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Believing in Russia - Religious Policy after Communism

By Geraldine Fagan

Routledge – 2013 – 320 pages

Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

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Description

This book presents a comprehensive overview of religious policy in Russia since the end of the communist regime, exposing many of the ambiguities and uncertainties about the position of religion in Russian life. It reveals how religious freedom in Russia has, contrary to the widely held view, a long tradition, and how the leading religious institutions in Russia today, including especially the Russian Orthodox Church but also Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist establishments, owe a great deal of their special positions to the relationship they had with the former Soviet regime. It examines the resurgence of religious freedom in the years immediately after the end of the Soviet Union, showing how this was subsequently curtailed, but only partially, by the important law of 1997. It discusses the pursuit of privilege for the Russian Orthodox Church and other ‘traditional’ beliefs under presidents Putin and Medvedev, and assesses how far Russian Orthodox Christianity is related to Russian national culture, demonstrating the unresolved nature of the key question, ‘Is Russia to be an Orthodox country with religious minorities or a multi-confessional state?’ It concludes that Russian society’s continuing failure to reach a consensus on the role of religion in public life is destabilising the nation.

Contents

Introduction 1. Russia’s Religious Freedom Tradition 2. ‘Native Land Protected by God’ 3. Rites of Spring 4. Law Unto Itself 5. Fight Thine Enemy 6. In Search of Tradition 7. Extreme Measures 8. Alternative Scenarios Conclusion

Author Bio

Geraldine Fagan is Moscow correspondent for Forum 18 News Service, and has monitored religious policy across Russia for the past decade.

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Description: By Geraldine Fagan. This book presents a comprehensive overview of religious policy in Russia since the end of the communist regime, exposing many of the ambiguities and uncertainties about the position of religion in Russian life. It reveals how religious freedom in Russia...
Categories: Central Asian, Russian & Eastern European Studies, Religion & Politics, Russian & Soviet Politics, Contemporary History 1945-, Religious History, Orthodoxy, Comparative, Political Theory