Syria lost 50 thsd Christians – State Duma MP

Moscow, July 5, Interfax - About 50 thousand Christians have been killed or exiled from the country - such figures were unofficially voiced by a diplomat returned from Syria, the chairman of State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Vladimir Pligin said. "I haven't managed to check the figure," Pligin said at a meeting ...

United Russia moves to defend Church from attacks on dignity

22/6/2012 The ruling United Russia Party is working on a set of amendments to the Criminal Code toughening the punishment for inciting hatred and humiliating human dignity. The initiative follows a series of scandals related to the Russian Orthodox Church. ¬The amendments detail and extend an existing article of the Criminal Code. As a United Russia MP ...

Just 7% of Russians say Pussy Riot girls should not be punished

Moscow, April 16, Interfax - Most Russians think that the late February punk-prayer concert staged by the Pussy Riot band at the Christ the Savior's Cathedral in Moscow is hooliganism and blasphemy, while some see it as a political protest. An opinion poll held by the VTsIOM public opinion research center shows that the action has ...

Duma to guard Christianity: MPs battle ‘evil’ ideologies

13/4/2012 Russian legislators have set up a group to protect traditional Christian values and fight “aggressive liberalism,” secularism, violence, and drug, alcohol and gambling addiction. Put forward by Communist MP Sergey Gavrilov and a deputy from the United Russia party, Sergey Popov, the idea received approval from the Russian Orthodox Church leadership, Interfax reports. The point of the ...

Orthodox Church warns against hasty decisions over Lenin Reburial

(RIA Novosti) 25/5/2011 The Russian Orthodox Church urges against rushed decisions over the removal of the embalmed body of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin from the mausoleum on Red Square, a senior clergyman said. "It is obvious that the condition of Lenin's body does not fit into Russia's cultural tradition...but we should take into account the opinions of various ...

Russian Orthodox, Muslims Divided Over ‘Code For Muscovites’ Plan

18/6/2010 Russian legislators reacted negatively to the Moscow city Duma’s proposal to compile a Code for Muscovites to inform newcomers to the city what kind of behavior is appropriate and what is not, but the very idea of such a code deeply split Russian Orthodox clergy who supported it and Muslim leaders who opposed it. The Regions.ru ...