I was surprised by how he looked. He was bigger than I expected, a bloated man with a yellowed pallor, about the color of old book pages around the edges. He was under glass in a darkened chamber. It was quiet and just a few people were there. No waiting. I remember thinking, "you son-of-a-bitch," how many millions needlessly died because of you? But beyond that I was personally indifferent. I had felt more personal distain at seeing the multiple portraits of George III in Windsor Castle.
My guide, Irina, said, when she was a child, she remembered waiting in line for hours to see his body. Now, at least in the early 1990's, the Russians were not interested in seeing him and the was already talk of having him buried. Many martyrs can lose their shine. m/r
Rev. Ben Johnson March 23, 2017
An appropriate birthday gift on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
Christian leaders in the United States kicked off the latest row in a March 10 encyclical signed by the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) about the solemn centenary. “We must not under any circumstances justify the actions of those responsible for the deadly revolution,” they wrote. “A symbol of reconciliation of the Russian nation with the Lord would be to rid Red Square of the remains of the main persecutor and executioner of the 20th century, and the destruction of monuments to him.”
Their words echo some inside Russia. The Elder Iliy (Nozdrin) of the historic Optina monastery, the confessor of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, called Lenin “a villain of villains” who “should have been long ago thrown out of the mausoleum. ...
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