Russian Church Is Against Protests

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill has said that Orthodox Christians should not attend political gatherings.

‘For the most part Russia is the country of Orthodox Christians,’ he said, ‘Orthodox Christians do not go to rallies. They stand for the Holy Belt of Blessed Virgin Mary.’

‘These people do not march, their voices are not heard, they pray in the silence of their monasteries, in the cells, in their homes. But they are going through with all their hearts what is happening today with our people, and in their minds they see clear parallels between the rowdiness and deliriousness of the pre-revolutionary years with confusion, vacillation and collapse of the country in the 1990s,’ said the Patriarch.