31.01.2024 Author: Henry Kamens

Stalin Attacked: Is the Georgian Orthodox Church AGAIN in the Crosshairs of US Hegemony?

Stalin Attacked: Is the Georgian Orthodox Church AGAIN in the Crosshairs of US Hegemony?

Nothing is ever what it first appears or is claimed to be!

The US deep state and its NGO network of agents continue its assault on Orthodoxy, both in Georgia and Ukraine. Not content with the damage done by the split they have caused in Ukraine, where the “CIA Patriarch” Bartholomew of Constantinople issued an edict of autocephaly creating a new “Orthodox” Church in the war torn country, the US has set its sights on the degradation and destruction of one of the oldest Orthodox Churches outside the Holy Land.

As a central pillar of Georgian cultural and national identity, the Georgian Orthodox Church, under the leadership of Patriarch Ilia II, has strongly resisted the attempts of the US and EU to undermine traditional values in the country via their network of NGOs and subversive groups. The outrage of the US Embassy at the blocking of what can only be described as the “US LGBTQ Empire” is palpable.

Only last July, the US Ambassador at the time, Ms Kelly Degnan, demanded the Georgian government use “any means necessary” to ensure a US inspired gay pride event take place at the Lisi Lake Wonderland venue on the Nutsubidze Plateau in the North Western part of the city.

“I think everyone will feel a lot safer in Tbilisi when these people, who are on video, are arrested and prosecuted,” said the Ambassador.

Instead, a Church inspired protest forced the event organizers to cancel the event, as police were unable, or unwilling, to stop their enraged countrymen from surrounding the site.

Timely Provocation

Now, one of Tbilisi Pride’s most prominent activists, Nata Peradze, has recently attacked an Ikon of St Metrona of Moscow in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, causing outrage amongst Church going Georgians across the country.

Radio Free Europe, VOA, in how it reported the incident is revealing, as it coincides with the recent announcement that Bidzin Ivaniishvili is making a return to Georgian politics, and will be actively heading up the ruling Georgian Dream Party.

This action, or rather provocations, by Peradze will likely go unpunished, as Stalin’s history is well-documented, both good and mostly bad. However, if you burn or deface the EU flag, you can expect the full force of the law to be applied in Georgia, and a young man is already held accountable for such a political statement.

Some supporters of the Georgian Government claim that “now it is up to Bidzina Ivanishvili whether the law will be applied to Nata Peradze or not.”

Likely nothing will be done, as that is what the West, perhaps Russia too, according to some opinions, are hoping for the worse.

Meanwhile, an angry crowd, which the Western media describes as a “mob” swarmed the house of Nata Peradzeon January 10 after she posted a video online showing blue paint splattered on an icon of St. Matrona of Moscow in Tbilisi’s Holy Trinity Cathedral.

This religious painting had recently sparked controversy because it carries an image of Josef Stalin, the former Georgian born Soviet dictator, who is loved and hated in equal measure in Georgia and in other countries of the former USSR.

Reaction as expected or NOT?

It is hard to believe that she did not have anterior motives for attacking the icon, as “I really did not expect a reaction like this. However, she said, “I had expected some reaction when I took this action.

She further describes in a VOA interview how: “One person wrote [on Facebook] that there is “a butterfly effect.” And in fact, “to tell the truth, I did not imagine this would happen. This is not my first action against Stalin.  I regularly paint the bust of Stalin in [the village of] Mukhrani, but I didn’t expect this.”

If she is so anti-Soviet, and hated Stalin so much, and which is what most normal people do, she should have realized that even the Russian Orthodox Church very clearly wrote a few years ago that this is not classic iconography, and it should be removed from any public display.

Not very convincing!

She [mostly likely] knew exactly what she was doing and what reaction it would likely bring about, as this act, ‘something of a false flag” to stir division in Georgian society, and if she did not know, then her paymasters did, as there are very few so-called activists in Georgia that are not on someone’s payroll.

Her official position is she “attacked an Ikon of Stalin” despite the fact he only appears in the Ikon as a historical figure, in much the same way as other oppressors of the faithful such as Herod, Julian the Apostate, or Diocletian appear on Ikons all across the Orthodox world.

Already the collective West has turned Alt-info TV, who represents a key segment of Georgian Society, into the Georgian Conservative Movement, and this is more than obvious by how it is being blamed for the reaction to the vandalism of the religious Ikon.

Foreign sponsored news, funded by NED, the (rather inappropriately named) National Endowment for Democracy, describe the incident as how the ultra-conservative, anti-Western, pro-Russian and homophobic political party Conservative Movement / Alt Info led a group of angry demonstrators who gathered near the residence of civil activist Nata Peradze, who a day before had defaced the icon with the image of Joseph Stalin at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi.

This is a well-known TV outlet, gaining in popularity, but is known largely by reputation, for standing its ground over Georgian values, rather than for some of the people who are actually watching its broadcasts—including spooks from the US Embassy and foreign missions.

One source, working in the NGO sector describes, “Nata and I once planted trees together in Svaneti as she is a green activist” BUT VOA and other media outlets fail to mention what kind of activist she actually is.

One of the founders and champions of the LGBTQ movement “Tbilisi Pride”, she is a long-term enemy of both the Church and traditional Georgian culture, Her protest actions are not limited to attacking the Church, but she was also responsible for a violent protest to stop the construction of a special needs school for disabled children in Tbilisi, which should give an idea of her character.

Nonetheless, given that pro-western media were well aware of the planned action, and [most likely] who even planned it, and who have issued other provocations on the Church and various local media sources immediately afterwards, we can only assume this was a well-prepared provocation, but to what end?

Pity they didn’t hang her from a lamp post!

Peradze is certainly deserving of “the Mussolini treatment”, and her obvious desire to create strife looks to be part of the now well known, process of preparing a Color Revolution by Western governments and intelligence agencies. The first such color revolution was the 2003 “Rose Revolution” that swept Saakashvili to power.

Given his subsequent rejection by the Georgian public due to the excesses of his two terms in power, as well as the current government’s refusal to become involved in the war in Ukraine despite serious western pressure, the deep state in the west obviously thinks it is time for a rerun, perhaps a violet revolution this time? Or lilies?

In this light, the claim by Peradze, widely repeated by western Embassies and media outlets, that this was a protest against Stalin looks so thin you can see right through it. And, even if it was the case, I prefer other methods to destroy Stalin and his evil legacy in Georgia and the former USSR—like education and the opening up of historic records as a way of telling what all he actually did and not “mostly all” for what he had shared in the collective blame.

Most of the free media in Tbilisi has handled the latest Georgia incident less than professionally, and that on its own accord speaks louder than the repercussions of tossed paint.

I wonder who Nata Peradze is really working for!


Henry Kamens, columnist, expert on Central Asia and Caucasus, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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