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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Should we dance on their graves?

We have already spent nearly a year living or, more accurately, trying to live according to the laws of civilized society, but the bitter economic and political legacy of the last 75 years is still apparent today, exposing all the deformations of our consciousness.


An example of this is the international arts festival that begins on Red Square this Saturday.


The atheistic ideology and communist propaganda that dominated here for decades has apparently penetrated our minds so deeply that even now, in the postcommunist era, it still has a cement-like grip on our consciences.


Before 1917, Red Square was a normal city square, a place for holiday strolls, outdoor trade and exchanges between Muscovites and their guests, as well as a witness to executions and revolts.


In the following decades, however, Red Square turned into a ritual museum -- the mausoleum of the Leader of the Revolution and the burial ground of his accomplices -- a place where Muscovites twice a year, willingly or unwillingly, demonstrated their devotion to the authorities and "Lenin's testament". The mausoleum served as both a grave and a tribune atop of which the ranks of the country's leaders succeeded each other.


Certainly the idea of 60 to 80 pairs of feet tramping over a tomb should give a normal person the creeps, but it never occurred to the hardened atheists of this country, and still less their leaders, that this was unnatural.


But now times have changed and, at a moment when we are reevaluating the past, it would seem that before starting such a grandiose festival on Red Square we should first think about giving all those people a Christian burial in a cemetery, even if some of them committed crimes unprecedented in the history of the world.


Unfortunately this thought occurred neither to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church nor to President Boris Yeltsin -- under whose patronage this festival will be held and who, it seems, is trying to become a believer -- nor to the relatives of the cosmonauts buried in the Kremlin wall, the organizers and sponsors of the festival, the ordinary citizens of Moscow, not to mention our uncensored mass media.


It is impossible that this thought never entered anyone's mind at a time when there is so much talk about the need for our spiritual and moral revival, without which the development of a healthy society is impossible.


But who will believe in these appeals for a moral revival if we continue to flout such ideas in our everyday life? Can it really be true that nothing human and righteous can grow out of the cement of the atheism of our past?