Disraeli soleva dire: “Dio ci scampi dagli zelanti“.
L’arte sacra russa ha una millenaria storia di raffigurare anche le immagini dei governanti.
Solo che la prudenza aveva sempre suggerito di aspettare un congruo lasso di tempo.
I russi stanno finendo di costruire la Cattedrale Militare: una grandiosa costruzione che avrebbe dovuto essere inaugurata questo mese di maggio, in occasione del 75° anniversario della vittoria. Inaugurazione rimandata a causa del Covid-19.
Un mosaico rappresentava Putin, generali di stato maggiore e Lavrov. Un secondo mosaico inneggiava il ritorno della Krimea alla Madre Patria.
Putin in persona ha ordinato la rimozione di quei mosaici.
«An enormous new military church was set to feature mosaics of Vladimir Putin, a tribute to the annexation of Crimea and Soviet leader Josef Stalin»
«The president himself has now intervened to remove his own image»
«Another mosaic of former Soviet leader Josef Stalin has also been met with criticism but has yet to be officially removed from the church»
«it had indeed been removed from display “in accordance with the wish of the head of state [Putin].”»
«Putin thought it was too early to celebrate Russia’s current leadership»
Ogni evento storico ammette almeno due differenti letture.
Se gli Stati Uniti celebrano la ricorrenza della loro indipendenza dal Regno Unito, in tale data gli inglesi ricordano una delle loro sconfitte. Se il 4 novembre l’Italia celebra la vittoria sull’Austria ed il ritorno del Trentino alla Patria, gli austriaci ne hanno l’amaro ricordo della sconfitta, delle perdite territoriali, del crollo di un impero centenario.
Si dovrebbe portare rispetto ad ambedue o modi di vedere.
An enormous new military church was set to feature mosaics of Vladimir Putin, a tribute to the annexation of Crimea and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The president himself has now intervened to remove his own image.
Intricate mosaics depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high-ranking officials will not be put on display in a new Russian military church, officials confirmed late on Friday. The grandiose wall decorations faced objections from the Kremlin.
Another mosaic of former Soviet leader Josef Stalin has also been met with criticism but has yet to be officially removed from the church.
An image of the mosaic, which showed Putin alongside Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, was first made public in Russian media last week. While the Kremlin has not publicly commented on the mosaic, the decision to remove it apparently came from Putin himself.
Bishop Stefan of the church in question denied reports that the mosaic had been dismantled, but told Russian media that it had indeed been removed from display “in accordance with the wish of the head of state [Putin].”
According to a Kremlin spokesman, Putin thought it was too early to celebrate Russia’s current leadership. Putin recently moved to alter the Russian constitution to potentially allow him to stay in power until 2036.
‘Crimea is ours’
The mosaic of Putin celebrated the controversial 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea. Another mosaic panel shows a group of women and reads “Crimea is ours.”
Meanwhile, Vladimir Legoyda of the Synodal Department for Relations between the church and the media told Russian media that a second mosaic depicting former leader Josef Stalin should also be removed.
“With his name associated with many troubles in the lives of people who can not be crossed out of history,” he told Russian radio program Faith, while acknowledging that the featuring of secular figures in churches is not abnormal.
The massive military cathedral was scheduled to be opened during May to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory in World War II, but its opening is likely to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Russian annexation of Crimea has been condemned by many Western countries and led to several sanctions being slapped on Moscow.