Art and Faith

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Yuri Arsenyuk. Daisies. 2003

Daisies

Yuri Arsenyuk

2003

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Well, I didn’t post for three weeks on this site because I was busy with the news of the death of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Olympics, and the war in Ossetia on my other site. However, it’s a sheer pleasure to get back to the Russian art world. The past three weeks have sharpened for me why I maintain these sites. The utter Russophobia and hatred shown by CNN, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other US media outlets (especially the so-called neocon press) is simply outrageous and not in consonance with reality. Nevertheless, no matter what’s said by some, we Russians have a glorious civilisation, culture, and faith reflected in our art, music, athletic prowess, literature, theatre, and cinema. The generosity of soul and depth of heart of the Russian people is well-known.

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Memorial Church on the Field of Poltava, the site of a great victory in 1709 over the Swedish aggressor, King Charles XII, by Tsar Pyotr Veliki

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We have no need to kowtow to anyone, nor do we need tutoring from adolescent American “democrats”. We wish to live at peace with all, we only wish what is ours traditionally, and we respect all other peoples. Those who march on Russia shall find out that the spirit of 1242, 1380, 1612, 1709, 1812, 1853, 1905, 1914, and 1941 still lives. The American neocons are simply the latest invaders to threaten our Russian motherland. They’ll be repulsed… as all other such interlopers in history have been. Just as the more radical communists weren’t a true reflection of the Russian people, the neocons aren’t a true reflection of the American people in the least. The open hand of friendship is offered freely and without guile. However… “All those who march on Russia shall be put to death!” (from Sergei Prokof’ev’s famous cantata Aleksandr Nevksy) God bless all of you and may He keep you under His protection. s Bogom! Go with God! May the Good Lord preserve us in these perilous times.

BMD

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