Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

If the Church Takes a Political Position, It Wouldn’t be the Church: Patriarch Kirill and Greek PM Tsipras have Cordial Meeting at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow

00 Patriarch kirill. Alexis Tsipras. moscow 01. 10.04.15


00 Patriarch kirill. Alexis Tsipras. moscow 02. 10.04.15


00 Patriarch kirill. Alexis Tsipras. moscow 03. 10.04.15

In this photo, the Blunder looks glum (after all, he kisses the asses of the West, the papists, Free Marketeers, the Affluent Effluent, and oligarchs… being made to sit across from a Red must gall him)… note that Mark Golovkov is there as HH’s commissar… is Alfeyev on the way out? We’ll have to see… it’s an ecclesiastical “Lenin’s Tomb” moment



Our Holy Patriarch said:

Exorbitant greed seeks enrichment by any means, it pursues material goods, it creates money ‘out of thin air’, and it separates money and material wealth from labour and from the actual values… such an economy can function only for a very short time, and only for a restricted circle of people… it’s doomed to crisis.

All those who advocate allying the Church with the US Republican Party are against Christ and His Church; they advocate allying the Church with those who follow the Religion of the Antichrist (“Evangelicalism” is NOT Christian… as a visit to any of their “services” should convince any real Christian). You can follow HH or you can follow Rand Paul, Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and all the other scurvy GOP theomachists. That’s the choice you have… there’s no other. I shall follow HH and not the Republican greedsters… I’m NOT alone… I’m remembering seeing a plurality of Obama bumper stickers in the St T’s car park at the Pilgrimage. After all HH said that the Church could have nothing to do with extremist forces… the contemporary Republican Party is certainly that. Ponder that…



Yesterday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the Patriarchal Synodal residence in the Danilov Monastery. Welcoming Prime Minister Tsipras, Patriarch Kirill congratulated his guest on his election victory, “You got a lot of popular support, for you gave expression to hopes for a positive change in the life of the Greek people. You entered politics as a man of intrepid beliefs and you’ve remained faithful to the choices that you made at the beginning of your political career. Many in Greece support your stance”. Talking about the Church’s relation to politics, His Holiness noted, “If at some point the Church would take one or another political position, it’d cease to be the Church for all people. I say this not in terms of some theoretical assumptions, it’s from our historical experience. The Russian Orthodox Church has had a difficult path, building relationships with governments that often held very different political beliefs. If the Church remains faithful to the principles laid down in the Gospel, by its very nature, it’s open to possible coöperation with all political forces, except for extremist elements”. Patriarch Kirill pointed up that a number of ideas usually attributed to the political left are also important for the Church, “Primary, of course, is the idea of ​​social justice. If the Church no longer insists on the need for social justice, it departs from very important principles. The Christian worldview isn’t a political idea, it’s a moral one”.

On the other hand, His Holiness stated that historical experience shows that it’s impossible to achieve social justice using purely political or economic means, “The USSR did much to establish social justice. It aimed all the power of a superpower… economics, politics, science, art, sports… at achieving this goal. However, it didn’t do it. Why not? Because it ignored a very important factor, without which one can’t achieve social justice… the moral and spiritual foundation of the human person. In no case should you repeat this mistake, one that we made it in my country”. Patriarch Kirill noted that the destruction of spiritual and moral foundations of human life shouldn’t accompany the struggle for social justice, “A person can be fair only when there is a firm inclination in his soul to do so. Moreover, I really hope that you and your government would do everything possible to develop the idea of ​​social justice for the benefit of the Greek people, to maintain and preserve the spiritual and moral foundations of the life of your people”.

His Holiness observed that special ties connect Russia and Greece… a majority of Greeks and a majority of Russians are Orthodox Christians, “No politician can ignore this spiritual dimension, common to both Greeks and Russians”. Vladyki Kirill stated that Russians sincerely empathise with the Greeks due to the difficult economic situation in their country, “With your assuming office as Hellenic Prime Minister, Greeks hope for a clear-cut development of the social sphere with a new economic strategy. Once again, from our point of view, I want to say that socially oriented politics are fully justified, the state should put the service of humanity and its welfare as its main goal”. His Holiness said that what’s going on today in the Greek economy is directly related to the global economic crisis, but along with various material factors, moral issues lie at the heart of this crisis, “Exorbitant greed seeks enrichment by any means, it pursues material goods, it creates money ‘out of thin air’, and it separates money and material wealth from labour and from the actual values… such an economy can function only for a very short time, and only for a restricted circle of people… it’s doomed to crisis”.

During the meeting, Patriarch Kirill spoke about the economic sanctions imposed against Russia, “We have a good proverb… ‘There’s no difficulty without good’. We had to go through this experience to realise the necessity of self-reliance. In Russia today, many people have started to invest in real production; I hope that we’d be able to make full use of the opportunities offered to our industry and agriculture because of this situation. Nevertheless, in principle, these sanctions are unjust and illegal; in my view, they only complicate the global economic situation, because not only do they reduce Russia’s economic possibilities, they also limit its participation in the global economy. Therefore, not only Russia loses from these sanctions, but also its partners abroad. We welcome your position on the issue of sanctions”.

His Holiness emphasised that Russian and Greek Orthodox Christians have close fraternal relations, “Recently, pilgrimages have begun to play a very important role. You know, thousands of pilgrims from Russia visit Greece today, and, in contrast to ‘beach tourists’, they visit Greece, not only in the summer, but also in the so-called dead tourist season. In addition to the spiritual factor, pilgrimage has an economic dimension. Unfortunately, because of straitened economic conditions, Russians aren’t visiting foreign countries, but I think that it doesn’t greatly affect pilgrimages to Greece. Mount Athos is a special channel of communication between Russia and Greece. Russian interaction with Athos has always had an important spiritual and cultural dimension. Next year, will be the 1,000th anniversary of the Russian presence on Mount Athos, and I hope to attend this celebration, along with the head of the Greek government. Talking about the Russian presence on Athos, we mean not only Russians in the modern sense of the word, but Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Moldovans… all those Orthodox who make up the Russian Orthodox Church”.

Today, there are about a million immigrants from Russia and the former USSR in Greece, Vladyki Kirill noted, “The majority of these people have good memories of Russia. I had the opportunity to meet with them, to feel the warmth of their hearts when I visited Greece”. During the meeting, His Holiness spoke about the catastrophic situation of Christians in the Middle East. “Today, the Christian population is either destroyed or expelled; one sees destroyed churches. The Middle East region can become a religious monolith… with Christianity squeezed out. This is a civilisational catastrophe, because Christians have always lived in the Middle East, and the disappearance of the Christian population will have very dangerous consequences, including political ones”. He thought that to stop the lawlessness against Christians requires the joint efforts of all who are aware of the danger of this situation.

For its part, Tsipras emphasised that Christian values ​​are important, including for people who have leftist political views, “We’re moving along parallel paths, we advocate many identical values on a very large common space. In our time, when a crisis of values develops along with the economic crisis, spiritual and moral foundations are particularly important”. Tsipras also stressed the importance of the public service of the Russian Orthodox Church, “I admit that the close relationship between our nations lie in their common spiritual traditions and religious beliefs held by the majority of the general population of our countries. We share a common history and a common struggle. Relations between the Russian Church and the Church of Greece are traditionally good. We reached agreement on the development of coöperation in the cultural, educational, and religious spheres during our visit. Thus, a major contribution to the development of relations between our peoples would be to expand pilgrimage by Russians in Greece, and by Greeks in Russia. Athos is a significant part of the Greek spiritual inheritance; it has a special role in the development of Greek Orthodoxy. Monks on Athos come from all corners of the earth, so, it’s also a world spiritual heritage. The preservation of our spiritual and cultural heritage is a priority for the Greek government. We share concerns about the fate of the Christian population in the Middle East and North Africa. We’re ready to support any decision that will change the situation of Christians in the Middle East”.

The sides exchanged gifts.

10 April 2015

Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya



Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Greek Prime Minister will Reshuffle Government Wednesday

“Let’s rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic…”


On Tuesday, Cabinet spokesman Pantelis Capsis said on TV channel ANT1 that Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos would reshuffle the Greek government no later than Wednesday, 15 February. He said, “We’ll know the Prime Minister’s decision tomorrow”, but he didn’t give any details of the changes in the composition of the cabinet. PM Papademos leads a coalition government of centre-right and centre-left parties. The main objective of the government is to implement a credit agreement with the EU and a restructuring of debt owed to private creditors adopted by parliament on Monday. After it implements these agreements, the government’s supposed to organise early parliamentary elections in April.

In recent days, the government sent mixed signals on this promise to hold early elections. One of the parties to the coalition, the centre-left, doesn’t oppose the extending Papademos’ mandate until autumn 2013, which is full extent of its four-year term. However, the centre-right, confident due to a leading position in recent polls, insisted on holding elections in April, and threatened to withdraw its support from the government if Papademos doesn’t fulfil this condition. However, the vote on the loan agreement with the EU strongly weakened both parties. The two major parties expelled more than 40 members for violation of party discipline, and the majority coalition, which originally numbered almost 80 percent of the parliament, fell to less than two-thirds of the deputies.

This strengthened the ambiguity surrounding the prime minister, due to the technical uncertainty of the realisation of the loan agreement. Greek media sources suggested that the government may appoint technocrats to the Papademos cabinet on the model of the Italian cabinet headed by Mario Monti, but it’s unknown whether the coalition partners would support such a move. Meanwhile, during the last few days, on the square in front of the Greek Parliament, and on the streets of Athens, police and protesters clashed during demonstrations, and many unions are in the streets protesting cuts in wages and pensions demanded by the new EU loan agreement. About 6,000 police are in Athens to keep order and civil peace.

14 February 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


Friday, 20 January 2012

More Than 100,000 People Signed Online Petition Demanding the Release of Archimandrite Ephrem

THIS is why Abba Ephrem’s in prison… he brought the Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God to Russia, and millions of believers bowed before it, including leaders of the state… and the American special services wanted to punish him for that. You have a choice… you can support the godliness embodied in Holy Rus, or, you can support the demonic Evangelicalism (a religious apologia for the radical rightwing) regnant in the USA, which is Satan’s simulacrum of Christianity. Reflect on this… Paffhausen’s chosen the latter, not the former, course… interesting, no?


According to a website favourable to the release of Igumen Ephrem, the Abbot of Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for his release from custody in a Greek prison for dangerous criminals. The website “Free Elder Ephraim” has a petition that you can sign to appeal to the President and Prime Minister of Greece, as well as the Supreme Court (Areopagus) for the release of Igumen Ephrem. A portion of the protest posted on the site reads, “We’re convinced that the decision to remand a respected spiritual elder to preliminary custody is a political provocation, with the aim of undermining the authority of Holy Mount Athos and the Church in general”. A counter of signatures on the site shows that the number overtopped 100,000 on Thursday, reaching 103,155 on Thursday evening. This document is available in Russian, Greek, Serbian, Georgian, Bulgarian, English, Romanian, French, and German.

19 January 2012



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