interfax: A documentary about relationships between Stalin and Church
- (Frankly I don't know what kind of person could suggest this with a strait face. Utter
revisionalism if you ask me. And a sick joke at that.)
A documentary about relationships between Stalin and Church
Moscow, October 18, Interfax - A documentary on Stalin and the Third Rome in the
Orthodox Encyclopedia series is to be soon released.
Collected in it are unique shots and facts about how Stalin initiated a revival of the Russian
Church and attempted to do what no Russian emperor failed to achieve. It was an attempt
to realize the idea of Moscow as the Third Rome, which had been once voiced by Monk
Philopheus. This theory asserted the historic importance of the Russian capital city as a
global political and ecclesiastical center.
The documentary relates how Stalin ordered that film-maker Sergey Eisenstein produce an
epic about Ivan the Terrible at the height of the war. The filmmaker put in the autocrat's
mouth the 500-year-old idea of the Third Rome, which began at that time to overcome
the former Georgian seminarian, the Vesti news (Rossiya TV channel) has reported.
The authors of the documentary have revealed sensational details and used rare news
briefs. Viewers can see in particular how Georgiy Karpov, the state's overseer of the
Church, kisses a new patriarch in the presence of amazed guests. That kiss was a result of
long negotiations at the very top, a symbol of the state's new attitude to the Church.
The enthronement in the Soviet capital is attended for the first time by heads of Orthodox
Churches in Europe and the Middle East. Stalin demands that a World Orthodox Religious
Center be set up in Moscow as soon as possible.
`Stalin keeps saying that it takes probe and pressure. Molotov says nothing will come out
from it. Stalin pushes: you just try, try it', relates State Duma deputy Natalia
Narochnitskaya, Doctor of History.
The documentary structured as an exciting detective story, tells about the failure of
Stalin's design. But it was thank to it that Patriarch Alexis I managed to initiate a revival of
Orthodoxy in Russia by opening 500 new parishes and St. Sergius Laura of the Trinity.