What is really wrong with Russia Today and Sputnik?

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Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at his blog

Today I am going to touch upon a subject which frankly saddens me, but which I cannot ignore, if only because so many others have also noticed this and asked me about it: what in the world is really wrong with Russia Today and Sputnik (RT&Sp)?!

We all know that the US government has now embarked upon an effort to persecute these two Russian media outlets in the USA by forcing them to be the only foreign media to register as foreign agents because they are, according to the Trump Administration, not real journalists, but “Russian propaganda outlets”.  Likewise, in France, President Macron has refused to accredit RT for the same reasons.  So judging by these reaction we could be excused for thinking that RT&Sp have done a great job.

Well, indeed they have and they are.

There is absolutely no denying that RT&Sp have changed the political landscape in the West by providing an alternative point of view.  Furthermore, some of their programs have truly been ground braking and absolutely superb.  Peter Lavelle’s “CrossTalk” deserves the highest possible praise and Lavelle himself is truly a hero of the information war.  There are clearly those at RT&Sp who “get it” and who want to do the right thing.  Just look at this superb advertisement for the show “Watching the Hawks“:

And then there is the superb Margarita Simonyan,  the editor-in-chief of both the news network RT and the state-owned international news agency Rossiia Segodnia.  Her intelligence, poise and humor seemed to have earned her an especially rabid hatred from the AngloZionists.  In the next couple of days I hope to post a translation of one of her recent interviews which will make it possible for English speakers to take a measure of this remarkable woman.  Here, I will just share with you her wonderful sense of humor.  Check out this video entitled “RT exposed in leaked video: Watch how evil ‘Kremlin propaganda bullhorn’ REALLY works“:

Beautiful, no?

But there is a much darker side to RT&Sp.  Many of you, my readers, have written to me to complain about not only plain stupid shows and articles, but also about a lot of materials which seem to be written by AngloZionist propagandists.  Alas, your observation is quite correct.  Just check out this latest post by RT: “To heaven and beyond: Artist depicts bizarre Russian Orthodox space mission” which includes the following depictions of Russian Orthodox clergymen:

What is really wrong with Russia Today and Sputnik? What is really wrong with Russia Today and Sputnik?

What is really wrong with Russia Today and Sputnik?

For any minimally educated Russia that kind of “art” immediately smacks of the old anti-religious propaganda of the russophobic Bolshevik regime and it’s so-called “Godless 5 year plan”, the brainchild of Emelian Iaroslavskii (real name Minei Israelvich Gubelman) whom the always “politically correct” Wikipedia presents as the “anti-religious polemicist, Yaroslavsky served as editor of the atheist satirical journal Bezbozhnik (The Godless) and led the League of the Militant Godless organization” which, at first glance, is not incorrect.  But when you place Gubelman’s activities in their context, the genocidal mass murder of Orthodox Christians and, especially, Orthodox clergy then you realize that what Gubelman did is exactly what Julius Streicher did for the Nazis: they both provided the “propagandistic background” to the mass murder of people.  The difference?  Streicher was sentenced to death by the Nuremberg Tribunal, viciously tortured, and eventually executed.  And Wikipedia does not present him as an “anti-Jewish polemicist”, of course.

What is really wrong with Russia Today and Sputnik?You might wonder what RT has to say about the so-called “art” of Vladimir Malakhovskiy (whom the RT article introduces as “concept artist”).  Nothing much, really: “it’s all part of a Russian artist’s futuristic take of a Russian Orthodox space mission, blurring the lines between religious belief and the atheist realism of space exploration” and “The vessel has Orthodox icons sticking out of every surface and apparently even replacing solar batteries. After all, who needs solar power when you have faith?“.  Clearly, the (anonymous) scumbag who wrote this article felt the need to add some of his/her own “humor” to the already “hilarious” article.

So, how is it that RT seems to have hired a modern Gubelman to engage in exactly the same propaganda?

From what I know from different personal contacts which I have, RT&Sp are far from being homogeneous organizations.  While there are plenty of people who “get it”, there is also a strong pro-AngloZionist element active in these outlets who basically support the political line I call “Atlantic Integrationism”.  And that is not really surprising since the Russian media today is also filled with such anti-Russian and, even more so, anti-Orthodox elements.

We need to look back at the circumstances which brought Vladimir Putin to power and remember that he was a compromise candidate between the security services and the Russian oligarchy which favored Dmitrii Medvedev.  It took Putin 15 years to finally succeed in pushing out some, but not all, of the “Atlantic Integrationist” elements from a few key ministries, but they are still very much there.  The same goes for the Russia media.  Sensing that Putin is extremely popular and that they better not openly oppose him, the Atlantic Integrationists have kept a relatively low profile and that, in turn, has allowed them to keep their jobs.  Furthermore, we all know what these folks *really* care about, money, and even today they key economic/financial positions in Russia are all held by Atlantic Integrationists.

We should never underestimate the power and influence of these folks and a lot of what appears as Russian zig-zagging on certain issues or as Putin’s “indecision” is, in reality, the output of a constant struggle between the Eurasian Sovereignists and Atlantic Integrationists (for an explanation and discussion of these two term, please see here and here).  The truth is that Russia is still not a truly sovereign country and that the best I can say about Russia is that she is in a *process of liberation* but that the struggle is far from over.

Besides, we should harbor no illusions about the real state of spirituality in Russia.  Yes, we see a lot of *external* signs of a strong religious revival, affecting both the Orthodox and Muslim communities, but the *internal* reality is much different.  The truth is that as soon as we look a little deeper into what is really taking place and what kind of people are really in key positions we realize that there are still plenty of old/Soviet style clergymen who are total hypocrites and who probably don’t even believe in God.  While the rank and file faithful can be very religious and pious, they are often led by “wolves in sheep’s skins” (a recent exchange with a well-informed Muslim friend confirmed to me that this sad state of affairs is true not only in Orthodox circles but also amongst Muslim religious leaders).

Finally, we should not forget that while millions of Russian do declare themselves to be religious, and that while many are truly discovering their own spiritual roots, the vast majority of Russians are either very superficially religious or not religious at all.  Only a *tiny* fraction of Russians have a solid religious education.

It is against this background that we see RT posting an article which would have made Comrade Gubelman proud.  My sense is that however wrote this deeply offensive article ought to be immediately fired and I hope that if Margarita Simonyan finds out, that she will take action (I can’t imagine her condoning that kind of stuff).  But I am not holding my breath because if that anonymous hater of Orthodoxy is fired then his/her colleagues will complain of a nationalist or religious witch-hunt which will immediately be used by the AngloZionist propaganda machine to further discredit RT&Sp.  And here we are reaching the key factor.

Fundamentally, when you are the object of an informational attack you have two choices: to try to appease the attacker or to frontally counter-attack.  RT&Sp have chosen the first option and that, I very strongly believe is a huge strategic mistake.

We all know that the word “Zionist” will immediately be censored by RT&Sp editors.  The same goes for any mention of 9/11 truth.  Why?  Because there appears to be a consensus amongst key RT&Sp editors that when faced with accusations of being a “Russian propaganda outlet” the correct approach is to deny these accusations and try to appear as respectable, mainstream and “proper” as possible.

Clearly, they have no idea of whom they are dealing with.

The AngloZionist propaganda machine will *never* accept RT&Sp as “one of our own”, meaning that they will never accept RT&Sp as a legitimate media and that far from standing up for the rights of RT&Sp to operate just like any other news media, they will give a standing ovation to every form of persecution and smearing against RT&Sp.  The folks at RT&Sp who believe that there is a way of appeasing their western colleagues if they “don’t go too far” are completely misguided and are lying to themselves.  They should look at Donald Trump who tried this kind of appeasement with the Neocons and now can see where that got him.

Still, and even when I consider the complex context in which this took place, I am repulsed and deeply offended by the fact that some SOB at RT wrote this kind of article and some other SOB cleared it for publication.  In a country where that kind of anti-religious propaganda resulted in the mass slaughter of Orthodox clergy and laypeople it is simply unconscionable and inexcusable to publish such garbage, especially with what is clearly a supportive commentary.

So we shall see whether there will be any action taken against those responsible for this, or whether RT will at least apologize.  If they do, then this will be a very good sign.  But I am afraid that they won’t.  Let’s see what happens next (if anything).

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  • Borna Artuković

    this is one example .. first they talk true about saudi financing of terrorist groups in world and then saudi king visit moscow and suddenly saudi arabia is great ! :) sorry for my bad english ..rt is kremlin propaganda . simple is that .america have western mainstream media .. russia have rt and sputnik ! that’s all business and politics !

  • Daniel Martin

    This is truly outrageous and insulting for all Orthodox Christians, I really hope RT will sack the so called artist (agent provocateur) and the one who authorized this publication!

    • Arthur Smith

      I’m one such and Saker’s own understanding of orthodox christianity is usually more insulting than that picture. Pretty sure Andrei Kuraev wouldn’t mind it too, he usually says “my religious feelings were fatally wounded the moment I looked into a mirror”. So please stop speaking for orthodox christians, some of us like to keep themself in shape with a little sting from ill-wishers.

  • Serious

    I don’t know if you have noticed but RT has the exact same comment sections as the huffington post. Personnally, I have never trusted RT that much. Sp seems better for me.

    • enriqueferro

      I don’t usually visit RT, because my comments weren’t usually authorized whereas there are plenty of imperial trolls who say whatever comes to their head, even extremely offensive. I prefer Sp, there are fewer people commenting, and not many trolls.

  • Michael Qiao

    Well, they’ve never criticized Israel nor the Soviet Union, they also do not deny the holocaust

  • Tudor Miron

    Nothing new here. Zio’s always do that – as soon as some kind of freedom movement arises than they try to kill it, if they can’t kill it than try to buy it, if they can’t buy it than infiltrate and distort it from inside. Majority of Russian media is Jew owned.

  • wwinsti

    I guess I’ll take the first arrows for RT & Sputnik, even though watching/reading RT from a phone is usually a painful experience due to page loading errors.

    Can we at least concede that hasbara nonsense is a real effort on the part of the Israeli gov.? It’s no crime to say the Ukraine/CIA/China/Saudi Arabia (and yes, Russia) and any other government that can afford a boiler room troll farm is certain to do so. Israel will be no different in this regard.

    Secondly, rabid anti-Semitic postings by hasbara is an often used wedge to get charges made against the site (look at what they tolerate from the public!) Which targets the account creation agreement that many sites employ when new posters sign up (I agree that Zionist should not be a prohibited word).

    We have to point out that RT and Sputnik have been massively targeted by several governments, who are forever looking for an excuse to withdraw broadcasting licenses.RT in the US had most of it’s staff threatened if they didn’t quit, this caused a content crisis of huge proportions.

    Finally, in the West, there have been several decades of sex scandal s that have all but discredited most clergy, and have decimated church attendance numbers. It’s hard for a Western audience to respect someone kneeling before a religious figure, as unfair and as stereotyping as it may be. I say this not as an excuse for any overtly offensive material that may or may not exist, but merely as an exhibition of the reasons why we seeing the behavior mentioned.

    • Serious

      One of their tactics is to telll antisemtic things and then called the site antisemitic and close the site. that’s what they do usually.

      But, them, they can say whatever they want and they hide behing the “freedom of speech”.

      I don’t understand why people don’t hide behind freedom of speech when they say something against the globalists.

      • Garga

        That’s why I’m overly suspicious of anybody in the comment section who is openly attacking Jews in general and not Zionists in particular. Usually that’s a dead giveaway.

        More so, I really despise Spot.IM which RT uses for the comment section. One needs to be extremely creative to be able to write a few lines and the comment NOT get deleted.

        • wwinsti

          Agreed.

        • RichardD

          What Jews aren’t Zionists? In the US there is almost universal Jewish support for Israel:

          “US JEWS STRONGLY SUPPORT ISRAEL, NEW POLL SHOWS

          94% say that if Jewish state “no longer existed tomorrow,” it would be a “tragedy.””

          http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/US-Jews-strongly-support-Israel-new-poll-shows

          83% of the planet’s Jews live in the US and Israel. If you add France, Canada and the UK the number rises to 95%. Jew support for Israel is probably the same there as it is in the US and Israel.

          • Garga

            RicharD, we talked about it before.
            There are Jews opposing Zionists. Very little in numbers compared to pro-Zionists, but they exist, even inside the US.

            As long as ONE Jew is opposing Zionism we can’t equate the two.

          • RichardD

            If there was a significant portion of Jews opposing Zionism, I’d be more inclined to agree with you. But the number is so small that as a practical manner, Judaism and Zionism are indistinguishable from each other.

          • Garga

            The Anti-Zionist Jews, how small in number, are great assets and help to expose Zionism. Basically you can destroy the accusation of being an Anti-Semite and a bigot if you let them work with you.
            That’s what Iran does, evident in the meetings of Iran’s former president Ahmadinejad with Anti-Zionist Jews in NYC and elsewhere.

          • RichardD

            They’re a fringe element that doesn’t represent mainstream Judaism. They’ve done nothing that I’m aware of to stop the crimes and evil of Judaism and Zionism. And as far as I know, they’re baby rapers just like all of the rest of them. Their cult should be outlawed for mass statutory rape and all of the other crimes that they’re guilty of. Including the 100+ UN and other international law resolutions against them. Which as a practical matter includes Jewmerica as well. Because Jewmerica facilitates all of the Jews crimes with it’s UNSC veto. These are the reasons why cults should be and are outlawed:

            “As a result, several groups have been made into recognized criminal organizations. This is not a common designation, but it has occurred on occasion, typically after a cult group has been involved with a criminal enterprise. These cults have generally been involved with activities like murder, abduction, statutory rape, or other serious crimes. Often, they hold an illegal activity to be a primary focus of their religious teachings, making adherence to the group’s beliefs a virtual guarantee of grossly illegal activity directly harming others.”

            https://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=35055

          • Garga

            I think equating the two is harmful.
            Whenever you have time, take a look at these two examples:

            https://www.facebook.com/Zionocracy/
            Their Twitter account:
            https://twitter.com/Zionocracy
            A 21 minute video
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKplabTRuak
            Except the non-Jew reporter just had to put her twist on the very end of the video!

          • RichardD

            Obviously almost all Jews and the government of Israel disagree with them. So saying that this tiny minority represents Judaism is a misrepresentation. And from the looks of it, they’re also evil pedophile baby rapers.

            It would be like saying that some obscure Christian or Islamic sect that disagrees with mainstream Christianity or Islam represents main stream Christianity or Islam. You could argue that position as you’re doing with Judaism. But almost nobody would agree with you.

          • Garga

            Who said they’re mainstream?
            Don’t like it? I refer you to my original comment.

          • RichardD

            You’re using a straw man argument:

            “A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while refuting an argument that was not presented by that opponent. One who engages in this fallacy is said to be “attacking a straw man”.”

            Straw man – Wikipedia
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man

            You’re shifting the debate from Judaism to a tiny non representative fringe element that doesn’t represent almost all Jews. And even then, this same fringe element probably has all of the other baggage that creates antisemitism, with the exception of Zionism, that all of the rest of Judaism has. Antisemitism has been around for thousands of years for reasons other than Zionism, which was a non issue for most of that time. All that Zionism has done is flesh of the problems with Judaism to make them more difficult to ignore.

            “The Anti-Zionist Jews, how small in number, are great assets and help to expose Zionism. Basically you can destroy the accusation of being an Anti-Semite and a bigot if you let them work with you.
            That’s what Iran does, evident in the meetings of Iran’s former president Ahmadinejad with Anti-Zionist Jews in NYC and elsewhere.”

            You may destroy the accusation of antisemitism for a tiny fringe element of Judaism for Zionism that is non representative as Judaism as a whole, but probably not statutory rape or Judaic supremacy, discrimination against non Jews, etc, that it shares with all the rest of Judaism. Nobody needs a tiny fringe element of antizionist Jews to expose Zionism or the crime and evil of Judaism, it’s evil is plain for anyone to see.

          • Garga

            You know that Strawman argument is when I claim you said something which you didn’t and then prove it wrong. I didn’t do that.
            I do not shifting anything. I do not deny that the Anti-Zionist Jews are small in number compared to Pro-Zionist Jews, I said that myself.

            What is the difference between what you say and the people who say all Muslims are terrorists? With people who say all Americans are dumb? That’s generalization and it’s dangerous. In my view you are as wrong as these people. As I said, I’m suspicious of this kind of reasoning because it helps the Zionists greatly for it’s make it easy for them to use their usual method of labeling and dismiss all true things you say. There’s no shortage of horrible Zionists and their awful actions but attacking a group based on their religion or ethnicity and not because of their political/social/financial/treasonous beliefs and acts will help the very same Zionists you try to expose.

            It doesn’t matter how their number is tiny, they EXIST, they’re JEWS and they’re ANTI-ZIONIST. I’m not going to repeat myself anymore. If you think you can awaken people by attacking all the Jews instead of Zionists go ahead. You don’t need my permission, blessing or agreement.

          • RichardD

            The difference is that there is a high % of Americans and Muslims who disagree with Jewmerica and Wahabbism, compared to almost no Jews who disagree with Zionism and a lot of the other root causes of antisemitism. So I agree that generalizations against Americans and Muslims are misplaced. Whereas generalizations against Jews are appropriate.

          • RichardD

            People are given long prison sentences all of the time for these crimes:

            “Woman sentenced for having oral sex with her baby …

            A Northwest Side woman was sentenced today to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years …

            The videos depicted Jessup performing oral sex on the baby”

            http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/04/mom-sentenced-for-sex-with-baby.html

            There should be UNCRC, UNHRC and ICC investigations of the Jew mass pedophile rape of 1,000 cult babies every week.

          • Attrition47

            Zews can’t be zionist; it’s inconsistent with Judaism to be a secular, fascist antisemite.

          • MikeH

            “Zionism”

            I do not believe that word means what you think it means.

          • Attrition47

            Are you an American?

          • MikeH

            Let’s stick to what Zionism is:

            Zionism (Hebrew: צִיּוֹנוּת‎ Tsiyyonut [t͡sijo̞ˈnut] after Zion) is the national movement of the Jewish people that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel.

          • Attrition47

            Zionism is a late C19th manifestation of European proto-fascism which has developed into a racist, nationalist, secular and antisemite ideology courtesy of the US empire. Zionism is to Europe what Wahhabism is to the Middle East – a fake ideology patronised by realpolticians.

          • MikeH

            So the creation of Israel isn’t a policy of the Jews according to you?

            “Next Year in Jerusalem” are just empty words that mean nothing I suppose.

          • Attrition47

            Oh dear, you don’t understand the difference between words and deeds. The rhetoric of Jewish return has been used by zionists as a fig-leaf of respectability for their colonial ambitions. Zionists aren’t Jews, they are secular, fascist antisemites.

          • MikeH

            Yeah. The Jews are in Israel after returning.

          • Attrition47

            There aren’t any Jews in occupied Palestine; the zionists make sure of that.

          • Attrition47

            Yes you do.

          • You can call me Al

            “What Jews aren’t Zionists? ” …..maybe 35-40%.

          • RichardD

            Do you have any proof of that? The information that you’re replying to says otherwise.

          • You can call me Al

            I could have sworn that I responded to you.

            Please just remind me tomorrow please. Cheers.

        • Attrition47

          I tend to assume that it’s a haSSbara spoof or a post by an American. They’re an odd lot, going on about Khazar blood all the time; it’s as if the C20th never happened.

        • You can call me Al

          That is the sod; “spot. IM” ….. with you all the way on that one.

        • enriqueferro

          As I said, my comments were usually deleted on RT, even though my line was analytical and not insulting, but there were plenty of rabidly antisemitic and anti-Russian, anti-Putin comments which were published. I never understood the logic, which is why I stop visiting regularly the site.

    • Arthur Smith

      There are plenty of pedo-scandals in ROChurch as well. The clergy was bad even before 1917, and ever since it’s been bred in corruption. It’s a colossal problem that will take generations to turn the tide.

  • Ma_Laoshi

    Oh please, are we now going to call for censorship because somebody’s preciouss feelings got hurt? Could’ve stuck with Buzzfeed in that case. I don’t begrudge the Saker’s orthodox hobby, but can’t we at least agree that in modern Russia, orthodox faithful and clergy aren’t being slaughtered any more? Maybe the maker of these cartoons/artworks hasn’t even heard of Mr. Gubelman.

    If we go with this argument, we shouldn’t be able to make fun of protestants in any country where the Inquisition has been at work one time or other. Not buying.

    • Garga

      Fair enough.
      I’d say we make fun of everybody, whenever we are able to make fun of Zionists and Jews in MSM. Then we can all be happy that our little feelings gets hurt all the same.
      Fair enough?

    • You can call me Al

      I am on your side, but RT did change their comments section provider to an Israeli firm that does delete comments as it deems fit, especially if you write Israel or Jew in the text of your comment.

      Personally I shall stick with RT.UK as I believe it delivers fair and accurate news; saying that however I do have some sort of subliminal mind count along the lines of strike 1…..strike 3, your out.

      I also agree with you regards religion, personally I have never seen a negative article regards Orthodoxy, but yes, your last paragraph is totally correct.

      I am going to turn the tables a little here, “The Saker” does have some remarkable and brilliantly written, accurate and informative articles; but there have been cases where I have cringed at how bias and S.h…I…te they are…….

      Nobody can be 100% spot on all of the time….. even me.

  • Attrition47

    Superstitious obscurantism written in American? Ugh, come back Stalin, all is forgiven.

  • Анрэс Суарэс

    Come on, the author it’s making a storm in a glass of water. Must result psychologically painful to get slammed with one’s own mental detachments from reality, which I bet the artist achieved with the “who needs solar power when you have faith?” . Nevertheless, there was no need to paint the monks or priests as ugly fat men.

    • enriqueferro

      One of them is not ugly and fat!

    • Arthur Smith

      Those three are real people. Middle one is Dmitriy Smirnov, on right – Tihon Shevkunov (I guess). You are right about Saker, but our clergy is a swamp that really needs some stirring.

  • enriqueferro

    Saker’s bias is his weakness for a theocratic state, and when he starts to speak of religion, his brilliant mind becomes dogmatic and witch-hunting of people who don’t believe in God. Anathema! But the worst is not that, after all it is a matter of opinion, it is his lack of sense of humour.

    • Arthur Smith

      Had he really promoted theocratic state or is it just your summary?

  • matt

    What a stupid article! Religions are fairytales, nothing more

  • RichardD

    RT was formed by a Jew, and their comment section which is atrocious, is run by Jews:

    “Lesin helped conceive and create the RT (Russia Today) television news network, … Lesin was of Jewish descent”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Lesin

    “RT.com has completely overhauled its commenting system, …
    “The system developed by Spot.IM”

    https://www.rt.com/news/345626-spotim-new-rt-comments-network/

    “Spot.IM works with publishers to bring conversations back from social networks to publisher sites.
    Headquartered in New York City, the company also has an office in Tel Aviv, Israel.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spot.IM

    • RichardD
      • mes78613

        Wow! When you put it like that….

        • RichardD

          It was an eye opener for me. Jews gravitate to control positions in society, particularly government, finance, media and academia, where they’re over represented and use them in a parasitical manner to take over, victimize and enslave the host society. They’re a disease and they’re evil. Their pedophile cult that rapes 1,000 babies every week should be outlawed to create a Jew free planet.

          • goingbrokes

            Can you confirm that the info in the image is accurate – you know, I don’t recognise 90% of the people!

          • RichardD

            Click on it and search the names. I haven’t found any misrepresentation.

  • YODA

    Fuck off, fool… RT is brilliant and they are the best news platform… you lost.

  • Kirov

    It all goes straight back to the roots of Jews – the seed of the serpent

  • eric zweistein

    “What is really wrong with Russia Today and Sputnik?”

    Like SouthFront, RT and Sputnik have been captured by ZionIntel, sadly.

  • Drinas

    RT’s attacks vs Orthodoxy continue unabated- https://www.rt.com/news/408423-priest-baptizing-baby-romania/

  • Hrky75

    As much as I appreciate Sakers take on geopolitics I think he’s dead wrong on this subject. And the subject is not the RT & Sputnik, but the idea that holy and untouchable Russian Orthodox Church, an entity beyond criticism, is the spear head of Russian national revival and guarantor of Russian greatness and national identity. Organized religion is by definition conservative – so you can hardly expect it to be a generator of progress. It’s egocentric – judging all social and political change through the prism of it’s own material or political gain. And last but not least, organized religion without firm political and social check on it’s aspirations – hard core humor being one of the most efficient – will soon degenerate into an oppressive, tyrannical force controlling society, politics and business. Effectively killing the very same nation it allegedly wanted to revive.

    • Drinas

      You are way off..where the buses don’t run..

      • Hrky75

        I certainly am, if you are a type of person that follows a dogma of infallibility of Holy Mother Church – orthodox, catholic or any other. But some of us use our brains too – you might try the same on occasions. It doesn’t hurt at all, no matter what your local priest says about it…

        • Drinas

          Pfff..No need to revert to insults my atheist “friend”.

          • stringball

            He’s right. Jesus himself said: Render unto God what is God’s. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. IOW the priests and the politicians should stay out of each other’s businesses.

  • Revi

    Such a stupid article on RT and blocking of vk.com. Can’t be considered as a good sign for anyone.

  • stringball

    The Bolsheviks were Boss! Russians must embrace their inner Red, including Vova. Merka, NATO are imperial swine. They can’t be out-competed and quit with good grace. Vova oughta read his Lenin.