The Church and the military

Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy. Religion, Politics, and Strategy
Forfatter: Dmitry Adamsky
Forlag: Stanford University Press (USA)
RUSSIA / Did the annexation of Crimea really come from religious circles? Membership of the Russian Orthodox Church promotes military careers.


After the Soviet Union's humiliating exit from Afghanistan in 1989, the church greatly helped to boost morale, and that is the process that has continued to this day. This is a dangerous trend in many ways.

In the social context, the renewed interest in the faith started as a grassroots phenomenon, but it has gradually spread to the top and is crucial in shaping the national identity. Putin himself is a religious person, and he deliberately uses the church to form alliances. This is very clearly seen in the military context, where the ecclesiastical influence has helped to give the nuclear armament higher status than the conventional armor. Today, there are priests in all major military maneuvers, and all weapons are equipped with an icon. There is also a tendency for membership of the Russian Orthodox Church to promote the career, just as the Communist Party Book was in the Soviet Union.

Sarov as an example

In 1927 it became the Russian Orthodox Monastery. . .

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