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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Once we were afraid: Taizé report from Russia
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 "For years, life in Russia was hidden under a weight of fear, concealed by the proud and rigid garments of the Soviet myth. Life was all huddled up on itself. In the train, you only spoke of the weather, the garden or cookery recipes. To talk about 'how the world could be' , you got together with a few friends in somebody's kitchen. Children were taught as early as possible that 'Walls have ears'. Baptisms took place in apartments, or else it was the grandmother who looked for a church as far away as possible, writers concealed their ideas behind subtle allegories and 'ordinary resistance fighters' could express their opinions only over vodka in the stairwells. "Today, in large sections of society, fear has disappeared. Life has started 'throbbing' again: initiative, enterprise and creativity are causing fresh shoots to spring up in every sphere." One of the brothers from Taizé describes a recent trip to Russia at:
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