The Russian Federation is actively considering placing a ‘reference to God’ in the Russian constitution. The issue will be considered by a working group that will eventually make a consolidated conclusion, reported the Kremlin.
“Discussions are underway within this commission [the working group on the development of constitutional amendments], this is where they should be held. The commission’s members are diverse, express different views and put forward various proposals, so this one [concerning a reference to God] will also be discussed,” the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov spokesman said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
According to him, “the commission’s job is to assess all the proposals and amendments and develop a consolidated view on whether they are relevant or not.”
On Saturday, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for Public Relations Vladimir Legoida wrote on Telegram that during a prayer dedicated to the 11th anniversary of enthronement of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church called for praying that a reference to God be included in the Constitution. According to the patriarch, it would reflect the beliefs of most Russian people.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has actively courted the Russian Orthodox Church in an effort to ‘Christianize’ the country. Churches are actively being built across Russia and the church has become another lever of power for the Kremlin.