05 March 2008, 14:58
Stalin era should never return Russian Orthodox Church
Moscow, March 5, Interfax - On the day of the
55th anniversary since Stalin's death the Moscow
Patriarchate has warned against glorifying
Stalin's era and called for a realistic evaluation of the period.
"Present and future Russian citizens should be
aware of what Stalin's era really was and should
not be painting idealistic pictures of the time,"
Reverend Georgy Ryabykh, the acting secretary for
relations between Church and the public at the
Moscow Patriarchate Department for External
Church Relations, told Interfax-Religion.
Stalin's era is "a lesson of great historical
significance for today's Russia and other
countries," he said, adding that the era "should never return."
Under Stalin the country was able "to recover
after the civil war, to preserve its unity, to
carry out industrialization, to win the war, and
to build its scientific potential," he said.
"But these achievements in social building cannot
be justified by the victims of the Soviet regime
during the years of Stalin's rule," he said.
The example of other nations shows "how the same
achievements could have been made otherwise,
without sacrificing our own citizens," Fr. Georgy said.