Orthodoxy in Russia
Three interesting stories I came across regarding Russia:
Welcome or Not, Orthodoxy Is Back in Russia’s Public Schools
The article is written by a cynical American Jew, which explain's the title 'Welcome or not'. He quotes 'opponent's' of Orthodoxy who claim that Russia is a multiethnic, pluralistic nation. Of course the implication is that this is such a great thing and that anything that might threaten this glorious diversity is inherently bad. Never mind that he's equated 2 entirely different notions: the state and the nation. Which is where he get's his non-existant dilemma from: 'The new curriculum reflects the nation’s continuing struggle to define what it means to be Russian'.
"Orthodoxy or death" slogan a remedy for Russia
A small story, the most interesting part being the following:
"Orthodoxy or death is a mathematical formula for Russia today. There is no need to carry our mission among others; there is a need to convert at least our own people", Father Andrey said when reading a lecture in the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Otherwise, he believes, "Russia has only 50 years of historical existence left." "A country in which guys do not want to go to the army and girls to bear children is doomed", the prominent theologian believes.
Sex for the motherland: Russian youths encouraged to procreate at camp
This is a carefully crafted propaganda piece by a Russophobe whose open bias against all things Russian is evident from start to finish. It begins with some sensationalised youth rally where one's first impression is that orgies are held to reproduce for Russia. In fact when I read the piece a second time, I realised that it was only newly married couple's that had their own sleeping quarter's. No doubt he quotes out of context. Plus the fact that there is an upbeat tone, and tight control is apparently enough ammunition for him to liken the group to a phony religous cult.
Apparently this youth group reminds him of the Tsarist era slogan: "Autocracy, Orthodoxy and Nationality". Who cares. Just because he considers those 3 things to be negative doesn't mean everyone else does. And for a journalist who has been covering Eastern Europe since 1986 to refer to Russia's 'supposed unique political and spiritual culture' in such terms shows his open contempt and hostility.
His adulation of Boris Yeltsin clearly shows what type of a Russia he wants. The article finishes with the comparison of Russia to Nazi Germany. How predictable.
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