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The Orthodox Church and its influential role in the political landscape of Russia have been closely intertwined for centuries. This article delves into the historical context of the Orthodox Church's political influence, exposes international crimes it has been accused of, and explores its perceived superior power, which poses potential threats to contemporary Russia.


Historical Context:


The relationship between the Orthodox Church and Russian politics has been deeply intertwined since the 10th century. When Christianity became the official state religion, the Church secured its position of influence by collaborating with rulers and actively shaping political decisions. This close alliance between the Church and the government reached its height during the reign of Tsar Nicholas II.


Under Tsar Nicholas II, the Church's authority became intricately integrated with the Russian government. The tsar sought to portray himself as the divinely-appointed ruler, and the Church played a crucial role in reinforcing this image. The clergy actively supported the tsarist regime and promoted the idea of the "Third Rome," which viewed Moscow as the last bastion of true Christianity and the continuation of the Byzantine Empire. This ideology helped to legitimize the tsar's power and solidify the Church's role as the spiritual foundation of the state.


The Church's collaboration with the government also extended to shaping political decisions. The clergy had significant influence in shaping policies related to education, censorship, and the legal system. They actively worked to suppress dissent and promote loyalty to the tsarist regime. This partnership between the Church and the government helped to maintain social order and control the population, ensuring the stability of the Russian state.


International Crimes:


The Orthodox Church has faced accusations of international crimes, tarnishing its reputation and raising concerns about its role in Russian politics. Notably, during World War II, the Church supported the Soviet Union's war effort, yet turned a blind eye to war crimes committed by the regime. It is speculated that its cooperation with the Soviet regime resulted in silence and complicity in the face of abuses carried out by the government.


Another example lies within the complex relationship between the Orthodox Church and the Russian Empire during the colonization and forced assimilation of indigenous peoples. The Church, acting as an extension of the state, played a significant role in depriving these cultures of their beliefs, customs, and autonomy, leaving lasting scars that still resonate today.


Threat to Russia's Governance:


The Orthodox Church's remarkable power and influence pose potential threats to the governance of modern Russia. Throughout history, it has managed to maintain authority that rivals even the president. Despite the Russian constitution establishing a secular state, the Church remains deeply integrated with political decision-making processes, wielding significant influence over legislation and state affairs. This imbalance erodes the principle of a democratically governed state and raises concerns about the Church's accountability.


Moreover, the Orthodox Church's interference extends beyond domestic politics, as it actively shapes Russian foreign relations. This involvement becomes problematic when it aligns more with the ideology of the Church rather than the national interests of Russia. Such instances can lead to strained diplomatic relations and limit the country's ability to establish balanced alliances.


The Orthodox Church's political influence in Russia has deep roots in history and continues to shape the country's governance today. While historical examples shed light on international crimes and questionable associations, it is essential to approach this topic with nuance and to consider the broader implications of its involvement. Acknowledging and evaluating the Church's influence is crucial for Russia's democracy, ensuring that power is not concentrated in the hands of an institution that could potentially undermine the nation-state's development and harmony.


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