Moscow, December 25, Interfax - Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy head of the World Russian People's Assembly, believes the absence of ideological freedom and a broad public debate may cause a catastrophe in Russia by 2017.
"Some people believe that public debate should be minimized, that what is going on in people's minds, in the sphere of communication between people should be ignored and in that way we can calmly live to 2017 or 2018. Dear ladies and gentlemen, it's not going to happen," Father Vsevolod told a press conference in Moscow on Friday.
"The conservatism, which is trying to cleanse the sphere of ideas, close the key issues to the present and future of the country and the world, people who think and act in this way commit political suicide - they will be gone," he said.
The priest was dismissed from the post of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relation's head on Thursday. The Holy Synod founded the Department for Relations between the Church, Society and the Mass Media by merging the Synodal Information Department and the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations. The new structure is led by Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the Information Department. However, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said he links his dismissal to differences with Patriarch Kirill.
The priest said one should engage in "translating eternal values into the language of living debate, living public interest, living religious creative work, civil action," not in maintaining specific orders and things, good or bad.
"If we try to keep silent about some problems, we can delay the catastrophe by a year or two, but by doing so we will make it inevitable," he said.
He believes that "all those immoral elites that are now keeping the country from developing" should become history and "we need to actively offer models of peaceful rebuilding of the country, including moral rebuilding, to prevent a revolution" to improve the country's administration.
"The administration has changed, the power is no longer in the hands of the security structures, formal state or religious hierarchies and commercial structures. The administration is now formed in the world of ideas. The one who will be the first to word and state ideas that will appropriately form the future will get the power," the priest said.