In a Church in Ukraine¹, Vladimir Putin has been burning in Hell since 2017.
Note: Christian stuff here. If you’re a humanist, feel free to move along except for perhaps the cultural interest.
The painting, by graduates of an Academy of Fine Arts, was unveiled on Easter even in 2017. Backstory was provided by two Polish websites, fakt.pl and kresy24.pl.
According to the reports, the work shows Putin burning in hell with the Soviet coat of arms and other symbols of evil, according to the Ukrinform news agency.
“The idea was to leave the historical memory of something that happened in our history for future generations. And this fresco of the Last Judgment is probably so unique, because of the depicted figure who did a lot of evil to Ukraine,” said a pastor of the church. ²
Another website reported:
“The painting is right at the entrance to the temple. It represents doomsday. The flames of hell consume, among other things, the symbols of criminal regimes – the hammer and sickle and the swastika. The most striking, however, is the screaming man in a suit. The faithful have no doubts – this is Vladimir Putin on fire. However, a priest at the church has a different opinion: the character symbolizes an official who robbed the country.”²
I’m intrigued by some of the details of the painting.
- The devil poking the symbols of Nazism and the Soviet Union with a pitchfork
- the concept that not all clergy are evil, since one is being led to the light
- the (purportedly) Russian soldier being bitten on the neck by a demon
- an innocent child being protected by an angel and carried to Heaven
- soldiers and churchmen and royalty along with regular people consigned to the flames.
I’d be curious to know if any of the other figures represent real persons in the minds of the artists, and what the writing above the mural and on the scroll says.
Spiritual leaders whom I respect have counseled us not to consign anyone to Hell even in our imaginations as all judgment belongs to God, but it is easy to understand these kinds of sentiments being expressed by people who have been oppressed by brutal regimes.
The Old Wolf has spoken.
¹ The exact location and the identification of the Church are known, as well as certain other names and details, but I’m not including them in case the Russian army happens to read this and decides to reduce the church to rubble and ashes out of spite. If Ukraine is successful in resisting the unholy invasion by Vladimir Putin, I will return and update the post (if I’m still alive).
² Automatically translated from the Polish.