Deep in the annals of Solzhenitsyn’s writings was the abiding conviction that the Russian Orthodox Church was responsible for the success of Soviet Marxism. Its unhistorical liturgies, lovely as they are, imported no historical analogues from which to convey moral norms to fortify a Christian culture as a bulwark against militant atheism. The institutionalized Church sought the defense of the State throughout its heritage. Not with Father Gleb Yakunin who died at the age of 80 on Tuesday after Christmas.
Very few dissidents took the Soviet Union directly on. As with Solzhenitsyn, Father would be converted from Marxism while attending College, ordained during Khruschev’s ‘thaw’ he sought neither refuge nor admonishment in his struggle with the ‘great Satan’. Convicted and sent to internal exile in 1980 he said “I rejoyce that the Lord has sent me this test, as a Christian, I accept it gladly.” His time spent througout the G.U.L.A.G. was noted for his humility and charm.
In 1987 he returned to Moscow and elected to high office. He was officially defrocked as a priest for serving his term in elected office. In 1993 he was offically excommunicated from the Russian Orthodox Church.
He would never give up fighting the Mafia State that took over from Stalin during Putin’s reign.
May God finally Grant Him PEACE. AMEN BROTHER!