Sergianism Alive and Well: MP Priest Lays Flowers at New Stalin Museum-Shrine

July 04, 2015

A new museum has opened up in the Tver region in Russia. The museum is dedicated to honouring atheist Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin. But, of even more interest is the fact that, MP priest Constantne Chaykin, dean of the Moscow Patriarchate Diocese of Ryzhev and Tver honoured Stalin by laying flowers at his shrine.  The modern Moscow Patriarchate was established in 1942 by orders of Joseph Stalin.


The Russian Orthodox Church had refused to cooperate with the Communist regime, and as a result had 100,000 clergy and monastics executed, most bishops executed or imprisoned, and millions of laity murdered, with most churches destroyed or closed. Only a few bishops were allowed to operate, after they signed agreements that the ‘joys’ of the Soviet government were the their joys, and acquiesced to cooperate with Marxism in all ways dictated. The most prominent of these clerics was a Metropolitan Sergius (well-known for signing the 1927 Declaration declaring subservience to the illegal atheist regime, and betraying the majority of the bishops who refused it), whom Stalin ordered to be made ‘Patriarch’ in 1942, in an effort to harness elements of Russian nationalism for World War II.


The True Russian Orthodox Church in Russia, thereafter, subsisted in the ‘Catacombs’, and underground. It only was able to come out publicly, partially, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, when it joined with large elements of clergy and laity that left the Moscow Patriarchate.

The Russian news site,, had the following article [WARNING; MACHINE TRANSLATION]:

July 3, the village Khoroshevo Rzhevsky district opened the house-museum of Joseph Stalin.

The museum is located in the home Collective Farm Kondratieva, which lodged the Supreme Commander in August 1943 during a trip to the front lines.

Recall that the idea to open a house-museum of Stalin by the Russian military-historical society. For such an initiative critical of the head of the Presidential Council on Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov , he noted that “museums of Stalin’s crimes can be many hundreds of thousands – wherever there are graves of the victims of political repression.” In addition, human rights activists and historians believe Stalin guilty of mass repressions in the Soviet Union and the failures of the Soviet Army in the early years of the Great Patriotic War, in large losses among the military and civilians.

According to the project the exhibition house museum focuses on the personality of Stalin “as a military leader, statesman, leader of the country, politics and organizer.” The exhibition illuminated the 14, of which only four are connected with the presence of Commander in Chief in the Rzhev area. Also it reflects themes such as “10 Stalin beats”, “Contribution IV Stalin’s victory “,” Role of IV Stalin’s evacuation of the industry “,” Stalin as a symbol of Soviet successes and victories. “

Meanwhile, in the social networks being actively discussed with the opening of the House of Photography Museum of Stalin on which the bust of the dictator priest lays flowers. Many Internet users are sincerely puzzled, seeing such activities church minister.


5 thoughts on “Sergianism Alive and Well: MP Priest Lays Flowers at New Stalin Museum-Shrine

  • July 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Editor, Please cite source and positive identification of the Bishop pictured at the Tver Stalin Museum. The original Russian publication from Tver only names him as a “priest.”

      • July 10, 2015 at 6:48 am

        In the link it only says:

        “Ряд верующих посчитал оскорбительным возложение цветов к бюсту диктатора священнослужителями РПЦ”. Unfortunately, my Russian is not that good, but as far as I know this refers to “clergy”. That is a far cry from an identification of Bp. Adrian.

        Also in the article mentioned above ( it mentions only “priest”.

        Last and not least, try google “Адриан Ульянов”. See the pictures which show up.

    • July 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Does it matter? A priest represents his Bishop and you can be sure that a priest appearing at a public event like this, and taking part in a ceremony, the opening of a regional museum, would have the blessing of his Bishop.

  • July 9, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    The information regarding the identity of the person is really doubtful. He does not wear as a bishop : ni kobluk, no staff, no panagia it seems.Moreover, I see in the Russian article, no name like Adrian in cyrillic.

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