Curiousity interest - Russian President Putin Attends Orthodox Christmas Mass last week in Turginovo Church
Nobody can hold a candle to Putin or nine.
A popular and successful politician attended a church service in his native country.
Gosh, we've never seen that before.
vidiot: Gosh, we've never seen that before.
It may not be an anomaly here...but in Russia it is.
Russia's return to Orthodoxy is actually a pretty big deal.
In addition to the publicity mentioned above, this fits in with Vlad's long term strategy to rid Mother Russia of anything that isn't part of what he deems to be her heritage and history. This strategy has served him well to energize and mobilize his followers (us against them), many of whom feel lost in the post-Cold War Russia. They have lost their place at the top of the heap, along with the US, in determining global political and military change. The mojo he had during the last Winter Olympics has been lost due to global recession, $30 oil, an exodus of capital and investors and sanctions.
Capitalism has brought many gains to Mother Russia, but it has also resulted in a flood of diverse ideas and philosophies. Vlad and his henchmen might vigorously place barriers in the way of the J-Dubs, Evangelicals and to some degree Muslims, but they are building a wall around the Russian Orthodox Church, which Vlad and the Impalers see as true Russian. The May 2015 law Vlad signed regarding "undesirable foreign groups" illustrates this mentality.
Some think that Vlad has moved from being an atheist to a staunch X-tian; Intel analysts see a shrewd tactical and strategic move by a true blue KGBer who would like to go back to the good old days. Those days include the Russian Orthodox Church.
DJS: Some think that Vlad has moved from being an atheist to a staunch X-tian; Intel analysts see a shrewd tactical and strategic move by a true blue KGBer who would like to go back to the good old days. Those days include the Russian Orthodox Church.
The re-establishment and resurgence of Russian Orthodoxy is absolutely a political move. Putin wants to be Russia's Tsar and the return to Imperialist ideology is somewhat based upon Putin's admiration for Pyotr Stolypin, the Russian prime minister who was assasinated in 1911.
Russian Orthodoxy is Putin's key to national unity and a solid relationship with the Orthodox Church is vital to the future cohesiveness of Russia and Putin's hold on power. For example, this need is reflected in how Russia is handling the extensive DNA analysis of the royal family remains - everyone else except the Orthodox Church accepted the scientific analysis to date but the church demanded more 'proof'. And Putin will do whatever is necessary to keep the church happy - the church is the government's control mechanism for the people of Russia.
Every power structure needs an ideology to keep it viable - Soviet Russia worshipped "the state" but that is no longer the case and modern day Russia has little to fall back on except what was there in the past. The revolution has gone full circle and has now arrived back at where it started - the natural progression of all revolutions.
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