese on  August 22, 2008.

    Enthronement Address of Bishop Auxentios

    Enthronement Address of His Grace,
    Bishop Auxentios of Etna and Portland 
    13 April 2015 (Old Style) 
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! 

    Your Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrios, 
    President of our Eparchial Synod in America; 
    Your Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto; 
    Your Grace, the Right Reverend Sergios, 
    Bishop emeritus of Portland; 
    Your Eminence, the Most Reverend Chrysostomos, 
    Metropolitan emeritus of Etna; 
    Archimandrite Akakios, Abbot of our Monastery; 
    Mother Elizabeth, Abbess of the Convent of  St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess of Russia; 
    Beloved Presbyters and Deacons, our Fellow Servants in the second and third ranks of the Priesthood; Monastic Fathers and Mothers in Christ; 
    And the Royal Priesthood of the Faithful, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

    Χριστὸς Ἀνέστη!   Христосъ Воскресе!   Christ is Risen! 

    There is no shortage of materials testifying to the lofty vocation of the Episcopacy and to the sacrificial, and divinely sanctioned relationship between a Hierarch and His rational sheep, His flock, which has as its prototype the relationship between the Lord Himself and the whole Church.  As resources for those wishing to deepen their understanding of these matters, I can very enthusiastically refer them to the consecration and enthronement addresses of the venerable Hierarchs here present, and notably of our former First Hierarch, Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle.  Those thirsting for even deeper wells can expand their inquiry to the writings and the lives of the Holy Fathers, the Church’s invaluable heritage and indispensable resource for maturation in the Faith.  Saints Dionysios the Areopagite, Ignatios of Antioch, John Chrysostomos, Maximos the Confessor, and Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain, to name but a few, depict an image reflecting such high standards for the Hierarch, and his flock, and the relationship between the two, that I would not dare to repeat their words while standing here before you, my own faults so obviously manifest and so much in contrast to this image.  Such words, which strip us of all pretense and affectation and expose our shame, are best left for reading in private.  There, with genuine sincerity, we can weep for our nakedness and lament our lack of a wedding garment that might signal acceptable efforts towards perfection or assure us of a welcome at our Lord’s banquet.

    What I will mention, as the theme of my address, as I assume the guidance of our small diocese, is my own perspective on the ills that plague the Church today and the challenges, correspondingly, that confront us.  Since the Church is in the world and draws faithful into her nets from this same world, let me begin with some comments about secular society. 

    In simple terms, the society around us is fractured.  No matter what lens one uses to examine it, the divisions are evident and extensive.  Our nations war with their enemies and waiver in their allegiance to their allies.  Factions within our governments war with one another.  Within each society, we suffer from endless divisions along religious, ethnic, economic, political, racial, and generational lines.  We war with our cultural legacies, our moral codes, standards, and institutions.  What was once considered the foundation of all social units, the nuclear family, is now an institution under siege.  More and more children have experienced first hand the traumatic and scarring dissolution of their own family — whether by divorce, separation or abandonment — and the dispersion of its members.  Finally, the human personality itself is breaking apart, even to the point of disassociation.  Mental disease is epidemic; normalcy is unknown, uncertain, misunderstood, or even denied.  With each new scandal, assault, catastrophe, and bizarre, unprecedented spectacle, we see in our day a greater realization of  St. Anthony’s prophecy, warning us that: “There will come a time when men will be mad.  If they see someone who is not mad, they will rise up against him and will say, ‘You are mad,’ because he does not resemble them in their madness.”1 

    We who share the invaluable privilege of membership in the Church should not imagine that we are exempt from these issues.  Not only was the world our former home; its image animates the “old man” that wars against us, both as individuals and as a fellowship of believers. 

    So it is that the same fault lines around us, undermining secular society, have penetrated the Church, threatening our faithful, families, parishes, dioceses, and even synods.  Though the Apostle warned that there “must be heresies” (I Corinthians 3:3) amongst us, I do believe that extraordinary events of an unprecedented scale are occurring amongst our Hierarchs and in our Synodal administrations.  During the last century, the Orthodox Church has seen its liturgical life fractured, its national Church administrations ruptured, and its Patriarchates enter into shameful, even childish competition with one another, imagining themselves, in an astonishing fall to neo-papalism in the guise of Patriarchalism, ecclesiastical potentates, understanding their administrative powers to be somehow spiritual or doctrinal, and thus threatening the absolute equality of all Orthodox Bishops.  Even those of us in resistance, sadly enough, fall to seeking titles, prerogatives of office, unique vesture specific to the highness of some office, and trappings that suggest that administrative superiors are somehow of greater authority than other Bishops, once again subtly tempting the egos of those who forget that all Bishops are equal and that the Bishop of Bishops is Christ Himself.  Of late, Orthodox Church leaders of every kind are enticed, despite the fact that they are servants, to give “orders,” rather than to exhort; to fancy themselves “princes” and to look at the People of God as their vassals; and to reckon themselves—servants of the Master — more than just a fallen image of the Master Himself, Christ our Lord. 

    These lines of fracture did not occur in a vacuum.  They came in the midst of one of the most violent centuries humanity has ever known, a century in which it is estimated that, unbelievably, more than a hundred million souls perished in raging revolutions and world wars.  Sacred and time-honored institutions were abolished.  Empires fell.  Society was transformed and distorted.  Traditions were discarded and the very idea of tradition was brought into question. 

    Slowly, the reverberations of these traumatic events crept into the Church and provoked the aforementioned disruptions within Her internal life.  Most recently, we saw with our own eyes what many had thought impossible: the capitulation of the venerable Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to the Moscow Patriarchate in the most unprincipled way and under humiliating terms.

    Let no one dismiss this event as insignificant.  This was a Church with a treasury of spiritual resources: pious and devout laity, true monastics, martyrs, ascetics, intellectual giants, undaunted apologists, saints, and holy hierarchs.  On the international stage and in the New World, no Church, let alone one of such relatively few numbers, gave such a clarion witness to Orthodoxy.  Her magnificent Churches reflected the priorities and sacrifices of her clergy and faithful.  In contrast to the comfortable pews, theatrically inspired architecture, and - musical organs,  of the surrounding modernist Orthodox Churches, Her traditional architecture and iconography and her open naves, free of the seating of the theatre and filled with faithful either standing or prostrating in repentance, reflected the Church’s genuine ascetic ethos, testifying to the externals of tradition that bespeak the Church’s internal authenticity.  Similarly, her clergy and faithful, more than any other jurisdiction, respected the clergyman’s rason (cassock), his uncut beard and hair, and the proper, modest apparel appropriate to the prophetic ministry of the Priesthood and to the peculiar, otherworldly calling of the people of God, the Royal Priesthood. 

    Again, unlike any other Orthodox Church, ROCOR’s mission, proclaimed by her Hierarchy and apologists, was crystal clear.  First she was to preserve and share, in the diaspora, the legacy of the same Orthodoxy into which Rus’ had been baptized, producing a millennium of sanctified believers now populating heavenly mansions.  And second, she was to facilitate the restoration of Orthodoxy in Russia by the Church’s traditional means: repentance and a salvific Orthodox confession that would include, among other things, a disavowal of the atheistically inspired betrayal of Sergianism that so compromised the soviet Church’s internal life. 

    Sadly, the union of the ROCOR with Moscow, at a time when its strong witness and observance of the Faith had begun to wane, was anything but “crystal clear.” Issues of repentance and Orthodox confession were obfuscated, principles were compromised, and even though it was muffled by the distractions and confused rhetoric of the dialogues, ROCOR suffered a violent rupture with her past.  By her union with Moscow, she annulled her previous Synodal acts and proclamations and committed to a course of historical revisionism.  Having been a Sister Church of our former Synod in Resistance for ten years, it broke relations with us, as its more forthright Bishops told us, because Moscow demanded this.  Of course, our Bishops would not have agreed to a union with Moscow under any circumstances anyway.  But the dictated rupture in communion was significant.

    We are still witnessing and measuring the consequences of this tragedy, an event that Bishop Photiy of Triaditza, from our Sister Church of the Old Calendarists in Bulgaria, likens to a descent from the Cross — a dreadful seduction by the last temptation that our immortal enemy hurled at our Lord at the time of His crucifixion.  His Eminence’s analysis is haunting: 

    To me, this was the cruelest truth: becoming convinced that these people had begun to resemble internally, in spirit, the Bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate. This means cunning; it means aspirations towards the benefits of officialdom and of worldly recognition, towards material profits and advantages.  It means embarking on the path of ecclesial diplomacy and politics, exibility dictated by self-interest, of double standards and the language of ecclesiastical politics: ‘It may be both this way and that way.  What matters is whether it serves our political line.’2 

    Of course, not only the ROCOR hierarchy was harmed.  A venerable and seemingly invulnerable institution had fallen in the believers’ eyes, and their faith was shaken.  For every believer who looked to the “Synod” — even from outside her jurisdictional boundaries — for inspiration and guidance, the tragedy begs important questions: If a bastion of Orthodoxy can suffer such a fall, who is safe? Were we wrong to have such high expectations for the ROCOR hierarchy, counting on them always to follow the right course and to set the golden standard?  Were we wrong to trust our hierarchy?  One can imagine the same tempting spirit that assailed our Lord now screaming with delight, “No one is safe; your expectations were naive; your trust unfounded!  The Church this Nazarene founded is broken, schism and disunity will prevail!” 

    The challenge of our generation of Orthodox will be to rediscover and reaffirm the Church’s answer to these difficult questions and to refute the slanderous replies of the tempter.  Since the Apostolic Succession of our own Church derives directly from the ROCOR, this challenge is especially important for us. 

    As we labor for our response, we should not be surprised that temptations towards easy answers already encompass us. 

    On the left, numerous voices seem to follow the disruptive forces infecting the Church to their logical end.  They no longer trust the Church’s traditional protocol or her hierarchy, let alone the promises of her Divine Founder.  Facilitated by the troublesome medium of the Internet, without inhibition they protest and expound on lofty and difficult matters, as though in their own persons they carried the full panoply of spiritual gifts and synodal authority.  They and their black-and-white, simplistic opinions become the personal and rational criteria of tradition and authenticity.  In essence, they eventually come to a Protestant mentality. 

    On the right, we are tempted by a backlash.  Rather than succumb to the divisive forces invading the Church, we imagine that we must shirk certain personal responsibilities and worship the idol of authority, pomp, and institutional gravitas for its own sake, blindly offering up our obedience and fidelity to the Church authorities who garner the praise and respect of various worldly rulers and who, accordingly, appear to be the most official and enduring of Church leaders.  These are the Patriarchates, which unhesitatingly proclaim themselves “official,” “canonical,” and even “spiritually supreme,” despite the meaningless and unproven nature of these claims.  In such a spirit we have been primed to recognize, before the fact, the Orthodox Synod scheduled to convene in 2016 as “Œcumenical” and inspired, even if no one knows its outcome, suggesting that the decisions of the convocation have been scripted in advance.

    Our first duty is to avoid these pitfalls as immature, as importations from Protestant and Catholic principles that do not adequately express the unique mind-set of Orthodoxy, and as solutions that violate the historical witness of the Church.

    In the past, the Orthodox Church has always solved her controversies by a conciliar process, founded on the local Synodal system, where difficult issues were first adjudicated.  It was driven by the prophetic Spirit of God that spoke through particular luminaries — a Saint Athanasios, Cyril of Alexandria, or Maximos the Confessor — who provided clarity and inspired resolutions for the conflicts at hand.  In particularly difficult circumstances, the proposed resolutions were legislated in universal, Œcumenical Synods.  And in all cases, the resolutions were given general ratification with their approval by the people of God, the Royal Priesthood, who were the true “Rational Flock” and who, in their virtue, recognized the voice of their True Shepherd resonating through the proclamations of their hierarchy.

    Everyone played his role in this ecclesiastical system.  And of course everyone had a responsibility to make sure that his or her character facilitated, and did not oppose, the sacred system’s mind-set and dynamics.

    So, we must commit ourselves to plumbing the depths of the Church’s experience and rediscovering a mind-set which, for two millennia, has genuinely governed her life.  It is the true solution for our controversies.  It alone heals our divisions.  It alone secures a genuine unity.

    What, in our poverty and infancy, can we say about this mind-set?

    1.  First of all, the notion of a common mentality that is reflective  of healthy Church life is not an innovation.  It is scriptural, patristic, and at the very core of the Christian message.  In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that the first Christians “were of one heart and of one soul” (Acts 4:32).  St. Paul refers to having the mind of Christ.  And he specifically instructs the Corinthians to be renewed by the transformation of their minds.  From the patristic exegesis of Scripture and from a corresponding exegesis of the writings of the Church Fathers themselves, we derive the vast majority of the Church’s theological texts, illustrating the simple fact that faithful children of the Church have always striven for a commonality with their predecessors: to think, to say, and to do what came before.  In theological literature we refer to this goal as the acquisition of the “mind of the Fathers.”

    2.  Secondly, this commonality in a shared mind is not mimicry, even if some of our fledgling efforts may make it appear as such.  As Saint Paul hints, the acquisition of this mind is accomplished by an internal “renewal” and “transformation” (cf.  Romans 12:2) effected by communion with our Lord Himself, Who “yesterday, and today, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8), with His Unbegotten Father and His Life-giving Spirit, remains available to every believer.  As a fount of living water, and a vine onto which we are grafted, He inhabits our soul’s temple.  The acquisition of the “Mind of the Fathers” is also not intellectual, the equivalent of “book knowledge”— though, as I will mention below, studying has its place.  This communion is a gift of God.  It is the mind that we acquire through union with Christ, Who, as St. Athanasios the Great affirms, “became man, so that man might become God,” “partaking,”as the Apostle Peter tells us in his second catholic epistle,“of the Divine nature”(1:4).  While we have clear duties in cultivating and receiving this gift of communion and union, its origin and workings remain mysterious, as the Lord Himself makes clear when He compares the acquisition of the Kingdom of Heaven to a man casting seed into the ground and then, after sleeping and rising night and day, seeing the seed, without his knowing how, “spring and grow up” (cf. St. Mark 4:26–27).

    3.  Thirdly, we must commit ourselves to perennial remedial education in the Faith.  This is not only a motivational exercise, though surely we are responsible for stirring up our sagging spirits by a recollection of the mercy we have received and a consideration of the good example of others.  It is also our sacred duty to “search the Scriptures” (St. John 5:39) and to “study,” to show ourselves “approved” (II  St. Timothy 2:15), and to be ever ready to “give an answer to every man that asketh… a reason” (II  St. Peter 3:15) for the hope within us.  Furthermore, ignorance and forgetfulness are vices that rob us of our spiritual treasures and open the door to the Evil One, whose cunning minions are arrayed against us, and about whose devices the Apostle warns that we must not be ignorant.  Our unsleeping enemy is a liar, a murderer, a slanderer, an obfuscater, and a deceiver.  The world, understood as the passions that captivate and rule over men, is Satan’s realm.  To the extent that we must be in but not of this world, we must train ourselves to see through its deceit, lest it entangle us in its nets.

    From a personal experience, I will give you a minute example of understanding these evil devices.  In my formal doctoral studies in liturgics, I used to wonder about the ultimate motivations of some of the scholars who invested entire careers to resolving the smallest minutiae of Christian worship.  From a human standpoint, the returns seemed minimal (perhaps one might receive a standing ovation at a conference—there is no Nobel Prize for liturgics!), and the materials on which these scholars focused always seemed dry.  Then one day I read an article by Metropolitan Chrysostomos, addressing contemporary anti-religious polemics from some scientific writers.  He mentioned the simple but poignant fact that, for these people, the notion of a Divine guidance of history, what we call Providence, is anathema.  Forgive my own simplemindedness, but just as in mathematics, where one is tasked to reduce a complex equation with multiple variables into its simplest expression, the tangled arguments and analyses of these problematic liturgical writers all fell apart in my head, and I saw the driving force behind them: analyze in such a manner that there is no room for God!

    It was a small insight, but the experience reinforced a broader principle that His Eminence has stressed for his readers and students: it is in the nature of evil for it not to disclose its existence or mechanisms.  Like a viper, once it acts, it quickly retreats to its nest.  Combined with our own vices of neglect, ignorance, and forgetfulness, we face a dangerous, even lethal scenario.  Through vigilance and training, we must be as wise as the wily serpent lurking within the confusing temptations of the world, and then go for its head, forcing it to reveal its master and disclose its strategy, thereby inoculating ourselves against further strikes.

    4.  Fourth and finally, the imperative for us to recover the mind of the Fathers means that our labors must be focused inwardly, toward our own rational soul, just as much, if not more, than they are focused on those around us.  Of course, one cannot be a Christian in a vacuum.  We are incarnate, and all labors within this world, properly directed, impact our souls.  But the inner life of self-focus is indispensable.

    The Kingdom of God begins within each one of us.  Our focus must be there, if we want to find both the cause and the cure for all illnesses.  This orientation is richly illustrated in the lives of our Saints.  Even those who were most active in public service were, nevertheless, also men of spirit who would, like the Lord Himself, withdraw for a time and be given to solitary prayer.  And the fact that the root of evil is disclosed and battled internally is a recurring scriptural and patristic theme.   St. James notes that wars and strife are the direct outcome of our internal passions.  St. John Chrysostomos remarks that, in truth, no one can do us evil if we do not provide internal consent.  In the life of  St. Basil the Great, one of the Church’s most adroit and active administrators, we read that he would withdraw to solitary prayer and shed copious tears, accusing himself for the world’s calamities.

    I have always been particularly touched by the thoughts of a contemporary writer, Professor Ivan Andreyev, who wrote the article “Weep!” in response to a mother’s brutal slaying of her two-year-old infant in their New York City apartment.  Andreyev contemplates the horrors accompanying this inhuman act, but quickly moves beyond the obvious guilt of the mother.  As Christians, he notes, we must all assume responsibility for her horrendous act and offer contrite and burning tears of repentance.  The paucity of our inner lives and our inattention to the struggle that it demands are the things that allow evil to go uncorrected and to slay innocent souls.

    It is not God, but we ourselves that we must reproach for the evils surrounding us.  One for all and all for one, we are all guilty before one another….  We are all guilty before the face of this little tortured lamb found on West 84th Street in NewYork City.  Since we are all sinners, we create evil and our evil becomes a part of the world’s treasury of evil.  This evil coalesces into a huge energy of evil which seeks vessels of graceless bodies to pour itself into, and when it finds them, it will be incarnated in them and they will do great acts of evil.  We are all brothers and sisters.  All mankind is one large family and this tortured infant is our brother and his “mother”-killer, is our sister.

    Our inner lives are sadly and sinfully disconnected from those of others; however, just as illuminating our souls, as St. Seraphim of Sarov tells us, will prove successful in enlightening many around us, so by failing to acquire the mind of Christ by inward vigilance, we will invite disaster on those around us.  We become in our sinful neglect complicit in their evil and in the loss of their souls.

    With this in mind, I offer the humble thought that the true path to the mind of the Fathers — to an ecclesiastical mentality that promotes the healthy dynamic of the Church, safeguards us against evil and divisive threats, and promotes healing of division and fragmentation, no matter where they might be found — begins with our embracing the suffering of our fellow man as well as our admiration of his nobility.  It is not enough to strive to see the image of God in one another.  We must see our link to, and even our responsibility for, our neighbor’s sins through our own genuine repentance and the discovery of the roots of sin and the wells of evil within our own souls.  Such an orientation is appropriate for us who have been exiled from the paradisical garden; it is productive for the virtues and deeds that our Lord expects when He seeks fruits worthy of repentance; it checks the perpetuation of contention and division by restraining us from judging others — for how do we dare condemn others for that to which we contribute? It is also consonant with the historical witness of the choir of saints and righteous ones who labored and were crowned, and it holds out for us the promise of healing, of restoration, and of exaltation, as was the case with the Canaanite woman who lamented her possessed daughter.  For the sake of her humble self-conception as a dog begging at her Master’s table, she received not only the morsels of nourishment and healing, but even our Lord’s abundant praise as a woman of unsurpassed faith.

    To quote the famous Synodikon read on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, “This is the Faith of the Apostles, this is the Faith of the Fathers, this is the Faith of the Orthodox, this is the Faith which establisheth the whole world(emphasis mine).

    Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us and save us.

    1.  The Evergetinos: A Complete Text, Book III, Hypothesis ΧΧV, §A.7, ed.  and trans.Archbishop Chrysostomos and Hieromonk Patapios (Etna, CA: Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 2008), p.  177.
    2.  Bishop Photii of Triaditza, “On the Current State of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad” (2006), pp.  8-9 (
    3.  I.M.  Andreyev, “Weep!” Orthodox Life, Vol.  43, No.  2 (March–April 1993), p.  41.

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    Unauthorized church razed

    In Russian Federation: (VIDEO)-Shocking Government ordered demolishing of Orthodox Church

    Request: Please! would someone who understands the Russian narration with this video, explain, what is the possible official excuse for this unbelievable sacrilege?...and in a supposed, 'Orthodox Country'??? WHAT IS GOING ON?....and...WHY?

    Shocking VIDEO with Russian narration: found on Internet Sobor

    By order of the satanic power Penza in Sec. Winning bailiffs demolished church and bell tower (VIDEO)

    Author: Internet Cathedral incl. April 24, 2015. Published in the persecution of believers (Views: 14)

    Christ is Risen! On the Bright Week 2015 in the Penza region committed triumph of justice.
    Michael's monastery in recent years has been much slander, libel result of this it turned out to be demolished.

    Employees on pot hurt business

    Some unexpected negative effects of U.S. states legalizing Pot: Colorado business moves to South Carolina, because of loss of its productivity because of too many stoned pot using employees-

    And I predict many more car crashes and driving deaths, because of more, 'legally',  drugged/stoned drivers.
    And of what use, to any employer, are drugged, mind-confused,  workers?....doing any jobs?

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Will There Be An Orthodox Empire?

    human English translation

    I believe that this expose treatise, is revealing or echoing some of the long-range power plans and empire building hopes of Vladimir Putin and his repressive neo-soviet KGB dominated throwback regime in Moscow, his desire to re-create the, 'glorious' (?)  old Soviet Union. Whether or not this all becomes a reality, only time will tell. Let us pray that it doesn't.
    But I see this night-mare  pipe-dream, as catastrophic for Russia and for all Eastern Europe, the Middle-East and for Western Europe and America.

    Further, what exactly will be 'Orthodox Christian' about this proposed Moscow dominated and run monstrosity?

    How will it be, 'Christian' all?...except in outward appearances, in name only.
    Just my thoughtful observations-
    Rd. Daniel

    Russian language original Article found on Internet Sobor
    Vladimir Djambov, Eng
    00359.885.455.189 - M/cell

    00359.2.855.62.62 - H

    En <> Bg translation, interpreting

    *Thank you brother Vladimir Djambov, for this English translation:

    Will there be an Orthodox empire?
    Author: i-sobor incl. April 22, 2015. Posted in Monitoring (Views: 41)

    Vit Klima (Vít Klíma)

    Due to friction with the Euro-Atlantic bloc, Russia [ i.e. under Vladimir Putin's regime], is increasingly turning to Asia. The problem that it is facing there is that Russia needs to avoid the "younger brother" role in its relationship with a strong China. One of the possible options to strengthen its own position in its relationships not only with China but also with the US and the EU, is the setting up in Europe of an empire, which will be founded on one common denominator, the common values of the Orthodox religion. Together with Russia, this empire could initially be co-founded by Belarus, Greece, Cyprus, Serbia, Macedonia and possibly Montenegro. There are also a large number of Orthodox believers in Albania. All together they could create an "Orthodox Union".

    If the EU and the US fail to meet the expectations of Bulgaria, Romania and Georgia, which are now treating Russia with undisguised hostility, then in the long term one cannot exclude the possibility that they too would eventually also join the Orthodox Empire. In the end, the future will show whether it might also be joined by the Orthodox part of Ukraine. Generally speaking, if on the one hand, the US and EU influence  in the world declines, and, on the other hand, if the Russians – supported by the Chinese – will offer to these countries more favorable economic conditions of assistance and cooperation, then it is very likely that these countries will escape from the influence of the West. If the Russians do manage to create an Orthodox empire in Eastern and Southern Europe and Georgia, they would change the course of history not only in Europe but worldwide as well. In any case, as to Russia, this prospect is for her a long-distance race.

    It is in this light that we can also see the Russian aid to Greece, which I predicted as early as two months ago. Russia can help Greece financially, for example, by giving a monetary  advance of the profits that Greece would receive in the future in the form of a transit fee for the natural gas supplied by Russia to Turkey, directly to the Greek borderlines. At the first stage this might be  help in the amount of several billion Euros. I will just remind all, that the "Turkish Stream" pipeline, according to current plans, is to become operative in 2019. It is possible that it would help in such a manner that now we cannot  not even guess at. Personally, I think this option is the most likely.

    To me, it does not seem accidental that Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to a press conference about the impact and values of Orthodoxy, as well as about the 'family of Orthodox peoples'. I understand perfectly well that an appearance of an Orthodox empire (union) may seem to some respectable intelligent readers as utopian. However, history teaches us that a series of improbable events – at first glance improbable – has actually taken place.. And so the appearance of some version of an "Orthodox Union" in the long run, I would not rule out completely in advance. 

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Atheists move America towards anti-Christian

    As Atheists and other assorted anti-Christians move America towards a total anti-Christian Nation

    ...regardless of our personal and national mortal sins-

    Category: The current American scene: 

    While most self-labeled, American 'Christians',[ or so they still claim to be!],  sleep or keep silent, & never protest what is going on, as the  growing army of ....though still only a small percentage of the total population of this country, ....militant/humanistic-but anti-a-Divine Being and anti-organized religions /leftist politically/liberal/modernist/atheists...which includes many now, who are regardless,... surprisingly,..... and illogically.....  pro-Islamic! and economically and politically pro-Marxist!,  as  is our pathetic mindless president, this nation which was originally founded by a majority of Christian oriented believers, and which was largely founded on biblical and Christian oriented beliefs and laws,  is NOW TODAY, steadily & officially and LEGALLY persecuting practicing Christians and removing from our public and indeed, even private lives, any mention of Our Lord and Saviour, JESUS CHRIST, or emblems of His Holy Cross or of the Holy Bible. They even are throwing out the Ten Commandments!

    America is rapidly becoming a totally immoral and a totally Godless anti-Christian  leftist/statist the old soviet-union was, and as it now, admirer of Lenin and Stalin, Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation! [except there, they maintain the exterior trappings of an official 'Orthodox Christian State' with an official, ROC/MP National Russian Church. But there, beautiful and new or renovated churches and public crosses and icons, are everywhere visible.

    Here such public or official religious symbols and even placing a small wooden cross near the places where someone has died in car crashes along roads... which has been a common American practice for ages,  are more and more declar3ed illegal, and are forcibly removed by court orders, by our activist leftist-liberal atheistic judicial system, because they offend SOME  atheists and SOME other anti-Christians.

    Why does it not count, that these [few in number], vocal and militant anti-Christians offend we Christians!

    Why not declare them as illegal?...and prohibited? LET THEM SHUT UP!... or be put into prison, or expelled from our country.

    They are using our protected freedoms, to destroy our mainstream Christian-based  culture and our finally our entire nation.

     Our original Constitution and Bill of Rights are too, being thrown on the ash heap of history, and already have little if any real effect. Our president, our 'Dear Leader',  and congress and supreme court, routinely, ignore those old irrelevant museum documents, and instead DO WHAT THEY PLEASE!... much like the so-called, soviet-era produced but well written propaganda document'  'The Russian Constitution'  which guarantees many liberties and freedoms, is treated over there. Putin put his hand on a copy of it, at his grand enthronement ceremony in the Kremlin, and swore with a solemn oath, to  'defend and to uphold it'.Emoji

    This country is no longer the America as founded. Without God, we have no rudder, no solid moral or spiritual foundation upon which to maintain our nation. The leftist atheists do not have a clue where we need to go.

    Rd. Daniel

    *This below article's  shocking account regarding the U.S. military chaplaincy, is but one small example of the growing and widespread anti-Christian and anti-God, officially condoned persecution that is going on, all over  this country....from the top down.

     HOW LONG WILL ALMIGHTY GOD TOLERATE US? ...BEFORE HE JUSTLY DESTROYS THIS NATION? He has done to countless other unrepentant godless and wicked nations, 'who forgot God',  over and over, in history.

    Agape Meal in Attica

    (Photos)-Agape Meal in GOC-Greece, Attica-Sharing Paschal Joy with the Hungry

    In Greek:

    Article with brief Russian ex-planation found on:<>

     GOC Greece: Agape Meal  in the church of St. Nicholas in Attica (PHOTOS)

    Pascha at the court of Tzar Nicholas II

    a rather decent & readible machine-English text:  (with many historic photos)- "Easter at the Court of Emperor Nicholas II"

    Category: The end days of old Russia.

    Russian language original text with these photos: article found on Internet Sobor

    Easter at the court of Emperor Nicholas II

    Author: Vera nun incl. April 22, 2015. Posted in History (Views: 25)
    Blogs St. Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II used to recover the episodes Easter celebrations at the court of the last Russian Emperor. In the records of 1894, we see the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich in one of his happiest Easter weeks, when the heir to the Russian throne with a brilliant retinue came to Coburg ask for the hand of Alice of Hesse.

    "On the eve of Easter on Holy Saturday went four Aunt Ella (Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna), Alix (Alice of Hesse), Sandro (Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich) and I buy all sorts of nonsense to hide in the eggs. Although the rain did not stop pouring a lot of fun and laughed ... At 5 o'clock courier arrived with precious letters from home, with the order and wonderful presents for Alix from Papa and Mama and Easter eggs. Much joy they brought us both. "

    In the early years of the reign of the young emperor with his wife on an established ceremonial midnight on Easter procession was headed by a lush motorcade on the state rooms of the Winter Palace to the Great Church, making all the required rituals solemn service. He often personally participated in the removal of the Shroud. At dawn, when the liturgy royal family gathered for an Easter meal with Easter cakes, Easter colored eggs and a magnificent Malachite Room adjoining the Emperor's private chambers. Tsar Nicholas wrote in his diary: "We went to bed at about 4 am, when the dawn was already breaking ... At 11.30 hours began Easter greeting to all people in the Malachite; nearly 500 people were eggs. " In the days that followed lasted congratulations, Easter greeting, distribution of gifts to relatives, court officials, retinue, and palace servants, whose number reached thousands of people. Years passed ...

    In 1913, to commemorate the tercentenary of the Romanov dynasty, the royal couple and their five children celebrated Easter in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo.

    The king, who was present on the night worship with their children, recalled: "The procession with the marvelous sunrise, I was very reminiscent of Moscow Cathedral of the Assumption and the same service. Children colored eggs with the officers of the yacht ... gifted with each other in the afternoon ... Alex was in the church for the first time and at the end of matins Anastasia (youngest daughter) came home. The service was grand and wonderful in our beautiful charming church. "

    During the war, the Emperor celebrated Easter away from his family in the military headquarters in Mogilev, from the staff attends Easter service. On Good Saturday, he wrote in his diary: "Got Easter eggs from dear Alix and children .... About the regimental church in the birch grove I exchanged Easter greetings with the Cossacks and the lower ranks of all the parts in Moghilev - only 860 people. " Easter egg - that symbolic gift reddened with the blood of the Savior - was no longer mediated symbol It acquired special significance at the front, where the blood was flowing soldiers. And in light holiday Resurrection it became the hope of salvation and atonement personal act of courage and self-sacrifice. Easter war years the royal family spends at the front and in hospitals, greetings with soldiers and giving presents to them.
    Strict Easter eggs of the war years are simple and plain decoration. If in previous years was manufactured 4000 - 5000 porcelain eggs for Easter 1915, he was presented a copy of 10131. Most of them were decorated with monograms Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and heir Alexei Nikolaevich.

    During the First World War, there were also eggs with monograms king's daughter and sister of the Empress, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. All of them were engaged in charitable activities, caring for the wounded and, of course, made them gifts at Easter. At this time in the statements Porcelain Factory has a new address: delivery to the infirmary. During the war, began to make special white eggs with a red cross and the date under it - for presentation to the wounded. In 1916, it was made of 2000 eggs. In the same year, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna commissioned a series of Easter eggs decorated with a red cross and a rich decor. She raised her Easter gift to thousands of wounded soldiers.

    The soldiers at the front were given a day of Easter red eggs with a printed image of St George Cross fourth degree, called the soldiers, as it was awarded to the lower ranks - soldiers, sailors, non-commissioned officers. They were made in factories MS Kuznetsova. Was released as Easter card with a picture of Emperor Nicholas II in field uniform handing a soldier a red Easter egg. Easter 1917 the imperial family met in prison in the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, where, on the orders of AF Kerensky, communication was limited to members of the family meetings at the table, significantly reduced the number of people who attended a worship service and shared the Passover meal of the royal family. In Easter Sunday Alexandra "gave them porcelain eggs remaining from earlier stocks. A total of 135 people. "

    Sadder still was the last Easter in the life of the imperial family in the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, where on the night of July 17, 1918, they were shot by the Bolsheviks. Tsar Nicholas II wrote about the frosty, overcast Easter 1918 .: "At the request of Botkin (Romanov family doctor) to us let the priest and deacon at 8:00. They performed matins quickly and well; It was a great comfort to pray even in such a situation and to hear "Christ is Risen" ... In the morning we exchanged Easter greetings with each other over tea and ate cake and red eggs, Easter could not get it. " 
    Sadness and fatigue, mental anguish and despair is no longer allowed the royal family until her tragic death. But until the last minute the Emperor and Empress, overcoming grief, sought to "seek solace in prayer and do not doubt God's love and mercy."
    The first Faberge egg

      Declassification of Secret Records

      Declassification of Soviet Era, 1917-1991, Secret Records in Ukraine

      Comment: Why read this?

      Because what happened in the  not too distant past in Ukraine and in Russia, indeed in all of the former soviet union, is still relevant today....sadly.

      The poisonous long range social/economic/military/ and ruinous spiritual after-effects of that repressive terrible era, are still today, alive and well.

      Ukraine is struggling to get free of it, even as it is being militarily invaded,  its citizens being bombed and killed right and left with many being forced to flee and become homeless refugees,  and made war upon and with its territory seized, and occupied, while 'ex-KGB agent',  Vladimir  Putin [ the admirer of Lenin and Stalin], and with his soviet-hang-over regime, in Moscow,  is trying to revive and encourage and increase this wicked and unjust repression of a former era, [ in Ukraine and in his captive un-free Russian Federation and ...where else?], under the false propaganda banner, of 'reviving Russian national pride', etc. What 'pride'???

      "Pride is the father of all sins!"...say the Holy Fathers.

      This is in reality, unrepentant impious blasphemous spitting on the sacred memory of the Holy New Russian Martyrs, and on all the millions of the poor victims of that communist repressive godless regime.

      A rough machine-English translation: (SORRY! that I have no human translator)-

      In Ukraine, the  declassified archives of the repressive organs of the communist totalitarian regime:  1917-1991

      Author: Vera nun incl. April 19, 2015. Posted in Politics (Views: 88)
      Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on April 9,  adopted a law "On access to the archives of the repressive organs of the communist totalitarian regime, 1917-1991." All documents related to the repression, violations of human rights and freedoms, will give the state archives of the Institute of National Remembrance of Ukraine. The opportunity to study them get everyone, including the Russian historians. Journalist "Medusa" Alexander Borzenko learned a specialist on Soviet repression Nikita Petrov, that the disclosure of Ukrainian archives means for residents of Russia - and why the Russian archives in the near future will not be declassified. 

      - Opening of the Ukrainian archives - as a major event for historians?

      - This, of course, very important and very big decision of the Verkhovna Rada - the opening of all materials, archives of the KGB, which acted on the territory of Ukraine. Much has been made under President [Victor] Yushchenko, but now we are talking about the disclosure of all documents - including cases of agents and materials of operational development. Reveals the so-called "dossier" - information about unwanted citizens who collected the Soviet secret service. 

      In the history should be seen by all those who did evil deeds. It is important for scientific development and understanding than was the Soviet government than was the Soviet repressive regime in his even, I would say, quite moderate forms, as it was under Brezhnev and subsequent general secretary. The more material we have, the more we can understand and appreciate the mechanisms of political power, decision-making and state suppression of all that the state considered harmful, superfluous and unnecessary. Without disclosing the secret service archives of this understanding is impossible. 
      Few look only at the party decisions, the decisions of party bodies, many of which, by the way, in Russia are still a secret - I'm not talking about the KGB archives, which are almost inaccessible to independent researchers. Ukraine is making an important step forward, which is already done in many countries of the former socialist bloc. 

      - There are some episodes in the history of the Soviet period in Ukraine, where it is especially lacking archival material?

      - Archival material lacked everywhere. Even if we are talking about the events that we are more or less known. Opening KGB materials expands our knowledge of the secret springs of repressive mechanisms. We know how, in general terms, there was an event, where to start and what is over, but we do not know all the actors and their roles. Historians can not make global discoveries, gain access to new materials, understanding of the nature of the Soviet regime is unlikely to turn over, it is more or less already formed. But the opening of the archives, it is important not only for historians - it is important for society to moral purification after the period which we call the Soviet and totalitarian. Open files you need to show the role of each and everyone.

      - And what - now it may be that some people at the late Soviet Union cooperated with the KGB, and now hold important positions?

      - No, probably. Still, after the disappearance of the Soviet Union for 25 years have passed, many high while people have simply no longer alive. It's not about settling accounts, and in particular the mouse, I would say, the moral order in society. People who secretly collaborated with the Soviet regime or secretly worked some wicked deeds, because they are, in fact, the internal themselves have long since been punished. After all, since 1991 they lived with the constant fear of exposure - this is worse than being exposed.

      - In such cases often talk about the danger of the beginning of a witch hunt. Maybe perpetrators are dead, but there are their relatives.

      - "Witch Hunt" in this case - is demagogic and false promise, it is a substitution of concepts. "Witch Hunt" - the persecution of the innocent. Witches do not exist in nature, then fight with them - this is certainly the fight against innocent simply on the basis of some suspicion. Now we are talking about opening an objective historical material, witches have nothing to do with it. Witches were burned at the stake, drowned in rivers, where it was a massacre - here about any violence no question. Just open that hide from people. 

      The relationship of citizens and the state security in Soviet times - this is not a private matter of citizens, this is what was done in the public money for the taxpayer, that is, on behalf of the state, on behalf of all of us. And if some security officers received consent from someone on secret cooperation, he acted on our behalf with you, and we finally have the right to know how and for what has been done, do not break with the same Soviet laws (and often it turns out that violated that forced people to ensure that they secretly collaborated with the security organs). So that this does not happen again, these things, of course, need to show publicly; that is called lustration.

      - Archival material is very difficult. Information in fact need to still somehow convey to a wide range. I understand correctly, that in itself is the opening of archives - this is only the first step?

      - Of course. In all countries that opens archives, mechanisms have been adopted to equip people with the materials - in some places it is successful, something which is not very. For example, looks quite perfect the mechanism of opening of the archives, "Stasi" in East Germany. Justice of the new Germany was the position of the person against whom worked for the state security, the right to know, and including it has the right to know who poisoned his life.

      - In Russia, the situation with the opening of the archives is somewhat different, but still the documents proving the criminal nature of the Soviet regime, mass repressions - enough. However, no fracture of public consciousness and in the views on the Soviet past, we do not observe.

      - Well, firstly, I would not say that the situation in Russia to describe the words "somewhat different". It is fundamentally different. In fact, Russian citizens do not have access to a wealth of archival documents that belong to the law enforcement agencies - the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Intelligence Service, Ministry of Defence, the FSB, and so on. N. In the departments we see evil reluctance to open documents, although it reluctance to contradict the laws - on state secrets, a 30-year term of classification and other laws that guarantee access to the archives of the Russians. I'm not talking about the fact that a law was passed on Investigative activity that elevates the work of agents in the level of state secrets - but it should not apply to such information Soviet era. We have every legitimate reason to open materials until 1991, but the Russian government on the unwilling. 

      - But some documents still published today?

      - Yes, many of the documents published, something is published now, but the question is: why it was not a factor in the public consciousness? Many policy documents of criminal decisions of the Soviet government published, but there are particular, there is the role of a character, there are materials related to a particular operation or repressive state security companies that are not fully open. After all, even as many documents, unfortunately, kept the secrecy relating to the Great Terror of 1937-38. The Russian side is still the secret of any documents related to the repression against the citizens of other countries - for example, the decision to terminate the Katyn case, where the clear and obvious was the main military prosecutor's office has declared the Kremlin wine and wine of the Soviet Union; it is, however, considered to be a secret only to our people did not read it. That there was no clear evidence of guilt and evidence of Soviet and Soviet criminal political practice. 

      The same goes for 1945 - the crimes that are committed bodies SMERSH, for example, during a raid in the August woods, where 575 Polish citizens were secretly killed without trial, and so far Russia has not deigned to inform the place where, in fact, buried the bodies of the slain. It is a crime? Yes, but Russia covers such Stalin's crimes. 

      - Why what was published, did not become a pretext for breaking the public consciousness?

      - This question is why so few people realize that the Soviet regime was based solely on repression, fear of reprisals, forced labor? People do not want to lose the pleasant illusion that they were of a certain conflict-free past, that it was good. Stalin broke the laws of the country, which led, that is, he was a criminal, and documents proving it - the sea. But they have become the basis for any judicial verdict against the Soviet regime and its rulers? No, it did not. And in Ukraine, such decisions have already been taken - in respect of famine, for example. 

      - What are the difficulties encountered a man who wants to see action against their relatives in the Russian archives?

      - When it comes to criminal prosecution, then, in the case of the rehabilitation of the relative person can get and see the matter. But then - issued such cases, often closing some important pages, all the while trying to hide something, than cause a normal citizen resentment and indignation. Some people are not repressed, but persecuted - and material in the archives are their rapid development. For example, the writer Solzhenitsyn simply expelled. Intelligence agencies have developed Sakharov, writer Voinovich and many others - and so, of similar cases in the archives of the KGB nobody will. Say, we have a law that would allow to issue such documents. We at the state level is denied the right of citizens to know what the secret state security action taken against him and his family. The state and its secrets are placed above human - if you are told that you do not need to know all this, sit at home and do not act.

      - And if a relative has not been rehabilitated?

      - If you have not been rehabilitated, according to Russia's current law, 75 years is available to any business. And before the expiration of the 75-year period, the relatives have every right to insist on studying the case, for example, to prepare a protest for judicial rehabilitation. But, unfortunately, the current archives will do anything to not give such a thing, and not to help a relative in his efforts on rehabilitation. Although, actually, technically, everyone is entitled himself to come, and the lawyer to send to familiarize themselves with such a thing, because it is a matter of law "neprekraschennym" that is, the charges remain in force, they can always go back and revise their and for that matter, too, should be issued. Every time you need a valiant effort to break through bureaucratic wall. 

      There is a law that gives the right to get acquainted with the affairs of the repressed, and there is a practice in what these laws do not operate. Hundred reasons to be invented so that you do not give these things. Of course, you can insist, but you have to work hard to get you these things were given. Sometimes even with the involvement of the judicial process has to people to act, they often lose even the courts - we do not know so many cases where the courts win.
      Memorial to the victims of communist terror "Bykovnya", Ukraine
      Photo: Gleb Garanich / Reuters / Scanpix
      - Can the discovery of Ukrainian archives partially remove the problem with the secrecy of some Russian documents? Can historians now hope that they will now in the archives of the Ukrainian some papers that could not be opened in Russia?

      - Can. In the archives of the Ukrainian historians will be able to read these documents. But in Russia with such securities will not remove the secrecy under the pretext that they have somewhere declassified. More recently there was a case when a Russian historian and researcher Sergey Prudovsky wrote an application to the Central Archive of the FSB to declassify the so-called closed letters to Harbin orders from September 1937; writing, that 's why repression and mass operations against citizens on suspicion of "Japanese spies." It was a massive operation of the NKVD, when many thousands of people affected. So, he was denied the declassification in Moscow. Meanwhile, the document was declassified in Kiev in 2009, and can be found on the Internet. This does not affect the position of the Moscow court that refused to invalidate the decision to extend the privacy "closed letter of harbintsah" adopted by the FSB and the Interdepartmental Commission for the protection of state secrets. And the Supreme Court is absolutely calmly said, and this document to repression does not apply. Although if you analyze the "secret letter", it becomes obvious that it is completely falsifies events blames spying on honest people. After all, the people who are listed in this order, rehabilitated - means the charges against them are proven false. This means that the document is a testament to the repressive campaign, and according to our law he should have been declassified. But it spit our Russian courts.

      - And what is usually referred to simply archive departments and agencies? This personal secret, or a threat to national security, than a formal occasion? Or no one explained?

      - No, just a personal secret and ends after a 75-year period. It would seem that the archives are no longer refer to that - you have to give. But begin to invent all sorts of tricks such as bylaws, rules of procedure as 2006 on archival investigative matters on rehabilitated, which does not require the issuance of affairs nereabilitirovannyh. And in fact, these regulations do not apply nereabilitirovannyh access for nereabilitirovannyh regulates just the law on archives of the Russian Federation in 2004. But officials who sit in the archives include bureaucratic misunderstanding: but we have not written here, so do not give. Of course, some very desperate attempt to discipline them with the help of the courts - not always turn out as I have already said.

      - As far as we can compare the opening of Ukrainian archives with the opening of the archives of "Stasi"? When you open the file "Stasi" all ran to find out who informed on you, not whether your neighbor, friend, brother, those who gave you freelancers "Stasi". There's this institution freelancers was extremely common. As far as this interest is now actual - know who you informed?

      - You know, if we talk about the Soviet time, after a 25-year term this is not a primary motive - after all, we note that the archives "Stasi" opened in the immediate vicinity of the historic collapse of the GDR. And the KGB archives, which will be open now in Ukraine, or, as I would have dreamed that, in Russia, of course, they do not represent this already today to topical interest. This is more academic, historical interest, but it's still a public interest and because we remember the events of the 1980s, and in Ukraine, these repressions took place, a lot of people affected by the activities of the KGB. So it's not the main motive is, but it is also important, it can not be denied.

      It turns out that all the countries around us to rethink the Soviet past, we do not want one, hold on to it and find in it some of the historical material for inspiration. Here it says that we stayed in the past, and the Kremlin skillfully uses this nostalgia, trying to feed it, on the one hand, the tale of the Soviet greatness, on the other hand - not wanting to open any additional archival collection. Russia will not hesitate to call Stalin a criminal, and flirts with a historical theme. This mindless glorification of 1945, when we need to understand about any victims in question, when it is necessary to understand about any political regime that the Soviet Union established in Eastern Europe, is at stake. These were repressive regimes, none of us it can not be grateful, and we wonder how so - all released, and we thank you and do not say? This is the cognitive dissonance, we can not cope with understanding: but as it looked really in the eyes of the rest of humanity - all the things that we do? 

      Violated logic and common sense. The source of power in Russia - the people, it creates a state and he has delegated his powers. It's not us for the state, this state for us. But we are not masters in their own country - you can see what kind of things happening in Russia today. Do citizens in a referendum decided to inject embargo against products that came to us from the West? No, the government has limited and - and everything, no matter what anyone Toot this bad, people did not ask, you know? This is our current political practice.

      - If you open files, and historians go there, and it will somehow reasonably be published, it somehow is on the public consciousness can affect? Or thing of the past?

      - And will go. Scientific tourism, of course, will flourish, because the opening of archives - it is always a feast for the people who deal with the history, it is always a wonderful event - to expand their horizons and enrich knowledge. In Russia there is bucking the trend: in Russia foreigners simply obstruct to work in libraries and archives, finding fault with what they have, for example, a tourist visa. 

      I think that the Russian legislation is absolutely corrupts everything that should actually be. If a person came on a tourist visa, he has the right to go to the museum. Then the question arises: why did not he have the right to go to the archive? This is the same acquisition of knowledge - that the archive, the museum, the library. This is his private affair. money, on the contrary, he spends them on a copy (and in our archives it is expensive). In any country this is not - you can in any European country to come on a tourist visa and engage in the archive, enhancing their knowledge. 

      Alexander Borzenko