Cossacks and the church | DW Documentary

Cossacks and the church | DW Documentary
Russia -- a worldwide energy, assured and powerful. That’s the picture projected by President Vladimir Putin. A long time after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Putin is counting on Russian traditions and values from the tsarist previous to kindle patriotism.
Many Russians see Vladimir Putin as the person who has returned pleasure, glory and honor to their nation. The Cossacks, an ultra-conservative group, are key to Putin’s grip on energy. They’re honored as guardians of conventional Russian values and serve Putin as nationalist paramilitaries. Tens of hundreds of Russians establish as Cossacks. They hint their origins to horsemen who fashioned mounted bands within the Russian steppes throughout the 15th Century. Over the course of time, they served many masters -- together with the tsars. After the Communist revolution, they confronted oppression and persecution. Throughout World Warfare II, some have been energetic in Hitler’s armies. Now, President Putin is capitalizing on their nationalistic priorities. This documentary seems on the position Cossacks play in supporting police in Moscow, together with throughout demonstrations by regime opponents. One other pillar of assist for Putin is the Russian Orthodox Church. It has resurged underneath Putin, and workout routines appreciable political affect -- an alliance that advantages either side. Article 14, paragraph 2 of the Russian structure defines the separation of church and state. However the Russian Orthodox Church sees itself as a bulwark towards outdoors affect and helps the Kremlin, for instance in its annexation of Crimea. It sees itself because the protector of Russian values, and views homosexuality as an indication of an impending apocalypse. The filmmakers present how nostalgia for “Wonderful Russia” and the values of the tsarist interval are taking part in out in modern-day Russian politics.

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