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Russian Orthodox Church to work for Russian identity - Putin
« on: February 03, 2009, 02:38:23 PM »

Moscow, February 3, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has made an important contribution to the identity of the Russian nation, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

"In the dialogue with other Sister-Churches, the Russian Orthodox Church has always defended and hopefully will continue to defend the national and spiritual identity of Russians. And we hope this process will continue," Putin said at a reception dedicated to the enthroning of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.

The Patriarch will contribute to the strengthening of Russia, he said.

"We hope that you will not spare your efforts to strengthen the belief and the Russian state," he said.

The election of the Patriarch is giving him a "great responsibility", the Orthodoxy has had a special role in Russian history, Putin said.

"But under conditions of Russia itself, the Russian Orthodox Church and Orthodoxy have played a special role. If in the life of other peoples and countries, even those where the Christianity was born, this was a way to a change of the internal political and state organization, Christianity played a different role for Russia. It was a source of Russian statehood," the President said.

"The Church has always been with its people in the most difficult times and in the best periods of the Russian state. And today we also feel support coming from the Russian Orthodox Church in Russian rebirth," he said.

"The Russian Orthodox Church has always supported the multi-polarity of views in Russia, always contributed to the construction of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious state. We hope it will continue," Putin said.

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Re: Russian Orthodox Church to work for Russian identity - Putin
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2009, 06:51:40 PM »
Most of us can agree that religion has a typically subversive effect.  But Putin uses it in a positive way.
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