Saturday, February 11, 2017

Putin as Moral Conservative?

Politico Magazine has an interesting article by Casey Michel concerning Putin's Russia emerging as the world leader of "conservative Christian values." The markers for this claim are found in Russia's crackdown on LGBT advocacy, abortion, and secularism.

I'm not sure whether I agree with the author's thesis or my reaction if it is in fact true. What is relatively clear is that there is little appetite here for those positions. It does make for an amazing post-Soviet role reversal, as the Kremlin snuggles up to the Russian Orthodox Church - which cuddling is well-documented.