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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6432 11 September 2009, 18:39 Russian deacon attacks attempts to justify Gen. Vlasov St. Petersburg, September
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      11 September 2009, 18:39
      Russian deacon attacks attempts to justify Gen. Vlasov

      St. Petersburg, September 11, Interfax - A deacon of the Moscow-based
      Russian Orthodox Church in an open letter to the Russian Orthodox
      Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) primate slammed a recent attempt by
      ROCOR to justify Andrey Vlasov, a Soviet general who went over to
      Nazi Germany's side during World War II.

      "From the moral point of view, the rehabilitation of Vlasov would
      mean justification of Judas' sin and glorification of treason and of
      mass-scale Nazi repressive action on Russian territory," Deacon
      Vladimir Vasilik, a lecturer at St. Petersburg State University, said
      in his letter to Metropolitan Hilarion.

      In his letter, whose text was made available to Interfax-Religion on
      Friday, Vasilik was commenting on statement by the ROCOR Synod on the
      book The Tragedy of Russia. The "Forbidden" Themes of the 20th
      Century by Protopriest Georgy Mitrofanov, a professor at the St.
      Petersburg Theological Academy.

      The Synod argued that Vlasov had been a patriot rather than a traitor.

      "In the Russian Diaspora, where some of the survivors of the ROA
      [Russian Liberation Army, founded by Vlasov] found themselves,
      General Vlasov was and remains a symbol of resistance to godless
      bolshevism in the name of the rebirth of Historic Russia," the Synod said.

      Deacon Vasilik, who is a historian and philologist as well as a
      cleric, said he was surprised that "such an important church body"
      had spent "some of its precious time on what is far from the best
      theological and historical book to have been published in Russia."

      The Deacon expressed support for critics of Fr. Georgy who condemned
      what was "a patent attempt to rehabilitate sin and groundless
      allegations that an entire people was in the service of evil."

      Vlasov "broke his military oath and betrayed Russia, and it is Russia
      that he harmed and not the communist regime or its leaders," Fr. Vasilik said.

      "At the hard hour that Russia was bearing its cross of suffering,
      Vlasov went over to the side of its worst enemy and began to serve
      one of the most horrendous regimes in human history, the occult
      regime of Hitler, which was in practice pursuing a policy of
      dismembering Russia and completely destroying the Russian people,"
      the Deacon said.

      Fr. Vasilik said the Nazis had been pursuing a policy of "scorched
      earth" and "complete destruction of the people" in central Russia and
      in northwestern Soviet Union, especially in Belarus, and that this
      policy was being put into practice by collaborators "whom Vlasov
      tried to justify and inspired with his appeals."

      "Vlasov gave his name to collaborator [military] units and thereby
      took the entire responsibility for their crimes," the Deacon said.

      Fr. Vasilik said that, in terms of current Russian law, Vlasov, "who
      remains unrehabilitated, is a traitor and Nazi helper."
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