Russia Celebrates a State Holiday Marking Its Conversion to Christianity in 988

Despite a supposedly secular constitution, on June 1st President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia approved a national holiday celebrating on July 28th Russia's conversion to Christianity in 988.  As part of the first celebration (today) during a liturgy in Kiev, Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the biggest branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, said to thousands of followers: "Facing aggressive Atheism and resurgent paganism we remain firm in our belief in god". Patriarch Kirill also said on state-run-television that:  "Abandoning the historical significance of the baptism of Rus means discarding the supporting pillar of our entire civilization".

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Well goodbye Russia. We knew thee well.
It had it coming for awhile.
I always thought the Russians were smarter then that. To go from the State of the Unforgivable Sin to a State of Christianity? Seems that I thought very wrong.
I would have to say that is isn't surprising at all. If you look at Russian trends over the last decade or so, Putin positioned himself to retain power by stepping down to the PM position and appointing a puppet to be his successor as president. The state has taken over the media and oil industry. The mafia has taken a lot of power. With all that in mind, it's not surprising that the church is gaining power as well, at least if we think of the Patriarch as being on par with a mob boss.

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