05/30/2018 (Wed) 21:55:36
>>16678>How seriously is Orthodoxy taken in Russia?
It depends. Orthodox church is literally a branch of the state. It was even filled with KGB officers in Soviet times, fully controlled by government. Some small local churches (and people who work there) may have that old orthodox religious soul, but on bigger level it is just another state corporation. For example. current patriarch was known as prominent cigarettes trader in 90s, they used some dirty church-related tax schemes to import cheap tobacco and get profit. Rich priests often caught drunk in luxury cars, sometimes accidents happen but police is relaxed and they often didn't punished by law properly. Church is also engaging in shady schemes with land, there were serious wave of protests against building churches in place of public parks or hospitals in past. So, it is another corrupted thing, not really related to religion. There were also a homosexual scandals and other shit, looks like it is worldwide christian feature.
People overall not religious, even if they consider themselves orthodox. They maybe visit church few times in their life and never read any religious text including bible. But they "act respectfully" with priests, wear crosses and often have pagan-style superstitions in their minds. Local Christianity is very folkish, many people say that they don't like church but consider themselves orthodox etc. In any case, it isn't really that Christianity that it indented to be officially. On other side, government actively tries to put church everywhere (except when it is against multiculturalism and tolerance of course), they even use priests to bless nuclear missiles.>I heard most of them are just /pol/ tier guys LARPing as crusaders.
Almost all "orthodox extremism" in Russia is purely political. Some groups of fanatics used as force to suppress or attack opposition, they rarely do something by themselves without permission from top (as almost any local extremist group in Russia, from nazis to commies). Besides this, real believers are mostly old women. Overall, we aren't on level of religiousness of many western countries, but consider themselves as religious (compared to rotten West).