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Russisk religions historie

Professor emeritus Paul D. Steeves fra Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, USA har russisk religions historie som sit speciale. Han følger med i hvad der sker for religionen i det tidligere Sovjetunionen. På http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews offentliggører han oversatte interviews og artikler der omhandler hvad der sker på den religiøse scene i Rusland og de tidligere sovjetstater.

Et interview med Advocate Anatoly Pchelintsev

Interviewet blev offentliggjort på portal-credo.ru 29. marts 2017.

I dette oversatte interview siger advokaten blandt andet:

My opinion is that persecution of any group of believers necessarily affects the whole situation surrounding religious liberty in the country. And the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a large, Russia-wide organization that is in some sense significant in the sphere of religious policy. If the Jehovah’s Witnesses are persecuted, then that means later “on the block” will come other religious movements also, for example, protestant churches. Orthodox “sect fighters” have toward them a negative attitude just as aggressive as toward Jehovah’s Witnesses. And it is this kind of “sect fighters” who in the present time are discussing plans for adopting new legislation against “sects” in the Russian State Duma and the Federation Council. There are also “sect fighters” in the Expert Council for Religious Studies Expert Analyses under the Russian Ministry of Justice. I am not now talking about new religious movements, about Hindu movements, for example, the Society of Krishna Consciousness, who are being subjected to massive attacks in the press.

That does not seem little to anybody. Another question: will Orthodox believers remain unaffected by this disastrous policy? Isn’t it necessary to talk about how Muslims are disturbed by prohibitions on wearing scarves in schools, difficulties in constructing mosques, and privileges on the part of the government only with respect to one religion?

Today in a whole number of regions of Russia—Moscow, Kaluga, Kuzbass, Bashkiria, Perm territory, Tiumen province, Samara, Krasnodar, and others—there already have begun inspections in protestant churches, with searches, examination of documents, attempts to open criminal cases and to find “extremist literature,” or to fine for the absence of identifying markings on existing literature, and the like. Can one consider all these actions and deeds of law enforcement agencies accidental coincidences? I do not think so.