Art and Faith

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Yuri Arsenyuk. Daisies. 2003


Yuri Arsenyuk



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.


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


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.


Monday, 18 February 2008

Ilya Repin. For the Motherland! A Hero of the Recent War. 1878

For the Motherland! A Hero of the Recent War

Ilya Repin



Of course, everyone is talking of the recent unilateral declaration of independence in Kosovo by the UÇK terrorists. This painting reminds us that Russia has deep and lasting ties to the region, ties which are all the stronger due to the shared Orthodox faith of Russians and most native Balkan peoples. America has no such ties, and it has no special interests in the region, despite the recent blatherings of neocons in Washington. The subject in the painting above is an ordinary soldier of the Russian army at the time of the Russo-Turkish War in the late 1870s. The fronts were in the Balkans and on the Caucasian border. Orthodox Russian warriors freed most of the Balkans from the oppression of the Ottomans. Sadly, at the Congress of Berlin, some of the other European powers (shades of Kosovo!) forced Russian troops to withdraw from some regions and the Ottoman persecutors returned to power in those localities until the Balkan Wars of 1912-13. The ordinary people of the Balkans have never forgotten that Russia freed them from the Ottoman yoke, and I can assure you that Russian forces today would be welcomed in the region, despite what a few Westernised politicians and intellectuals say. Serbia and Russia share a particularly deep and abiding bond. The casus belli for the Russian-Turkish War was that Russian volunteers were serving alongside their Serb brothers in the fight against the Ottoman oppressor. In 1914, Russia went to war rather than to see Serbia humiliated by the Catholic Hapsburg aggressor. In 1999, Russia supported Serbia, but, the effects of the smuta following the collapse of the Soviets prevented effectual aid. In 2008… Russia is ready, America isn’t. America’s going to be awakened from its opium dream of “the only superpower” soon. God willing, it won’t take a war to do it.


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