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Christianity Made Russia Great World Power Putin
RIA Novosti ^ | 07/25/2013 | RIA Novosti

Posted on 07/26/2013 1:26:37 AM PDT by TexGrill

MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the role of Orthodox Christianity in the country’s history and congratulated the heads of the world’s Orthodox churches on the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus, a medieval state comprising parts of modern-day Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

“The adoption of Christianity became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped it turn into one of the largest world powers,” Putin said in a message addressed to participants of a commemorative celebration on Red Square, the Kremlin reported.

“It is Orthodoxy that gave Russia a powerful impetus for the development and rise of culture and education,” the message says.

Putin also praised the Russian Orthodox Church’s role in developing a constructive dialogue with other Orthodox churches as well as international collaboration.

(Excerpt) Read more at en.rian.ru ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: christendom; christianity; putin; putinchristianity; religion; russiachristianity; russianorthodox; westerncivilization
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1 posted on 07/26/2013 1:26:37 AM PDT by TexGrill
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The Irony Curtain.


2 posted on 07/26/2013 1:33:32 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

Well said!

LOL


3 posted on 07/26/2013 1:38:04 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: TexGrill

No wonder Bush got along well with this guy. And no wonder Putin clearly believes the atheist scumbag Ubama is just a little punk.


4 posted on 07/26/2013 1:40:10 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: TexGrill

This is the same Putin who called the fall of communism the worst event of the 20th Century.


5 posted on 07/26/2013 1:40:20 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Obama's policy towards Morsi and the Moslem Brotherhood came from his heart.)
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To: Lancey Howard

You think Putin will consevatives to immigrate there?


6 posted on 07/26/2013 1:48:51 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: elhombrelibre

“This is the same Putin who called the fall of communism the worst event of the 20th Century.”

He senses weakness in America and is posturing to become more popular in this country than Obama.

It’s a great PR move. And it’s working.


7 posted on 07/26/2013 1:48:59 AM PDT by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: jsanders2001

You think Putin will allow consevatives to immigrate there?


8 posted on 07/26/2013 1:49:55 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: elhombrelibre

>>>This is the same Putin who called the fall of communism the worst event of the 20th Century.<<<

He has never said it.


9 posted on 07/26/2013 1:52:40 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: TexGrill

I never would have thought Russia would be acknowledging Christanity...while the US tries to stop it.

Unreal


10 posted on 07/26/2013 1:55:36 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Difference between George Zimmerman and Al Sharpton is that Sharpton woulda let honky family burn)
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To: TexGrill

My family originally came from Russia, looking to escape the oppression they were experiencing there. Strange that an American president is now attacking Christianity while a Russian president is supporting it.


11 posted on 07/26/2013 2:03:18 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: TexGrill

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12 posted on 07/26/2013 2:08:58 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Stingray

The slapdown of boy zer0 during by President Putin during that Snowden flap was classic. For the first time in my life I cheered for the Russian leader in a confrontation with this country. But an asterisk is in order, since the POS sitting the White House isn’t American.


13 posted on 07/26/2013 2:57:58 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: Stingray
He senses weakness in America and is posturing to become more popular in this country than Obama.

It’s a great PR move. And it’s working.

Just Obama? Putin is beginning to look better than a majority of U.S. senators. (I saw Mitch McConnell's pissy anti-Matt Bevin pop up ad this morning and it set me off.)

Mr. niteowl77

14 posted on 07/26/2013 3:02:57 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("There's nothing a vulture hates more than biting into a glass eye.")
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To: SeminoleCounty

I find a great deal of inspiration in Putin, his outlook and policies. Much more attuned to the world around us than the jihadist/zionist/communist we have in the white house.


15 posted on 07/26/2013 3:32:20 AM PDT by gotribe (Vladimir Putin is MY President)
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To: jsanders2001

I think we should find Pootski a Hawaiian birth certificate and allow him to come here and replace the Bolshevik.


16 posted on 07/26/2013 3:40:25 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: TexGrill

As a teenager in the 80’s, it would now appear that the world is indeed upside down.


17 posted on 07/26/2013 4:15:33 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: TexGrill

They may have learned their lesson after a CENTURY of failure.

We, on the other hand have forgotten our lesson and are heading into that century now. Only, we will have no USA out there to assist us and pull us out.


18 posted on 07/26/2013 4:18:45 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: Lancey Howard

And Obama is always telling us how islam made America great.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/12/obamas-islamic-america/


19 posted on 07/26/2013 4:22:29 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: elhombrelibre

This is also the same Putin who assassinates unfriendly reporters with radioactive poison.


20 posted on 07/26/2013 4:57:43 AM PDT by EricT. (This post has been recorded and cataloged for your security.)
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To: EricT.
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21 posted on 07/26/2013 4:59:00 AM PDT by EricT. (This post has been recorded and cataloged for your security.)
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To: EricT.

We sort of do that in this country. But maybe not the radioactive part. We like exploding cars and sudden heart attacks.


22 posted on 07/26/2013 4:59:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: EricT.

Aw crap. Finish your coffee, Eric.


23 posted on 07/26/2013 4:59:39 AM PDT by EricT. (This post has been recorded and cataloged for your security.)
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To: TexGrill; jsanders2001; Stingray; SeminoleCounty; Telepathic Intruder; gotribe

Any church invoked as helping Russia become a great power should voice objections for as a great power Russia persecuted all Christians, and then used the Orthodox church to persecute other churches.

And now,

Russia’s Orthodox Church, despite decades of brutal repression under Soviet rule, is putting its trust in the KGB to ensure that a remarkable religious revival does not fade with the departure of President Vladimir Putin.

In an unusual move, Alexei II, the Church’s patriarch, has endorsed deputy prime minister Dmitry Medvedev ahead of next week’s presidential election.

The influence of his support on Russia’s estimated 100 million Orthodox worshippers is immense.

It also illustrates the unholy alliance the Church has forged with the Kremlin since Mr Putin came to power eight years ago....

Although he has never confirmed it, the patriarch, like the president, is a former KGB agent codenamed Drozdov, according to Soviet archives opened to experts in the 1990s.

Many in the Orthodox hierarchy are also accused of working as KGB informers, a fact that critics say the Church has never fully acknowledged.

“Essentially, the Orthodox Church is one of the only Soviet institutions that has never been reformed,” said one priest, who declined to be identified for fear that he could be defrocked. That fate already befell another colleague, Gleb Yakunin, in the 1990s when he called on Church leaders with KGB links to repent.

Yet it is not just the KGB that binds the Church and the Kremlin. In the Tsarist era, the Church was a committed supporter of the imperial rallying cry “orthodoxy, autocracy and nationhood.”...

Priests are regularly seen on television sprinkling holy water on bombers and even nuclear missiles, a blessing that reinforces Mr Putin’s own militaristic philosophy.

The Church has even supported Mr Putin’s repression of democracy, with a senior bishop last year comparing human rights activists to traitors.

When a prison chaplain suggested that the jailed oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a personal enemy of the president, was a political prisoner, he was promptly defrocked.

Late last year, Sergei Taratukhin - who served five years in a Soviet gulag for defying the authorities - recanted, falling to his knees in front of television cameras and won a partial reprieve. He is now employed as a rubbish collector at the cathedral in the far-eastern city of Chita, near where Khodorkovsky is jailed.-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1579638/Orthodox-Church-unholy-alliance-with-Putin.html


24 posted on 07/26/2013 5:01:48 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: EricT.

What thread did you mean to post that on?


25 posted on 07/26/2013 5:03:49 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: joethedrummer

Actually, Putin has been a believer in the Russian Orthodox Church for quite a while, all during the Bush Admin, and who knows how far back in his own personal history. I think it is part of his deep nationalism and love of his own country and its history, unlike our own leader who is a globalist at best, who has a chip on his shoulder and a faint distaste for his own country.


26 posted on 07/26/2013 5:06:27 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47
unlike our own leader who is a globalist at best, who has a chip on his shoulder and a faint distaste for his own country.

"Faint"? You're far more generous than I!

27 posted on 07/26/2013 5:11:08 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: listenhillary

LOL. It was something my wife wrote for an unrelated project, still stuck in the clipboard.

I guess my CTRL+C didn’t work, and I was in a hurry to post so I could take care of something else.


28 posted on 07/26/2013 5:13:53 AM PDT by EricT. (This post has been recorded and cataloged for your security.)
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To: daniel1212
The Russian Orthodox Church has always been an arm of the state, since long before communism. Under the tsars, the church was controlled by a state ministry called the "Holy Synod" which was led by a layman, appointed by the Tsar, of course.

Religious non-conformists were viewed as dangerous to the state and treated as such. The closer they were to Orthodoxy theologically, (often) the worse the treatment. Read up on the treatment of the "Old Believers" and the Byzantine Catholics under tsarism.

29 posted on 07/26/2013 5:25:10 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Gene Eric
The Irony Curtain.

I'm going to steal that.

30 posted on 07/26/2013 5:33:57 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
You mean Michael Hastings?

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31 posted on 07/26/2013 5:38:19 AM PDT by EricT. (This post has been recorded and cataloged for your security.)
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To: TexGrill
Meanwhile, our President is busy celebrating the accomplishments of Islam...

If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, I believe he would be challenging this Kenyan pretender to a duel.

32 posted on 07/26/2013 6:31:08 AM PDT by Gritty (Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are void-Jefferson, 1798)
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To: gotribe

Zionist in the White House? LOL.

There is similarity between P and O. One is dictator and the second one getting there.


33 posted on 07/26/2013 6:31:33 AM PDT by QQQQ
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To: cunning_fish

Putin- “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century” State of nation speech - 2005


34 posted on 07/26/2013 6:36:28 AM PDT by capt B
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To: capt B

>>>>Putin- “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century” State of nation speech - 2005<<<<

Please, read this speech. There is not a word of regret regarding collapse of communism.

It is often misinterpreted, perverted, parts are picked out of context.


35 posted on 07/26/2013 6:48:26 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: Gritty

A good thought but another choice would be Andrew Jackson. A proven duelist. (aside from a few faults)


36 posted on 07/26/2013 7:04:35 AM PDT by vortec94
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To: TexGrill
I still think it's all about Putin realizing that a strong Christian presence in his own country is their best defense against the slow Muslim invasion he sees happening in other countries. The man plays chess, and he is not stupid. He is taking a longer term view, and looking out for the best intrests of his people.
37 posted on 07/26/2013 7:05:00 AM PDT by NurdlyPeon (It is the nature of liberals to pervert whatever they touch.)
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To: TexGrill
Who won the Cold War? .....both sides!

How much is an acre outside of Moscow?

38 posted on 07/26/2013 7:07:51 AM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids (The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10))
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To: Incorrigible

I was a teen in the 80s too and yes you’re right the world is upside down. When I was a kid I met a so-called fortune teller, who claimed I would spend most of my adult life in the Eastern Hemisphere helping the Chinese and Russians better understand Christianity and free market capitalism. I told the fortune teller, I support Reagan and the GOP and you’re prediction sounds outrageous. But because I graduated from Thomas More College in Merrimack N.N with a BA degree in Political Science and Bill Clinton was president at the time of my graduation. I soon realized that going to live and work in the Asia-Pacific region might not be such a bad idea after all, considering my job prospects in the USA.


39 posted on 07/26/2013 7:08:44 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: elhombrelibre
This is the same Putin who called the fall of communism the worst event of the 20th Century.

Context is everything, he was commenting more on the way the aftermath was handled, and yes, it was a botch. He's not sad that Communism is gone, he said many times it was a terrible system.

40 posted on 07/26/2013 7:09:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids

I hope it’s a steal. The number one rule of investing, buy low and sell high. I remember my grandad taching me that adage when I was 10-years-old.


41 posted on 07/26/2013 7:12:34 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

I think we have crossed over into the Twilight Zone.


42 posted on 07/26/2013 7:35:23 AM PDT by KittyKares (.)
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids

It depends on a district, quality of soil, land category (i.e. for farming, for living, for manufacturing), existing infrastructure and remoteness from Moscow.

For 1 acre of land of the living category prices may vary from $15.000 to $4.600.000.


43 posted on 07/26/2013 8:10:30 AM PDT by MarietDeLot [at DDO]
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To: TexGrill

Russia became a great world power when it became one of the few countries in history to become atheist.

Thank goodness that now they have receded from that position of great world power.

Reagan brought them down.


44 posted on 07/26/2013 8:15:49 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Santorum appeared on CBS and pronounced George Zimmerman guilty of murder, first degree. March-2012)
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To: TexGrill
going to live and work in the Asia-Pacific region might not be such a bad idea after all, considering my job prospects in the USA.

So, did you go there to work?

45 posted on 07/26/2013 9:07:20 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Campion

Thanks for the info. Most of both likely need salvation.


46 posted on 07/26/2013 11:01:11 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: ansel12
Russia became a great world power when it became one of the few countries in history to become atheist.

"A great world power" in the negative moral sense, and institutionalized Christianity had paved the way for atheism.

47 posted on 07/26/2013 11:05:23 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Albion Wilde

I lived in South Korea for 6 years and I’m in Beijing now. Moved here in 2010.


48 posted on 07/26/2013 5:49:53 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill
I lived in South Korea for 6 years and I’m in Beijing now. Moved here in 2010.

Excellent! Your plan came together and you acted on it! (The way your prior post was worded, it wasn't clear that you had done so.) Shay-shay.

49 posted on 07/27/2013 7:23:02 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: TexGrill

One of the silver linings of the former Easter Bloc countries had from being behind the Iron Curtain is that they haven’t had the influx of Turd Worlders that Western Europe has had.....I believe that will make Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary highly desirable destinations in the future, as Western Europe falls to Dhimmitude.


50 posted on 07/27/2013 7:25:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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