Forgiving your persecutors? Yes, a Christian attitude. "Honoring the king"? Yes, certainly (I Pt 2:17).
From the website of the Moscow Patriarchate:
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill congratulates G.A. Zyuganov's 70th birthday. [June 26, 2014]To the Chairman of the CPRF [Communist Party of the Russian Federation] faction in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, G.A. Zyuganov
Dear Gennady Andreyevich!
With all my heart, I wish to congratulate you on this remarkable date.
Being one of the most prominent politicians of modern Russia, you seek to care for the people's wellbeing and protect the traditional moral values.
I hope that your fruitful activity will continue to promote socially important initiatives and the moral transformation of the society.
I wish you robust health, peace, and heavenly aid in all your good deeds and initiatives.
I deem it to be fit to award you with the "Order of Glory and Honor", 3rd degree.
+ Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
At least someone is keeping orthodoxy -- party orthodoxy, we mean:
|Zyuganov: "I'm with those guys!" [The lettering simply mentions the name of his party]
Campaign material for the 2012 presidential elections, in which Mr. Zyuganov was the Party candidate