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(This post is reblogged from: http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/01/moscow-to-follow-attack-on-jehovahs.html )

Paul Goble

            Staunton, January 6 – Aleksandr Panchenko, a specialist on religious minorities in Russia who lost his job at St. Petersburg State University when he failed to find the texts of Pentecostals extremist, says that Moscow’s massive attack on the Jehovah’s Witnesses will be followed by attacks on other groups that the authorities consider unacceptable “sects.”

            There is no legal definition of “sect” in Russia or anywhere else, largely because the authorities want to define it as fits their needs, including some groups while excluding others that are very similar. But for 20 years, the scholar continues, the Russian government and the ROC MP have promoted “an anti-sectarian mythology” (svoboda.org/a/29655864.html).

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The other day I was able to read the last part of a book in russian that shook the Russian society last year , not least it’s  Orthodox circles – “Ispoved” (= Confession) by Maria Kikot. It hasn’t been heard of much in the West, as I see. Not in any western european language, anyway.

All-focus

She writes about her experience of going to a Russian Orthodox Monastery today. It is like old times and modern times in collision. Old church-buildings and monasteries that sometimes fit well into the Russian landscape. Sometimes only walls left. Ruins after the Bolshevik ravages. At the same time, a lot of reconstruction work is taking place . And even experiments ..

The author apparently ended up among people who experimented in the field of religious life. They combined old Russian traditions, and modern Greek “Athos” – monks ascetic exercises, as well as something that reminded me of a modern therapeutic method I’ve heard of. People are using that method sometimes, when they want to rehabilitate drug addicts – a group of people sits and talks, and suddenly everyone turns against one individual among them, everybody shout, criticise and accuse him or her for an hour or more. A kind of “cleansing” experience ..

The Abbess in the monastery just south of Moscow used a similar method as a pure authoritative technique, and in a really terrible and elaborate manner. She chased the collective against the individual. The “sisters” broke one by one, becoming either docile and subservient for the rest of their lives, or kicking back and breaking up. Kikot couldn’t stand it anymore, but she did quit and wrote her “confession”.

It’s a bit of Russia today. Pretty orthodox. And a lot more.

I hope someone will translate this book to english.

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An english-language blog that mentions (in passing) about the book – here

 

“Lenin has returned from exile” – was a comment on Russian social media, as Sergey Udaltsov was released yesterday after 4 1/2 years in prison camp in the Tambov – region in Russia. Udaltsov was one of the most strictly sentenced protesters against the – for the benefit of Putin – arranged presidential elections in Russia *) 2012.

The so-called “Bolotnaya case“.

Udaltsov

Sergey Udaltsov

 

Udaltsov belongs to the Russian opposition, more specifically, the “left front”.

 

*) NOTE! In Russia – not in the US – where it took place a few years later, when (could it be so?) the Russian hackers  more fully, and out of experience, realized their potential..

 

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 Oliver Stone’s 4-hour interview with Putin,  sent / released around three weeks ago, is dealt with in different ways on the web. Surely, criticism have been heard . Mikhail Khodorkovsky‘s bulletin “Otkrytaya Rossiya” (= “Open Russia”) contents a critical response on 25/6.

I bring some of that article here, as far as to the mentioning of  an interesting observation:

 A cynic in the Kremlin

“Otkrytaya Rossiya” about why it’s not worth it that Putin is proud over Oliver Stone’s film about himself.

Just the fact that Vladimir Putin has entered the row of  “Stone Heroes” – a definite milestone in his biography – can hardly please Putin himself, says “Otkrytaya Rossiya” – journalist,  Stanislav Kuwaldin.

 

Oliver och Vladimir

Putin and Oliver Stone

In his documentary interview films, Oliver Stone has left some of the technical details from the recordings in the movies. So it was in the movie “The Commander”, dedicated to Fidel Castro, and according to the same principle he is working also in the film about Yasser Arafat – “Persona non grata”. The film “Interview with Putin” is no exception.

While talking with the Russian president, either in the dacha in Novo-Ogarevo or in the Kremlin Palace painted halls, or in the Sochi residence, Stone does not only picture Putin, but he also leave space for different workstations – a microphone on a long stick, camera movements, co-workers  trying not to end up in the camera , and other episodes from the recording process.

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During the Gothenburg Book Fair last week was organized
a discussion on the topic

“Russia – empire without borders“.

When questioned about the Russian diaspora,
or “russian-speaking minorities”, in the world, and if they sort of  had become an instrument of the Kremlin’s propaganda, among other points of view we hear these replies
first from Mr. Pomerantsev (on the right),
and Mr. Kniivilä (2nd from left).

Both take note of some previous statement by “Iliya”..