Why is Putin praising this journalist who is praising Stalin? Plans for 138 more churches are to be built in Moscow with 62 already standing. Stalin vs. churches...something has gone awry. Putin, you can't be double-minded;
James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Matthew 6:21 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
WIKIPEDIA: USSR ANTI-RELIGIOUS CAMPAIGN (1928-1941)
The USSR anti-religious campaign of 1928–1941 was a new phase of anti-religious persecution in the Soviet Union following the anti-religious campaign of 1921–1928.
The campaign began in 1929, with the drafting of new legislation that severely prohibited religious activities and called for a heightened attack on religion in order to further disseminate atheism.
This had been preceded in 1928 at the fifteenth party congress, where Joseph Stalin criticized the party for failure to produce more active and persuasive anti-religious propaganda.
This new phase coincided with the beginning of the forced mass collectivization of agriculture and the nationalization of the few remaining private enterprises.
Many of those who had been arrested in the 1920s would continue to remain in prison throughout the 1930s and beyond.
The main target of the anti-religious campaign in the 1920s and 1930s was the Russian Orthodox Church, which had the largest number of faithful. Nearly all of its clergy, and many of its believers, were shot or sent to labour camps.
Theological schools were closed, and church publications were prohibited. More than 85,000 Orthodox priests were shot in 1937 alone. Only a twelfth of the Russian Orthodox Church's priests were left functioning in their parishes by 1941.
In the period between 1927 and 1940, the number of Orthodox Churches in the Russian Republic fell from 29,584 to less than 500.
The campaign slowed down in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and came to an abrupt end after the commencement of Operation Barbarossa. The challenge produced by the German invasion would ultimately prevent the public withering away of religion in Soviet society. (End of excerpt)
Putin praises achievements of anti-Semitic writer
Russian Pres. Putin praises journalist who is 'interested' in a Cold War and 'did everything he could' so the war would begin.
AFP, 26/02/18 17:43
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday praised the "social, literary and journalistic activities" of the editor of an ultra-nationalist, anti-Semitic newspaper who has called for a new Cold War.
Putin, who is all but guaranteed to win a fourth Kremlin term in a presidential election next month, sent Stalinist journalist and writer Alexander Prokhanov a telegram to congratulate him on his 80th birthday.
"You have taken a great professional path, you have found your calling in your columns and in your social, literary and journalistic activities," Putin said in the message published on the Kremlin's website.
"You have always remained committed to your civic principles and ideals... I wish you good health and hope that your plans will be realized."
Prokhanov is the editor-in-chief of the far-right newspaper Zavtra (Tomorrow), which he founded in 1993.
In 2014 he accused Jews who supported anti-Russian protesters in Ukraine as "hastening a second Holocaust" with their backing of "fascist" Western reformers.
A Jewish character in Prokhanov's best-selling novel "Mr. Hexogen" said Jews were planning to take the blood and organs of health Russians and sell them to medical centers in Israel.
He has said that Russia does not need new monuments to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin because the "unique, red civilization" he founded was so great that further memorials are unnecessary.
"I am afraid that I am interested in a Cold War with the West," he told The New York Times in 2014 at the height of the Ukraine conflict, which saw relations between Russia and the West plummet to levels not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
"I was very patient. I waited for 20 years. I did everything I could so that this war would begin. I worked day and night."