How and why coins are becoming a source of historical facts or deny them? And how through a coin — as through a magnifying glass — you can look back into the past and see the cultural achievements of predecessors, works of the great sculptors and architects, artists’paintings, joy and tears of the people?
Even the elected leader of the state may not become a spiritual and national leader of the people, if he forgets the commandment: “Not by their words, but for their deeds you recognize them”. In recent months, weeks and days we’ve heard a lot of words. What deeds will follow these words? A leader can obtain “certificate of state maturity” only for his deeds. There are many vital “subjects” in this “certificate”, but few textbooks have been written on them. And there are only two examiners – people and the time. The people in Russia were and are, but leaders have got very few time. Too late to learn.
Experience of participation of the Russian Orthodox Church in development of credit co-operation is of practical interest for those who are concerned with the welfare of people. This is not a matter of blind copying, but of creative search for new forms, adequate to modern conditions.
By the end of the XIXth century credit cooperatives walked through a long way of development, but the goal sought by enthusiasts of cooperative movement (brothers Luginin, prince A.I. Vasilchikov, E.V. De Roberti and many others), as well as by the government — to protect peasants from money-lenders and to provide them with affordable loans — was never achieved.