Skip to comments.Yakutsk Mayor Urges to Return an Island Near Alaska to the Russian Church
Posted on 03/26/2014 5:51:11 AM PDT by marshmallow
Moscow, March 26, Interfax - Head of Yakutsk, Aisen Nikolayev speaks for giving back to the Russian Church Spruse Island not far from Alaska.
He sent a corresponding address to Russian President Vladimir Putin, heads of both chambers of the Russian Parliament and to the Foreign Ministry, the Izvestia daily writes on Wednesday.
"I stand for restoring historical justice - returning of Spruse Island to its legal owners that is the Russian Orthodox Church," Nikolayev said.
According to him, the Church has undisputable rights on the island in compliance with the agreement on selling territories of Russian America to the USA.
"I have been keen on this story for a long time: Yakutsk scientists studied the documents and organized several expeditions to the USA. We celebrate the 220th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox mission in Northern America in 2014, I mean the Kodiak Mission. When, if not now, should we take up the question of Russian America?" Nikolayev wonders.
The edition notes that documents proving the right of the Church on the small island not far from Alaska were discovered by the Yakutsk scientific expedition in the archives of bibliographer Mikhail Vinokurov, who emigrated from Russia after revolution. The archive is kept in the library of Juneau town, Alaska.
The documents collected by Vinokurov include a certificate dated by 1868. It was signed by commissioner of the Russian government responsible for the transfer of North-American territories to the USA captain of the 2nd rank Alexey Peshchurov. The certificate says that Spruse Island (New Valaam), where St. Herman of Alaska lived, preached and was buried is conveyed to eternal use of the Russian Church. In October 1867, it was Peshchurov who signed the protocol on transferring Alaska and the Aleutian Island to the United States.
So now Putin can add the USA to a list of about a dozen nations that he has territorial disputes with.
More importantly, if he stationed troops there, would Obama do anything?
Alaska, all of it, was defended during WW2 by Americans from invasion by Japan. Americans died for it and it should not be surrendered to the Russian for any reason whatsoever. It would be like spitting of the graves of our GIs.
Russia is acting like Russia.
They view themselves as the Third Rome. Nothing that was part of Holy Mother Russia can be anything else but part of it.
That means the majority of the North American West Coast and Hawaii.
I guess Russia wants this island because we have some nuke silos across the waterway?
Go ahead and take Russia...Who’s going to stop you! /s
Here’s a link to the town there:
If the russians want that island then let’s give them that island with the condition that ALL russians presently dwelling in the USA move there. It has become obvious that russians cannot be scattered throughout countries. They must be contained in one spot.
Free Brighton Beach!
“It would be like spitting of the graves of our GIs.”
Oh, that will be a big consideration for Obama......
That would be a resounding NO!
The church is currently under the OCA (Orthodox Church in America), which was granted autocephaly BY the Russian Orthodox Church in 1970 by the Patriarch and 14 bishops. Not everyone recognized the status of autocephaly, but the RUSSIANS certainly did, as they are the ones who granted it in the first place.
I very seriously doubt the ROC will even begin to consider this, as it would open a huge can of worms for the synod coming up in two years.
ROCOR and ROC are still not united completely I believe.
Yes it would open a can of worms.
Unfortunately ROC has a history of having abetted KGB against ROC members.
Where do you think it stands?
Wow Zero can hand Alaska back to Russia
While he’s at it can hand the original 13 states back to
Britian, Louisana to France, Texas & Cal to Mexico......
This won’t end until Moscow is a radioactive crater. If we had a real leader, he would have stood up to Putler early on and things would not be escalating like they are.
The current occupant of The White House has already demonstrated he has no problem spitting on the graves of our GIs...
Considering what rat-Putin has done with Crimea and so easily, obama can single handedly destroy America with a flick of his wrist.
This is beyond nightmares.