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Crisis in Crimea

  1. 1. By Dr. Peter Hammond
  2. 2. By Dr. Peter Hammond
  3. 3. To understand the crisis in Crimea, one needs to learn how Russia seized Czechoslovakia and crushed the Prague spring in 1968.
  4. 4. That observation was from Rev. Bill Bathman, my Father-in-Law, who has served as a Missionary for over 60 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, behind the Iron Curtain, during the Cold War.
  5. 5. Bill Bathman and Brother Andrew were in Prague in 1968 as the Russian T-62s roared into town, flattening civilian cars as they occupied Wenceslaus Square.
  6. 6. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, declared: "If we do not know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices and absurdities all over again."
  8. 8. Crimea is much in the news today. Many people may have trouble finding Crimea on the map. Some say that they have never heard of Crimea before this current crisis. However, that is probably not true.
  9. 9. Most of us are aware of the Crimean War or at least of Florence Nightingale, who launched the modern nursing movement, caring for wounded and sick British soldiers during the Crimean War.
  10. 10. The Charge of the Light Brigade Many have surely heard of The Charge of the Light Brigade that took place during the Crimean War. Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854:
  11. 11. "Half a league, half a league, half a league onward, All in the valley of Death rode the six hundred. Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns! he said. Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred.
  12. 12. "Forward, the Light Brigade! Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldier knew someone had blundered. Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred.
  13. 13. "Cannon to right of them, cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them volleyed and thundered; Stormed at with shot and shell, boldly they rode and well, into the jaws of Death. Into the mouth of hell rode the six hundred.
  14. 14. "Flashed all their sabres bare, flashed as they turned in air sabring the gunners there, charging an army, while all the world wondered.
  15. 15. Plunged in the battery-smoke, right through the line they broke; Cossack and Russian reeled from the sabre stroke, shattered and sundered. Then they rode back, but not the six hundred.
  16. 16. "Cannon to right of them, cannon to left of them, cannon behind them volleyed and thundered; Stormed at with shot and shell, while horse and hero fell.
  17. 17. They that had fought so well, came through the jaws of Death, Back from the mouth of hell. All that was left of them, left of six hundred.
  18. 18. "When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! All the world wondered. Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, noble six hundred!"
  19. 19. Alfred Tennyson's poem was published 9 December 1854 in The Examiner. Courage Despite Confusion
  20. 20. Inspired by the term in Psalm 23 of the Valley of the shadow of death, it highlights one of the most famous events of the long and costly Crimean War.
  21. 21. The Light Brigade had been ordered into a nearly hopeless situation, due to command confusion and incompetence.
  22. 22. Yet incredibly they succeeded in reaching the Russian artillery at the end of a valley lined with artillery on both sides, and they actually succeeded in fighting their way out of a Russian trap.
  23. 23. Most of the men made it back to their own lines.
  24. 24. Actually there were 666 men, who charged in the Light Brigade that day. There have been a number of films made on that event.
  25. 25. However, for most people that would be the full extent of their knowledge of Crimea.
  26. 26. The Crimean War was called one of the first modern wars because it saw the first to use major technology, such as railways and telegraphs. The First Modern War
  27. 27. It was also one of the first wars to be documented extensively in photographs and written reports.
  28. 28. The Crimean War exposed horrendous logistical failures in both the British and Russian armies.
  29. 29. The reports of War correspondents led to widespread demands for sweeping reforms in the military. Military Reforms
  30. 30. The sale of commissions in the British Army came under scrutiny and was eventually abolished as a result of exposés of incompetence in the field.
  31. 31. The war also led to the establishment of the Victoria Cross as the British Army's first universal award for Valour.
  32. 32. Emancipation The Crimean War was also a contributing factor in Russia abolishing Serfdom in 1861.
  33. 33. Czar Alexander II saw the military defeat of the Russian serf army by free troops from Britain and France as proof of the need for emancipating the Serfs.
  34. 34. The Russian government also began a major modernisation of its forces as it had seen its technical inferiority in military practices as well as weapons.
  35. 35. Russian military medicine saw dramatic progress through the Crimean War as N.I. Pirogov, known as the Father of Russian Field Surgery, developed the use of anaesthetics, plaster casts, enhanced amputation methods and five-stage triage.
  36. 36. The debts that Russia incurred from the Crimean War led Alexander II to decide to sell Alaska to the United States to help pay their war debts. Alaska
  37. 37. However, as interesting as all of these developments were, the most important question is seldom asked: Why? Unasked Reason Why
  38. 38. Why were British and French forces fighting the Russians in Crimea in the first place?
  39. 39. From the Western media at the time, one would have received the impression that the issue was to protect "poor little Turkey" from the predatory aggressions of imperial Russia. The Last Crusade
  40. 40. However, the Russians saw it very differently. Some Russians called the war: The Last Crusade.
  41. 41. From the 15th century, the dominant Muslim power was the Ottoman Turkish Empire, which oppressed millions of Christians including Armenians, Greeks and many Slavs. The Turkish Threat
  42. 42. With the fall of the greatest city in the world at that time, Constantinople, in 1453, and the massacre of the entire city by Muslim Turks, the Byzantine Empire which has stood for over 1,000 years fell.
  43. 43. Russia took up the mantle of the Eastern Roman Empire. Two Romes had fallen, proclaimed the Czars, the third Rome now stands! The Defenders of the Faith
  44. 44. St. Petersberg and the Russian Empire saw themselves as heir to the Christian Byzantine Empire.
  45. 45. Inspired by the vision in Daniel, generations of Russians saw their manifest destiny as liberating the Orthodox Christian world from the sons of Ishmael, whose wild hand was against every man.
  46. 46. At the height of the Turkish wars, in the 1770s, Catherine the Great of Russia christened one of her grandsons Constantine.
  47. 47. For centuries Russian statesmen saw their manifest destiny to defend Orthodox Christianity against Islamic Jihad and also against Roman Catholicism.
  48. 48. Systematically Russia worked at freeing Christians from Ottoman Turkish control, liberating the Balkans and forcing the Turks to respect the religious freedom of their Christian subjects. Russia’s Manifest Destiny
  49. 49. As Russia extended Christian civilisation across the whole of North Asia to the Pacific Ocean, they also were pushing southward in their civilising mission, seeking to liberate the holy places in Palestine, which were then controlled by the Muslim Turks.
  50. 50. Propping Up Turkey If it had not been for the intervention of Great Britain and France, the Russians would have undoubtedly overrun the whole rotten, corrupt and crumbling edifice of the Turkish Empire, and established Orthodox Christianity throughout the Middle East.
  51. 51. However Britain dreaded the establishment of a Russian superpower stretching from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean. The Scandalous Alliance
  52. 52. So, to prevent Russia gaining ice-free ports for their Navy, Britain became the protector and guarentor of the Ottoman Empire.
  53. 53. As leader of the opposition at that time, Gladstone declared: Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli "Is not such a Turk as I thought. What he hates is Christian liberty and reconstruction."
  54. 54. Gladstone described the British alliance with Turkey as "The Scandalous Alliance."
  55. 55. Turkey had been the greatest threat to the freedom of Europe throughout the centuries. The Turks had twice besieged Vienna in the heart of Europe. The Greatest Threat
  56. 56. They had sacked Budapest, taking hundreds of thousands of Christians into Islamic slavery from the very heart of Europe.
  57. 57. In 1822 the entire population of the Island of Chios, tens-of-thousands of people, were massacred, or enslaved. In 1823, 8,750 Christians were slaughtered by the Turks at Missolonghi.
  58. 58. Thousands of Assyrian Christians were murdered in the Province of Mosul in 1850.
  59. 59. It was such atrocities as these that led the Russians to demand the right to protect the Holy Places which were under Orthodox supervision, in the Middle East.
  60. 60. The status quo was destabilised in 1852 with the accession to power in France of Napoleon III. The New Napoleonic Empire of France
  61. 61. In order to increase his prestige, he sought to provoke an international crisis by demanding that the Turks place the Holy places in the Middle East under the power of the Roman Catholic church, rather than the Orthodox.
  62. 62. As Napoleon III's new French regime was completely secular, this was a cynical and manipulative diplomatic move designed to provoke war.
  63. 63. So Napoleon III's France assumed the role of Catholic crusader, effectively supporting the blood-stained, despotic and corrupt Ottoman Turkish Empire. This move led to soaking the continent in blood. Extending the Life of Ottoman Oppression
  64. 64. Over 800,000 died in the Crimean War.
  65. 65. Far more serious than the actual loss in lives and limbs, was that the British and French actions in the Crimean War extended the worthless existence of the Turkish tyranny, who now targeted the Christians who had previously been under the protection of Czarist Russia.
  66. 66. In 1860, over 12,000 Christians were slaughtered by the Turks in Lebanon. In 1876, 14,700 Bulgarians were murdered by the Turks. The Butcher’s Bill
  67. 67. At the town of Batao, out of 7,000 inhabitants, 5,000 were put to the sword by the Muslims.
  68. 68. However, reports of these and other routine atrocities by the Ottoman Turks were generally supressed by British government of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, for political reasons.
  69. 69. He saw it as more important to block Russian Naval ambitions to secure an ice-free port by promoting an alliance of convenience with Turkey.
  70. 70. As Serge Trifkovic in The Sword of the Prophet, observed: "The great Western powers – the heirs of those who had looted Constantinople in the Crusades and refused to help when the Turks were breaking through the walls with a canon built by an Hungarian Catholic, Supporting the Enemies of Christian Civilisation
  71. 71. who forced the last Emperors to forswear their Orthodox Faith at the Council of Florence as the price of Western help that never came –
  72. 72. those same Western powers, and Great Britain in particular, actually supported the Turkish subjugation of Christian Europeans on the ground that the Muhammadin Empire was a stabilising force and a counter weight against Austria and Russia.
  73. 73. The scandalous alliance with Turkey against Russia in the Crimean War, reflect a pernicious frame of mind that has manifested itself more recently in the overt, covert, or de-facto support of certain Western powers for the Muslim side in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Chechnya, Cyprus, Sudan, East Timor and Kashmir."
  74. 74. The Turks slaughtered over 200,000 Armenian Christians in Bayazid (1877). Turkish Slaughter of Christian s
  75. 75. Other massacres followed in Alashgurd (1879), Sassun (1894), Constantinople (1896), Adana (1909), and Armenia (1895-1896).
  76. 76. In 1915 the Turks massacred over 1.5 million Armenian Christians. In 1881 the Turks slaughtered Christians in Alexandria. In 1915-1916, over 100,000 Christians were murdered in Lebanon and Syria.
  77. 77. As Prime Minister Gladstone observed concerning the Turks: "They were upon, the whole, from the dark day when they first entered A Terrible Track Record
  78. 78. Wherever they went a broad line of blood marked the track behind them.
  79. 79. As far as their dominion reached, civilisation disappeared from view. They represented everywhere, government by force, as opposed to government by law."
  80. 80. For centuries the Turks demanded an annual “blood levy” of Christian boys. Parents were forced to hand over one out of every five Christian boys for service in the Sultan’s army as janissaries.
  81. 81. Even as the Ottoman Empire crumbled and was replaced by the new Republic of Turkey under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the ancient city of Smyrna, with its 300,000 Christian population, was destroyed. The Destruction of Smyrna
  82. 82. As recently as September 1922 the Turkish army destroyed the ancient city of Smyrna with its 300,000 Christian population.
  83. 83. The burning of Smyrna and the massacre of its Christian population marked the end of Greek civilisation in Asia Minor.
  84. 84. Incredibly, British, American, Italian and French warships anchored in Smyrna's harbour were ordered to maintain neutrality and even refused the pleas of refugees swimming to their anchored ships.
  85. 85. Even as late as 1955, Istanbul's Christians suffered what one reporter called "the worst race riot in Europe".
  86. 86. It is no wonder that William Muir (1819-1905), one of the greatest orientalists of all times, concluded at the end of his long and distinguished career: An Unmitigated Cultural Disaster
  87. 87. "The sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilisation, liberty and truth which the world has yet known… an unmitigated cultural disaster parading as God's Will…"
  88. 88. So, 160 years ago, Western European powers interfered in the policies of Russia, invaded the Crimea, and, as a result, strengthened the hand of radical Islam. Counter Productive Intervention
  89. 89. Instead of supporting civilisation and advancing freedom, the Western powers intervention in Crimea, in the 1856-1856 Crimean War, actually undermined freedom,
  90. 90. retarded civilisation and unintentionally led to even worse massacres of Christians in the extended life granted to the tyrannical Turkish Empire.
  91. 91. Obviously Russian policies are influenced by both religious and secular motives. Russia desires ice-free, warm water naval bases. Secular and Spiritual Concerns
  92. 92. Odessa and Sevastopol are considered most strategic and essential for the Russian Federation's security.
  93. 93. However, there is also the strong national conviction that it is Russia's manifest destiny to extend Orthodox Christian civilisation throughout the Middle East and its sworn duty to protect Orthodox Christians in the Middle East.
  94. 94. That is why Russia has extended its strong arm over the secular regime in Syria, which has provided protection for the 6% of its population who are Christian. Protecting the Persecuted
  95. 95. The Russian government has been one of the only European governments to speak out against Islamic persecution of Christians, Russia called for his international intervention to protect the Christians of the Middle East from persecution.
  96. 96. Since the fall of the Soviet Union the Russian government has worked intimately with the Orthodox Church who have enthusiastically participated to consecrating national events. Partnership Between the Orthodox Church and The Russian State
  97. 97. The Russian government has helped rebuild many Orthodox Cathedrals and monasteries, which have been confiscated and devastated by the Communists during the terrible 70 years of Soviet control.
  98. 98. One would hope that those making their assessments and decisions concerning what the United States and Europe should do during this new crisis in Crimea, would consider these historic realities. Understanding the Times
  99. 99. The results of the Treaty of Paris, 1856, which ended the Crimean War, included that Wallachia and Moldavia were moved from Russian rule and placed under the Muslim Turks.
  100. 100. The boundaries of Ukraine, Moldavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia were all changed as a result of the Crimean War and the Treaty of Paris - inevitably leading to future disastrous wars.
  101. 101. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: "If we do not know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices and absurdities all over again." Learning From History
  102. 102. "Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted…
  103. 103. now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition…" 1 Corinthians 10:6-11
  104. 104. REFORMATION SOCIETY PO Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town South Africa E-mail: Web:
  105. 105. Winston Churchill, referring to the Communists, declared: "There is nothing they respect more than strength. There is nothing they despise more than weakness!"
  106. 106. I have served the persecuted Church throughout Africa and Eastern Europe.
  107. 107. I had the privilege of travelling on numerous occasions with Rev. Bill Bathman:
  108. 108. in East Germany, Hungary, Yugoslavia, ministering in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria …
  109. 109. and Albania.
  110. 110. I have numerous friends in Eastern Europe and have also ministered to Russians in Africa
  111. 111. including during the war in Angola
  112. 112. and in Mozambique.
  113. 113. When I was captured by communist forces in Mozambique in 1989, I was escorted by Russian forces in Mi8-Hip helicopters
  114. 114. and then in an Antinov 26, to Machava (SNASP Security) Prison in Maputo.
  115. 115. Many of my East European friends think that the American government is extremely hypocritical,.
  116. 116. considering that they betrayed over 100 million Christians in Eastern European countries, to Stalin's Soviet Union through the Yalta Agreement in 1945.
  117. 117. Ukraine was freed by Germany in 1917 and this independence was recognised by Vladimir Lenin's Soviet Union in the Brest-Litovsk Treaty of March 1918.
  118. 118. However, the Allies at the Versailles Treaty betrayed the Ukraine back into the hands of the Soviet Union.
  119. 119. Many millions of Ukrainians were slaughtered under first, Lenin's and then Stalin's brutal purges
  120. 120. Ukraine was again liberated by Germany in WWII, but then betrayed by Allies through the Yalta Agreement back into the blood-stained hands of Stalin's Soviet Union.
  121. 121. The Ukrainian Army continued to fight for their freedom and independence for 10 years after the conclusion of WWII.
  122. 122. Units of the Ukrainian Army were still operating, with field artillery, fighting valiantly against Soviet oppression, as late as 1955. Yet without receiving any support from the Allies.
  123. 123. As our friends in Eastern Europe point out to us, without the extravagant support of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, Stalin's Soviet Union could not have even survived Operation Barbarossa in 1941.
  124. 124. Even before America entered WWII officially, vast quantities of military hardware were being flown, shipped and trucked into Russia via Alaska, Persia and Murmansk.
  125. 125. An official list of military hardware supplied by the USA to the USSR from 1941, includes: Gifts To Stalin
  126. 126. 7,056 tanks;
  127. 127. 14,795 military aircraft;
  128. 128. 51,503 jeeps; 375,883 trucks; 35,170 motorcycles;
  129. 129. 8,071 tractors; 8,218 artillery pieces; 131,633 machine guns; 345,735 tonnes of explosives;
  130. 130. 1,981 locomotives; 90 cargo ships;
  131. 131. 4,478,000 tonnes of food supplies;
  132. 132. $1,078,965,000 of machines and equipment;
  133. 133. 2,670,000 tonnes of petroleum products; 49,860 tonnes of leather; 3,786,000 tyres;
  134. 134. 15,417,000 pairs of army boots; 106,893,000 tonnes of cotton; building equipment valued at $10,000,910,000;
  135. 135. non-iron metals 802,000 tonnes; along with 29 tankers; 433 combat ships, as well as mobile bridges, railroad equipment, aircraft radio equipment and many other items.
  136. 136. This does not include the very generous aid given by Great Britain to the Soviet Union. British and Canadian Aid to the USSR
  137. 137. Britain supplied 5,800 aircraft,
  138. 138. 4,292 tanks and 12 minesweepers.
  139. 139. Canada supplied the Soviet Union with 1,188 tanks, 842 armoured cars, a million shells and 208,000 tonnes of wheat and flour.
  140. 140. There is no doubt that without the Western aid the Soviet Union wouldn’t have been able to survive a year.
  141. 141. However, no aid was supplied to the Ukrainian Freedom fighters, or the Lithuanian forces, who were battling the most brutal dictatorship in the history of the world.
  142. 142. So our friends in the Ukraine are extremely cynical about what NATO, the EU and the US are involved in now, interfering in this Ukrainian - Russian conflict.
  143. 143. Russian friends point out that there is no way that President Vladimir Putin can allow Russia's vital ice-free port in the Crimea to fall out of the control of the Russian Federation.
  144. 144. As Murmansk is up in the Arctic Circle and under ice much of the year and Vladivostok is often frozen up with ice, the Russian Navy's main ice-free ports are in the Crimea.
  145. 145. To compare what is at stake, one should consider what Americans would think if California (with the strategic San Diego Naval Base) or Virginia (with Norfolk) strategic naval bases were to secede and be affiliated with Russia. How acceptable would that be?
  146. 146. Patrick Buchanan has dealt with the consequences of short-sighted policies and double-standards in his books: A Republic - Not An Empire; and Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War - How Britain Lost Her Empire and The West Lost the World.
  147. 147. Russia today produces more oil than any other country on earth. With the price of oil, that translates to massive earnings. Russia is now the second largest oil exporter in the world, whereas the United States is the largest oil importer on earth, followed by China.
  148. 148. Russia today produces more natural gas than any other country. Russia supplies 34% of Europe's natural gas requirements.
  149. 149. While the United States debt is greater than its Gross Domestic Product, (over 100%), Russia's debt is only 8% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  150. 150. While the United States has a trade deficit of more than $500 billion a year, Russia consistently runs a large trade surplus.
  151. 151. While the United States unemployment is officially 7.4%, Russia's unemployment is 5.4%.
  152. 152. Since Vladimir Putin became president of Russia, the Russian GDP has doubled. Today Russia is rated as the 6th largest economy in the world.
  153. 153. Industry in Russia has grown over 75% in the last 8 years. Investments have increased by 125%. The average salary in Russia has increased over 800%.
  154. 154. The middle class has grown from 8 million to 55 million and people living below the poverty line have decreased from 30% in the year 2000, to 14% in 2008.
  155. 155. Russia has also added over 570 metric tonnes of gold to their Reserves over the last decade. It is pretty serious when the Russians are warning the American's about the dangers of socialism.
  156. 156. Christians in Russia have expressed their shock at how America has become a new evil empire.
  157. 157. Promoting abortion and privileges for perverts, with an aggressive pro-homosexual agenda, bullying Africa governments to legalise abortion and homosexuality, and sending generous aid to radical middle-Eastern governments, which severely persecute the Christian Church.
  158. 158. Most Americans seem oblivious to the devastating consequences of their State Department's foreign policy: The bombing and burning of churches in the Middle East that followed the Arab Spring, was in so many ways funded and fuelled by US State Department policy.
  159. 159. The devastation of Christians in Iraq, where under the dictator, Sadam Hussein, Christians were protected, but now under the Islamic democracy installed by American forces, Christians are severely persecuted.
  160. 160. After the American military succeeded in toppling Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq and making possible the first democratic elections in that country,
  161. 161. the result was more radical Islamicists in power
  162. 162. and far more severe persecution of Christians than had ever been experienced in Iraq before.
  163. 163. Midnight Christmas and New Year services were cancelled in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk as a consequence of the never ending assassinations of Christians.
  164. 164. A blunt statement from the Chaldean Archbishop, Louis Sako, explained that in future all Christian services had to be scheduled for the daylight hours for security reasons. In 1932, one out of every five Iraqi’s was a Christian. Today the number has dwindled to one in thirty three.
  165. 165. During one attack on a church in Bagdad, 52 were killed in what the terrorists described as a Jihad to exterminate Iraq Christians… an obscene nest of infidels…!
  166. 166. More than a million Christians have fled Iraq since 2003. These realities are seldom understood in America.
  167. 167. Now the US government is channelling aid to Al Qaida affiliated Islamic Jihadists in Syria, who are viciously persecuting Christians in the areas that they control.
  168. 168. The secular military dictatorship of Assad had left the Christians alone. At 6% of the population, the Christians in Syria were not considered a serious threat and were actually protected from radical Islamicists.
  169. 169. Now by supporting Islamic insurgents who are turning Syria into a catastrophic bloodbath, the West is destabilising one of the last countries in the Middle East where Christians were experiencing some stability and protection.
  170. 170. Xavier Lerma of Pravda in Moscow, wrote: "Reagan called the Soviet Union the Evil Empire and rightly so. The Soviet Union was the Russian people held hostage by the Communists.
  171. 171. Putin and Reagan listened to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Those who listen to their elders tend to be wiser.
  172. 172. Vladimir Putin allows Christianity to flourish, unlike the liberals in America, who have their own warped idea of freedom from God and a denial of evil's existence in the world.
  173. 173. "There is a reason why most public schools in America do not teach the Bolshevik Revolution and its true consequences.
  174. 174. There are people in the West that want to remove everything related to Christ from public view, just as the Communists did during the Soviet enslavement of Russia.
  175. 175. 21st century Russia is proof that Christianity can prevail against darkness and confusion. Today the liberals who control the West fear Putin as though doomsday was tomorrow. It is not a nuclear threat, but rather a spiritual renewal that threatens them.
  176. 176. It is not Putin, but Russia's Christianity they fear. Rather it is Christ they truly fear and hate. They tried to persuade Americans by scaring everyone with ideas of Putin as the evil KGB out to destroy the world…
  177. 177. They demonized Putin because it is not our world, but their liberal world that is in danger of being destroyed.
  178. 178. "How can conservative media sources in America, who claim to be Christian, ignore their Christian brothers in Russia, who are now successful?
  179. 179. Martyrs they ignore and the blood that was shed to restore the Christian Church in Russia. They are con-artists playing the conservative side as fools while the liberals enslave the rest.
  180. 180. Devout Russian Christians are on the march… not like the Communist Soviet Union, who spread wars like Obama and the US are doing now.
  181. 181. These Russians are like disciples of Christ, who lovingly reach out to their brothers and sisters, helping men and women in darkness, enslaved by a materialistic society, who are truly in need of Christ."
  182. 182. Xavier Lerma writes that the reason Western media are demonizing President Vladimir Putin in Russia, is because they have passed laws strengthening the penalties for "propagating homosexuality amongst minors, and for insulting peoples' religious convictions in public."
  183. 183. The so-called Gay Propaganda Bill introduces fines for propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors, including on the media, on the internet and via viral adverts.
  184. 184. Under this new law, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestite (LGBT) rallies are prohibited, as is the distribution aimed at forming non-traditional sexual morality in children.
  185. 185. Fines and imprisonment are prescribed for the propagation of homosexuality in Russia. The All Russia Public Opinion Centre in June showed that 88% of Russians support this amendment to the law.
  186. 186. It is an incredible irony that religious freedom is under assault by the US Democratic Party and government while the Russian government is printing Bibles to place in hotel rooms!
  187. 187. It is an incredible reversal of fortunes that the countries behind what used to be the Iron Curtain, now have some of the most dynamic Christian Churches and the highest percentage of Church attendance in Europe.
  188. 188. It would appear that Western decadence, immorality, materialism, compromise and superficiality in Churches and shallow, sensational entertainment, have been more deadly to the Church than virulent atheist propaganda and vicious communist persecution in the East.
  189. 189. Today there are more Evangelical, born-again Christians in Russia than in any other country in Europe. The Ukraine has the second largest group of Evangelical Christians in Europe, followed by Romania.
  190. 190. When Russians enjoy more religious freedom in public than Americans, then something is seriously wrong. When Russians expressed their concern about lack of freedom and spiritual discernment in America, we should be very concerned.
  191. 191. "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this the wrath of the Lord is upon you.“ 2 Chronicles 19:2
  192. 192. The question has been asked, with Russia annexing the Crimea, just how far does Russia's territorial ambitions extend?
  193. 193. It is possible that Russia will attempt to integrate Moldova, which is on the Western border of Ukraine separating it from Romania.
  194. 194. This would effectively surround the Ukraine. There already is a Russian military presence in the Trans-Dniester region of Moldova.
  195. 195. In 2008, Russian troops invaded two provinces of Georgia to defend the safety of ethnic Russians in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
  196. 196. The West threatened sanctions. Instead Russian troops remain in both regions and sanctions were never put into place.
  197. 197. Kazakhstan is an oil-rich country in central Asia. It has a huge population of ethnic Russians which could prompt Russian intervention in at least the Northern regions of that country.
  198. 198. Belarus is strongly allied with Russia and 1.2 million Russians live in Belarus (11% of the country's population). As Belarus is already an ally of Russia, it is unlikely that Russia would see the need to move on that country at all. None of those countries are members of NATO.
  199. 199. Speculation that Vladimir Putin could target the Baltic States seems unwarranted as each of them are members of NATO and contain only minorities of Russians.
  200. 200. Estonia has 25% Russians, Latvia has 27% Russians and Lithuania, less than 6% Russians.
  201. 201. Crimea is considered absolutely essential to Russia's security, whereas the Baltic States are not. However, in Crimea, Russians are 1.5 million of the total 2.2 million population.
  202. 202. "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith." 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
  203. 203. THE TRUTH SETS FREE. That is why it is absolutely essential that we know the truth of history to recognize the lies of propaganda..
  204. 204. We need to study the truth in the Bible
  205. 205. so that we can be freed from the deceptions of the world.
  206. 206. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
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