[Marxism] Fwd: The Christian zeal behind Russia’s war in Syria - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Oct 3 19:03:32 MDT 2015

To be sure, strategists in the Kremlin are probably not donning the 
vestments of Crusaders right now. As my colleague Andrew Roth reported 
earlier this week, the airstrikes are likely an opportunistic gamble by 
Russian President Vladimir Putin -- a move rooted more in cynicism than 
any religious conviction. And senior Muslim clerics in Russia have also 
endorsed Moscow's new war.

But Putin has anchored his political brand in religious nationalism, 
centered on the Russian Orthodox Church, which has emerged as a major 
pillar in the Russian nation-state after decades of Soviet suppression. 
It's a key agent in spreading Putin-friendly patriotic propaganda, from 
anti-gay proselytizing to backing a more muscular Russian foreign policy.


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