Leader of Russian nationalist forum rejects western democratic values


Interfax-Religiia, 18 October 2019


The liberal idea is alien to the Russian mentality and does not serve the welfare of the Russian people. This opinion was expressed by the first vice-chairman of the synod's Department for Relations of Church and Society and News Media, Alexander Shchipkov.


"The caste model of society and the possibility for some to survive at the expense of the others do not agree with what is written in the Gospel. We need the value-based traditionalism which corresponds to our identity," Shchipkov declared on Friday in Moscow at a session of the World Russian People's Council.


Today he was elected vice-chairman of this public organization.


According to Shchipkov, the Orthodox Church, along with other traditional religions, defends biblical standards and values, and that means they are the same for all, regardless of person, rank, nationality, and social status.


"Liberals in opposition and liberals in regional government are ideologically an integral whole. The politician who says 'it is time to stop building churches,' does not understand that in Russia this sounds as absurd as 'it is time to stop dispersing pensions' or 'it is time to stop having children,'" the church's representative said.


He noted that Russia needs a social model that will "save the people," and therefore its foundation must cohere with the cultural and religious values of the people.


The World Russian People's Council is an international public organization, created in 1993. Patriarch Kirill is the chairman of the council. (tr. by PDS, posted 19 October 2019)

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