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Periodical: Russkii Frank-Mason

Summary: From Pat Deveney's database:

Russkii Frank-Mason.
1908 Bimonthly
Moscow, Russia.
Language: Russian.
Editor: P.A. Chistiakov.
1/1, 1908.
10 rubles a year. Subscription restricted to 250.

Only two issues were published because of the dubious legality of Freemasonry in Russia at the time. Despite the fact that Pyotr Aleksandrovich Chistiakov was a Martinist and Master of the Astreia Lodge in Moscow, this journal was dedicated to "Spiritual Freemasonry" rather than regular Masonry, and to the "history of secret societies, Hermetic (secret) science, Kabbalah, Theosophy, occult questions, religion, philosophy, science, art and general life in the connection with the abilities of spiritualism and mysticism, modern spiritualism, psychism, magnetism, hypnotism and spiritism." The journal carried H.P. Blavatsky's "Voice of the Silence," "The Golden Chain of Homer," "Immortality According to the Traditions of the Asiatic Rosicrucians," and promised future articles by Carl Du Prel, an introduction to alchemy, and, intriguingly, "'The Seven Portals of H.P. Blavatsky' from the Correspondence of Mme. Blavatsky," which, with her "Two Paths," were said to be a continuation or sequel to "Voice of the Silence." These never appeared. Chistiakov, with A.I. Bobrova, led the prominent spiritualist circle in Moscow. He also edited Voprosy psikhizma i spiritualisticheskoi filosofii and Rebus. After the Revolution of 1917, in which Chistiakov fought for the Whites, he took a position on the Chinese Eastern Railroad in Manchuria was recommended by Koot Hoomi to Nicholas Roerich as a person who might help build the "New Russia "in the desert. The journal is described in Maria Carlson and R.H. Davis, Jr., "Russian Occult Journals and Newspapers," in Bernice Glatzer Rosenthan, The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997). Stanford University.

Issues:Russkii Frank-mason N1 1908
Russkii Frank-mason N2 1908

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