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Russians ‘Keep God’ In National Anthem

From Pravda:

God Beats Communists in Russian National Anthem


The Church gradually gets closer to the State in present-day Russia. Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev often attend church ceremonies, and the state delivers valuable objects confiscated during the Soviet era to the Orthodox Church.

The Russian government has recently declined communists’ request to edit the national anthem and delete the word ‘God’ from its text.

The Communist Party of the Russian Parliament submitted the request at the end of 2009. They offered to edit a line of the new text of the national anthem penned by Sergey Mikhalkov. Boris Kashin, a deputy of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, has recently raised the issue again and offered to edit the words which can be translated into English as “By God saved as ever our dear native land.”

The deputy claimed that the mentioning of God in the anthem hurts the feelings of atheists. Mr. Kashin said that the word ‘God’ must be replaced with the pronoun ‘us’.

"By us saved as ever our dear native land"?

How telling, is it now to replace God with Us? It is certainly in keeping with Marxist doctrine.

The deputy made an inquiry with the State Academic Choir about the possibility to change the anthem. He was told that making a recording of the new version of the national anthem would cost 120,000 rubles ($4,000).

Man, times must be tough in Russia that they balk at spending $4,000.

Deputy chairman of the Russian government, Sergey Sobyanin, said that the suggestion to change the text of the anthem must be substantiated with statistical data and other necessary materials.

“The text of the anthem is a whole musical and poetical work. Any editing of this work disregards the historical and cultural context of the anthem creation and can alter the original conceptual direction of the work,” Sobyanin said in his response to the communist deputy

Indeed, the "historical and cultural context of the anthem" is quite interesting, as we will see below.

But isn’t it ironic that the Godless Communists who for all intents and purposes still run the Soviet Union Russia are allowing such an outrage as the mention of God in their national anthem?

Don’t they have an ACLU?

The anthem debate intensified in October of 2000 when Yeltsin’s successor, Vladimir Putin, was approached by Russian athletes who were concerned that they had no words to sing for the anthem during the medal ceremonies at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Putin brought public attention to the issue and put it before the State Council. Putin pressed for the former Soviet anthem to be selected as the new Russian anthem, but strongly suggested that new lyrics be written.

The Duma voted on 8 December 2000 to adopt Alexandrov’s music as the national anthem. Following the vote, the committee formed to explore lyrics for the national anthem was tasked with finding lyrics for Alexandrov’s music. After receiving over 6,000 manuscripts from all parts of Russian society, the committee selected lyrics written by Mikhalkov to become the anthem of Russia.

And who knew that the lyrics were so recent? Actually, the story is a little more complicated than that.

From Wikipedia’s entry for their (three times) KGB author:

Sergey Mikhalkov

[I]n 1942, Mikhalkov’s work [as a poet] drew the attention of the Soviet Union’s leader Joseph Stalin, who commissioned him to write lyrics for a new national anthem. At the time, the country was deeply embroiled in World War II and Stalin wanted a Russian theme for the national anthem, to replace the Internationale.

Mikhalkov penned words to accompany a musical score by the composer Alexander Alexandrov (1883–1946) that became known as National Anthem of the Soviet Union. The new anthem was presented to Stalin in the summer of 1943 and was introduced as the country’s new anthem on January 1, 1944.

On the death of Stalin in 1953, the lyrics, which mentioned him by name, were discarded during the process of destalinization and the anthem continued to be used without words. Mikhalkov wrote new lyrics in 1970, but they were not submitted to the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet until May 27, 1977. The new lyrics, which removed any reference to Stalin, were approved on September 1 and were made official with the printing of the new Soviet Constitution in October 1977.

During the Soviet era, Mikhalkov and his wife, Natalia Konchalovskaya sometimes worked for the KGB, for example by presenting undercover KGB staff officers to foreign diplomats, as in the case of French ambassador Dezhan who was compromised by the KGB in 1950s. His younger brother Mikhail Mikhalkov was also a notable writer as well as a KGB agent.

Use of the Soviet anthem, with Mikhalkov’s lyrics, continued until 1991, when it was retired by President Boris Yeltsin after the USSR disintegrated. However, when [former KGB agent] Vladimir Putin took over from Yeltsin in 2000, he began to clamor for a restoration of Alexandrov’s music in place of Yeltsin’s choice.

Mikhalkov was 87 years old by this time and long since retired… But when Putin’s push to restore the old anthem began to pick up momentum, he picked up his pen once again, and wrote new lyrics to go with Alexandrov’s score. The result was the National Anthem of Russia, which was officially adopted in 2001.

Of course the only reason God was allowed to be mentioned in the lyrics in the first was because Hitler was at the gates of Moscow.

Mr. Stalin re-opened the churches at that time, as well.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Russians ‘Keep God’ In National Anthem”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    I think we should help those “Godless” Russians out by sending them our Mr. Newdow (in chains if necessary).
    He can whip up support for removing ‘God’ from every aspect of their Government and History.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    “Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev often attend church ceremonies”

    President Obama, maybe Putin and Medvedev can tell you how to attend church without causing a clamor.

    PS, Newdow’s first name is Michael, ironic, eh.

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