In a broadcast from “Radio Echo Moscow” on Saturday 5/9, the editors-in-chief Alexei Venediktov and Sergei Buntman talk in the program “We are Watching” about current events, including that Germany has found reason to officially announce that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has really become poisoned, according to the recent findings of the German Armed Forces Laboratory.
-“Navalny is suspected of having been poisoned …”, “There is no proof that Navalny have been poisoned”. The opinions went back and forth since the opposition leader Alexei Navalny lost consciousness on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow on Thursday morning, and the plane therefore had to stop over in Omsk.
The matter quickly became a world event with large headlines. There was no doubt that Navalny had ended up in a coma, but what was the reason?
Battle for a world-famous dissident – a “headline collage”
Navalny representatives followed the events closely, and was able to inform on social media how the medics in Omsk could not find traces of any poisoning in the blood, while the police had found some suspicious stuff on his clothes.
Navalny was taken out of Russia early yesterday morning to a hospital in Berlin.
The medics in Omsk had a disagreement with the German medics who had come to the hospital where Navalny was. It was mainly about whether the patient could be moved or not.
Splendid ! The health authorities in Omsk claims that the only thing the doctors found in Navalny was caffeine and alcohol.
Is that why he is now examined by medics in Berlin ?
What should be learned? Yes, one might ponder about that.
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)
Or what impression could you get ? Here isan 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…
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).