Confiscated handwritten Inochentist hymn Moldova

Item

Title

Confiscated handwritten Inochentist hymn Moldova

Description

The images show an Inochentist handwritten hymn found by the Soviet secret police officers on an arrested Inochentist preacher in 1952 in Moldova. The hymn describes Jesus's preaching to his followers on the Mount of Olives about the End Time. The Apocalypse, according to the hymn, will begin when people would abandon the church. Then, according to the narrative, the wrath of God would descend on sinners and only those who do not abandon the true faith will be saved. The hymn is written in Romanian using the Cyrillic script. The preacher, who may not be the author of the text but was probably the copyist, wrote his surname at the end of hymn under a decorative drawing.
The hymn served as evidence in the case file of the Inochentist preacher on whom it was found. The preacher was charged with sedition and anti-soviet propaganda and was sentenced to 25 years in a labor camp. From the perspective of the police investigation, the Inochentist narratives about the End Time were useful for their investigations because they labeled those “who left the Church” as sinners who were about to be struck down by God’s wrath. The officers perceived the hymn as an attempt by the Inochentist preachers to exploit the “religious superstitions” of the peasantry in order to label the Soviet regime and its representatives as “sinners” that were about to be punished by God.

The hymn is attached to file number 3815, fond R-3401, from the National Archive of the Republic of Moldova. The file contains two mugshots and the above mentioned hymn.

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Subject

Totalitarianism
Material culture--Religious aspects
Religious sects
Sects
Confiscations
Evidence, criminal
Millennialism--Soviet Union--History--20th century
Hymns, Romanian

Creator

Dumitru Lisnic

Source

Arhiva Națională a Republicii Moldova, Fond R-3401, Inventar 1, Dosar 3815

Publisher

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme No . 677355

Date

1952

Contributor

Dumitru Lisnic

Rights

Arhiva Națională a Republicii Moldova

Format

Image/jpeg
Photo

Language

RO

Type

Image, Text

Identifier

Arhiva Națională a Republicii Moldova, Fond R-3401, Inventar 1, Dosar 3815

Coverage

Moldova
20th century

Bibliographic Citation

Dumitru Lisnic, "Confiscated handwritten Inochentist hymn Moldova"