9 October, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile

mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato

e-mail this to a friend printable version

» 08/14/2012
Former Putin ideologue back to the leadership of Religious Affairs
by Nina Achmatova
Surkov appointed head of the governmental commission for relations with other religions. The approval of the Patriarchate. Experts: Moscow intends to take radical decisions on issues that affect interfaith relations.

Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Russian Orthodox Church has welcomed the return of former Kremlin ideologist, Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov to head of the Russian government's Religious Affairs Committee.

"Vladislav Yuryevich is an intellectual and it is interesting and a pleasure to work with him," said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Synodal Department for relations between the Church and State after the news arrived of the appointment on August 13.

Theorist of a Vladimir Putin 'sovereign democracy' (with which they justify violations of democratic norms in the name of national sovereignty), on behalf of the government of Dmitri Medvedev Surkov will be in charge of the field of Religious Affairs, at an intense moment given the  case of Pussy Riot, the girl band that risks jail time for having chanted a punk prayer against Putin at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

Surkov, 47, was removed from his post as first deputy chief of staff of the Russian presidency in December after street protests against Putin. The latter, still prime minister but already favored candidate for president, then called him to the executive entrusting him the leadership of the Committee on Religious Affairs, a post he held until June, when the new Prime Minister Medvedev replaced him with Olga Gorodets.

According to business daily Vedomosti, Surkov's return to managing relations with religious organizations is due to the "difficult situation of the leadership of traditional religions." Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has been the subject of a series of scandals that have portrayed him as a man who lives in luxury and in comfort. Kirill was also strongly criticized by civil society and by the faithful themselves for his overly harsh position against the Pussy Riot girls and lack of mercy.

But the Orthodox Church is not the only religion under pressure. Even Islam, second largest religion in Russia, is struggling with extremism in a region that has always been a model of peaceful coexistence, Tatarstan. In this autonomous republic in the south a double attack on Muslim moderates, last month, has triggered the alert for the spread of Wahhabism from the North Caucasus.

Even the Mufti of Chechnya, Sultana Mirzayev, welcomed the return of Surkov to Religious Affairs. "This is a responsible and politically wise person - he said to Interfax - he knows the area well and his appointment suggests that the government intends to take radical decisions on issues that affect interfaith relations."


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
03/12/2007 RUSSIA - VATICAN
Putin-Pope, for the Moscow Patriarchate “only a state visit”
04/19/2006 RUSSIA – VATICAN
High-level Vatican delegation in Moscow for religious summit, Catholics free, says nuncio
02/13/2012 RUSSIA
Kirill and religious leaders "bless" Putin’s candidacy
by Nina Achmatova
10/01/2004 RUSSIA
Metropolitan Kondrusiewicz calls for a more representative Inter-religious Council of Russia
12/01/2007 RUSSIA
Religions back Russian elections
by Maria Anikina

Editor's choices
Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity.The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economyWorld Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
Pope in the US: “We Christians, the Lord’s disciples, ask the families of the world to help us”In the last Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Francis Pope highlights the daily "little gestures" that define the family, which is “the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith". Gratitude, respect, and collaboration with families in which the Spirit operates can be found in every “family, people, region, or religion”.


Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.