Moscow, March 27, Interfax - The Russian Communist Party's leader Gennady Zyuganov has assessed the West's attitude towards Russia as centuries-old hatred and said that its origins lie in the split of Christianity into the Western and the Eastern churches.
"We say that for the first time. Listen carefully, hatred of Russia has existed in Europe for centuries, its ideological origins are to be found in the split of Christianity into the Catholic and the Orthodox churches," Zyuganov said in his report at the 13th joint plenary session of the Communist Party's Central Committee and the Central Commission for Revision and Control.
He recalled that "devotees of Christianity were considered as heathens in the West, and crusaders destroyed and looted the capital of Byzantine Empire, Constantinople, in 1204."
In addition, for instance, "the Catholic Poland vied for the Russian lands in the 16 century, Polish and other European authors wrote about 'barbarian savage Russia looking for a cause to invade Europe'," he said.
"Ivan the Terrible was described only in the blackest colors; all possible atrocities were attributed to him, nevertheless his actions paled in comparison to wrongdoings of all European monarchs of his time," Zyuganov said.
"But Tsar Ivan's distorted image has been passed down through centuries, and unveiling of his monument in my birthplace, Oryol, was accompanied by bizarre vicious insults from liberals and all their sycophants hating the Soviet government," Zyuganov said.
The Communist Party's plenary session held in Snegiri, Moscow Region, is devoted to the subject of the fight against anti-Sovietism and Russophobia.