Posts tagged "russia"

The Russian Orthodox Church:
Public Protest and Elite Politics

By Irina Papkova The Russian Duma elections of December, 2011 contained many surprises, starting of course with the nature of the public reaction. On the eve of the election, almost no one anticipated that blatant falsification of electoral results would spark not just widespread indignation but also the largest mass protests the Russian Federation...

Books Among Righteous Men

By Matthew Shaer Last June, a federal judge in Washington ordered the Russian government to return to the Lubavitch-Chabad Hasidic movement a sizable library of religious texts and documents which had been seized by Bolshevik authorities in the 1920s. The library was later obtained by the Nazis, before finally ending up—in 1945—in the hands of...

Reality TV on Vodka

From "Mother Russia," at Tablet today, on the latest reality show to hit Brighton Beach:
The astute viewer will notice that, in both of these interludes, Kosov is wearing a large Star of David pendant that dangles above her dramatically pushed-up cleavage. In a...

Exporting the “Pro-Life” Movement to Russia

Last month the Russian Orthodox Church issued a statement that supported Moscow's squashing of the gay pride parade there.  But it seems limiting the rights of gays isn't the only issue on which the church has found a chance to work with the state.  The New York Times reports that the Russian government and...

The Cost of Eternal Life

"Cryonics is my only hope that I will ever meet my grandmother again."  A new company in Russia, KrioRus, will freeze the brain ($10,000) and body ($30,000 for both) of the dead in the hopes that advancing technology will bring them resurrection some time in the future.  KrioRus is the first cryonics company outside the...

The Atheist-Pagan-Nazi-Wahhabi Alliance v. Motherland

After a group of Russian atheists called for the Constitutional Court to remove a reference to God from the national anthem, the Union of Orthodox Citizens charged that such a deletion would lead to rioting and civil unrest in Russia similar to recent events in France. The logic behind the charge goes back to last...