Stalin's Seminary Training
According to Roy Medvedev,
[Stalin] graduated with honors from
the church school and in 1894 entered the Tiflis seminary.
In both institutions obscurantism,
hypocrisy, constant petty supervision, and a system of
informing prevailed. The rules were
very strict, with virtually military discipline being enforced.
It is not surprising that the
seminaries of Russia produced revolutionaries as well as loyal servants
of the church and government . . .
The Tiflis seminary gave Russia not only Stalin, but such
prominent revolutionaries as Mikha
Tskhakaya, Noi Zhordania, Lado Ketskhoveli, Sylvester
Dzhibladze, Nikolai Chkheidze, and
Filipp Makharadze. The seminary in
Armenia produced just as many
(Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism. Ed. and
translated by George Shriver.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1989, p. 28.)
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