Art and Faith

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Andrei Ryabushkin. A Meeting of Tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich with His Boyars in the Throne Room. 1893

A Meeting of Tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich with His Boyars in the Throne Room

Andrei Ryabushkin



Tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich (1596-1645) was the first ruler of the Romanov dynasty, and he reigned from 1613 to his death in 1645. The beginning of his reign is commonly considered the end of the Smuta, the “Time of Troubles”. He was a gentle, good, pious, and wise ruler. His disposition to peace gave the country the time to recover after the depredations and rapine caused by the Polish invasion. His reign is a classic illustration of “happy is the land that has no history”. The House of Romanov was to rule until it was betrayed by Westernised intellectuals and nobles in 1917, and this so-called “February Revolution” was to enable the later Bolshevik putsch in October. Therefore, if one’s to view it correctly, Kerensky and the Provisional Government were ultimately responsible for the deaths of the Royal Martyrs at Yekaterinburg on 17 July 1918. Had they not arrested the tsar and his family, there was every chance they could’ve survived. This makes Aleksandr Kerensky more of a regicide than Lenin or Yurovsky. The Church was correct to have refused him burial in consecrated ground. He was the one most to blame for the spilling of innocent blood in Russia. Those who prepare the ground for killers are worse than the killers themselves, for their actions allow others to “think the unthinkable”. That’s why so many in the so-called “Paris Emigration” were so reprehensible. They either were those who by laying hands on the anointed tsar were regicides themselves, or they approved of such, or they were their children who carried on their parents’ secularist legacy. Not all White Guards were conservatives and traditionalists; not all those who fled the Reds were monarchists. Indeed, many were secular humanists of the worst sort. That’s why we have had so much turmoil in the Church in the Russian diaspora. We’ll only have peace in the diaspora when we finally destroy the poisonous legacy of the Kerenskyites and the Mensheviki. God willing, that’s coming soon.


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