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Putin’s Church

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Valamo, Finland 1930sThe Aviationist reports:

A Tupolev Tu-214SR, used as a communication relay aircraft often dispatched by the Russian Air Force to accompany Putin’s presidential aircraft or other Moscow’s VIPs on their trips, has departed from St. Petersburg and it is currently circling near the border with Finland.

The orbit RSD49 (the radio callsign of the aircraft) is flying, centered on the island of Valaam, the largest in Lake Ladoga, where Putin is visiting his “spiritual mentor”, brings the Tu-214 as close as 20 km from the Finnish border.

There’s something nastily appropriate about that. The Valaam monastery is in a part of Karelia that was Finnish territory until stolen by Stalin in 1940.

In other Russian Orthodox news, note this detail from the recent account of a visit to “separatist”-occupied Slavyansk (eastern Ukraine) by the Belarusian journalist Dzmitry Halko:

[T]hey are in complete control of the city; Slavyansk is occupied.

Q: And what do they call themselves, these armed men?

A: They do not introduce themselves. They have signs everywhere saying “Donbas People’s Militia.” But no one introduced himself to us. No one said anything about himself.

The only person who spoke to us was a civilian who was standing at these roadblocks with a ribbon of St. George [symbol of loyalty to Russia] and without a mask. Some kind of hardcore Orthodox fundamentalist. Only with him was it clear who he was, that he was a local; he even showed his passport – he has retained a Soviet passport in which there was a column for nationality; in it was written: “Russian.” He is proud of this. And he says that we are all Orthodox Russians here. That means, we do not want this “European plague.”

Only he spoke with us in a normal way, and told us about his motives at least. Incidentally, among these people there are many with beards, but not because they have not shaved for many days, but really long beards, as if they were some kind of Orthodox brotherhood. Many say they are from Slavyansk, I do not know.

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2 comments

  • Immigrant from former USSR · April 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

    “The Valaam monastery is in a part of Karelia that was Finnish territory until stolen by Stalin in 1940.”

    However, author has forgotten to mention, that the territory of Saint Petersburg, which served as the capital of Russian empire for about 200 years, was stolen by Russian tsar Peter I from Sweden in 1703. See
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg#Before_1900
    So, why the desire to revise the borders in Europe to time 74 years only? Why not go deeper?

  • PermReader · May 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Many discussions about the similarity of the totalitarian nazies and the totalitarian Soviets can be revised today.Putin revives the Soviet totalitarian ideology without it`s socialistic international character.The wacuum must be filled with the Orthodoxy and “Russian World” gathering. The evidence of the universal totalitarian ideology, which can be decorated by any old and discredited traditions.

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