17601Re: The MP, the ROCOR and ecumenism
- Aug 7, 2006"Vova H" writes:
"The one thing you can say about the Romanovs, since the accession of
Mikhail Feodorovich, is that they have gone out of their way to ruthlessly
suppress and exterminate Russia's native populations, they just haven't been
terribly successful at it."
Please present evidence to back up this statement.
The only group that has been "suppressed" as government policy were the
Old-Believers, primarily for political reasons, because the Russian government
perceived them as a security threat. At one point, that perception was
justified, given that many Old-Believer groups were opposed to the government.
However, under Nicholas II, that policy was reversed.
No "native populations" in Imperial Russia were ever "suppressed", much less
"exterminated", as our interlocutor claims. There were no reservations, there
was no analogue to "Indian wars", there were no exterminations, and there were
no forced conversions to or from a religion. Those ethnic groups which
converted to Orthodoxy, like the Mordva, Ossetiny, &c, did so of free will.
Those who remained Muslim, Buddhist, or pagan, did so freely. Hence, Russia
still has substantial Muslim, Buddhist, and pagan populations.
The seiges of Khiva and Boukhara under Aleksandr II were political
at counterbalancing growing British influence in Central Asia. Note that the
Khans of Khiva and Boukhara remained in power, simply reckognizing the
authority of St Petersburg, and that the populations remained Muslim.
As for the war in the Caucasus, ask any Ossetin or Ingush about the Chechens.
There was no Russian policy to exterminate Chechens, only a policy to defend
innocent people (many of them non-ethnic Russian) from ruthless bums.
Most (if not all) of the ethnic problems in modern Russia are the creation of
Lenin, Stalin, and communist ethnic ideology.
On Russian relations with ethnic minorities, I recommend reading N. Ya.
Danilevskiy, Rossiya i Evropa.
Aleksandr A Andreev
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