ROC: appointment of the U.S. and the MoE will make easier the dialogue with the authorities


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MOSCOW, 19 Jul – RIA Novosti. The dialogue between the state and the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) on his appointment as Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva will become “more meaningful”, said Friday, RIA Novosti the first Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media, a political scientist and sociologist of religion Alexander Shchipkov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with the proposal of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to appoint a new head of the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation the employee of presidential administration Olga Vasiliev.

Vasilyeva from 1991 to 2002, he worked in the Institute of Russian history, where he became Director of the Center for the history of religion and the Church. In 2002 she was the head of the Department of interchurch relations of the Russian Academy of national economy and state service under the President of the Russian Federation. In recent years he held the position of Deputy head of Department on public projects of the Russian presidential administration. Sphere of scientific interests: history of Russian Orthodox Church in the twentieth century, Church-state relations in the Soviet period; religion and politics; international relations; the Church and foreign policy; problems of religious-political extremism.

“The issue of Russian bureaucracy, when it interacts with the Orthodox Church, not that it is bad for the Church, although it is also, unfortunately, be found, and that, as a rule, the Russian bureaucracy, even wanting to somehow normally to communicate, cannot communicate due to the fact that in General badly imagines that such a Church, and does not understand the nature of the Church, the nature of religion and so on. Because of this, and there is mutual misunderstanding often arises such situation that the Orthodox people in the face of the Church speaks one language and the bureaucracy is completely different, and there is just a stalemate,” said Pinch.

According to him, Olga Vasilieva “understands this, and knows great it feels.” “Although, of course, within the scope of her duties will include not only problems related to religious education, interaction with the Church, and the circle will be wide, large and complex, it is also necessary to understand”, — said the Agency interlocutor.

“The fact that the dialogue will be easier, more productive, I have no doubt, and given the professional skills and personal qualities of Olga jurevny, and that his Holiness knows not the first decade personally, I think we expect some more design changes in our interaction, dialogue,” — said Tweaks.

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