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Inside the row over a mighty Russian cathedral

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ashbird

Interesting row.
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Sounds like rows have a way of following mosques, churches, and cathedrals, as surely as the shadows cast by what's in the sky.
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This recent one reported sounds like a bigger row than average, as it is "over the mighty" and some rather complicated political stuff is drawn in over past bad blood and present ill humor. [I read the article 3 times]
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The links in the article provide additional visuals and context of one built of “ bronze, marble and gold” plus labor that spanned over “40 years".
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Perhaps the row will subside a little or even vitiate completley with a gesture shown by the power-in-charge to allow the performance in the cathedral of a couple of Shostakovich’s works derived from the "jolly melody on sad intonations” of Jewish folk music (Wilson, Shostakovich: A Life Remembered , 268).
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Examples are the 1949 String Quartet, or the 1944 Piano Trio in E minor.
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Unlike words, which muddle more than clarify, addle more than simplify, music states that which is felt, and what is felt is universal if you will let it.

Hippogriff in reply to Read and Share

I don't understand the author as intending to lecture Russia on "usefulness." When the author writes, "Or to put it another way, the church will lose its usefulness as a standard-bearer of national unity if it seems utterly indifferent to the concerns of people outside its ranks," he or she is inferring what "Russia's spiritual leader" and "worldly leaders" think, not necessarily what the author thinks (although the author might be of the same mind). The author is drawing a commonsensical inference on the basis of what "Russia's spiritual leader" said. I think your touchiness is interfering with the sensitivity of your reading.

ai-c

I guess I don't see where Patriarch Kirill made much of a compromise. Putin is in love with the idea of Russian power/greatness I am sure he called the shots on this from the very beginning. That said it seems to me the cathedral has more draw if it's occupied by the Almighty complete with monks wandering around.

Didomyk

Official Admission rates suggest a fairly good business:
Cathedral: Adult: RUB 250.00. Children: RUB 50.00. Audio-guide (in Russian, English, German, French, Italian or Spanish): RUB 100.00. Colonnade: RUB 150.00. Evening openings of the Cathedral in the summer only: RUB 400.00. Evening openings of the Colonnade in the summer only: RUB 300.00. Night openings of the Colonnade in the White Nights only: RUB 400.00

Kotakis in reply to Mark and Volha

Since Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in Saint Petersburg is claimed to be one of the most imposing places of worship in the world it should be a place of worship, not of imperial pride or of tax collection.

MySetDancer

Even though Putin is a product of the Soviet Machine, he recognizes the value of having a state religion he can use to manipulate the masses. This is a chess-like move by Putin. Well played!

Tokarian

Looks like a philosophical convergence among the christo-fascist thugs of Russia like Steve Bannon and Donald Trump and the christo thugs of America like Vlad "the impaler' Putin. Oh sorry, I seem to have mixed them up. Weill it is hard to tell these days where these loyalties lie.