Re: [orthodox-synod] Congratulations to Putin
- Dear Fr. Deacon,
I should have probably simply ignored this, but I find this post very disturbing. I lived in Russia in the 80's and early 90's, and I know that the entire nation (including Mr. Putin) went through rethinking its past and condemned the Soviet regime with all the atrocities. One must be blind not to see that. The most vivid proof of this is the fact that the USSR has collapsed and the KPSS was banned as a political organization (do not confuse with KPRF and other similar contemporary political groups).
I read this post as a sign of disrespect for the Russian people and their choice coming from an confused person living in Australia. Not to mention the disrespect to the First Hierarch of a part of the Russian Church. What you (and some others) seem to miss here, Fr. Deacon, is the fact that Mr. Putin was elected by the Russian people and has the right to represent the people (many of whom are Orthodox) and the country to which many of us (in the Church Abroad) are related in one way or another.
V. Boitchenko (Albany, New York)
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Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: [orthodox-synod] Congratulations to Putin
I would have congratulated the ex KGB agent Putin if he had set up a TRUTH
Commission or something
similar & condemned the Soviet atrocities & the butchers (the macabre
massacre) committed against the people of Russia & Russia Herself. Instead
he has spread the ex-KGB tentacles across post soviet Russia & is very
proud of the soviet times. I guess there are Chekistyi in these confused &
troubled times who are now considered to be the good guys no matter what
their past.... indeed we live in strashneyshiya vremena as blessed in
memory Archbishop Averky would say.... Lord Help us ALL please.
unworthy protodeacon Basil from Canberra
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- Not that it matters much, but I've seen an old photo album produced
to commemorate some past anniversary of Met. Laurus (it must have
been his 20 years as bishop, I forgot - I have that book at home).
There were many congratulatory notes there, including one from the
White House (pres. Reagan), the Governor of NY and many others. I
would think that it is quite natural and within the "protocol" for a
Church leader to congratulate the president and to be congratulated,
although these congratulations rarely gain as much publicity as the
one to Putin.