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In Russia, Archangel Michael joins fight against corruption

In Russia, Archangel Michael joins fight against corruption

Religion’s grip on state affairs in Russia tightened this week when Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia appointed Saint Michael the Archangel the patron saint of the Russian Investigative Committee at the behest of the committee’s head Alexander Bastrykin, above.

According to this report, a spokesman for the anti-corruption agency, Vladimir Markin, yesterday announced that “the Saint Archistratigus Michael” was chosen:

In order to strengthen the spiritual and moral foundations of the Russian Investigative Committee’s staff.

St Michael the Archangel was chosen because in the Holy Scripture he is portrayed as the main fighter against all sorts of illegality among people, and in the Book of Revelation Archangel Michael acts as the warrior of light and the chief leader in the war against the Devil and the dark forces

In Orthodox iconography Archangel Michael is depicted as piercing the Devil with a spear and as trampling with a foot upon a rich old man [as a symbol of the fight against bribery and other corruption-linked crimes]. Archangel Michael is also often depicted as holding the scales where one scale is heavier than the other, which helps the guard of the Gates of Eden to discern between a righteous man and a sinner, thus allowing us to draw parallels with criminal proceedings, which is the main task of the Investigative Committee.Archangel-Michael-defeating-Satan

The first ceremony to hand over an Archangel Michael icon is expected to be held at the St Petersburg Academy of the Russian Investigative Committee on September 1,  when the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the academy will take place, he said.

A draft agreement between the Investigative Committee and the Russian Orthodox Church is currently being drawn up at Bastrykin’s instruction and with the involvement of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for Relations with the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies, Markin added.

The agreements plans on:

Resurrecting and strengthening spirituality based on traditional moral values, which is a crucial factor of Russian society’s well-being and security; the use of the spiritual potential that Orthodoxy has to protect cultural, spiritual and moral heritage and historical traditions, as well as to enhance stability in social life, overcome the threat of the people’s spiritual degradation and reduce crime rates in the country; the crackdown on negative phenomena such as terrorism, extremism, corruption, immorality, as well as other negative tendencies stemming from the false understanding of freedom and human rights

Archangel Michael is present in the majority of Russia’s traditional religions (Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism) and is mentioned in the Old and New Testament, as well as in the Koran. This will help ensure the worshipping of this patron saint in the Investigative Committee’s departments in Russia’s North Caucasus Federal District as well, Markin said.

Similar initiatives were earlier successfully put into practice in other security and law enforcement services of the country, he said.

13 responses to “In Russia, Archangel Michael joins fight against corruption”

  1. Newspaniard says:

    WTF? I’m sorry, I must be having a bad day… What is this article all about? If it was to question how Russia had become one of the most corrupt countries in the world, headed by Mafia Chief What’s-his-name (something to do with impaling) Putin, currently the world’s richest man. (Not bad from coming up through the KGB from nothing.) Otherwise, it could be about setting up a new Inquisition but I’m not going to read it again to try and find out.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    Nobody expects the Russian Inquisition!

  3. NoMo says:

    What the fuck are the Russian people doing letting the kgb ghoul get away with the rape and pillage of Russia. Did they not learn from history?

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    Why God and His angels and saints allowed humans (most of whom are in his own religion) to stray, well, no further comment. The proper magic spells have been spoken and now invisible monsters will fight other invisible monsters and all will be well.

  5. L.Long says:

    Catch-22! …. The french are condemned because they beheaded all those innocent and goodly nobles who were oppressing them. And the russia people are condemned for letting the nobles oppress them. But from what I can tell, looking thru history, the russians like being oppressed!
    Also how can you make an archangel a patron saint!?!?!
    A saint is a living person that died! But then since most saints are imaginary people anyway, I guess they can continue making up BS rules as they wish.

  6. G P Barton says:

    “Separation of Church and State” is obviously a foreign concept to these folks.

  7. CoastalMaineBird says:

    If Old Mike is capable of keeping everybody in line, why does he need to be “invited” by the government ?

  8. Paul says:

    I’m confused.
    Is he just a figure head ‘appointed’, or do they have a chair at the meetings where he purportedly sits. And it’s empty.
    Like their heads but not their bank balances.

  9. jay says:

    Yeah, but that’s one seriously kickass statue. Imagine that in my front yard….

  10. jay says:

    @GP Bartow

    Separation of church and state is a foreign concept in MOST of the world. The US is a large exception.

    But it’s more complicated in Russia because they did have a poisonous form of separation under communism, so it is not a surprise to see the population recoiling in the other direction.

  11. Robster says:

    What’s the difference between an archangel and a regular run of the mill angel? Being an archangel, does that mean they can behave badly like those infamous archbishops or even like one of those bow and arrow contestants? I’m hoping they test the veracity of their chosen fairy by leaving it in charge and seeing how that goes.

  12. 1859 says:

    And was it not a Russian (Marx or Lenin?) that coined the famous and quite true expression ‘Religion is the opium of the masses’?

    However, jay’s point is quite correct – the whole of Russia lived for over 70 years (eastern block countries for 40 years) in a cultural and political deep freeze. When communism finally collapsed in ’89 many people, rather than embracing western modernity and its values (after all they have been brainwashed for generations to see anything from the west as dangerous), the former Soviet people ‘rebounded’ back to pre-communist times – and there was the Russian orthodox church just waiting to be reborn. The people just opened an old bottle of vintage opium. Pity really.

  13. John says:

    1859: it was Marx.
    It was Stalin who allowed the Russian Church to regain some of its former status during the Great Patriotic War (after Hitler ordered the invasion of the Soviet Union) in an attempt to bolster communism with nationalism and a state religion which had been equally subservient to the Tsarist system before the 1917 revolutions.
    Putin is equally nationalistic in orientation, which is why he and his regime have adopted the Orthodox Russian Church to bolster Russian nationalism and his own personal popularity.
    Part of this process has involved substantial grants of finance, buildings and land to the church.
    They are also handing over large areas of education and pre-education to church organisations too.
    Much of this has been due to a reaction against evangelising western churches which were perceived – probably correctly – as working for US and other western interests.
    The western churches were perceived as working for the CIA in order to weaken and undermine the existing regime inside Russia.