There are very different points of view on this controversial issue, sometimes diametrically opposed. Publishing the article by Father Nikolai Bulgakov, we hope for further discussion of this important topic on the pages of our newspaper.
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One cannot disagree with this conclusion of the American historian, professor at Montclair University, Ph.D. Grover Ferr. In his research “Anti-Stalin's villainy” (M., “Algorithm”, 2007), he showed that of all the statements of the “closed report” N.S. Khrushchev's "On the cult of personality and its consequences", uttered by him in the 1956 year, "exposing" Stalin and Beria, there was not a single truthful. Meanwhile, this propaganda version continues to underlie the official concept of the history of Russia of the past century, and it still has fierce advocates in our country and abroad. Of course, not without reason.
Science or propaganda?
Indeed, in the history of our country, which still exists in Soviet times, there are so many displacements, delays, tensions, defaults, fragments of various ideological schemes, and direct falsifications that it would be best not to correct it, but to write again.
How many such “revisions” we have seen in our century, in all Soviet years, how many times some works were removed from libraries that had just been published in millions of copies, including the books of the leaders of the Communist Party. How many names have been completely forgotten! I remember that a page of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia was sent to us by mail with a proposal to cut a page with an article about L.P. Beria, his big portrait and paste a replacement - and forget forever, as if such a figure in our history has never been.
And this distortion did not end after the CPSU ceased to be the ruling party, and its ideology - the state. The new ideology, “post-Soviet”, “democratic”, turned out to be surprisingly loyal to its predecessor on the main historical question, although she tried to resolutely renounce it.
Why are there disputes about Stalin?
One of the reasons for these heated debates is that the Stalin period of our history has never been publicly told the truth. And not only here, but also abroad, in émigré literature.
During the life of Stalin, of course, it was not to objectivity. There was a solid policy and ideology, internal and external struggle. There are cases when his public statements in the press were censored. He did not give out his “military secrets” to anyone - neither enemies nor comrades. Abroad, too, many did not guess much and still have not guessed, even our compatriots.
And after the death of the Generalissimo, rampant propaganda again went, but in the opposite direction.
Then - silence, subtle ideological pharmaceuticals. True, at this time, memoirs of our military leaders began to appear, in which the truth was. But they were well edited. Memoirs of the Chief Marshal aviation A.E. Golovanov's “Long-Range Bomber ...”, which he did not want to rule according to the requirements of Brezhnev censorship (he cited too good facts about Stalin, under whose direct control he served the whole war), the world was released only nineteen years after the author’s death.
Finally, in the 1973, the “GULAG Archipelago” appeared in the West. Solzhenitsyn - it seems to be a complete, bare to the bone truth about this time, nowhere else. But no, for some reason everything is against “communism”, “communist ideology”, and what and who was behind these words in real history - again fog, and what kind. For this purpose, it was written and published, and now the schoolchildren are being imposed instead of Pushkin and Gogol?
The main historical lie of this book is that at that time there allegedly was a struggle between two forces: the communist and the whole nation. In fact, there were fiercely opposing each other two main state forces.
In Soviet times, historical science directly declared "party". There, not only about the twentieth century, about the entire Russian thousand-year history (it was called “History of the USSR”), it was necessary to think and write only from Marxist-Leninist, “class” positions, precisely following the latest attitudes of the official ideology.
And after the "abolition" of Marxism-Leninism in 1991, the ideological reins of government were immediately deftly intercepted by the Westerners-democrats.
However, they especially had nothing to intercept - basically they were the same people, with the same outlook in the most important thing - in relation to the Russian historical tradition. So they didn’t even stand up from the box - right there, sitting, grabbed new, strong, imported reins that were different from the old, used, worn and flabby, but with their appearance, but not the essence.
A striking example of such a touching continuity is the loyalty of the “personality cult” theory. In this anti-historical legend, everything was built on displacements and distortions. What is called, "exactly the opposite."
“As the opposite? - Ask a person who has studied the history of Russia of the twentieth century in this same twentieth century. - Hasn't there been repression? Was it 1937 of the year? Wasn’t Stalin at the head of the country at this time, isn’t he responsible for what was happening then? ”
Yes, a lot of energy is put on presenting the case in such a way that we are content with this primitive version, which does not explain anything to us in the essence of what was happening in the country, but in order and appeared to hide this essence.
The starting point of the Twentieth Congress was purely political: historical assessments were measured not from the interests of the entire Russian people, but from the interests of the top Bolsheviks, and a certain part of it, and now pay attention to this! “Stalin turned out to be“ bad ”because he went against this top.
Focus theory of the "cult of personality"
"Stalin is repression, repression is Stalin."
What it is?
This is a propaganda trick, an illusion of truth. It seems: the story is true, but in reality - only one appearance.
Stalin - repression? And the whole punitive system of Bolshevism, created in 1917, Lenin, Trotsky, Sverdlov, Voikov, Beloborodov, Dzerzhinsky, Tukhachevsky, Zemlyachka, Yagoda, Yezhov, Latsis, Peters, Boky, Frinovsky, Trilisser, Agranov, Berman, Kaganovich, Khrushchev, Khrushchev, Khrushchev, Khrushchev, Frinovsky, Trilisser, Agranov, Berman, Kaganovich, Khrushchev, Khrushchev, Khrushchev, Khrushchev, Khrushchev, Frinovskiy Ehe is not repression?
They were all deceived and intimidated by the cunning, evil, cunning, all-powerful Stalin? They did not think that shooting thousands of people, gassing the peasants dying of hunger with gas in the forests was not good? If they knew, if he hadn’t forced them, they would never have done it?
But they did. By what jurisprudence, by what law of God are they not with it?
Khrushchev, with fear for just retribution, and above all, probably for the murder of Stalin and Beria, when he rushed to power, like an obsessive (or without “how”), rushed to blame everything on his victims: I am not guilty in reprisals, and they, if this murder opens, got what they deserved.
One can understand him, then with fear you can’t say anything (especially if you wink from the West: come on, they say, we are with you). No matter how wrong you are, even about the fact that Stalin fought around the globe. But why do we need all this nonsense? Believing slander, and even spreading it is a sin.
Khrushchev rushed to power - and seized. And he showed the whole world, history, what can happen to a person who is unworthy of power. Who, not believing in God, going against the edge, does not receive power from Above, but steals it from the other side.
Stalin in our history is not only repression. And not everyone who was "with him."
Stalin is no less - it is an independent country. This is morality, this is complete chastity in the media, at school, this is a complete ban on pornography, prostitution, homosexuality, drug addiction, corruption, Russophobia ...
This, of course, is the victory of 1945 of the year, which is not in history without him. This is patriotism. These are open churches. These are illegal abortions. This is the mother-heroine. These are innocent high school girls. This is the dignity of the officer and engineer. This is life and work according to conscience for the common cause.
Stalin is against bezhozyaystvennosti and irresponsibility, against bribery and drunkenness, against theft and betrayal, against godlessness and debauchery. Stalin - for Gogol (only with him in the Soviet era came his most complete works) and for Glinka (he kept the last scene in the renewed "Ivan Susanin"), for St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square, he was saved. For the sovereign Russian people and "strong Orthodoxy."
Why were positive, creative phenomena at the same time accompanied by internal struggle in the country, repression against various sectors of society, to what extent this combination was controversial, and how legitimate - an objective history was designed to answer these questions.
It's time to open the archives
To write the scientific history of Russia of the twentieth century, will have to open the archives. Otherwise, where does it come from?
“Beginning with Khrushchev's“ thaw ”and the Gorbachev era with its“ publicity ”and“ openness, ”says G. Furr,“ when it was meant a freer access to the archives, and ending with our days, only a tiny portion of investigative materials on cases were declassified persons accused of the famous Moscow demonstration processes 1936, 1937 and 1938. ”
Why not open archives? Why are they still closed - about the events 75-year-old?
It is necessary to think that if there were facts confirming Stalin’s guilt, they would have been made public a long time ago with the goal of complete and final “de-Stalinization”. It means that it is easy to conclude that there are documents that will expose the Khrushchev-perestroika historical version.
Referring to the fact that, they say, if you open the archives, open facts, unpleasant for the relatives of some individuals.
Well, well, maybe, it will be unpleasant for someone to learn the truth about their relatives. And because all the people should live a lie about their history - let it be unpleasant? Let the name of the man who stood at the head of the country for thirty years remains slandered, including during the fiery test of the Great Patriotic War? Let our youth drink the poison of hatred for their Fatherland, for its immediate history? Let the whole world believe in slandering our people, our army, considers traitors to be heroes, and heroes to be traitors?
God's or human?
How do we understand the essence of the Stalin era? Historically approaching her tasks, entrusted to her, not without the will of God, not without the will of the Lady of our Theotokos, who covered the Russian Land with Her Protection for centuries and did not leave her in 1917, about which She announced to our people the appearance of Her Sovereign icon.
It was a creative, building era — and at the same time a military one, because the enemies did not want to strengthen our Fatherland in the terrible twentieth century. Having entered the era of scientific, technical, economic, informational, military "progress," they absolutely did not want Orthodox Russia to enjoy its fruits, keeping up with them, or even ahead, with God's help. It was necessary to slow down at any cost, and even better to conquer. This was organized by 1917.
But "man is so, and God is inac". Russia made another great sacrifice in those years. And yet (and because of this), by the mercy of God, did not perish. She began to gain strength - and this was happening with Stalin at the head. His tremendous desire to strengthen and unite the country as soon as possible, his enormous energy builder and organizer, his will to win - economic, organizational, cultural, moral, military - his Orthodox education, his education, his attitude to culture and morality more and more and more imprinted on our historical path in the twentieth century - although, of course, every person always had his own free will, which is given to us from God.
The Lord provided creative talent in him - and gave him power, which, as is well known, is from God. No cruelty and cunning, if the Lord does not allow, will not tear it out (which the atheists cannot perceive - that's why only “character traits” are to blame for everything). Not even the Imams of the authorities are united to Me, if not given above (John 19, 11), the Lord said to Pilate.
The country’s position was essentially military in this era, even in peaceful years — between the First World, immediately followed by the civil one, and soon (just two decades later) the Second World War, the most destructive in the world history, broke out, and then to her - the “cold war”, more than once, however, which was heated up before the “hot” clashes in different parts of the world (for example, in Korea) and all the time threatened the third world.
It is not surprising that we cannot imagine the one who was called the Master of the country, in a jacket, with a tie and wearing a hat - only in a cap, jacket, or uniform.
But military psychology and civil are not the same thing. And they cannot be the same. A military man, the commander of any level is not from cruelty sends his men to death. He has no right to do otherwise, to show sentimentality, otherwise he will not defeat the enemy, but the enemy will defeat him, and his fighters will die, and he and his people.
The liberal world outlook is categorically rising against the military. It is for "freedom", for "humanism." It hates the warrior spirit, the spirit of self-sacrifice and discipline. “No deeds, no sacrifices, no dedication, no orders are needed - let everyone live as he wants, easily and comfortably. Leave us all alone. We do not want to build anything, we do not need any empires, we need “cafes of poets” in the basement, convenient service, access to all countries, libraries, films, shops, beaches and restaurants - like in Liechtenstein. All your empires are not worth one person with his ruined unhappy life (that is, mine). Nobody wants to attack us! Nobody needs us! ”
And never attacked? ..
Strange as it may seem, the military worldview no less loves an individual and wishes him happiness. Moreover, it is for his sake and makes the greatest sacrifices. Big sowing love no man, but who will lay down his soul for his friends (John 15, 13). And it loves freedom no less. But it understands that in the world, which, as the apostle said, lies in evil (1 John. 5, 19), in the world, where invisible battle goes on continuously, where the devil and the demonscheme of demons, who try to bring every person to evil , to sin and destroy forever, and something, alas, they succeed (otherwise there would be nothing to write to the “Moscow Komsomol”), in this world without struggle, without sacrifice, peace is unattainable, but complete peace, as Reverend Ambrose of Optina wrote , will be only in the Kingdom of Heaven, into which one can enter, according to Scripture, only many sorrows (Acts 14, 22).
Humanism is anti-Christian, that is, satanic teaching. When the Lord spoke of the coming sufferings of the cross, out of human love for Him, the apostle Peter said: “Lord! May this not be with you! ”To which the Lord replied:“ Get away from me, Satan! You are my temptation! because you think not of what is God, but what is human ”(Matt. 16, 22-23).
What is the price of winning?
When the holy Prince Alexander Nevsky, having prayed, went into battle with the invaders, having a much smaller army, he acted "not humanely" towards his soldiers: they could all perish. And the holy Prince Dimitri Donskoy, having prayed and asking for a blessing from St. Sergius of Radonezh, went to the Kulikovo battle, in which many of our soldiers fell. And the commander Suvorov dared to storm the impregnable fortresses and marched through the Alps, losing people, but bringing God's victory to the Fatherland.
Stalin became a generalissimo for good reason, as did Suvorov. They have the most important thing in common: a great will to win, striving only forward, without the slightest delay (only if tactical), pressure, pressure, throw - “not one step back!”
All of them could "pity the people" who were killed in a multitude on the battlefields. But then there would be no country. People would not rise in history. That is exactly what his haters blame Stalin for - the commitment to the whole of Russian history, to what created all its victories, what went through all its construction.
When Kutuzov gave Moscow painfully (as modern “culture zealots” and humanists who pity “every person” would condemn him), he did not do it from insensitivity, not from fleeing to the people, to his culture, to our shrines, even but choosing the lesser evil, preferring the main secondary, and the main thing was that it was necessary to save the army to defeat the enemy, even at such a price. That is, acting "Stalinist methods."
When it’s not God's will,
Not given b Moscow.
Yes, that's the thing! God's will, the will of a human-loving God, who loves each of His creation, each person immeasurably more than any humanist and liberal, is not limited only to his earthly well-being. Earthly eyes, the eyes of Western godless liberalism is impossible to understand. It is impossible to understand why the Lord allows all this sea of sorrows, with the waves of which unhappy humanity is fighting. But only strong faith gives the answer that in all of this - the love of God, and above all it is that God loves taco peace, like he and his only begotten Son eat, yes, everyone who believes in On does not die, but have eternal belly ( John 3, 16).
It is clear that there are different dimensions, two completely different approaches to life.
“Fiery revolutionaries”, who declared the “Red Terror” in the country already in 1918, flooded the Russian land with the task of destroying historical Russia, to a large extent determined the brutality of this era, including a comparable response. The battle with them was serious, “either - or”, and, of course, it required determination.
They didn't fold weapons not for one day of the twentieth century.
And they are not going to fold it.
They killed Stalin.
Everything that he did, they will always be called "meaningless cruelty." Because it was against them, not against the people. Everything that the opponents of the Russian people did, the destroyers of Great Russia, even the monstrous in its cruelty shooting of the House of Soviets from tanks in Moscow in October 1993, all this will be justified by the “humanists."
Secrets of the Stalin era
In the XIX century, as we know, we had only two allies: our army and navy, according to the words of Emperor Alexander III. And even more so in the twentieth century, we were alone in the world, among many enemies. Stalin and his associates, who supported their people, set themselves the goal of creating an independent mighty power, pursuing their own course, not only independently managing the wealth of their native land, who never left foreigners indifferent, destroying entire nations for profit, but also deciding to have their own, independent worldview, its own, different from all, social order.
We decided to live by other laws, unprecedented for the history of the world. We opposed collectivism to the monstrous egoism of capitalism, the thirst for profit — sacrifice and the pursuit of justice, modernism — traditional culture, debauchery — morality and chastity. And all this had to be protected. And not only from the enemies of these goals, this course outside the country, but also inside it.
Among these lofty goals there was no main thing - faith in God, although not everything then was contrary to Christianity. It happened historically. In the 1917 year, atheists came to power, whose leaders set as their main goal the destruction of Orthodoxy in Russia. They slandered the faith and the Church, saying that the people had no benefit from them, only harm. They did a lot of evil. But the Lord did not allow them to reach their goal. The people resisted these plans. Even among the Bolsheviks remained believing people. Russian communism, as it was understood by those who had a sincere thirst for justice and "popular truth", acquired its own features distinct from the Western worldview. Objected directly to Engels, Stalin proclaimed the non-contradiction of Bolshevism to Russian patriotism. This was manifested in many features of the Stalinist structure of Russian life. In particular, in strengthening the family, chastity, returning to the heritage of the great Russian culture, brought up by Orthodoxy.
How did it happen that ideologically godless state, gaining power, resisted world evil, served good? Is it possible?
Maybe. On the buckles of the Nazis was written "Gott mit uns", and their invasion served the devil. Our fighters had five-pointed Masonic stars in their caps and buckles, and they did the right thing, in fact, served God.
Russia was renamed the USSR, but remained Russia. The Russian people were renamed Soviet, but remained Russian. Faith was corroded from the whole way of life of the country: from state policy, the army, culture, science, education - and many people who made up the people still remained believers, and Russia remained the House of the Virgin, the Fourth Destiny, and by Her unspeakable mercy , ruled by the Mother of God, the Sovereign Icon of Which, manifested in Kolomna in 1917, the Providence of God from 1929, was in Red Square.
If you look at the names of the signs, you will not understand anything. The bottom line will be hidden. Life is mysterious. Parade, outside - everything is simple, but this is not the essence, but what hides it.
The Russian people also differ from the Western people in that they, like a child, live more with their heart, with feeling (for which the Hitlerites so despised him — and now they are not in history). And therefore he feels the essence, looks deeper than the sign, before which the mind stops and freezes.
“What a rr-revolutionism!”
In the twentieth century, we had to pay a high price: derogation of the Church, faith in Russia, the suffering of the new martyrs, of the whole people — perhaps in order for Russia not to die physically, to win wars, to stand and strengthen. She was faced with great trials ... Although at the same time it was a retribution for godlessness - for the sake of the return of the “prodigal son” to her father's house.
And the restoration of church life, and the strengthening of faith in people, this whole spiritual task began to be solved especially when our people made the greatest sacrifice during World War II — this is the real reason, and not fantastic: because, they say, “Stalin understood ... ... ”This is the“ cult of personality inside out ”: without God and Stalin nothing can; but God without sacrifice, without faith, without prayer, without repentance, without arbitrariness does not save people ...
Something similar happened more than once in our history. More than once we stood on the verge of death. For example, the holy noble Prince Alexander Nevsky had to endure the Tatar yoke for the sake of the country's spiritual independence: we couldn’t fight on “two fronts”. We had to make sacrifices at all critical, almost catastrophic moments in our history - both during the years of Ivan the Terrible, and during Peter the Great ... And also: we sacrifice many traditions, including the relatively independent position of the Church, with our traditions, but we grow stronger materially. relation to the same level with the West. So the essence of the Stalinist jerk, the Stalinist era was in the mainstream of Russian history.
At the same time, everything that the Lord permits to be accomplished always has a positive side. A blessing in disguise, as you know. The persecution of the Church gave in Heaven a host of new martyrs headed by the Royal Family, the sacrificial feat of which became the spiritual apex of the Russian autocracy that had matured for holiness in the person of His Monarch. The church was cleansed by suffering from its ailments, freed from traitors in cassocks - the Renovationists, strengthened in trials, reached a new spiritual height.
One of the prisoners of the time, the Orthodox poet A.A. Solodovnikov wrote:
Grate rusty, thank you ...
Schiarchimandrite Ignatius (Lebedev), imprisoned in Butyrskaya Prison in 1935, testified that "the Lord visited him with such a joy, like he had never experienced before."
Of course, all this is not “justification” for the persecution of the Church. It’s just that God has no uniqueness. All the time there is a struggle against good in this kind of adulterous and sinful (Mr. 8, 38), and how the struggle is going on, the way God leads us, is not so obvious to us, because His Providence is incomprehensible to us.
Collectivization was accomplished largely by military methods. But she was, in fact, preparation for war. If there were no collectivization, there would be no industrialization, the best in the world T-34 tank would not have been created and built, the material base for the Red Army would not have been created, there would have been no Great Victory. Europe and the world would not be liberated from Nazism.
Peter I also conducted his "collectivization" to build St. Petersburg. But this was the will of God, which was announced to him by St. Metrophanes of Voronezh. As for the construction fleet and the creation of a regular Russian Army, thanks to which Russia has become a full-fledged European state. Peter took the Kazan icon of the Mother of God (before which Stalin prayed) to the foundation of the new capital - and our people, making great sacrifices, created both the city on the Neva and the fleet, and defeated the Swedes, again after the Tsar's prayers in front of the Kazan icon.
As for the “excesses,” that is, cruelties during the conduct of collectivization, without which it could do, then an objective history has yet to be established what role the Bolsheviks-Trotskyists played in it, acting not in the vein of Stalin’s ideas, but pursuing their goals, including the struggle against the Orthodox faith and the Church, the preservation of their clan power in the country at any cost. It was about them that Stalin wrote in the famous article “Dizzy with Success” - “about those, if I may say so,“ revolutionaries ”who start organizing the artels with the removal of bells from churches. Remove the bells - think what a rr-revolutionism! ”(Pravda, March 2, 1930).
"Spirit breathes where it wants"
Critics of Stalin constantly blame him for losses, declaring even the main Victory in world history almost as soon as our defeat (this is what a trend can do!) But what we know is not the only scenario, it could be that our people would simply cease to exist in the twentieth century in history. What happened, is not just the best option of the possible - most likely the impossible option has happened, a new miracle of Russian history has happened.
In the twentieth century, apparently, an offensive against Russia was being prepared with the satanic dream of destroying it, destroying its faith, and destroying the Russian Church. And the Lord allowed Satan to act - within certain limits. This framework implored the Lord to narrow the Mother of God, revealing Her sovereign image, which meant Her Protection over Russia and protection to all who would turn to her in this hard times. And besides, since She took control of Russia, left without a king, She took the earthly power (through prayers and our saints, in heaven and on earth) from Trotsky with the legion and gave the Orthodox on baptism, education and education for man, faith who remained secret, at some time, maybe even for himself, as if she were under a bushel. In many ways, it remains to this day the mystery of God. As, however, and the faith of each person.
When you see how his political opponents, one by one, having just had enormous power in the country, suddenly, like autumn flies, without much struggle, let it out of their hands and leave the political arena, and for some reason fight each other and take turns they win a friend, and the “cunning and evil” almost stands aside, barely participating in this fight - then you realize that it was a miracle that happened, that the Lord decided everything.
“The spirit breathes where it wants” (John 3, 8), said the Supreme Commander General P.A. Rotmistrov in 1944, when he entered Bulgaria and offered him “to make a gift to believers”: take Constantinople, the path to which was open. And he added to the general: "Moscow and so long ago the Third Rome." He evidently did not forget about that or the other for a minute ... And he made it clear to Pavel Alekseevich that he too would have been happy to take Constantinople as an Orthodox person (hear brothers and sisters: “The Spirit breathes where it wants”, - he is about himself). But not all we can do what we want ... And above all - the one who bears the burden of responsibility for the people, for the country.
So God, who, as you know, “has a lot of things,” could have this simple plan: in response to the Reigning Lady's plea to place an Orthodox person at the head of the country, and he will lead the country's turn to the traditional imperial autocratic course, ... And it depended on a lot! .. (The question for us today is the most urgent). From all Russian people, from their faith, from their prayers, from their sacrifice and repentance, the suffering of an understanding of the truth of our sovereign path after everything was lost ... From every prayer of all the saints, in the Russian land, they shed their light - glorified and unhealthy. But not only from the will of the first person in the state - although his will, and his faith, his prayers, his sacrifices, and the prayers of his mother, Catherine Georgievna, participated in this, of course (so she also has a special role in our history; the mother’s prayer is known to raise from the bottom of the sea).
There is no desire to whitewash, to justify evil, to consider it as good, to give a distorted assessment of the activity of any historical figure. There is no desire to remove that responsibility from JV Stalin, which he bears in history for what he has done. But no one will relieve us of responsibility if we deny anything in our history. Responsibility for not giving young people the truth about her homeland, prevented her from loving her motherland, respecting her past, and at least to some extent poisoned her with contempt for her people. One should be afraid of this no less, and even more, than too positive attitude towards any historical figures. Batyushka Nikolai Guryanov spoke when he was reproached with a kind word about one of them, also slandered:
- Do we say something bad about him?
But, restoring the true coordinate system, we need to avoid distortions in the other direction. One can understand the emotional impulse of those talking about “Stalin’s canonization” as a reaction to blasphemy and slander, but this emotionality does not help restore the real historical picture.
The overwhelming majority of our people have one simple desire: to know the truth about our history of the twentieth century, whatever it was, whatever “idea” it served or contradicted, no matter what estimations, conclusions came, but simply was true.
The devaluation of heroism?
The post-Stalin Communist Party began to abandon heroism, from sacrifice. The desire not to “win by any means”, but “to rest”, “to engage in ourselves” became more popular, and this flourished in the Brezhnev time, which ended the history of the USSR. The idea of sacrifice, on which the empire of Stalin rose and gained strength, was undermined. Why sacrifice your well-being, even your life? For the sake of a false nomenclature that says beautiful words (as much as it can, as far as its language is turned over), and at the same time seizes all the benefits that it does not give to the people?
Yes, indeed, the lofty words no longer sounded, they diverged from the way of life of those in power. It was with Stalin, during his ascetic life, when he himself and his like-minded people did not need anything other than a strong country, as if imperial ideas were secured with a gold reserve of this asceticism. And after him, when people came to power with a different worldview, when real national-economic goals began to be replaced by ideological rattling (which was clearly relegated to Stalin's background), all these ideas began to devalue. The gap between word and deed became apparent. And the country collapsed.
Today, creative ideas, too, will not be able to find reinforcement in anything, as soon as in a person, in a way of life, in moral character, in relation to the truth and the height of the Russian historical tradition, in its loyalty and responsibility for its continuation in the 21st century of the new leader of the country and his like-minded people. If they want to devote their lives to sincere service to God and Russia, they will be given tremendous resistance. But if their cause is right, the Lord will help them, and the victory will be ours.