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Russian Orthodox Church Enacts ‘Russkiy Mir’ Traditionalism and Nationalism Amid ‘Holy War’

Last Updated on April 2, 2024

The Russian Orthodox Church pledged a “Russian World” under the eyes of God and the nationalist authority of the Kremlin during this “Holy War,” reported the Orthodox Times.

At the “World Russian People’s Council,” chaired by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the belief was announced, resonating much with the desire to regain the rightful Russian boundaries in present-day Ukraine. The Times claims this alignment with the Moscow Patriarchate and the Kremlin will only intensify.

The March 27 meeting resolved its shared belief in a document posted on the official Moscow Patriarchate’s website.

It is uncertain what will actually become of this enactment. Still, the Times believes it’s a good point of reference to evaluate the relationship between the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches towards the present-day Orthodox world. The outlet asserts that this stance is contradictory to Christian Orthodox teaching and uses faith to exploit “political expediencies.” However, after reading more in-depth, this alignment is, at heart, the purest form of Christianity.

The document is said to be a “political ‘regime’ manifesto,” creating the most clear concept of the “Russian World” or “Russkiy Mir.” These are aspirations akin to the West. The war in Ukraine is a short part of this precept but is written as:

… the national liberation struggle of the Russian people against the criminal regime in Kyiv and in the West, which backs it, and has been taking place in the territories of Southwest Russia since 2014. During this operation, the Russian people with weapons in hand, defend their life, freedom, statehood, cultural, religious, national and cultural identity, as well as the right to live on their own land, within the borders of a single Russian state.

It continues:

From a spiritual moral point of view, a special military operation is a Holy War, in which Russia and its people, defending the unified spiritual space of Holy Russia, fulfill the mission, protecting the world from the onslaught of globalization and the victory of the West, associated with Satanism. After the conclusion of the special operation, the entire territory of modern Ukraine will fall within Russia’s sphere of exclusive influence. The possibility of a Russophobic political regime in this territory, hostile to Russia and its people, as well as a political regime controlled by an external power hostile to Russia, must be completely ruled out.

The Times highlights that it is essentially an aspiration of “Russian world” dominance. The Church marks Russia as “the creator, supporter, and defender of the Russian world. The borders of the Russian world as a spiritual, cultural and cultural hub are significantly wider than the state borders of both today’s Russian Federation and wider Russia. Along with its representatives around the world, the Russian World includes all those who consider that the Russian tradition and culture are the highest values and the true meaning of life.”

The “World Russian People’s Council,” chaired by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, kicked off on March 27.

The note also acknowledges the demographic crisis as a major threat to the “existence and development of Russia.” Solving the problem is thusly to embrace the traditional large family and its associated values. And with that — there are proposals via tax write-offs to encourage families to have three or even four children. The Orthodox Church pledges against post-modern abortion culture as well.

It doesn’t stop there as it slams immigration as a “deformation” to the nation with a massive influx of migrants who don’t speak the language or understand the history or the culture. The Church said these migrants are simply unable to integrate into Russian society. It hints further at advocating for amendments to immigration policies to protect the interests of the citizens. The Times notes that immigration will ultimately be geared toward cultural integration and for those loyal to Russia.

There is a mention of education to include:

… upbringing programs and educational initiatives need to be purged of detrimental ideological concepts and behaviors, particularly those of Western origin, which are alien to the Russian populace and detrimental to Russian society.

Leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church met to discuss the future of Russia, embracing Christianity, traditionalism and nationalism.

The document states the need for relocation of urbanites to the suburbs. Regional development and prioritizing of the construction industry as said only to help achieve a sustainable “natural development of the Russian population” and “high birth rates,” according to The Times.

The plan is believed to change Russia by 2050 “with 1000 formed medium-sized and small cities,” with the suburbs being the main focus. A whopping 80% of the population is expected to own homes and live independently, reads the statement.

Life on your homeland, within environmentally favorable and comfortable surroundings, in your own cozy abode where you can start a family, nurture children, and raise three or more offspring, should epitomize the tangible manifestation of the ideals of the Russian World.

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Corporate media has reported the Orthodox Church’s stance as being similar to the Third Reich. It is very typical for the mainstream media to rail on traditionalism and try to degrade nationalism as being Nazism. This won’t deter the Church or Russia, as they both seem to have very little care for Western media. But, as for the US, it should consider such a stance as a possible pivoting point as to what was once contrived as “Make America Great Again.”

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