Skip to comments.Military chaplains: Serving God, and mother Russia
Posted on 05/23/2013 2:48:20 PM PDT by kronos77
May 21, 2013 Yulia Ponomareva, RBTH Recruitment of military chaplains is stepping up a gear, as Vladimir Putins government builds on traditional Orthodox values to bolster patriotic feelings in society. On a snowy field in the Ryazan region, 100 miles southeast of Moscow, five burly, bearded Russian Orthodox priests fall to the ground, arms held skywards. Theyre not praying, however but preparing for their next parachute jump.
Soon, the chaplains will take to the skies with regular military cadets in an Air Force plane, jump and pull the cord hoping that God is watching over them, and their parachutes open.
The priests are the latest recruits to the growing army of military chaplains now almost a thousand who now serve with Russias armed forces, including abroad, at bases across the former Soviet Union. Related:
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The recruitment of military chaplains has been stepped up in recent months, as President Vladimir Putin has increasingly put traditional Orthodox values at the heart of his administrations policy since his return to the Kremlin last year. (He has also unveiled plans to increase defence spending by 11 pc a year.)
The chaplains mission to boost the morale of Russian soldiers and reinforce a sense of patriotic duty in society comes as Mr Putin is seeking to build support for a conservative coalition to counter the threat of Western liberal influences, such as those exemplified by anti-Kremlin street protestors, foreign-funded NGOs and the Pussy Riot punk rockers.
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Does Russia accept refugees from Communist police states?;)
How are the Protestant and Catholic Chaplains treated, do they have any, are they allowed?