Freemasonry in Russia has a really rich history. It is the heritage of Russia, and world Masonry, as well.
Since the start of the Russian Masonry during the reign of Peter the Great and up to now, Russian Masons have made valuable contributions to Russian and world culture, the spiritual evolution of mankind, the perception of a Human’s place on the Earth under the God, the growth and development, the maturing of the society. The spiritual ideals of Noble and Ethical society, Freedom, Brotherhood, Equality, Faith, – have always been the ideals of our Brethren. Russian Masonry has always been trying to «take a good man and make him better», to make Masons — the men possessing a strong belief in God, of high moral values.
And all the history of Russian Masonry, the list of Russian Masons prove, that it has succeeded in this. The names of I. Yelagin, A. Suvorov, N. Novikov, A. Pushkin, M. Garder, and others, are the best proof. During the times of Catherine II the Great, Paul I, Alexander I, Nikolas I, Alexander II, Alexander III, Nikolas II, our Brethren used to be the basis of Russian elite and had introduced a lot necessary changes into the Russian Society, propagated the ideals of humanitarianism, contributed to developing new Laws, and so on.
Continuously, during all its history, Russian Masonry has evolved as a part of the Whole – the Freemasonry. Deep and friendly relations with our Brethren from Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, and other countries have always been characteristic of Russian Masons. Visiting our meetings, exchanging new ideas and literature, helping in the organization of new Lodges, foreign Brethren took part in the activities of the Russian Masonry. Of course, Russian Brethren have visited the meetings of European and American Lodges, took part in Masonic activities since the Willhelmsbad Convention up to the present time. And now, our foreign Brethren take part in the meetings of our Lodges, when staying in Russia. We are always delighted to see them.
After the more than 70-years’ recess, or «sleeping» period that was due to the laws of our not long ago closed society, prohibiting the very existence of any group, the aims of which were not precisely the same as the aims of governing party, the Russian Fremasonry has been revived. Actually, our history has not interrupted, and all this time, Russian Masonry has been keeping and developing its ideas, its principles and traditions, in other countries. Feeling deep gratitude towards our Brthren like Mikhail Vassilyevitch Garder, reading the history and the records of the meeting of Russian Lodges in France, we without a shadow of doubt say, that the Russian Masonry of today is the genuine offsping and descendant of the Russian Masonry of the times of A. Pushkin and A. Suvorov. The Fraternity not only has revived here, but it constantly grows and develops.
The Grand Lodge of Russia was constituted by the Grand Loge Nationale Francaise on June, 24, 1995. We have been recognized now by 70 Grand Lodges, including:
- The United Grand Lodge of England
- The Grand Mother Lodge of Scotland
- The Grand Lodge of Ireland
- The United Grand Lodges of Germany
- The Symbolic Grand Lodge of Hungary
- The National Grand Lodge of France
- The Grand Lodge of New York
- The Grand Lodge of Alyaska
- The Grand Lodge of Austria
- The Grand East of the Netherlands
- The Grand Lodge of New York State
- The Regular Grand Lodge of Portugal
- Тhe Grand Lodge of Spain
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