According to this rough machine translation from Porto-Credo it seems the Stalin loving “priest”, the abbot E.Zhakov is again singing the praises of his patron “saint” the infamous Communist dictator Joseph Stalin.
Zhakov caused a uproar in 2008 by having a “icon” of the dictator with Blessed St. Matrona of Moscow put up in a church in the city of Strelnya.
Below appears the recent article preceded by a couple from 2008.
|27.11.2008||Stalin icon appears in Strelnya church|
An icon depicting Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has appeared in a church of Leningrad district’s city of Strelnya, Novaya Gazeta reported Wednesday.
The church’s Beneficiary Evstafy Zhakov said the legend has it that Stalin would often hold discourse with Blessed Matrona of Moscow. And that is the scene depicted on the icon. However, church visitors didn’t think it was a good idea and the icon was placed in the church’s remote corner.
Beneficiary Zhakov explained that he sees Stalin as one of the nation’s fathers, no matter how bad he was. He does not believe Stalin was an atheist.
The recent events are far not surprising though, some suggest even canonizing Stalin. Stalin is believed to be responsible for 20 million deaths.
|Petersburg Communists Multiply Stalin Icon
Following the indignant response of church authorities the 67-year-old Father Superior Evstafy, who had put the icon up, finally had to remove it.
Officially the scandalous icon is dedicated to St. Matrona of Moscow. However, it depicts a legendary incident when the generalissimo supposedly visited the saint to ask her for advice: whether Moscow had to be defended from fascists.
The absurd situation attracted �Communists of St. Petersburg� who took the news of Father Evstafy as a sky-sign and printed about three thousand icons depicting the Kremlin tyrant alone and with a halo above his head, and distributed the icons in the city.