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Russian Scholars Blame Vatican for Unleashing Crimean Waw

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.08.31 Moscow News: Russian Scholars Blame Vatican for Unleashing Crimean War Created: 31.08.2005 17:07 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:07 MSK, 6 hours 32
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2005
      2005.08.31 Moscow News:

      Russian Scholars Blame Vatican for Unleashing Crimean War

      Created: 31.08.2005 17:07 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:07 MSK, 6 hours
      32 minutes ago

      MosNews

      As Russia prepared to mark the 150th anniversary of the heroic
      defense of its southern port of Sevastopol, Russian historians
      released sensational archive data refuting the traditional
      interpretation of the reasons and outcome of the Crimean War
      (1853-1856), RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday.

      "Our national task is to reconstruct that page in our history,"
      prominent historian Vitaly Sheremet told a news conference at the
      Center of the National Glory of Russia.

      "The Eastern war was begun by the Vatican, as it set out against the
      rapid reinforcement of the East-Christian world," the scholar is
      convinced. Sheremet has based his conclusions on unique documents of
      Arab, Turkish and Kurdish origin, the testimonies of captives, and
      intelligence data.

      Scholars have discovered sensational documents at the Foreign
      Ministry's archives of the Russian Empire, Sheremet's colleague,
      historian-orientalist Mikhail Yakushev added. Those papers shed light
      on the conflict between Pope Pius IX and Napoleon III, on the one
      hand, and the Orthodox clerics of the Jerusalem Church and Emperor
      Nicholas I, on the other.

      "It was that inter-clerical strife concerning the Holy places in
      Jerusalem and Bethlehem, that flared up in the year 1850 had
      triggered the Crimean war," Yakushev said.

      Archive data show that the Greek hierarch, being aware of the Sultan
      Abdul Mejid plan to sacrifice the interests of his subjects -
      Orthodox believers in favour of foreigners (Catholics) - urged Russia
      to protect the Orthodox Church.

      Those data give us a chance to look at the Crimean War from a
      different angle, the scholars say. "That was not a war for the
      'selfish ends of the Tsar', but a 'holy war' for Christian sanctuary,
      for the keys to the Temple of the Holy Sepulcher and the Temple of
      Bethlehem, the war against discrimination of Orthodox communities in
      Jerusalem and the Orient," Alexander Melnik, head of the Center of
      the National Glory of Russia, said.

      The Ottoman Empire declared war on Russia in 1853 upon enlisting
      support from England and France.

      Commenting on the outcome of the Crimean War, Yakushev said: "The
      status quo of the holy places was preserved with the blood of Rusisan
      soldiers, as a result of the uncompromising position of Russia in the
      cause of defending the priority right of the Orthodox Church of
      Jerusalem in Palestine in accordance with the state of affairs that
      had existed since the times of the Byzantine Empire."

      Next year the Russian historian plans to publish a work on the issue
      as part of a 30-volume series entitled The Military History of the
      Russian State.
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