the Summer 1939 in Mongolia on the river the oaeoei-goal many thousand
Soviet the soldier in fights with the Japanese aggressors were lost.
Later 66 years - in August, 2005 on a place of fights requiem for the
first time has been served and the memorable orthodox cross is
established. The organizer of Religious procession tells about this
event and about modern Mongolia across Mongolia priest Evgenie Startsev.
- Father Evgenie, tell, how the idea of installation of orthodox crosses in Mongolia was born?
Priest Evgenie Startsev
- We have become interested in that has occured in Mongolia
in 1939 Japanese had before myself the precise purpose: to pass through
all Mongolia and to leave on territory of Soviet Union in area of
boundary station Naushki. The purpose of Japanese was presechena
an ingenious idea of our commanders. In the fierce fights on the river
the oaeoei-goal which last within several months, thousand Soviet the
soldier were lost. They pogrebeny
there. And we do not know, that somebody has prayed or especially has
read the burial service over them. And we have decided to make it,
having received blessing of Bishop Chita and Transbaikalian Evstafija.
Us cadets of 5-th school of settlement have supported the Pine pine
forest, and also our colleagues in the Christ - employees of Fund of
Andrey Pervozvannogo who any more first time made a similar sort
spot-checks. We were in Mongolia from August, 12 till August, 21st,
2005, having passed 1700 km by the machine and partly - on horses
through Ulan Bator and CHojbolsan
on the oaeoei-goal. Besides cadets and employees of Fund of Andrey
Pervozvannogo, the structure of expedition included tutors, drivers,
the colonel and the priest.
At that time in Mongolia raged jashchur,
and through cordons passed nobody, but concerning us have made
exception, having passed 6 person on the oaeoei-goal, including 1
cadet. In Ulan Bator already on a return way we have incorporated and
have come back home all together.
- How many by you it has been established crosses? How the local population reacted to their installation?
We have established two 5-meter crosses from a larch. One - on a place
of a burial place Soviet the soldier at the river the oaeoei-goal,
another - on old Russian cemetery Urgi (so Ulan Bator earlier referred
to) . We carried crosses on a roof of the car through all
Mongolia on the border with China. Many were perplexed, for what they.
Eventually we have delivered them up to a place, having overcome all
cordons. Besides we have served requiem in CHojbolsane (in 500 km from
a place of fights) where Samurais cut out the whole of shelfs of our
At Mongols the certificate of special reverence of any place or a
subject are the scarfs tied on them, tapes. On one of burial places we
have seen our tank, to which trunk as to the big relic, the tape has
been adhered. Such though also pagan, the attitude testifies to deep
reverence of that our ancestors have made.
All over again Mongols bewildered looked at us preparing, collecting, and kilometers then bearing on some a cross .
They did not undertake it to bear, because we did not offer it to them,
but they were in the perfect delight of that occured. With what
pleasure they ran around of us, approached to a cross, fotogafirovalis about it, with what special awe took in hands ancient icons!
The Chapter of administration which has grown there, at farewell
has shed a few tears and has told: " I on behalf of those the soldier
which are killed and buried here, bear to you great gratitude that you
for them have made ". Us Mongols (!) thanked that we have made for
Russian the soldier. These soldiers are for them, perhaps, the unique
sample of sacrifice and sanctity. It has touched us because we have
seen an absolute openness and childlike delight of that have made.
- whether there Are any monuments on the oaeoei-goal?
The Card of east Mongolia.
- There steppe and a memorial of Soviet times. Among stell one on which courageous persons of soldiers are cut is allocated, as though ustremlyonnyh for the enemy. It was impossible to win war against Japanese only one polkovodcheskim genius Zhukov. It was necessary to have the soldiers, capable to realize its brilliant tactical plans.
Zhukov's Rate settled down on a hill, and from it all was visible
directly. We have risen there, and I have presented, as it was terrible
to see to it many-many thousand compatriots, to it sent on death. It is
such moment which I did not understand earlier.
Before homecoming we have called in on this memorial and have seen
there the young men who have arrived on a vacation from educational
institutions of Mongolia, Russia and the Europe. Us has very much
pleased, that they have gathered on this place.
- We almost know nothing about modern Mongolia. What to you it was especially remembered?
- Mongolia - the surprising country. That we saw, has made upon us
strong impression. We have passed through desert and steppe during a
time of flowering of its grasses.
We stopped at Mongols in jurtah. They shared with us krovom,
food and were extremely affable. Our fears regarding installation of
crosses have quickly dissipated, because Mongols were very glad to the
long-awaited fact of our arrival there. People who live in area of
those events, are brought up for memories of that has occured in 1939
For them very important, that the Soviet soldiers together with their
fathers have combined the heads for independence of Mongolia.
To the surprise, in Mongolia I have felt calmnesses. In Russia here it is restless.
- What spiritual condition of modern Mongols?
- Mongols are in a vulnerable condition as have no seryoznyh spiritual roots and consequently are very strongly subject to external influences.
You Go on steppe and you see: jurta,
about it wind-driven generators, generators, solar batteries and a huge
satellite plate. To me it was bitter and it is insulting for those who
with such pleasure plunges into this stinking line of globalization,
not understanding, it can turn back what danger for them in the near
future. It is obvious, that not having trusteeship from spiritually
mature heads, these people in the near future can be lost simply.
- That you can tell about Orthodoxy in Mongolia? How many Russian live there?
- In Mongolia lives 3200 Russian, 1200 - it is constant, basically, in Ulan Bator. There is an arrival, which okormljaet about. Alex Trubach, employee OVTSS.
The father works absolutely self-denyingly on this field in an
environment, on the one hand, the pagan world, and with another, -
Russian people, not up to the end understanding our Belief. A temple
about. Alex house. It is zealous the father the radeniem.
It serves In a temple one: itself the censer submits, itself reads and
sings. Plans at about. Alex greater. I think, that in a greater part
they can come true, since it the priest seryoznyj. It is assured, as the chorus at it will appear also sextons. The benefactor already is.
We met emigrants. It is pleasant, that for a meeting with us they
have come to church. I even have met there the relatives on a parent
line. The Charge d'Affaires ad interim in affairs of Russia in Mongolia
Ivan Sergeevich Mostyka has very warmly met us. We have planned plans
and projects which can be realized by the general efforts.
I consider, that we should not lose Mongolia - spiritual space
accessible to us. For this purpose many forces actually are not
required. For this purpose our exact representation is required, that
we want. In particular, to support this arrival and to lead others seryoznye actions. We would like, that the state structures have shown greater
interest in Mongolia. We are glad, that the representation of Buryatiya
in Mongolia led by Nikolay Atanovym has apprehended our ideas and has
The Participant of Religious procession blesss with an icon
The virgin the Mongolian ground.
- whether you Are going to go to Mongolia?
- next year, the God will give.