07/21/2022, 09.36
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Yekaterinburg: orthodox nationalists want an 'imperial' Russia

by Vladimir Rozanskij

Gathering of the Universal Russian People's Council, a political-religious society founded in the 1990s by the current patriarch of Moscow, Kirill. The group wants a country with its own vision, free from Western influence.


Moscow (AsiaNews) - Ekaterinburg in the Urals was finally able to hold the forum of the local branch of the Universal Russian People's Council (Vrns), the political-religious society founded in the 1990s by the current patriarch of Moscow Kirill (Gundjaev), which had been postponed for two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting was chaired by the local Metropolitan Evgenij (Kulberg), and the chief guest was the well-known Orthodox nationalist ideologue Konstantin Malofeev, who gave the opening speech on 'Orthodoxy and the World in the 21st Century'.

Malofeev had also tried to liven up the situation in the region during the pandemic by organising a pilgrimage with his 'Double-headed Eagle' movement to the places consecrated to the martyrdom of Tsar Nicholas II and his family around Yekaterinburg, and at the Forum he presented his trilogy 'Empire: the image of the future', with his visions of the future of geopolitics. Listening to him were several representatives of the Ministry of Defence and other military structures such as the Rosgvardija, as well as several local and national politicians.

Another metropolitan, Makarij (Morar) of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, who had led the Ural eparchy a decade ago, also spoke, reporting concerns about the condition of Russians in Central Asia: "It is a little more difficult here than in Russia, but we are counting on the support of the Vrns to unite our compatriots in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan", so that Russians in the region, which was once part of the common Soviet homeland, do not feel abandoned, "whereas now we feel we are living in foreign countries". The intention is to strengthen the spirit of Russians and Asians, according to Makarij, 'because these peoples are the outpost and front line of the great Eurasian Russia'.

The representatives of the ural section of the Vrns focused on the image of the capital Ekaterinburg, rejecting the scornful accusations made by some propagandists such as TV presenter Vladimir Solov'ev, who had spoken of the 'city of demons' because of the events of the radical monks of the Covid years. One of the leaders of the association, Anna Gromova, recalled the initiatives aimed at raising the spiritual dimension of the city, such as the construction of the great St Catherine's Church and the activism of the volunteer movements during the most difficult period of the spread of the coronavirus.

Another speaker, Dmitry Poljanin, ensured the commitment of local citizens to 'drive out demons by purifying the memory of our brothers and sisters who have given their lives on the altar of the Fatherland in every way, in the past and present', from the Tsar to the fallen of the war in Ukraine. The city was reorganised by joining the avenues of remembrance, and placing the 'Church on Blood' in the centre in memory of the martyrs.

Malofeev concluded the meeting by explaining that 'in every state there is its own vision of the world, as in those of the globalist West, which we oppose with all our strength in Ukraine. China also has its own vision, for which programmes have been prepared for the years to come, which envisage Beijing's hegemony for the 21st century. We too must have a vision for the future, since we have said goodbye to the West for at least the next decade, and we need a model of identity development of our Russian civilisation, as His Holiness Patriarch Kirill also invites us to do'.

The new work by the ideologue and entrepreneur intends to propose the Russian imperial idea updated to today's times, starting from the observation that 'ours is a naturally authoritarian state, while Ukraine claimed to be democratic, i.e. a slave to a group of oligarchs who buy politicians'. That is why an 'imperial liberation' is needed, for a bright future free of Western economic and cultural dependence.

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