The Russian Church: Profiting by Silence

Of course, Patriarch Kirill, who has always been ‘in bed’ with Putin, is silent in the face of this disguting state sactioned violence. He could not care less. Yet, such guity and interested silence always has a price. This time, as Chapnin rightly says, it will probably the loss of the youth, and, thus, the mere future of the church. It seems, we never learn anything from history.

Public Orthodoxy

by Sergei Chapnin

Russia protest

Last Sunday Russia saw a wave of protests against corruption in the upper echelons of power. Masses took to the streets ignited by the investigation of the Anti-Corruption Foundation titled “He is Not Dimon for You,” which focused on the alleged corrupt affairs of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The outcome of these events surprised everybody, including the government, the organisers of the protests, and society at large.

Firstly and most importantly, Alexei Navalny, the author of the investigation who had previously announced his bid to seek the presidency in 2018, managed to lead tens of thousands of people out to the streets all over Russia, from Vladivostok to Voronezh. Nobody, the organisers included, expected the protests to achieve such scale. In many cities, the rallies remained unauthorized and led to people being arrested despite the peaceful nature of these demonstrations. 

Secondly, the state-run TV stations have…

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