07 March 2007, 12:08
Russian Orthodox Church’s geopolitical facilities not understood by secular elites - political scientist Tsipko
Moscow, March 7, Interfax - Disintegration of the Russian Orthodox world is a main threat to the modern Russia, the political scientist Alexander Tsipko said.
‘The Russian Orthodox Church is indeed the only one spiritual and organizing power in the former Soviet Union, which is able to consolidate others. But we all clearly understand that the church is not self-existing and her initiatives need to be backed by the state,’ Tsipko told Interfax during the 11th World Russian People Council.
Further development of the new Russia will be pointless unless ‘a considerable proportion of those who claim to be her elite has no Russian cultural self-awareness and does not care for the Russian Orthodox world,’ he said.
‘If for the elite ruling in Russia this world is of no spiritual and moral value, as it was illustrated by the gas war on Belarus, what can the Russian Church do in this circumstances?’ the scientist wondered.
Earlier, Tsipko called the current period of the Russian Orthodox history ‘very dramatic.’ The recent gas conflict with Belarus may ‘result in her leaving the Russian Orthodox world’ and the collapse ‘of the still unborn Union State,’ he said.
The new Russian elite declared their belonging to the ideas of the Russian civilization and their closeness to the Russian Orthodox Church, ‘but at the same time they feel no responsibility for or belonging to the Russian world,’ he added.
‘Will Russia continue to exist if the new elite have no national identity based on the Orthodox faith and the Russian Orthodox world as their cornerstones? Russia will split apart without that,’ Tsipko said.