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How a young conscript became a Russian saint
redcross.newstrove.com ^ | 24 November 2004 | Andrew Osborn

Posted on 11/25/2004 12:00:10 PM PST by Destro

How a young conscript became a Russian saint

When Yevgeny Rodionov was beheaded by Chechen rebels, he was hailed as a contemporary Russian martyr. Andrew Osborn reports

24 November 2004

At a starkly beautiful hilltop cemetery engulfed in a thick winter snowstorm, pilgrims pray to Russia's most unlikely latter-day saint: a young conscript brutally killed in Chechnya eight years ago. Yevgeny Rodionov was 19 when he was beheaded by Chechen rebels. In life, he was an ordinary boy from an unremarkable provincial town who liked to strum on the guitar, compose poetry and dreamt of becoming a cook. But in death, Yevgeny Rodionov is anything but ordinary.

To thousands of Russian Orthodox churchgoers, the border guard is already known as Saint Yevgeny and a vigorous campaign to canonise him is in full swing. Unwilling to wait while the Church considers his credentials, icons bearing the martyr soldier's likeness are being venerated across Russia, and thousands of pilgrims have begun making long, arduous treks to places associated with his life.

For his admirers, many of them committed Christians, war veterans and Russian nationalists, Yevgeny is a devout symbol of patriotism who, thousands believe, will instil pride in the younger generation and give millions of downtrodden Russians something they lack so sorely: hope.

For them Yevgeny, or Zhenya as he is affectionately known, was a modern Christian crusader who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country in the face of Russia's number one enemy of the moment: radical Islam, as personified by Chechnya's most ruthless separatist rebels.

Yevgeny was murdered by Chechen rebels on 23 May, 1996, during Russia's first Chechen war. It was his 19th birthday and he had been held captive with three other Russian border guards in a damp cellar for 100 days of torture, beatings and starvation. He was not a combatant, and had been kidnapped with his comrades by one of Chechnya's most feared rebel field commanders as they manned a remote border post on the Chechen border.

Thousands of Russians have died at the hands of Chechen fighters since 1994 when Moscow first sent in the tanks to crush the region's thirst for independence, but Yevgeny's death was different. His mother, Lyubov Vassilyevna Rodionova, says Yevgeny was given a chance to live if he converted to Islam and took up arms against Russian federal forces. Symbolically, she says all he had to do was to take off a small silver cross he had worn around his neck since the age of 11 and embrace the faith of his tormentors. Yevgeny refused and chose death instead.

Now the cross, its chain still stained red with his blood, has become a religious relic routinely smothered in tiny kisses by devout pilgrims at his mother's modest home in the town of Kurilovo, west of Moscow.

Forty pilgrims, some of whom had travelled more than 600 miles and deprived themselves of sleep to be there, gathered at Yevgeny's grave last Saturday to mark the eighth anniversary of the repatriation of his decapitated corpse to Kurilovo. Apparently oblivious to an air temperature of minus 10C, men with icicled beards clutched icons of the young man as they traipsed around the cemetery.

One man, who said he was a priest from the region where Yevgeny was born, held an enormous icon aloft. In it, Yevgeny's boyish features were framed by a golden halo, his border guard's uniform peeked out from a medieval-looking cloak and he clutched a Russian Orthodox crucifix. As the icy snowflakes and chill wind lashed, the pilgrims sang hymns, chanted prayers, crossed themselves, exchanged stories about his life and reminded themselves why Yevgeny should be canonised.

"He is from our region near the town of Kuznetsk and we have travelled all night to be here,"said a woman named Galina, in front of his austere grave. "We have hung a memorial board in his honour and teachers in our schools tell the children about his life. He deserves to become a saint." Another elderly woman, Valentina, said: "He could have lived had he renounced his faith but he didn't crack under pressure and he wouldn't take off his silver cross."

A dozen cadets training to be border guards at a nearby military academy tumbled out of a decrepit bus to pay their respects. Dressed in traditional Russian greatcoats and shapkas (fur hats), the young men stood holding different icons as the blizzard raged around them. "He is an example for us," said a serious-looking cadet called Artyom Pavlov. "An example of bravery and faith. He didn't know what he was fighting for but he went along anyway. He was a team player. There's so much respect for him; he refused to betray Russia and fought for the Motherland. He's a real hero.

"We need heroes right now. Russia needs more soldiers like him; soldiers who aren't afraid to die for the Motherland." As the pilgrims delivered eulogy after eulogy, the beautiful, whitewashed stone church behind them, a church razed by Napoleon's Grande Armée in 1812, appeared to glimmer in the morning murk.

Yevgeny's followers say his images are responsible for minor miracles. The icons weep myrrh, it is claimed, "enemies forget their differences" in front of them and an intercessional prayer offered up to Saint Yevgeny can mean the difference between earthly joy and sorrow.

Lyubov Rodionova, 52, brewing tea in her kitchen nearby, does not look like the mother of a saint but that is how she is perceived. "I am a person without a future, a past or a present," she says, her greyish face drawn with fatigue and emotion. "I am no longer known by my own name but merely as 'Yevgeny's mum'. I exist for that purpose alone and it is a great honour." There is no room in her life for anything else. Her kitchen is dominated by a gigantic poster of Yevgeny and an icon bearing his likeness. As she talks of her son, the doorbell rings twice in an hour, fresh pilgrims each. On one occasion, three men nervously tiptoe into her kitchen. They ask for a booklet written in Yevgeny's honour, kiss the silver cross which he refused to yield, give his mother a small statue of Saint Seraphim and visually suck in the surroundings like men who have not eaten for days.

"This is the cross he gave his life for," Lyubov tells them, her eyes welling. "They cut his head off but the cross remained in place [on what was left of his neck]." "This is Zhenya's dog," she adds, pointing to a small, poodle-like creature racing about the kitchen. The three men who have driven 200 miles soon dash off to visit the cemetery of Satino Russkoe where Yevgeny is buried, their faces stamped with a peculiar look of satisfaction.

More than 4,000 pilgrims ring the same doorbell every year, Yevgeny's mother says. Lyubov Rodionova looks like millions of other Russian women in their fifties but her quest to discover the truth about her son took her to places most Russians will never visit. Unwilling to accept the army's initial claim that Yevgeny was a deserter, she spent nine months in Chechnya finding his body.

She paid $4,000 (£2,100) to the man she believes killed Yevgeny - a Chechen field commander - to discover where her son was buried, meeting him 17 times. She found the body beside a mountain stream in a heavily mined region; one Russian soldier was killed helping to make the area safe. Lyubov Rodionova then exhumed her son's putrefied body with her hands at night and took it back to Kurilovo.

Lyubov says she recognised Yevgeny by his cross and other things "which only a mother knows". She says: "Every mother knows how her child wears their shoes and he was wearing the socks I had knitted for him, dark-brown ones." But Yevgeny's head was missing and she had to make another trip back for his skull, which had been shattered by the rebels who feared his soul would come back to haunt them if they left his head intact.

Lyubov's experiences in Chechnya have changed her. She was abused, spat on, and almost murdered by the brother of Chechnya's most-wanted man, warlord Shamil Basayev, who beat her so badly he left her for dead. "All my teeth were broken," she says. "These are all fake." She taps them. "When I came back from Chechnya my hair was all grey. I am not healthy. When you bury a child you bury half of yourself. I can't laugh or make merry any more." She also lost her husband, Alexander, a few days after Yevgeny's death was confirmed. She believes he died of sorrow.

But Lyubov says she does not care whether Yevgeny is formally canonised or not. "God chooses a place for everyone. His [Yevgeny's] place will not change if he is made a saint. He is already in paradise." She insists she is hard-pressed to understand why her dead son inspires such veneration. "I really don't know. It's not the best times in Russia right now. Maybe God is offering Yevgeny to people as a symbol of purity."

She claims she knows the precise circumstances of Yevgeny's death because she confronted his captors and his murderers. "If I'm honest, I was ready to kill them," she whispers, her eyes flashing with anger. "But I didn't have a weapon."

Many of the pilgrims play down suggestions that Russia is engaged in a holy war, but Lyubov is less coy. "Islam and Christianity are at war. Some of our boys were crucified and nailed to trees. The Chechens laughed and said, 'Your Jesus rose from the dead on the third day; let's see if you do the same'. Terror has a Muslim face. You can't deny that."

Lyubov believes Russian troops should stay in Chechnya, claiming there would be a bloodbath if they left. She also supports the "liquidation" of Chechen rebel leaders. But she is also deeply critical of the Russian authorities. "What bothers me is their insistence that it is not a war. If people are dying, which they are, it's a war. They [the authorities] betrayed Yevgeny. Why did I have to go and search for him myself? Can you imagine that happening anywhere else? We can buy football teams like Chelsea but what does that really count for?"

As she closes the door to her small flat, her mood swings from sentimentality to an almost soldier-like matter-of-factness. "Remember, there will be many unhappy mothers in Russia this Christmas," she murmurs. "There is nothing more precious to a mother than their child."

Then comes the change; Lyubov was not a churchgoer before Yevgeny's death but she is now a strong believer. "War defines people quickly," she says crisply. "If you are a piece of shit you crumple quickly but if you are decent, it hones you like a diamond. You need to go through a lot to get to that stage."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chechnya; destroputin; giveitarest; notthisagain; propaganda; yevgeny

1 posted on 11/25/2004 12:00:10 PM PST by Destro
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To: MarMema; The_Reader_David


2 posted on 11/25/2004 12:03:49 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro

Thanks for posting this.


3 posted on 11/25/2004 12:05:18 PM PST by aroostook war
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To: Destro

I'd be curious to get your thoughts on the following post.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1288428/posts


4 posted on 11/25/2004 12:08:22 PM PST by TapTheSource
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To: Destro
There are saintly Americans also beheaded by the satanic IslamoFascists.

Let us never forget that the War on Terror is actually a World War being waged by the forces of pure evil. Al Querda is brutally mass murdering Thai Buddhists, Indian Hindus, Pillipene Catholics, Israeli Jews, Sudanese Christians, and atheist Dutch documenatary makers.

5 posted on 11/25/2004 12:11:56 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
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To: TapTheSource
George Soros backs In Ukraine, in the presidential elections, Soros’s people back Yushchenko but he is also supported by Andrei Shkil’s ultra-nationalist UNSO. Vyacheslav Likhachev of the European-Asian Jewish Congress noted the unsettling links between Mr Soros’s preferred candidate for Ukrainian president, Yuschchenko, and the neo-Nazis there after the 2002 parliamentary elections key opposition leaders, including Viktor Yushchenko, Julia Timoshenko and Alexander Moroz, defended anti-Semitic publications and accepted the backing of neo-Nazi groups as well as US and EU and so-called “civic society” NGOs. Nor were the anti-Semtic apologetics of the Ukrainian opposition unknown to key OSCE observers and EU parliamentarians who nonetheless ignored the dark shadow across Yushchenko’s campaign preferring instead to abuse his rival.
6 posted on 11/25/2004 12:20:02 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: TapTheSource
Commies and Socialists back Yuschenko: Socialist Party leader Oleksandr Moroz, one of Yuschenko's key strategists, said the opposition was "organizing citizens, stopping lessons at schools and universities, stopping work at enterprises, stopping transport ... and, thus, we'll force the authorities to think about what they are doing." ... Ukrainian Communist party leader and presidential candidate in the first round Petro Symonenko said the Ukrainian elections must be declared invalid and power must be passed over to parliament.
7 posted on 11/25/2004 12:21:41 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro

Soros is a Moscow puppet. He hides his allegiance to Putin/KGB while he goes around destablizing Western democracies on Putin's behalf.


8 posted on 11/25/2004 12:23:41 PM PST by TapTheSource
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To: TapTheSource

George Soros and his groups were kicked out of Russia by Putin. They are enemies.


9 posted on 11/25/2004 12:26:00 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro

The top leadership of the pro-Moscow and anti-Moscow Ukrainian political parties are both Putin's puppets. The genuine opposition needs to realize this and throw the bums out on both sides. Unfortunately, if the real opposition ever mangages to do this, Russian tanks will be there faster than you can say Tianamen Square.


10 posted on 11/25/2004 12:27:21 PM PST by TapTheSource
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To: Destro

"George Soros and his groups were kicked out of Russia by Putin. They are enemies."

No, Soros was thrown out of Moscow to dupe the right, and to give him credibility among the useful idiots on the Left.


11 posted on 11/25/2004 12:28:49 PM PST by TapTheSource
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To: TapTheSource
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/opinion/datelinedc/s_165315.html

Instead, there were some 40 large men in camouflage gear with stun guns, hand trucks and moving vans at the Soros Foundation. They ordered the staff out of the building and then loaded documents and computer printouts from the past 15 years, as well as office equipment, onto their vans. The New York-based Soros Foundation that operates under the name "Open Society Institute" had spent more than $1 billion on charitable and educational projects in Russia during the past 15 years. This summer, George Soros said that he was closing out his Russian activities.

Dmitry Lovrev, a lawyer for the Soros Foundation, said they had a 10-year lease on the office, that they were up-to-date with the rent. Kantimir Karamzin, speaking on behalf of the building owner claimed that no rent had been paid since 2001, and assured "there was no political motive for moving out George Soros."

Perhaps Mr. Karamzin did not have all the facts. Last July, when Soros decided that he had given enough cash to Moscow, the investigation into the Yukos oil giant moved into top gear.

But why should the Russians be bothering America's very own George Soros?

Like the bold oligarch that he is, Soros denounced the arrest of Khodorkovsky as "persecution" that would force business to submit to the Russian state.

"I believe that he acted within the constraints of the law in supporting political parties. I am doing the same in the United States."

By this remark, George Soros was reminding us that he had given $10 million to the Democratic National Committee for "regime change" in the 2004 elections. Of course, he is acting within the constraints of the law, in the same way that Khodorkovsky was when he named his charitable organization, the "Open Russia Foundation," and said that there was no connection with the Soros "Open Society Institute" although they did fund some projects together.

Khodorkovsky nabbed Lord Rothschild of London and our own inimitable Henry Kissinger for his board of directors. Gifts to American charities began to flow. Khodorkovsky joined the advisory board of the U.S. Carlyle Group, a super rich private equity fund, where he conferred in Moscow with the former Secretary of State James Baker III and former President George H. W. Bush.

While Soros's largest donation of all time to the Democratic Party is not yet receiving undue attention, the arrest of Russia's richest man and the Yukos losses continues to be a major story. In less than a month, votes for the State Duma will determine the extent of support for President Putin.

Putin's political party, United Russia, is running only a few points ahead of the Communist Party. Both are trying to shed the image of being fat cat bureaucrats. Of even greater concern to Putin is the large numbers of young people who are now supporting the Communists. Both major blocs could use the votes of the liberal parties that recently rallied in Moscow in support of their own positions and for the freeing of Khodorkovsky who financed both liberal groups.

Prosecutors will have no problems in finding charges against many Russian tycoons involved in the "quick and dirty" privatization programs under Boris Yeltsin in the mid- 1990s. The theory, developed by the Clinton administration, was that once private property was established, the new owners would fight for democracy against a strong Communist challenge.

When Yeltsin won, by very dubious means, oligarchs were given state jobs and enormous powers. At that time, Condoleezza Rice, who is now national security adviser, wrote that the Clintonistas were overlooking the "looting of the country's assets by powerful people." Under Putin, the prosecutors have for four years been building their cases and, again in theory, a rule of law may emerge.

12 posted on 11/25/2004 12:29:24 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: TapTheSource

I forgot you are a paranoid delusionist tin foil hatter.


13 posted on 11/25/2004 12:31:40 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro

This paragraph really stuck out:

Many of the pilgrims play down suggestions that Russia is engaged in a holy war, but Lyubov is less coy. "Islam and Christianity are at war. Some of our boys were crucified and nailed to trees. The Chechens laughed and said, 'Your Jesus rose from the dead on the third day; let's see if you do the same'. Terror has a Muslim face. You can't deny that."


14 posted on 11/25/2004 12:32:20 PM PST by Keme (Bush Contra Mundum)
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To: Destro

"By this remark, George Soros was reminding us that he had given $10 million to the Democratic National Committee for "regime change" in the 2004 elections."

This is how Putin/KGB influence US elections. Putin's tepid endorsement of George Bush should be seen as keeping his relationship with Bush on the best of terms should Bush win re-election. I can't believe how easily you fall for such disinformation.


15 posted on 11/25/2004 12:34:40 PM PST by TapTheSource
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To: Destro

Destro, you really should read what Lenin said about Useful Idiots. It might give you pause for some self reflection.


16 posted on 11/25/2004 12:39:07 PM PST by TapTheSource
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To: TapTheSource
Don't be such a pest by doing anything political on this lovely article about somebody's faith in GOD.

What is wrong with you?

This poor mother lost her son to islamic terrorists who killed him because he was a Christian more than because he was a Russian.

I found her story to be inspiring and I am a Baptist American.

What a great young man!!! May GOD bless him and his Mom.

ON this day I am THANKFUL for all Christians who put Jesus Christ before their own lives and politics!!

17 posted on 11/25/2004 12:40:23 PM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: TapTheSource

Unless you can prove that Soros is really Putin's agent - Soros who happens to back all those peopel Putin is against in elections - you will be the "idiot" here. Either put up or shut up.


18 posted on 11/25/2004 12:41:31 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Lion in Winter

Tap is pro Chechen Muslim and this is how he chose to pull attention away from the article. A disinfo post - so no sympathy can go Russia's way or something.


19 posted on 11/25/2004 12:42:43 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro

"A disinfo post - so no sympathy can go Russia's way or something."

Destro, I am against terrorism in all its forms, including Chechen and Russian terrorism. Are you happy with the fact that Russia is supplying virtually all of its "former" Cold War/Terrorist allies with weapons to be used against the free world (to include turning Iran into a nuclear threat)? Russia is an enemy of the US, yet you defend the Evil Empire with your every post. I'm beginning to wonder about you, Destro.


20 posted on 11/25/2004 12:49:09 PM PST by TapTheSource
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To: Keme
It touched me as well.

Also this :

" She insists she is hard-pressed to understand why her dead son inspires such veneration. "I really don't know. It's not the best times in Russia right now. Maybe God is offering Yevgeny to people as a symbol of purity."

I have fought commies for years... some close up in combat.... Russian commies were our enemy... they armed many of our other enemies... I know all that... but I now know some Baptist Russians and they are also as devout as that young soldier and his mom.... I think GOD is changing Russia back to a God fearing country using all their Christian believers... Orthodox and Baptists.... I really do feel HE is.

21 posted on 11/25/2004 12:51:10 PM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: FormerACLUmember

BTTT


22 posted on 11/25/2004 12:52:03 PM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: Destro
Why, lets us just ignore his political posts and have a MORE religious Thread.

In fact, cannot we ask the moderator to make the political posts go away since they are OFF the topic of the thread?

23 posted on 11/25/2004 12:54:46 PM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: Destro; TapTheSource

ROFL. No matter what you say, Putin is behind it all, every single injustice in the world. I am sure Putin was around when I spilled something this morning.


24 posted on 11/25/2004 1:02:35 PM PST by MarMema
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To: Agrarian; kosta50; Kolokotronis; monkfan; FormerLib; katnip; Southside_Chicago_Republican; ...

Hope your day is going wonderfully. Thanks be to God for His Holy Martyrs.


25 posted on 11/25/2004 1:04:17 PM PST by MarMema
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To: aroostook war

I am so thankful for ALL our men and women in uniform, right now, who are fighting the same kinds of terrorists who killed this young Christian soldier.


26 posted on 11/25/2004 1:04:40 PM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: Destro

Do you happen too know what the young soldier's name translates into, if at all, in English?


27 posted on 11/25/2004 1:06:02 PM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: Lion in Winter

I agree. Some of the most lovely people I have met have been Russians. I have a great appreciation of Russian history and feel that God has a special plan for them.

Maybe they will be the ones to re-evangelize Western Europe.


28 posted on 11/25/2004 1:42:37 PM PST by Keme (Bush Contra Mundum)
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To: TapTheSource

"Then comes the change; Lyubov was not a churchgoer before Yevgeny's death but she is now a strong believer. "War defines people quickly," she says crisply. "If you are a piece of shit you crumple quickly but if you are decent, it hones you like a diamond. You need to go through a lot to get to that stage.""


29 posted on 11/25/2004 2:01:02 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Keme
"Maybe they will be the ones to re-evangelize Western Europe."

Yes, all of their Christians... Baptist and Orthodox alike.

30 posted on 11/25/2004 2:05:18 PM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: MarMema

"Yevgeny was given a chance to live if he converted to Islam and took up arms against Russian federal forces. Symbolically, she says all he had to do was to take off a small silver cross he had worn around his neck since the age of 11 and embrace the faith of his tormentors. Yevgeny refused and chose death instead."

The crown of martyrdom; sounds like a saint to me!


31 posted on 11/25/2004 4:05:24 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Nuke the Cube!)
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To: ninenot; sittnick; steve50; Hegemony Cricket; Willie Green; Wolfie; ex-snook; FITZ; arete; ...
Yevgeny was given a chance to live if he converted to Islam and took up arms against Russian federal forces. Symbolically, she says all he had to do was to take off a small silver cross he had worn around his neck since the age of 11 and embrace the faith of his tormentors. Yevgeny refused and chose death instead.
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Forty pilgrims, some of whom had travelled more than 600 miles and deprived themselves of sleep to be there, gathered at Yevgeny's grave last Saturday to mark the eighth anniversary of the repatriation of his decapitated corpse to Kurilovo. Apparently oblivious to an air temperature of minus 10C, men with icicled beards clutched icons of the young man as they traipsed around the cemetery.

There is a hope for Christian Russia.

32 posted on 11/25/2004 4:10:47 PM PST by A. Pole ("For the love of money is the root of all evil" -- II Timothy 6:10)
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To: Lion in Winter
Do you happen too know what the young soldier's name translates into, if at all, in English?

Yevgeny translates into Eugene... Saint Eugene, I kind of like that...

the infowarrior

33 posted on 11/25/2004 7:32:01 PM PST by infowarrior (TANSTAAFL)
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To: infowarrior

Russia is undergoing a religious regeneration which is quite interesting. A lot of currents are blowing simultaneously, with the Orthodox establishment trying to prevent proselytizing by Western "cult" groups, and American evangelical groups fear a loss of freedom in presenting the gospel in Russia. But I know of a number of evangelical missionaries in Russia who are still going strong.


34 posted on 11/25/2004 9:19:57 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie.)
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To: Ciexyz

I almost wish somebody would stop the western cultists from disturbing me by banging on my door on a weekly basis here in South Florida!! : >)


35 posted on 11/26/2004 10:41:49 AM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: infowarrior
Oh, that is nice. Thank you the info, warrior.

I had a cousin named Eugene. He was a soldier in WWII and was wounded in Belgium.

36 posted on 11/26/2004 10:44:51 AM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: Lion in Winter

btt


37 posted on 11/26/2004 10:47:44 AM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie.)
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To: Destro
It was his 19th birthday and he had been held captive with three other Russian border guards in a damp cellar for 100 days of torture, beatings and starvation....

Unwilling to accept the army's initial claim that Yevgeny was a deserter, she spent nine months in Chechnya finding his body.

How awful this must have been for this young Saint and for his mother to know this. No one went looking for him and the others?? Awful.

May Zhenya rest in peace.

38 posted on 11/26/2004 2:04:21 PM PST by katnip (Defeating John Kerry is like giving Vietnam Veterans the Homecoming they never had)
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To: MarMema

My Thanksgiving Day was very quiet but nice. I hope yours was wonderful too.


39 posted on 11/26/2004 2:06:13 PM PST by katnip (Defeating John Kerry is like giving Vietnam Veterans the Homecoming they never had)
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To: Destro

He might thought that he was a "non-combatant" but to the religion of peace and the practioners of tolerance he and every other infidel are combatants.

The more helpless one is, the higher priorty targets they become.

They will "peacefully" and slowly cut their heads off. As they are sawing with the knife, they are laughing.

They will "peacefully" blow you up in youa cafes, buses, and shopping centers.
They will "tolerantly " and "peacefully" rape, stab, and shoot down sghool children in their classrooms and schools.

They will "tolerantly" and "peacefully" exterminate every infidel on the face of the earth in the name of their pagan god allah.

According to the main stream media, there is no cause for alarm.

It is those peskt fundamentalist Christians that are causing all the trouble. They are the ones to be feared.

As they learned the hard way in the days of the Crusades you can do one of two things:

1. Let them kill you. in this they are all too happy to oblige.
2. Kill them first.

That is the two options. There is no third.

One of the two options will be selected.

The question is , Which option?


40 posted on 11/26/2004 2:26:51 PM PST by sport
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To: MarMema

Thanks for the ping! May his memory be eternal. A modern day saint indeed.


41 posted on 12/04/2004 9:30:29 AM PST by ezfindit (OrthodoxNet.com - Shining the Light of Wisdom and Truth)
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