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Shoigu Pledges to Re-Establish Ties Between Army and Church

Published: December 12, 2012 (Issue # 1739)


MOSCOW Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu onFriday pledged his support forthe Russian Orthodox Church, promising tore-establish theclose ties that bound religious andmilitary officials before theOctober Revolution in1917.

We will continue tosupport theRussian Orthodox Church with renewed energy and, most importantly, restore those traditions that existed under theRussian [pre-revolutionary] government, Shoigu said ata meeting with Patriarch Kirill, thecountrys top Orthodox Church official, RIA-Novosti reported.

Shoigu, who was installed as defense minister inearly November after his predecessor was ousted amid acorruption scandal, worked closely with thechurch inhis capacity as emergency situations minister, apost he held foralmost two decades.

Russian authorities are often accused ofan overly cosy relationship with church officials.

InFebruary, after Patriarch Kirill publicly likened President Vladimir Putins rule toa miracle ofGod, punk band Pussy Riot staged acontroversial performance inMoscows Christ theSavior Cathedral protesting perceived collusion between theKremlin andthe church.

Atthe meeting with Shoigu onFriday, thepatriarch expressed hope that his appointment would lead toa strengthening ofRussias armed forces.

Understanding theimportance ofthe responsibility placed onyour shoulders, we will pray foryou. Atevery service, thechurch prays forthe countrys authorities andits army, Patriarch Kirill said.





 


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