Orthodox activists are starting a strange campaign in Belarus, writes columnist Zmicier Chvedaruk. “These activists are saying that other cultures are violent and shouldn’t exist at all.”
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A group of Ukrainians have started a collective to call Christians to protect their spiritual values. The initiative is called “Platform of Christian Unity in the Baltic and Black Sea Region,” and it aims to organise meetups for Christians around Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland.
The Russian government is divided over the LGBT community. The Russian Justice Ministry wants more restrictions, but Putin promises more space in a remarkable statement.
Some regions in Russia have started legislating for restrictions on abortion. The Russian Orthodox Church is happy with that and even wants to see a nationwide ban on abortion. The population decline makes this necessary, the clergy thinks.
Private abortion clinics on the Crimean Peninsula no longer terminate pregnancies. According to officials, they “voluntarily” decided to stop.
Patriarch Kirill supports the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Now, Ukraine has pressed criminal charges against the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
A Moscow court handed jail sentences to six people involved in surrogacy for “trafficking in people who are in an obviously helpless state.”
After a plane from Tel Aviv landed in Dagestan, an angry mob stormed the airport. They were waving Palestinian flags and shouting Muslim creeds. They wanted to attack the Israeli passengers.
The Russian forces continue to close churches in the annexed regions that belonged to Ukraine.
Even though his congregation in Teya, in the heart of Siberia, is very small, Nikolay Sukhanov is not considering quitting as an evangelist. "I want to get into the lives and hearts of the people around me," he says.