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9 Dreaming of New Russia

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Nikolai Roerich liked Nikoliny pritchi very much and it would be republished in 1924, on his initiative, in New York in the new publishing house Alatas, started by Georgii Dmitrievich Grebenshchikov, under the title Zvenigorod Oklikannyi: Nikoliny pritchi. The major principles on which the foundation of New Russia was to be laid, according to Elena Roerich and Master Morya, were: direct communication with the Masters, spirituality, cooperation, beauty, female social activity and communism. The samples of Elena's envisioning of the future demonstrate clearly that the Roerichs had no blueprint for the construction of New Russia and had to improvise a great deal, by adjusting their fantastic dreams to reality, as much as they could. In 1924 the Roerichs would give their dreamland a code name New Country. The term New Country would occasionally be applied to Soviet Russia as well, a most confusing thing for readers of Elena's diaries.

Keywords: Alatas; Elena Roerich; Georgii Dmitrievich Grebenshchikov; Master Morya; New Country; New Russia; Nikolai Roerich; Zvenigorod Oklikannyi: Nikoliny pritchi



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