Speaking with journalists at the monastery, Putin asked if anyone had read Denikin’s diary. They replied: “Probably not.”
Putin responded: “You certainly should read” Anton Denikin’s diary, specifically the part about “Great and little Russia, Ukraine. He says nobody should be allowed to interfere between us. This is only Russia’s right.”
Denikin was a general in WWI, but an opponent of Communism. He lived much of his life in exile, first in France eventually dying in the United States of America. His remains were returned to Russia and buried at the Donsky Monastery upon orders of Putin when he was president.