Russian church slams For Human Rights NGO's alleged pro-Western ideas
20:38 June 24, 2013
The public relations chief of the Russian Orthodox Church has accused
Russia's For Human Rights group of blindly espousing Western values and
slammed it for ignoring "the right of the people of Russia to have an
independent vector for their life."
"Many here insist that the law must be obeyed and that everyone must
obey it," Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Department for
Relations between Church and Society at the Moscow Patriarchate, told a
news conference. "No one, human rights organizations that think they can
lecture others or anyone else, must be immune from the law."
He made his point in comments on Saturday's eviction of For Human Rights
from its headquarters in Moscow. The group was forcibly thrown out of
its office in a predawn raid by police and city officials because of the
alleged expiration in February of a lease agreement.
"I have been arguing with this organization a lot and for a long time,"
Chaplin said. "And I have known Mr. [Lev] Ponomaryov [head of For Human
Rights] for a long time as well. I usually meet with him at receptions
at the American Embassy, and I\'ve been meeting with him in court as well."
"In the Soviet period this movement often stated correct things, but it
didn't defend the right of the people of Russia to have an independent
vector for their life then, any more than it does now," the priest said.
He accused For Human Rights of blindly sticking to Western values and
"We have a complete right to organize life in our society without trying
to copy the West or the East. There are those who say that we have no
such right, that we must copy one civilization only, the Western one,
but in my opinion, that civilization is receding into the background not
as a winner but as a loser in the historical dispute. It is not just the
rights of the individual that are important - the right of a nation to
independently choose its historical path is no less important," Chaplin