Commenting on the attempts of right-wing radicals to block the filling stations of the BRSM-Nafta filling station network, owned by the UOC patron Andrey Bibe, religious scholar Alexei Smirnov emphasized that these actions were nothing more than an act of intimidation. Writes about this Pravblog.
“From the very beginning of the church schism, since the 1990s, schismatics have been using nationalists to intimidate. Especially those who come to the temple from time to time. The purpose is as follows: to squeeze the canonical UOC from the territory of the country and not leave an alternative, “explains the religious scholar.
“The churches seized from believers are still empty,” the expert notes.
This, he said, proves that the government-backed “new church” is not influential at all. And her next adventure – intimidation of believers – will only exacerbate the already difficult situation in the country.