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Russian patriarch: revive positive aspects of Communist era

January 27, 2015

In an address to Russia’s parliament, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church called for a revival of what he sees as the positive aspects of the nation’s Communist era, which lasted until 1991.

“Whenever we start talking about the Soviet times, some idealize, others demonize them,” said 68-year-old Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, according to the Interfax news agency. “Yet was there something that generated those times and that today we can boldly accept and incorporate in our own philosophy of life? There was: solidarity.”

“We must never forget the achievement of the Soviet people, and not just the military,” he added. “What about those Komsomol [Communist Party youth division] members who gathered crops, built the BAM [a railway] without getting awards or privileges in return? It is a sense of teamwork, a sense of desiring to join efforts and do something good for your country.”

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  • Posted by: nbeck - Jan. 27, 2015 7:27 PM ET USA

    1. The Patriarch didn't praise Stalin or Lenin or any other Soviet Leader for his greatness. Hence, the Hitler comment has no bearing and shows a flawed line of argument. (Although, sadly, Time Magazine seemed to agree with the Hitler comment in 1938.) 2. The "Solidarity" comment has some merit, if we are referring only to the Polish organization. Kirill is referring to a spirit of cooperation that can exist among average people, even in morally bankrupt systems such as Soviet Communism.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Jan. 27, 2015 6:40 PM ET USA

    And "Solidarity" had nothing to do with Communism except help usher it out the door of history.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Jan. 27, 2015 10:57 AM ET USA

    Yeah, and Hitler was a great guy for improving the German economy.