24 May 2012, 13:05
Russian opposition will not get massive public support - Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin
Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Russian citizens will not follow opposition activities that have nothing to offer, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, said.
"There are many people among those who go to rallies who think that they are better than the majority of people. But the problem of the intelligentsia is that they cannot make ordinary people accept their principles," the priest said in an interview published in the Sobesednik weekly on Thursday.
"People have an excellent political intuition, more accurate than that of the Moscow in-crowd," he said.
Fr. Vsevolod said that today's opposition leaders have not offered anything that would have prompted him, as a citizen and a priest, to say: "This is it!"
"I have known almost all of these people for a long time and have met them more than once. Sergey Udaltsov is the only person I do not want to get acquainted with. Evidently, it is only him who has some idea, some plan. But it is a terrifying plan. It resembles what was pushed through by the political will of Grandfather Lenin between the years of 1905 and 1917, although such revolutions tend to eat their authors sooner or later," the priest said.
The state is too liberal and "is unable to cut the umbilical cord linking today's authorities with the 1990s, which represented an anti-world," he said.
"Today the authorities tend to look back at the strain inherited from that period too often. But they will stop doing it soon. The authorities cannot help but breath the same air as their people. I am not speaking about the Moscow in-crowd, glamorous and cool. I mean ordinary people," he said.
"It is necessary to gradually stop making curtseys in favor of anti-monarchy models in society, but admit sincerely that Russia cannot live without some strong personified central power promoting some ultimate ideal, regardless of whether it is shared by public opinion or not," Fr. Vsevolod said.