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Barbara wrote:Going back to the black and white picture above of the double-headed eagle juxtaposed with the Soviet insignia, one can see how many from the Russian Empire would risk their lives to flee across cold deserts and snowy mountain passes, enduring every hardship to get away from this devil-created new regime. The hammer and sickle emblem is ugly enough as it is. But these particular ones hoisted to replace the majestic imperial eagles look more stark and aggressive, as though specially fabricated in Hell's workshops for this all-important location atop the historic Kremlin towers.
Indeed definitely the darkest point in Russia's history. Let's hope that the men who destroyed these historic Orthodox churches repented to God for their sins.
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On St Nicholas's Day, there was a story about the rebuilding of a triumphal arch constructed in Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East which commemorated the visit of the then-Tsarevich Nicholas in 1891.
Incongruously, I noted that one of the locations under consideration for the new arch was --- Komsomolskaya Square !
That struck me as precisely what the problem is with today's RF. No Russian readers probably batted an eye, because they are used Komsomolskaya Squares and Metro stations all over the country. Komsomol was the NOTORIOUS Communist Youth organization. Participation was mandatory for Soviet youth. Imagine how evil a training these young minds received.
I went to look up to see what this badly-named ploshchad, or square, had had as its original name. However, it seems to have been created by a Soviet architect, as I didn't find anything in brief research. Moscow's Komsomolskaya Square did have a former name, Kalanchyovskaya.
Then I looked at pictures of the Cathedral, the Spaso-Preobrazhensky [ Savior - Transfiguration ]. I came across one or two which illustrate the very problem mentioned several times now by the Rocor Mp synod.
Let's see if the link will work as this may be the 1st time I have used google maps :
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Spaso ... 35.0671491
No. OK well, it shows a dastardly Soviet hammer and sickle on a shield with some fake 'eternal flame' blazing on the ground before this sick monument.
In the background but barely visible - symbolically - is the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral. This Cathedral is unusually tall, so that says quite a bit.
This photo capsulizes everything wrong with the imposition of a superficially Orthodox society upon a monolithic Soviet Communist one which is still all too well entrenched, as witnessed by the persistence of these names.
Not far away from the Khabarovsk Cathedral, one sees a street named after The Unmentionable Demon who unleashed the Revolution and ushered in an era of sheer misery for hundreds of millions of Russians - and others too.
Likewise, Kalinin Street meanders its unmerry way nearby. This is named after the Bolshevik revolutionary who was made head of the entire Soviet Union from 1919 until his death in 1946. Would any normal person want to even step onto a street named for this scary looking monster ?
Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin, with the fanatic, inhuman gaze of the original Bolsheviks. Despite their slogans, he was one of the very few Bolsheviks of genuine peasant origin. Neither did he change his name like many of the major ones did, such as Stalin. Below, Kalinin with Stalin :
The German [East Prussian] city of Konigsberg was taken over the Soviet Union after World War II in one of the many aggressive land-grabs characteristic of that regime. After Kalinin's death on June 3, it was renamed Kaliningrad. Unbelievably, this ancient, cultured city STILL remains under such an unpleasant yoke ! Kaliningrad, a jewel of a port on the Baltic, has never been changed to something suitable and respectful of God.
The German Konigsberg meant "The King's Mountain". So what about Svyatogorsk - Holy Mountain - or something like that ? There is of course the famous monastery in Ukraine named that, but for a city, it might be a good unifier of disparate peoples.
Also, the name Kaliningrad evokes dark pages from the past : Petrograd, Stalingrad.
The city of Tver, near which Kalinin was born [ ironically in the village Verkhnyaya-Troitsa which has the name of the Trinity attached ], was saddled with his name also. Sensibly, it reverted to Tver after the events of 1991.
There might well be some statues of Kalinin lurking around throughout the vast reaches of the former Soviet Union. These need toppled and replaced with traditional (not at all modern/contemporary design) ones of Archangel Michael killing the dragon or carrying a cross --
While not beautiful or majestic, this is just a handy example that came up in a search : Archangel Michael, protector of Sochi
--- and appropriate Saints in reparation for having exalted demons instead of heavenly protectors of squares, cities and regions.
I think Justice was alluding to this same idea.
A final note -- Kalinin was buried in the Kremlin Wall, so rapid bulldozing of that nest of devils would get rid of his pernicious influence together with that of the rest of the Soviet servants of the Devil.
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Another area which could be looked at in terms of a return to proper Tsarist Russia is the use of various historic buildings like palaces. I was researching the Anichkov Palace for the thread on Nun Dosifea.
I assumed that the Anichkov had been restored to something of its former splendor and was open for tourists, local and foreign, to see the famous residence of Alexander III and his wife Marie Feodorovna, the former Princess Dagmar of Denmark, both before and after becoming Tsar and Tsarina. The last Tsar Nicholas II and his brothers and sisters grew up here. With a long and colorful past reaching back to Empress Elizabeth, who commissioned this palace for Nun Dosifea's father, Count Alexei Razumovsky in 1641, such a monument is well worth being open to the public as a museum. That is, until the Tsars return and they or their relatives are occupying it, as should be !
Watercolor of the Anichkov Palace: view from the Fontanka River by Sadovnikov, 1838
"After the October Revolution, the Anichkov Palace was used briefly as a museum of St. Petersburg, and in the late thirties [ other sources say 1934 - Barbara ] became Leningrad's Pioneers' Palace - the local headquarters of the Soviet equivalent of the Boy Scouts. Now named the Palace of Youth Creativity, it is home to a variety of organizations offering after-school education in arts and crafts, sport, sciences, and engineering. Part of the building is also used for the Anichkov Lycee, one of St. Petersburg's most prestigious secondary schools."http://www.saint-petersburg.com/palaces ... ov-palace/Taking a much closer look at the glib description from a St Petersburg tourism website, one can easily guess what type of "museum" the palace was turned into : one to mock the previous system and show how terrible were the Tsars.
Then, "the Soviet equivalent of the Boy Scouts" also puts a nice face on what was an evil organization. A clue is found in the full name : "[Unmentionable] All-Union Pioneer Organization".
Indeed, each 10-15 year old was badgered into joining this instrument of Communist brainwashing of tender youth had to take the following oath :
"I, (last name, first name), joining the ranks of the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization, in the presence of my comrades solemnly promise: to passionately love and cherish my Motherland, to live as the great Lenin bade us to, as the Communist Party teaches us to, as require the laws of the Pioneers of the Soviet Union."
Nauseating. They wore Communist Red neckerchiefs as pictured on this Soviet commemorative and were never far from Communist Red flags.
50 years of the Soviet Young Pioneers. After a decision in 1918-20 by Communist leaders to eradicate the old Tsarist Boy Scouts [ St George Pathfinders ? ], this new mass movement was formed in 1922 to indoctrinate impressionable youth with Marxist-Leninist thought
In fact, according to the Young Pioneer Handbook, each member was compelled to arrange an "atheist's corner" in their homes to wipe out the memory of Icon corners so widespread in Russian Orthodox homes before the Revolution. This ridiculous thing was include anti-Christian and anti-religious pictures ! Along with other atheist memorabilia.
So we can see by the St Petersburg website that much of the past has not been faced, but merely swept under the carpet. In no way do Young Pioneers have anything to do with Boy Scouts or St George Pathfinders : the Young Pioneers were meant to supplant the memory of the Scouts in a typical Soviet move of Evil-to-replace-Good.
While one could hardly argue with a well respected Lycee [ high school ] on the premises, still, surely the Palace could be restored to its former style with the help of old photos. The students could easily be shifted to pursue their "Creative" interests elsewhere. Or, art students could get busy and contribute to the restoration process to accomplish something of lasting value. The Anichkov has a unique history as the residence of Tsars all the way back to Alexander I and Nicholas I. This should be the focal point, not a Soviet-sounding "Palace" of Youth Creativity. In pre-revolutionary days, youth didn't need to develop their talents in a grand palace ! These were set aside for the ruling family and perhaps members of the nobility. But the Communist ideal was to have "the people" take over all the former assets of the higher strata of society as a mockery of the latter.
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