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Project 1917 is a series of events that took place a hundred years ago as described by those involved. It is composed only of diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers and other documents

We can criticise our Provisional Government from different points of view, but there is no doubt that it has a highly developed sense of responsibility. It assumed responsibility for the great whole, called Russia, at the most difficult moment of Russian history and is ready to bear this responsibility to the end. It has no self-sufficient love of power, no self-assertion, no dictatorship.

The Russian man doesn’t feel the inseparable connection between rights and obligations; he has a clouded consciousness when it comes to rights and duties - he is buried in irresponsible collectivism, trying to claim for everyone. The most difficult thing for the Russian man to feel is that he is the master of his own destiny.

The Russian man doesn’t feel the inseparable connection between rights and obligations; he has a clouded consciousness when it comes to rights and duties - he is buried in irresponsible collectivism, trying to claim for everyone. The most difficult thing for the Russian man to feel is that he is the master of his own destiny.

Revolution is the great revealer, and it revealed only what has been hiding in the depths of Russia. The modes of old regime contained the manifestations of many Russian traits, brought them within enforced limits. The fall of these decrepit modes resulted in a Russian man becoming completely unbridled and appearing naked. The evil spirits that Gogol saw in their stasis, broke free and are having an orgy. See more

Darkness and evil lie not in the external social forms of the people, but deeper, within the people’s spiritual core. The old autocracy has gone, and yet we still have a system of absolute power in Russia, and still the same lack of respect for human beings, for human dignity and human rights. See more

New Russia can be asked the same question that Vladimir Solovyov asked of old Russia: “What kind of East do you want to be, the East of Xerxes or of Christ?” “East of Xerxes” can be not only savage autocracy, but also savage democracy.

Russian people have proven that they are a great people worthy of a great future. On the edge of destruction, in a hopeless situation, under threat from a terrible enemy, they, inspired and ingenious, have carried out the shortest, bloodless, and painless of revolutions. See more

The autocratic tsarist power, which distorted our church life, fell, and the Church was freed from this idol. But the “kingdom of Caesar” continues to exist in new forms. An idol can be created from democracy, from socialism, from the people themselves, and the church life can fall into slavery to these new idols. The free Church must be free not only from the old state, the kingdom of the autocracy. but also from the new state, from the kingdom of democracy.

While it may be conceded that the class struggle is necessary, it can never be said to be a Christian truth or religious good. Christianity sees a higher truth in the giving away of one’s riches to one’s neighbours, but never in the taking of one’s neighbours riches. See more

The Russian revolution cannot but affect the whole of Europe; it will stir up the peoples of Europe and cause their stagnant blood to circulate more quickly. But heaven forbid the example we set for European peoples from becoming one of anarchy and spontaneous decay.

The Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Caesar, set apart by Christ, became intermingled in Rus': “the things that are God’s” were substituted for the “things that are Caesar’s”, and it was unto “Caesar” that “God’s things” were rendered. See more

Age: 43
Lives in: Moscow, Russian Empire
Occupation: philosopher
Interests: philosophy, Christianity, democracy

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