Tag: religious freedom in Russia

Moscow Should Give Autocephaly to Ukrainian Orthodox Now to Cut Its Losses, Kurayev Says

February 20, 2015

Staunton, February 20 – Deacon Andrey Kurayev, a Russian Orthodox commentator who is often provocative but whose ideas equally often reflect thinking in the Moscow Patriarchate, says that Moscow should give autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church before the Universal Patriarchate does and thus limit Russia’s losses in Ukraine. In a post on his Livejournal.com […]

Instability Leading Russians and Ukrainians to Turn to Sects, Orthodox Missionary Warns

December 21, 2014

Staunton, December 21 – Social and political instability is a breeding ground for sectarian religious groups, with those who feel threatened by war, falling standards of living, and uncertainty about the future often turning to radical sectarian groups because the latter “promise an easy answer to all problems,” according to Vitaly Pitanov. Pitanov, head of […]

Beneath Anger at West, Russia’s Orthodox Christians and Muslims Remain Deeply Divided

December 16, 2014

Staunton, December 15 – Many have seen the statements of the leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church and the official hierarchies of that country’s Muslim community as an indication that they are moving toward greater mutual understanding and cooperation, according to Nezavisimaya Gazeta. But that is to misread the situation, the paper suggests in a […]