Staunton, August 11 – Because ethnic Russians are suffering from oppression at home by other groups and officials and abroad in their attempts to retain links with their homeland or return to it, a senior official of the Moscow Patriarchate says, Vladimir Putin should set up a special office in his administration to “help the Russian man.”
Bishop Savva of Zelenogorsk, the deputy administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate says that the church is calling for this in order to protect an ethnic group whose collective needs are all too often ignored and whose members thus suffer (rg.ru/2021/08/11/v-rpc-predlozhili-sozdat-dolzhnost-upolnomochennogo-po-pravam-russkih.html and credo.press/238564/).
“Perhaps,” Savva says, “it is time to establish a position, let us call it for the time being, of a presidential plenipotentiary for the rights of ethnic Russians.” Such an official would carry enormous weight in the various ministries where the rights of Russians often are affected by decisions.
While such a proposal is consistent with the Patriarchate’s general thinking and Putin’s commitment to the formation of “a Russian world,” what appears to have provoked this call now is the attack on a Russian boy in Kyrgyzstan because of his ethnicity and Orthodox religion (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/08/beating-of-russian-boy-in-kyrgyzstan.html).
Following that incident, Patriarch Kirill personally invited the Russian boy to come to Moscow to talk about his experiences and to receive assurances that he will be protected from such abuse in the future (rusk.ru/newsdata.php?idar=89679