Gregorian Masters of Chant

Separating Church, State and History

The Russian Orthodox Church called on government authorities this month to condemn the Soviet communist regime. It’s odd that the church should think about this now. It’s been two decades since Mikhail Gorbachev initiated an avalanche of public disclosures about the horrors of the gulag and the masterminds of the bloody communist dictatorship — Lenin, Stalin, their accomplices and their followers.

That national journey into history was followed by the collapse of communism and then the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin, evolved as a passionate anti-communist and banished the rule of fear and repression that had plagued the nation for seven decades. In the following years, the government and public organizations sought to restore the historical record.

But Russia’s next president, Vladimir Putin, distanced himself from his predecessor’s outlook. During his presidency, anti-communism was strongly played down. Some Communist symbols, including Stalin’s national anthem, were brought back, and references to Stalin’s crimes all but disappeared from official discourse. Government rhetoric promoting Russia as a strong state and warning of a hostile Western world seeking to harm the country boosted admiration for Stalin, which never quite died out during the post-communist years, and a general nostalgia for Soviet times.

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Comment by Alan on January 20, 2009 at 3:38pm
Many Americans also look at the U.S. as a hostile nation and I personally believe that George W. has done more harm to America than good. I hope that today marks a change in the United States and the perception of the U.S. around the world! All of us must work toward a peaceful planet - a change that we all need! One that brings a spiritual uplift to the entire world. I vote for a Gregorian musical world that brings hope instead of fear, love instead of hate, and forgiveness and life instead of revenge and death. Rock on!!!

With Love, Alan
Comment by Angel on February 23, 2009 at 2:42pm
[quote] I vote for a Gregorian musical world that brings hope instead of fear, love instead of hate, and forgiveness and life instead of revenge and death. [/quote]

Oh, Alan, these your words are wonderful and absolutely right (IMHO)! And I would like to join them if you're not against of it. ;)
I also vote for a Gregorian musical world!!!!
Comment by Alan on March 24, 2009 at 3:13pm
Dear Angel, please do what you like with my words. Thank you for the great complement, I am so sorry that I didn't see your comment earlier, five minutes ago was the first time and you made me feel very good indeed!!! What does (IMHO) mean? With love, Alan
Comment by Elena on March 24, 2009 at 11:21pm
Alan, hope you can let me reply as Angel is not here yet)) IMHO means In My Humble Opinion:)
Comment by Angel on March 25, 2009 at 3:44pm
oh, thank you, Elena, for your reply!!! I just was busy, so I couldn't be online to post an answer.

Alan, Elena is absolutely right about the meaning of 'IMHO" ;))))


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