Putin Makes Pilgrimage to Jerusalem


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ANSA English Media Service
April 29, 2005

MIDEAST: PUTIN MAKES EMOTIONAL VISIT TO JERUSALEM

By Alessandro Logroscino

MOSCOW

(ANSA) - MOSCOW, April 29 - Long minutes of solitary
meditation in the Holy Sepulchre basilica, deep emotion at the
Yad Vashem Museum, these are moments of President Vladimir
Putin’s visit to Jerusalem on the eve of the Orthodox Easter
which this year is on May 1.

Putin first met the director of the Yad Vashem Museum,
Shevach Weiss, who accompanied him in the halls of the museum
dedicated to the Holocaust.

“Nobody has ever been as emotional as Putin,” Weiss said.

The people who accompanied the Russian President during is
visit tothe Holy Land seemed just as touched.

The trip has many surprising aspects, according to what
Andrei Kolesnikov, the most famous journalist following the
President’s visit, wrote on the pages of opposition newspaper
Kommersant.

Putin decided to make his visit as soon as he arrived from
Cairo despite the fact that it was already dark.

The Holy Sepulchre basilica had already been closed when
Putin arrived and was opened especially for him. Putin
immediately stood in front of the plate on which Jesus’ body had
been laid down and prayed for ten minutes, much longer than
expected.

An Armenian priest led him to the hole worshipped as the one
where Christ’s cross had been fixed. Here the President again
wanted to remain alone and knelt down.

A priest approached him some time later to tell him that it
was probably time to go.

Putin followed the priest but then told him to wait, went
back and knelt down again, loosened his tie and put a small
crucifix, a gift from his mother which he has been wearing for
years, in the hole.

It took longer before Putin left the basilica, which keeps
precious gifts from Russian tsar Alexander III, and headed for
the residence of the Orthodox archimandrite who represents the
Moscow Patriarchate in the Holy Land.

This short stop preceded Putin’s last visit during his stay
in Jerusalem, a pilgrimage to the Western Wall. (ANSA).


#2

This is a good sign. Vlad made me a little nervous when his first act as the Russian President was to give out survival knives to Russian special forces troops. I hope he takes his faith to the office.

-D


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Is this just a show or what? I read in the news lately that he was saying Russia was better off in the past (communism) than now? What is he really up to?

Pio


#4

You have to be made of stone NOT to react in any way when visiting Yad Vashem. I was there twice, in 1995 and 2000.

The adult memorial is heart-wrenching and the whole building is plastered with posters, pictures of skeletal human being walking naked in the snow, and the list goes on.

But it is the children’s memorial that literally breaks your heart. The music is haunting. I lost it…and cried. I prayed and talked to the children and I was so sorry that this could happen to a child. The building was dark because of the type of showing there was. And I was sure glad because tears just poured out of me. I am sure there were many more crying also.

It was like I was saying I was sorry to all the Jewish people (and the many others) who suffered so much and the rest of the world just looked on not realizing…

Christ is risen…truly He is risen!
Shoshana


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[quote=hlgomez]Is this just a show or what? I read in the news lately that he was saying Russia was better off in the past (communism) than now? What is he really up to?

Pio
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Yes, this is being misunderstood. What he was saying was that the Soviet Union had a better economic cohesion and a better organised industrial life than modern day Russia and it was able to provide a better standard of living to all its citizens. This is undeniable -Russia was better off in the Soviet days.


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Yes, this is being misunderstood. What he was saying was that the Soviet Union had a better economic cohesion and a better organised industrial life than modern day Russia and it was able to provide a better standard of living to all its citizens. This is undeniable -Russia was better off in the Soviet days.

So what is that to the Russians? Are they going to go back to communism, or is Putin implying to the Russians to go back to communism in order to be “prosperous”?

I think Putin focuses more on materialism. Didn’t he realized that Russia was almost in the brink of nuclear war? And that many people were more and more lead into errors of materialism?

Pio


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