Oh Holy Putin!
Our stomachs were turned last week by the revolting news that Russian children were being encouraged by the Kremlin to offer up Orthodox prayers of worship to their new god, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Here are the horrifying details:
Even as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin denied that a personality cult has grown around him, news broke Thursday that St. Petersburg children were being encouraged to pray that God bless Putin and shield him from “demoniacal temptation.” St. Petersburg’s Suvorov Military College presented printed Orthodox prayers to talented local children aged 8 to 14 who were invited to an International Children’s Day event at Tavrichesky Palace on June 1, Yelena Sakhno, who helped organize the event, said Thursday. The prayers were among the gifts tucked into goody bags distributed to the 150 children. “We didn’t consider the inclusion of Orthodox literature among the presents to be reprehensible,” Sakhno told The Moscow Times. “The prayer for the head of state is traditional in the canons of the church service,” she added. “The Prayer for the President,” first reported by Fontanka.ru, calls on God to “send Your Archangel Mikhail to the aid of Your servants Dmitry and Vladimir” and to “shatter” their enemies and save them from “demoniacal temptation.” The text echoes the Russian Orthodox Church’s “Prayer to Archangel Mikhail.”
Let’s be perfectly clear: The Putin regime is establishing an official state religion in Russia, and doing so for the most crass of political motives. It is ignoring the reality that Russia is rapidly becoming a Muslim nation and creating an oppressive, powder-keg scenario of religious exclusion totally contrary to the principles of the Russian Constitution solely so that the Kremlin can use religion (Russia’s current patriarch is a former KGB agent) to leverage its power and control.
You have to hand it to Vladimir Putin: Unlike his Soviet ancestors who feared religion, Putin sees how easily he can corrupt and control the sheep-like “men of god” who run the Orthodox church, how easily he can turn religion into a potent ally of his dictatorship.
It’s wildly ironic that Russia, which so frequently criticized the prevalence of religion in American society because of the Soviet legacy of atheism, is now becoming one of the most religicized stats on the planet. As we’ve previously documented, Putin is creating a direct policy role for the Russian patriarch in his government, and in exchange is being proclaimed a “Holy Russian Emperor” by the church.
This action, which smacks of Nazism, goes hand-in-glove with Russia’s pathological skinhead nationalist movement. It will encourage more race murder, more social divisions, more internal hatred, more and more violence. It’s an obvious contributing factor to the fact we reported in our last issue that Russia has been judged one of the very most violent nations on the planet.
And the Russian people are directly complicit in this abomination. They have allowed their government to liquidated opposition parties and independent media, so these actions proceed unchallenged. No nation can survive barbarism of this kind for long.