Orthodox Christianity: Strong Pillar in Modern Russia

Pravdareport - 1/12/16 Karl Marx, in his famous seminal treatise, Das Kapital, laid down a basic tenet for revolutionizing and thus usurping control of the world's economic order when he wrote, "Religion is the opiate of the masses". He, as well as others of the same persuasion really believed that too. Karl Marx, in his famous seminal ...

Russian Orthodox Church is open to dialogue with Pussy Riot, but without provocations

Moscow/Krasnoyarsk, December 23, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate is hoping that the members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot who have been released from prison today after being amnestied will improve. "Every person has a right to make public statements, honest debates, and competition of ideas. However, when political manipulations and dangerous provocations happen, it's ...

Russians launch dedicated center to fight ‘atheist extremism’

A worship cross, dedicated to the memory of victims of political repressions in Arkhangelsk, cut down by unidentified vandals. (RIA Novosti)

26/8/13 A group of activists connected with the Russian Orthodox Church are setting up a center against atheist extremism which, according to them, is promoted mainly by foreign-sponsored organizations. The decision was announced this week at a meeting between city  residents and deputies of a district council that was held near  the pilgrimage center of the Moscow ...

Russian Church Spokesman to Ward Off Beetle Through Prayer

14/8/13 MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti) – How serious are you about the threat of the European spruce bark beetle? Most likely not as much as a senior Russian Orthodox priest who pledged to hold a service to prevent the insect from demolishing forests outside Moscow. Father Vsevolod Chaplin, who heads the Russian Orthodox Church’s press service, ...

Orthodox Video Game Targets Pussy Riot

17/7/13 A video game was showcased at a recent Russian Orthodox youth festival in Moscow that encourages players to "kill" members of the feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot. In the game, "Don't Let Pussy Riot Into The Cathedral," players use an Orthodox cross to snuff out the balaclava-clad women before they enter a domed white church. Throughout the ...

Vandal of Moscow Icons Released from Jail

MOSCOW, March 19 (RIA Novosti) – A Moscow court on Tuesday sentenced a man that vandalized icons in Russia’s largest Orthodox cathedral to a year of limited freedom, but released him for time served. The court found St. Petersburg resident Yury Piotrovsky guilty of “vandalism incited by religious hatred” for pouring ink on two icons in ...

Femen act in the cathedral – French politicians in fury – similarities to Pussy Riot

Dmitry Babich 20/2/13 Here is another example of the European double standards: in France the very same politicians who recently admired the Pussy Riot act in the Christ the Savior Cathedral now criticize the Femen activists for their act in the Notre Dame Cathedral. New details of the disgraceful act performed in the Notre Dame Cathedral by the ...

Church should have more control over Russian life: Putin

Thomas Grove - 1/2/13 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill. Faith runs deep in Russia after the fall of the officially atheist Soviet Union and Putin has ...

Depardieu criticizes Pussy Riot and Russian opposition

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Moscow, January 14, Interfax - Actor Gerard Depardieu, who has recently received the Russian citizenship, expressed his attitude to members of the Pussy Riot group, convicted for "punk prayer" in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, and to the Russian opposition. "Imagine, if those girls came to for instance in mosque, they would not leave it alive. ...

Pussy Riot singer had staged anti-Semitic action, Putin tells Merkel

Moscow, November 16, Interfax - President Vladimir Putin said that a singer of the Pussy Riot punk group had staged an anti-Semitic provocation before the punk group's scandalous performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral. "We do hear what our partners say. But do they hear what is going on being so far away? Mrs. Merkel ...

Over 40% of Russians suspect mastermind behind Pussy Riot performance – poll

Moscow, October 29, Interfax - Russians are not unanimous about possible masterminds behind the Pussy Riot punk band's scandalous performance at the Moscow Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said in commenting on a poll held in 43 constituents of the Russian Federation. 41% of the respondents believe ...

Pope Benedict XVI agrees with Russian Church on Pussy Riot

Moscow, October 17, Interfax - Pope Benedict XVI agrees with the Moscow Patriarchate's evaluation of the stunt carried out by the punk group Pussy Riot in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The issue was addressed in the meeting between Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, with the ...

Russian Orthodox Church asks for clemency for three jailed members of Pussy Riot

  Associated Press 3/10/2012 MOSCOW — The Russian Orthodox Church on Sunday asked for clemency for three jailed members of the rock band Pussy Riot if they repent for their “punk prayer” for deliverance from President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s main cathedral, a statement that came a day before an appeal hearing and appeared to reflect a ...

Pussy Riot shines in EU despite orgies, blasphemy and hooliganism

28/9/2012 The EU parliament nominated a controversial punk band whose members were recently sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting religious hatred” for a human rights prize, sparking intense condemnation from Russian officials. On Tuesday, deputies of the European Parliament nominated Pussy Riot – the punk band that used Christ the Savior Cathedral as a bully ...

Orthodox church activists protest at Pussy Riot exhibition

21/9/2012 Nine people have been detained after Orthodox church activists in Russia disrupted the opening of an art exhibition devoted to the controversial punk band, Pussy Riot. Three members of the group were jailed in August for their protest performance in Moscow's Orthodox cathedral, calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of President Putin. Burmese opposition ...

Crosses torn down and Pussy Riot slogans on a church in Georgia

Nina Achmatova 17/9/2012 Episodes of intolerance continue in the wake of sentencing of the Russian feminist punk band. Orthodox Church debate whether this is due to a anti-clerical campaign or break down in relationship with society. Moscow (AsiaNews) - Crosses torn down in Russia and graffiti on the walls of churches in Georgia. Anti-clerical acts continue to be ...

The New Soviet League of Militant Godless

13/9/2012 Philip Jenkins It sounds like a scriptwriter's dream. Here we have Russia, a vastly powerful country with a floundering democracy, facing the imminent threat of tyranny. That danger is personified by Vladimir Putin, a former KGB man who looks like, well, a former KGB man, as imagined by John Le Carré. Standing in his way is a ...

‘Orthodox Church beset by concerted attack’ – Patriarch Kirill

10/9/2012 The Russian Orthodox Church and its values have been under an attack from those opposed to its post-Soviet revival, which is aimed at testing the depth of people’s faith, says the head of the Church, Patriarch Kirill. What has been happening in terms of aggression against the Church “is certainly not accidental,” he believes. “I can’t ...

Who Is Chopping Down Russia’s Crosses?

Claire Bigg 6/9/2012 Topuchaya's 220 inhabitants never thought their tiny Siberian village would one day make headlines. Yet this week, news that a Russian Orthodox cross had been vandalized in this far-flung village in the mountainous Altai region spread through Russian media like wildfire. The incident, in which the free-standing wooden cross was toppled and hacked with ...

Russia must protect believers from Pussy Riot: Putin

7/9/2012 MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia was obliged to protect feelings of religious believers in the case of jailed opposition punk rockers Pussy Riot, slamming their antics as an “orgy”. Last month’s jailing for two years of three Pussy Riot members for their impromptu anti-Putin performance in a Moscow cathedral aroused international concern but ...

In desecration of crosses, Russia’s Orthodox church sees dark warning

By Fred Weir 30/8/2012 The Russian Orthodox Church said an antireligious campaign – in sympathy with Pussy Riot punk band – was under way after four large wooden crosses were destroyed over the weekend. The Russian Orthodox Church is warning of an organized antireligious campaign under way against Christians in Russia, after vandals in two widely separated regions ...