2011-03-10 15:31:00

Authorities entitled to use force to suppress mutiny - Russian Orthodox Church spokesman

Moscow, March 10, Interfax Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, believes a state is entitled to use force to suppress a mutiny.

"A state can use force in certain situations, for instance, in suppressing mutinies - I mean mutinies, not people's uprisings - or conspiracies, or attempts to subdue people against their will. When such things happen, the authorities, with support from society, should return force for force," Father Vsevolod said in taking questions from visitors of the Public Council website.

The priest made this remark in commenting on concerns by a visitor outraged by a recent blog post by Boris Yakemenko, the leader of the Orthodox Corps of the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi. Yakemenko said on his blog that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi "showed to the whole world how provokers should be treated when they seek a coup, destabilization, and civil war."

"He [Gaddafi] started to annihilate them using missiles and everything else at his disposal. And this is the most appropriate way to stop the application of American revolutionary technologies," said Yakemenko, who is a Public Council member as well as Father Vsevolod.

The priest suggested that a tough response to mutineers by the authorities can sometimes radically affect historical processes.

"Who knows what Russia would have been like today had the authorities reacted in a decent and appropriate way in February and October 1917 to the actions of the mutineers, who absolutely did not represent all of our people and said openly that they wanted to establish dictatorship of a minority over a majority," the priest said.