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What is going on in Russia: Changes in the Constitution – or worship?
If you are familiar with the third chapter of the book of Daniel in the Bible, you know what “the golden image” is all about.

Radio Echo Moscow did let the political commentator and author Stanislav Belkovsky demonstrate a certain ambivalence in the face of the referendum about changes in the Russian Constitution, culminating yesterday.
Thus, he performed in two different roles, both as Stanislav A and as only Stanislav, and he eventually came up with something useful, since the discussion involved three major issues that the changes entail:

  • the “zero-ing” of Putin’s terms of office, so that he could theoretically remain in power until 2036,
  • – the introduction of the word “God” into the Constitution and
  • – – the emphasis on marriage as a union between Man and Woman.

Both Stanislav A and Stanislav were skeptical towards – and sometimes very critical towards – Putin. But Stanislav A believed in any case that one should go and vote for the changes, because after all and after all, Putin is a “president of freedom”, which is a guarantee for freedom of speech, yes “..the people are the only Source of power in Russia!


But Stanislav said that one should go and vote against the proposed amendments to the Constitution.
Why?
Well: “Vladimir Putin doesn’t recognize the Source of power in our country as anything stemming from the People, but from himself “

If so , he is indeed echoing the mentality of the babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar: “ Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” (Book of Daniel 4:30)

If not anything even worse …

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Or what impression could you get ? Here is an excerpt from a recent post (in english translation) from a blog written by the Russian Orthodox theologian  Andrey Kurayev:

 

Three Russian attempts to convene a General – Ecumenical – Council to Russia

Already in 1397 there was an idea of ​​convening a General Church Council to Rus. It was actually a Lithuanian idea.

The Metropolitan of Kiev and all of Russia, Kirian (who had lived in Moscow), turned to the Patriarch of Constantinople, Antonio, along with the Lithuanian prince Jagello from Smolensk. Then the purpose of the Church Council was to unite with the Catholics.

The Patriarch was not against it, but said that times were rebellious and warlike, and that no one would come (especially not from Egypt). “Yes, and even in peaceful times, Russia (“Rosias” in Greek) is an inappropriate place for a General Church Council”.

The second attempt to convene a General Church meeting took place in 1448.

And now before our eyes, Moscow is conducting a third approach to the theme – in the form of a call to gather an All-orthodox Church Council to address the actions of the Constantinople Patriarchy in Ukraine…

 

 

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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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In the midst of all the heavy processes and more or less subtle particularities that are taking place in Orthodoxy, between Moscow, Kiev and Constantinople, there are some fatal factors that, maybe, should not be ignored.
One of them may be these words of Feodor Dostoevsky from 1877, which are sometimes heard about:

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“Одним словом … рано ли, поздно ли, а Константинополь должен быть наш, и хотя бы лишь в будущем только столетии! Это нам, русским, надо всегда иметь ввиду, всем неуклонно. Вот что мне хотелось заявить, особенно в настоящий европейский момент .. ”
(Достоевский: “Дневник писателя Январ – Август 1877 года)
Transl:  In one word … if it happens soon or if it is delayed, but Constantinople must become ours, if only in a coming century! We should, all Russians, all without exception. always have this in mind. That is what I would like to say, especially in this present,  European moment ..
(Dostoevsky: “The author’s diary Janua
ry – August 1877″)
What was the “European moment” 1877 ?? There were new, promising winds blowing  at that time, however, not so much in Russia, even though the serfdom had been abolished.

 

A general, “unifying church council” for Orthodox believers in Ukraine, with Constantinople’s envoy as moderator, will start on November 22, according to Credo.press.

 

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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.

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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