12 February 2013
After the collapse of the officially atheist Soviet Union, faith becomes decisive in Russia. President Vladimir Putin has decided to support the major religion of Russia because his third-term presidency saw some organized demonstrations against his administration. Putin has celebrated the fourth anniversary of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. According to Pravda Newspaper, Putin said that "The Russian Orthodox Church together with the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad are on a very special mission in Russia and across the world" on February 2013.
Putin emphasized there is a very crucial role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russian life. He added that the underlying causes of Russian achievements and victories were patriotism, faith and strength of spirit. Moreover he stated that the Russian Orthodox Church should be encouraged to discuss some socio-cultural topics like family, motherhood, education, or the spirit of the army.During this congratulation, he argued that the understanding of secularism must change, and the Church and other religions should control more aspects of Russian life. Moreover, Putin has been satisfied with the spiritual values of the Church. Nonetheless, he said that Russian people should have a religious understanding to counteract ethnic tension in big cities, such as Moscow.
Putin has expanded his relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church after the demonstration of feminist punk band Pussy Riot in theCathedral of Christ the Savior last year. The members of the bands were faced with sentences of up to seven years imprisonment because there was a law introducing prison terms for offences against religious symbols and the feelings of believers.
By Ali Necefoglu