Tag: religion in Russia

Russia’s Ten Most Orthodox, Ten Most Muslim and Ten Most Pagan Cities

February 13, 2016

‘Third Rome to Meet First Rome to Oppose Second Rome,’ Kholmogorov Says 2016-02-13 00:33:56 Staunton, VA, February 6, 2016 — The meeting of Moscow Patriarch Kirill with Pope Francis in Cuba is not only a major boost for the status of the Russian Orthodox Church, suggesting as it does that Moscow somehow represents all Orthodox as […]

Moscow Patriarchate Losing Parishes to Kyiv Church and Its Dominance of Ukraine’s Religious Life

January 28, 2016

Moscow Patriarchate Losing Parishes to Kyiv Church and Its Dominance of Ukraine’s Religious Life 2016-01-28 14:49:04 Staunton, VA, January 28, 2016 — The Moscow Patriachate may have succeeded in intimidating the Universal Patriarch of Constantinople not to grant autocephaly to its rival in Ukraine, the Kyiv Patriarchate; but as a result of the war and the […]

‘And Russia was Once Called Holy…”

June 18, 2015

Staunton, June 15 – Every nation chooses for itself its own epithet, an American poet wrote just after the end of World War II. England, he said, was “merry old.” France was “la belle France.” “And Russia was once called holy.” Now, ever more Russians again are referring to their country in that way – […]

Moscow’s Intervention in Ukraine Dividing Ukrainian Baptists from Russian Co-Religionists

June 17, 2015

Staunton, June 17 – Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine’s Donbas has left many Ukrainian Baptist communities in a difficult state because the occupation authorities do not want to recognize them unless they break their ties with Kyiv and subordinate themselves to Moscow. But it has also, says Igor Bandura, the vice president […]

Tolerance for Evil and Permanent Fear Block Development of Russian Society, Schulmann Says

April 28, 2015

Staunton, April 28 – Russia is unlikely to develop into a fundamentalist country like Iran with Orthodox radicals playing the role of mullahs, but “the moral permissiveness [toward evil] in combination with permanent fear for one’s life and well-being is blocking the development of both [Russian] society and its individual members, according to Ekaterina Schulmann. […]

With Cash and Conspiracy Theories, Russian Orthodox Philanthropist Malofeyev is Useful to the Kremlin

Gazeta.ru has an exclusive interview today April 28 of Konstantin Malofeyev, the Russian Orthodox philanthropist and businessman associated with the cause of “Novorossiya” and supporting Russian-backed militants in Ukraine. The coverage confirms that far from having been thrown under the bus in any fashion in connection with “reining in” Russian-backed militants, Malofeyev continues to thrive […]

‘Russians! Don’t Call Your Children Elektrifikatsia – or Viagra!’

November 11, 2014

Staunton, November 10 – Some members of the Russian Duma want to take a step that even the Soviet government never did: they want to prevent the residents of the Russian Federation from giving their children names that someone in authority deems “ahistorical” or “inappropriate.” Thirty years ago, the author of the standard five-volume dictionary […]