Tag: Orthodox

‘Conspiracy Of Generals’ Could Lead To Putin’s Ouster

March 12, 2015

Staunton, March 12 — Andrey Illarionov, an economist who earlier served as an advisor to Vladimir Putin, says that future historians may describe what is happening in Moscow now as “a conspiracy of the generals” — or more precisely as a behind-the-scenes battle between a former lieutenant colonel (Putin) and three senior generals. As the […]

Hungary Helping Moscow Destabilize Ukraine From the West

March 5, 2015

Staunton, March 5 – Budapest has announced that it has handed out Hungarian citizenship papers to 94,000 people in Trans-Carpathia in Western Ukraine in expedited fashion. The Hungarian official responsible for nationality policy says that this is part of a broader effort to boost the size of the country’s population and points out that two-thirds […]

Orthodox Churches Rapidly Giving Way to Mosques in Russia’s North Caucasus

January 27, 2015

Staunton, January 26 – The Russian Orthodox metropolitanate of Stavropol and Nevinnomyssk says that over the last 20 years, some 6,000 mosques have been built in that region for its six million Muslims while only 600 churches have been erected for its three million Russian speakers. That means there is now one mosque for every […]

Belarusian Orthodox Back Away From Declaring Independence From Moscow

January 21, 2015

Staunton, January 21 – After declaring in December that they felt diminished by the fact that Belarusian believers felt insulted by the fact that the Orthodox Church in their country did not have self-administering status, the leadership of the Belarusian exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church has shelved the issue for the next 25 to […]

Immigrants Will Form Half of Russian Federation’s Population in 2050, Experts Say

April 17, 2014

Staunton, April 17 – If current trends continue, half of the population of the Russian Federation in its current borders will consist of immigrants, according to a new Moscow study, a conclusion clearly intended to feed anti-immigrant feelings and, more speculatively, designed to promote a discussion of what can and should be done, including the […]

Putin Dragging International Community back to a Pre-Westphalian World, Inozemtsev Says

March 27, 2014

Staunton, March 27 – Under international law at the present time, one country can interfere in the affairs of another “either as response to aggression, as a defense of its own citizens, or in reaction to massive force and genocide,” Vladislav Inozemtsev writes in today’s Vedomosti. But Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea, which he justifies […]

Major Role of Protestant Christians in New Ukrainian Government Disturbs Russians

March 25, 2014

Staunton, March 25 – Members of Protestant Christian denominations are playing a major role in the new Ukrainian government, from acting president Aleksandr Turchinov, who is a Baptist, on down, a development that these denominations are celebrating but that some Russians see a threat to what they call “the Russian world.” Ukraine sits astride cultural […]