The Resurgent Third Rome
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union opened up many archives and freed the Moscow Patriarchate from persecution, a debate has raged among Russian historians regarding the Revolution and its legacy. As the Russian Spring and war in Donbass showed, the 'Red' socialist and 'White' Orthodox sentiments in society were not mutually exclusive, and in many cases could fight side by side against external enemies. At the same time, the reality that godlessness lay at the heart of the Soviet ideology with the mortal man and his Darwinian/scientific progress rather than Christ placed at the center of the universe remains inescapable. In the 'red' view of Cold War 2, in reply to the question of "why does the West hate us so?" Russia is hated for what it does in standing up and providing a multipolar world alternative to the West. This is the view commonly expressed on RT, Sputnik, and by world famous Eurasianist philosopher Alexander Dugin. In the 'White' view on the other hand, the roots of the war on Russia are spiritual, rather than ideological or materialistic, and date back over a thousand years, to the emergence of Rus as an Orthodox entity after the Great Schism in 1054 AD between Constantinople and Rome.
Some RogueMoney readers likely know the legend, but others do not: in the 8th century the pagan Prince Vladimir of Kievan Rus (Kiev being the cradle of Russian civilization to the alternate satisfaction and rage of Ukrainian nationalists, who accuse the Asiatic 'Moskals' of stealing their identity), searching for a new religion to unify his people, sent envoys to the surrounding empires. In the Holy Roman Empire Vladimir's envoys encountered the Latin rite, but found it too dour for Rus. To the south, the Jewish Khazars lived along the Black Sea in what is today modern day Ukraine, but Vladimir considered them to be abandoned by God because He allowed the Jews to lose their temple and be scattered across the Earth. Muslim nomads did not eat pork or drink any alcohol, an unacceptable restriction to the Rus. It was in the great Cathedral of the Hagia Sofia in Byzantium also known as Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) that Vladimir's envoys reported "we did not know if we were on heaven or Earth". The civilizational choice was made, as with the Armenians and Georgians four centuries before, the Rus accepted mass baptism into the Orthodox Christian faith.
Centuries later, after the Mongol hordes across Eurasia subjecting Rus to a pagan and later Islamic occupation that would split off Russia from the future territories of Belarus and Ukraine, while further distinguishing it from Roman Catholic dominated Europe, the monk Filofey of Pskov famously wrote in a letter to Grand Duke Vasily III, "Two Romes have fallen. The third stands. And there will be no fourth. No one shall replace your Christian Tsardom!" This along with Moscow's use of the Roman/Byzantine double eagle symbol led to Muscovy and later Russia being described as the Third Rome. But as many Roman Catholics believe to this day when citing the Fatima prophecies concerning Russia, there was always a spiritual link between the first Rome and the third. What is undoubtedly true even in the secular realm is that since the end of the last Cold War, Russia has developed closer economic relations with the Catholic parts of Europe led by France, Germany (especially Bavaria) and Austria than it has with the Protestant nations of England, the Netherlands and Scandinavia -- with Poland and the Uniates of the western Ukraine being major exceptions to this observation.
The Great Debate Between the Reds and the Whites and Separating Truth About Tsarist Russia from the Propaganda and Lies
In 1989 a 58-year-old Boris Yeltsin, whom we mentioned in the introduction to this piece, famously toured a Randall's supermarket in the Houston suburb of Clear Lake. It was a stop next to NASA, with whom the Supreme Soviet member was seeking cooperation in outer space, but the experience hardened Yeltsin's convictions about the manifest failures of the planned USSR economy:
About a year after the Russian leader left office, a Yeltsin biographer later wrote that on the plane ride to Yeltsin’s next destination, Miami, he was despondent. He couldn’t stop thinking about the plentiful food at the grocery store and what his countrymen had to subsist on in Russia.
In Yeltsin’s own autobiography, he wrote about the experience at Randall’s, which shattered his view of communism, according to pundits. Two years later, he left the Communist Party and began making reforms to turn the economic tide in Russia. You can blame those frozen Jell-O Pudding pops.
“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people,” Yeltsin wrote. “That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.”
Yeltsin died in 2007 at the age of 76. The Randall’s he visited, just off El Dorado Boulevard and Highway 3, is now a Food Town location. -- Houston Chronicle
Thanks in part to Yeltsin and especially his handpicked successor Putin, empty or sparsely stocked store shelves are a thing of the past, as millions who visited Russia for the World Cup can attest. While Western (non-Marxist) and Russian historians largely agree on the ruinous human cost of the Bolshevik experiment -- with the former led by the recently deceased Richard Pipes often being accused of inflating the body count from famines and purges by the latter -- there is disagreement on how it could have been avoided.
Historians promoting a revisionist view of dictator Josef Stalin (who was born in Georgia as Iosef Vissarionovich Dzughashvili, where he was training to become a monk before joining the party) say the 'man of steel' took Russians from horse and buggies to nuclear bombs and space rockets within thirty years, seizing half of Europe as spoils of victory over Nazi Germany along the way. In this view, Stalin had to break a few eggs to make an omelet, but successfully consolidated a superpower and left behind a legacy foolish heirs like Khrushchev and Brezhnev allowed to rot from inside, culminating in Gorbachev's 'betrayal' and 'surrender' to the West.
On the other side of the debate, conservative historians like Egor Kholmogorov reject any attempts to rehabilitate the monstrous paranoid dictator, declaring that Lenin and later even Stalin's 'socialism in one country' almost drowned Russia in blood. From Kholmogorov's perspective, Tsarist Russia was already a superpower for its day, and certainly the empire's sheer size and incredible wealth looted to repay the Bolsheviks foreign banker backers supports this thesis -- as does the fact that despite terrible losses due to the same technological trends that drove the bloodbath on the Western Front, Russia was on the verge of defeating Austro-Hungary when the traitorous psychopath Lenin arrived on his German-sent sealed train to start the Revolution:
With the Tsar in charge, Russia had no need to become a superpower; she was one. Our country lost this status due to revolutionary disintegration.
And yes, it was the Tsar who sent Gagarin to space. Russian rocket artillery was first used in the 1870s during the conquest of Central Asia. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky published his papers on rocketry during the reign of Nicholas II. Sergey Korolev’s mentor Friedrich Zander published his first studies on interplanetary travel in 1908. “Kondratyuk’s loop”, the optimal trajectory of a flight to the Moon – where the Soviets didn’t manage to send a man, unlike the U.S. – was calculated in 1916 by Alexander Shargei, a student of the St. Petersburg Polytechnic founded under Nicholas II. Most founding fathers of the Russian space program studied in polytechnic colleges founded by the Tsar.
The Tsar didn’t lose World War One at all. When he was overthrown by a coalition of mutineers and conspirators, Russian forces had a firm foothold in the territory of two out of three the enemy powers on its frontlines. Even the Provisional Government didn’t lose World War I. Despite creeping revolutionary degeneration, the Russian army held the frontlines waiting for the inevitable Entente victory that would have given Russia its rightful place among the victors.
It was the Bolsheviks who lost World War One. They disbanded the army and signed the Brest-Litovsk peace treaty that enabled the occupation of all of Western Russia and pushed our borders back to the 16th century. Ascribing the Bolsheviks’ defeat to the Tsar is as smart as it is cynical.
At no point in World War One was there even a remote prospect of Moscow or St. Petersburg getting captured. Before the Bolsheviks came, no one could imagine the Germans taking Kiev and advancing into the Crimea; to the contrary, Sevastopol was to be the staging ground for an invasion of Constantinople in 1917. Even the greatest debacle of the war, General Samsonov’s campaign in East Prussia, wasn’t in the same league as the Kiev encirclement, brought about by the unparalleled strategic genius of Comrade Stalin himself.
-- English translation published by Anatoly Karlin in The Unz Review July 3, 2018
Even if one rejects Kholmogorov's characterization of the Orthodox Empire as a superpower in 1914 and points to the humiliating defeat of the Tsar's fleet at Tsushima Strait by Japan in 1905 (with the Japanese sponsored by the Russians old enemy, the British), this National Geographic magazine piece portrays a pious, fecund society that was respected by American observers as probably the fastest growing and most rapidly industrializing economy on the planet in summer 1914. As for the Soviets claim to be more backward than the illiterate and stupidly religious peasant-dominated society that preceded their project, Tsarist Russia was a breadbasket that exported grain and fur products throughout the world, whereas hunger and failed harvests accompanied the Revolution and continued to plague collectivized agriculture through the 1980s (only in recent years has post-Soviet Russian agribusiness begun to reach its potential). Many of the technologies for which the Soviets in typically Communist propaganda fashion would take credit were conceived in Tsarist times, or [if you believe W the Intelligence Insider -- JWS] had been held back by the secret societies before flying machines and radios were rolled out during the Great War.
The bottom line is, regardless of how fast the Soviets drove industrialization at a horrific human cost (including exporting grain seized from the Ukraine to pay for machinery from the capitalist countries during the 1930s Holomodor), without a First World War and consequent Revolution, there would not have been an even worse Second World War, one initiated by the anti-Bolshevik Nazis whose rise had been financed by the bankers in reaction to the Soviet Communism they midwifed in 1917-22. Nor of course, would there be the Nazi influenced western Ukrainian/Galician nationalism to serve as a tool of proxy warfare against Russia.
This is one of the many reasons why in speeches Putin consistently speaks of Russians and Ukrainians as one people, for whom reconciliation is an inevitability regardless of the present politics or borders of Ukraine. The other basis for Russia's revival as a civilizational entity is of course, the Orthodox Church the Bolsheviks savagely persecuted and drove into the catacombs. About the great red persecution, and the eventual triumph of Orthodoxy, there were many prophecies recorded before and or revealed after the Revolution. Edgar Cayce, the popular American 'prophet' who made his forecasts during the dark years of the Depression, also said that out of Russia would come hope for the world.
Only a few Westerners, most of them pious Roman Catholics deeply concerned about the Masonic/Illuminist infiltration of the Vatican, are passionate about the secret 'Consecration of Russia to the Sacred Heart of May' by the Mother of God at Fatima. The late Father Malachi Martin who described pedophilia and Satanism infiltrating the Roman Church, was one such voice. Like the late Edgar Cayce, But there is almost no knowledge of Russian as well as Greek Orthodox Christian End Times prophecies by non-Orthodox believers -- except for the prophecy repeated in modern times by the late Arthonite Elder Paisos, that the Orthodox would reclaim Constantinople and reconsecrate the Hagia Sofia for worship within the working lifetimes of his 1990s listeners -- but only after a terrible Third World War.
This Paisos prophecy and its popularization via a subtitled video on YouTube, particularly after Russia-Turkey tensions spiked over the Turks shooting down a SU24 along the Syrian border in November 2015, led to the popular meme concerning 'the god emperor' (a phrase borrowed from Frank Herbert's science fiction Dune books that's probably blasphemous to most Orthodox and trad-Catholic Christian ears) and the 'new Tsar' shaking hands in a 'liberated' (by Russia but given by them and God to the Greeks) Constantinople. It's noteworthy that the Greek movement Golden Dawn, which critics describe as a racist, neo-fascist movement, commemorate the fall of Constantinople and the expulsion by the Turks of Greeks from their ancient lands in Asia Minor every May:
Holy Rus and the Power of Orthodoxy Greatly Feared by Russia's Enemies "In Russia a Tsar Will Appear Before the Return of Christ, That Even the Antichrist Will Fear"
In making his 2016 pilgrimage to Mount Athos the world center of Orthodox monasticism and in the last week to the restored monastery of Valaam "the Athos of the North" in northern Russia, Putin has consciously cultivated his image as an Orthodox Christian leader. The restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate (if not the marginalized Old Believers who reject the Nikon reforms instituted by Tsar Peter I in the early 18th century) to the country's public life, the restoration of churches and the awarding of state funds to support the poor and the birth rate through church programs have all played a part in Russia's rising life expectancy, from the abysmal alcoholism fueled state of her post Soviet 1990s nadir.
It is precisely the realization that Russia is no longer Communist but capitalist (with a Steve Forbes approved flat tax), and Putin's criticism of the LGBT agenda and abortion on demand that led to greater interest in the country by American conservatives, over a decade before Trump was elected. Naturally, Soros funded organizations like Media Matters for America (MMA) and Russiagate fanatics describe contacts between Russian and American Christian conservatives as the roots of the alleged 'Putinization' of the Republican Party (nevermind the fact that most GOP Congressmen spout the Washington line about Putin being an evil dictator).
This brings us back to the issue of the Romanovs, which fellow RogueMoney contributor Deb @BanksterSlayer Caruthers discusses in the piece preceding this one. As she and I observed it is no accident Trump and Putin are meeting on the 100th anniversary of the Royal Martyrs killing. Trump is a 'master troll' and one could say, that if the globalists arranged for MH17 to be shot down and Russia to be blamed to mark the Illuminist/Bolshevik regicide 'holiday', Trump is taunting them by meeting with Putin on their 'holy' day. Trump and Putin are, whether they are fully conscious of it or not, putting the occultists on notice that they are slaves to the numbers, but God stands Sovereign with the final word on all the times and seasons. In this view, Putin is not the final Tsar, whom Russian priests foretold would be feared by the Antichrist himself (the occultists messiah), but he is paving the way for him.
God save the Tsar!