Tag: Russian Orthodox Church

Chaplin Calls for Organizing Death Squads to Destroy ‘Traitor-Emigres’

March 11, 2017

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, former head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for relations between church and society, has called for the creation of special death squads to hunt down and destroy emigres perceived as traitors to Russia.

Russian Orthodox Procession Reaches Kiev Amidst Political Controversy And Security Fears

July 27, 2016

Meanwhile the level of fighting in the east has dropped somewhat, and the leader of the Lugansk separatists has said he is prepared to send negotiators to talk to Nadiya Savchenko.

Moscow and the Islamist Challenge: Three Disturbing Developments

May 18, 2016

Three developments over the last few days – a clash in Dagestan that ISIS has taken responsibility for, Russian interest in an alliance with the Afghan Taliban, and Patriarch Kirill’s statement that Orthodox Christians and Muslims must stand together against the Christian West — raise some disturbing questions

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill Calls Russia’s Bombing in Syria a ‘Holy War’

May 6, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: The Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill designated the war in Syria a “holy war.” Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Recent Analysis and Translations: – Does it Matter if the Russian […]

Patriarch Kirill Calls Russia’s War in Syria ‘Defensive’; Putin Attends Christmas Service

January 7, 2016

Patriarch of Moscow and All of Rus’ Kirill expressed support for Russia’s military operation in Syria, saying it was “defense of the Fatherland.” Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Recent Translations: –The […]

A Baker’s Dozen of Neglected Russian Stories – No. 16

December 25, 2015

Staunton, December 25 – The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are too […]

St. Petersburg Preparing Law to Prohibit Dropping Soviet Place Names

June 12, 2015

Staunton, June 12 – Not satisfied with the three-year moratorium imposed by St. Petersburg governor Georgy Poltavchenko on changing street and other place names in the northern capital, the city’s legislative assembly is preparing a law that would permanently ban any such changes, including the replacement of Soviet-era names with tsarist-era ones. Boris Vishnevsky, one […]