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Anyway – no slogans with Mr. Putin’s name mentioned occurs during the 1:st of May in Ekaterinburg – according to e1 : “… this year, there were no red banners with ‘Peace! Work! Putin!’ on, which was among the most prominent last year. “

Another indication that Mr. Putin is approaching orthodoxy? Which sometimes seems to be the case.

Putin i Kristus Frälsarens katedral

Putin in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow , Saturday night

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov  in a recently published interview for the swedish daily  “Dagens Nyheter” :

“- If the West’s approach to human rights develops into plain promiscuity, they disregard the fact that it is contrary to the fundamental basics of our culture, which is based on orthodox religion – Christianity.”

And when Putin  made critical remarks against Lenin in January this year, he, according to yoki.ru , added an explanation :
I was, like millions of other Soviet citizens, member of CPSU. I was not the only member of the Communist Party, but also worked in the KGB. I can recall that in Soviet times when someone was expelled from the Communist Party he also was dismissed by KGB. I say quite honestly that I was not just a formal member of the Communist party, and I was not an idealistic Communist (unlike many officials I was a regular member of the Communist party), but my approach to it was very cautious. I have never thrown away the party membership card, I never burned it, it is still there in my home

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That Ukrainian Orthodox distance themselves from the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch does not sound so strange, considering the Russian-Ukrainian conflict nowadays. But we are talking about those Ukrainian Orthodox that until today have been under the Moscow Patriarchate ! Not those who are under the Kiev Patriarchate.

In the days have thus been held a gathering where some emotional reactions, but also church consistent views have been noticed. The subject of indignation is the meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Franciscus at the airport in Havana February 12, and especially the Joint Declaration that was signed by both church leaders there. The Moscow Patriarchate Orthodox residents in Ukraine feels apparently completely misguided, and categorizes the things they suffered, as “..worse than during the communist era,” and they compares the Patriarch’s actions with Judas’ betrayal.

Parts of a performance can be heard on the clip below. It is Bishop Longin who speak, and some sentences I’ve translated into english – see below clip!

 

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Commentators try to come to grips with how the planned Cuba meeting between two of Christendom’s more or less venerated patriarchs will fall out, when it takes place at the airport in Havana February 12. How will a 1000 years of sorrow and pain be treated in a private conversation no longer than two hours?

Kubasession ..

Moscow Patriarch and Bishop of Rome on their way to Havana – what if they be caught in a total blockade against all and everything ?

It is stated in an article in Radio Echo Moscow: “Этот тот самый случай, когда форма важнее содержания” (= It’s just such an occasion when the form is more important than the content).

And perhaps that is precisely what one could expect.
A highlight of formalism.

 

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(Picture below:)  Lovisa with her grandmother in the kitchen in our Christian community in the Maranatha Church in Stockholm, Sweden, where also I live. She is one of the children that are homeschooled by her parents. For this reason the parents must pay fines.

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According to the new swedish school-law (since 2010), the way to make an application for homeschooling is made so narrow, that it is almost impossible to get permission. Homeschooling families have left Sweden for this reason, and have moved to neighbouring Finland and other countries.

In our Church the homeschooling families have so far stayed within the borders of the Country, and are wrestling with the common day-to-day issues, and also with the problems that the new laws are creating.

When believers in our Church first started out with homeschooling in 1977, the laws were very good, because they did encourage rather than discourage the couples who wanted to home school their children. Since then has taken place – during a number of opposite political majorities in the swedish Parliament –  an altogether strange change for the worse.

 

What do the parents who are homeschooling their children in our Church teach them, so that the swedish authorities found it plausible to punish them ?

– To read the Bible and to believe in Jesus Christ, and to be able to speak and write in swedish, among other subjects.

Home-school ban in Sweden forces families to mull leaving (The Washington Times , July 2010)

HSLDA International  (where bad news from Sweden are not rarely heard)

Black parents are homeschooling their children to avoid racism (Quartz, April 2015)

Samhället förföljer hemundervisande familjer (in swedish Nov. 2014))