» 04/24/2012 RUSSIA Patriarchate of Moscow: Russia today, like former USSR, offers alternative to capitalism by Nina Achmatova So says archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of Department for relations between the Church and society: a social model based, as in Soviet times, on justice and not on the race for money.
Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - As with the Soviet Union, Russia may soon
provide the world an alternative to capitalism, now clearly in crisis, according
to the leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin,
head of Department for relations between the Church and society in the
patriarchate of Moscow. "During
the Soviet Union many good things have been done - he said in a meeting with
university students - the heroic feat of Russia in the Second World War, the
outstanding results in science and technology and a social model based on the
idea of social justice, and that has had a major success worldwide, should be
included among our unquestionable results. "
to the religious, the state of the time collapsed because based on an atheist
ideology, "but the idea of a society where money, profit, and private
economic interests do not dominate was very important," he added.
explained that the end of the USSR has not buried the search for an alternative
to capitalism in a form of society, that does not see profit as the locomotive
of progress. Recalling
that economists, politicians and intellectuals agree on the crisis of
capitalism, the cleric has not ruled out that Russia, "with its strong
instinct toward justice, is designed to offer the world its recipe for a social
order in which money and selfish personal gain are not be the primary goal."
nostalgia for Soviet times seen as a period in which society had developed a
strong sense of solidarity and high human and moral values in the midst of
enormous economic and political difficulties are very common in a certain
segment of the population in Russia, which sees as
a decay in today's race for wellbeing and mass consumerism.