Russia’s 1993 Constitution declares that the country is a secular state, and that religious associations are equal before the law. Yet latterly, there have been complaints that Russia’s state institutions are becoming markedly less secular and that, in the sphere of social service, the law is not being applied to all religious organisations in equal […]
In accordance with Russia’s 1997 law on religion – for which it lobbied – the Moscow Patriarchate is obliged to respect historical paganism. In accordance with Orthodox belief, however, it would do the exact opposite. Keston News Service – 12 July 2002 – The 1997 law’s preamble states that religions “constituting an inseparable part of the […]
This article by Keston News Service’s Moscow correspondent was first published in Russian on 11 July 2002 on the religious affairs website of Russian Journal (http://religion.russ.ru) [Russian Journal still exists: http://russ.ru/ – 20.08.2016].
Despite being accorded “respect” by Russia’s 1997 law on religion, paganism in the republic of Mari-El (approximately 500 miles or 800 kilometres east of Moscow) is struggling to acquire legal status. Keston News Service – 12 July 2002 – The main reason for this, admits Mari anthropologist Nikandr Popov, is the weak organisational skills of the […]