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130,000 Christians Martyred During the Red Terror but Mainstream Media is Silent

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October 30 is a day when Russians recall those who fell victim to political repressions in the Bolshevik period of the USSR. The repressions, triggered off by the 1917 October Wall Street-sponsored regime change, were directed against the nobility, the well-to-do peasants, and other social groups. But what the Bolsheviks actually unleashed against the Russian Orthodox Church, amounted to a full-scale war of annihilation. From its very first days, the Soviet state sought to completely destroy the Orthodox Church and did it with unbelievable cruelty.  

In the history of the World Church at large, there has never been such a large-scale and all-encompassing, long and uninterrupted persecution as in the XX century Soviet Russia. Even the worst persecution by Diocletian and his successors, which began in 303 AD lasted for only eight years. In Soviet Russia it lasted for decades.

As soon as the Bolsheviks’ Communist Party led by Vladimir Lenin, grabbed power in the 1917 October seizure of Tsarist Russia, it immediately started efforts to strip the church of its influence and wealth.

In January 1918, the Orthodox Church was deprived of all subsidies; religious education in public schools was banned. Eventually, the Bolsheviks removed the sanctioning of marriage and divorce from the authority of the Orthodox Church and reduced these to merely civil functions. The clergy was denied voting rights. US scholar Dennis Durst believes that was done ‘to create space for the official atheism of the Party’s foundational Marxist philosophy’.

Stripping the Orthodox Church of its influence, though, was only part of the story. The other part was the physical extermination of the Orthodox, which began right after the seizure of Orthodox Christian Russia.  

 Only a week after the October Revolution of 1917, in Tsarskoye Selo, a suburb of St. Petersburg, the then capital of Russia, after a prayer for peace, a mob of soldiers brutally murdered Orthodox priest John Kochurov.

During the Civil War of 1918-1922, bishops and priests were crucified on the Holy Gates and church doors, hanged, burned, drowned in ice holes, smothered with their sacred vestments, and buried alive. There have been cases when a priest was first made to watch his wife and children murdered and then tortured and executed.

Here is what Lenin wrote in his memo dated March 19, 1922: ’Top Secret. For members of the Politburo‘: ‘… the removal of property of value, especially from the very richest lauras [largest monasteries], monasteries, and churches, must be carried out with ruthless resolution, leaving nothing in doubt, and in the very shortest time. 

The greater the number of representatives of the reactionary clergy and the reactionary bourgeoisie that we succeed in shooting on this occasion, the better because this ‘audience’ must precisely now be taught a lesson in such a way that they will not dare to think about any resistance whatsoever for several decades.’

The persecution of Christians in Bolshevik-occupied Russia reached its peak in 1937-1938, with even old people got arrested. In 1937, Metropolitan (senior bishop) Seraphim (Chichagov) was 84 years old. He suffered from hypertension, shortness of breath, and dropsy, which is why he moved with difficulty and almost did not leave the house.

When they came to arrest him, the police were afraid to take him away in a prison car. They called an ambulance and drove him to Taganka prison. The interrogation was a formality. On December 7, the so-called Troika decreed that Metropolitan Seraphim be shot. That same year a famous scholar, theologian, and philosopher – Fr. Pavel Florensky was also executed along with about 100,000 other Orthodox Christians.

By 1939 only 100 out of the 60,000 churches, which had been operating in 1917, remained unclosed but not a singly synagogue was touched. Only four ruling bishops were at liberty and they, too, could be arrested at any time. 

The Soviet state scaled back its offensive against the Church in 1941 when the Soviet Union was drawn into WWII. The restoration of church life came as an obvious consequence of the national tragedy.

According to estimates by exiled professor of statistics I. A. Kurganov, from 1917 to 1959, excluding war losses, only from terrorist destruction, suppression, hunger, the high mortality in the camps, and including the subsequent low birth rate, cost us 66.7 million people (The Gulag Archipelago, part 3, Chapter 1). ‘Control of the media is in the hands of the perpetrators.’ ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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  1. Know what else the media is silent about? Vladimir Putin spoke those pious words about not imposing “a Russian model of development” after illegally invading four of Russia’s neighbors in unprovoked, unjustifiable wars of conquest and annexing their land to impose “a Russian model of development,” read: brutal ethnic cleansing and ethnic replacement of non-Russians.

    Additionally, the media is silent about Putin’s eager and willing service of the (((Soviet))) state, his bizarre claim that its collapse was “the greatest tragedy of the modern era,” and his ongoing attempt to recreate it by force over the objections of a hundred and fifty million people whose memories of (((the Workers’ Paradise))) aren’t quite so rosy as his.

    If you find yourself on the same side as Code Pink, Ilhan Omar, and Sheila Jackson-Lee, then you need to sit down, take a deep breath, and think carefully. Your reasoning has led you to take the same side as these traitors to the human race, these betrayers of civilization. Think harder.

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    • Putin, as have many wise people, especially during changing times, changed their opinion. In 1946, Winston Churchill remarked, ‘We have killed the wrong pig’. Most National Socialists (Germany) were former members of the German Communist Party.

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