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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.russia-ic.com/news/show/7473/ Petersburg Communists Multiply Stalin Icon 1.12.2008 A scandal flared up due to the incident with an icon portraying
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      Petersburg Communists Multiply Stalin Icon
      1.12.2008

      A scandal flared up due to the incident with an icon portraying
      Joseph Stalin put up in the Church of Grand Princess St. Olga,
      Equal-to-the-Apostles, in Strelna, under St. Petersburg.

      Following the indignant response of church authorities the
      67-year-old Father Superior Evstafy, who had put the icon up, finally
      had to remove it.

      Officially the scandalous icon is dedicated to St. Matrona of
      Moscow. However, it depicts a legendary incident when the
      generalissimo supposedly visited the saint to ask her for advice:
      whether Moscow had to be defended from fascists.

      The absurd situation attracted "Communists of St. Petersburg"
      who took the news of Father Evstafy as a sky-sign and printed about
      three thousand icons depicting the Kremlin tyrant alone and with a
      halo above his head, and distributed the icons in the city.
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