The head of the opposition Republican Party of Georgia, deputy Khatuna Samnidze, called the Georgian Orthodox Church (GOC) “a continuation of Russia.” It is reported by the edition Vzglyad.
“The patriarchy has great power, influences political processes, but is not responsible for anything. I’m not talking about religion and faith, I’m talking about the institution, she said. – The patriarchate often exceeds its authority and interferes in political processes. That is why I regard it as a continuation of Russia.”
The MP also expressed indignation at the greeting message of the Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II addressed to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill.