venerdì 23 settembre 2022

Russia
Putin's Top Priest Tells Russians Not to Fear Death Amid Mobilization

(Isabel van Brugen, Newsweek)
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, urged Russian citizens on Wednesday not to be afraid of death amid President Vladimir Putin's decision to mobilize reserve troops to fight in Ukraine. "Go bravely to fulfill your military duty. And remember that if you lay down your life for your country, you will be with God in his kingdom, glory and eternal life," he told a sermon at the Zachatyevsky Monastery in Moscow. Kirill, who has justified Putin's decision to invade Ukraine in February on spiritual and ideological grounds, made the remarks shortly after Russian officials said up to 300,000 reservists would be called up to fight. (...)