Father Anatoly gave an interview to the site Credo.Ru. In the interview Father Anatoly said that the situation with drug addicts had improved and become more stable. In his opinion, it is the advantage of the huge educational work. This work is conducted both by the Russian Orthodox Church and the media.
Yet, the situation with occultism is absolutely different, “Satanism has a tendency for growing, and this tendency is a very threatening one,” said Father Anatoly. “Satanism is closely connected with people’s mode of life. We are now looking at the West, at the USA, and this trash basically comes from there.”
Rock music, which is very popular in Russia now, also originates from the West. From time to time rock bands get together on a grand show under such slogans as “No Drugs,” “Rock Against Drugs” and the like. However, Father Anatoly believes that it is the open propaganda of drugs: “As a doctor, as a priest, I am certain that rock music is a straight road to drug addiction. Those people, who organize those shows, do not actually realize that. Probably, they do it on purpose.”
News agency New Region has recently reported with reference to the Orthodox Newspaper that there were satanic symbols found on one of the graves at a cemetery in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg. There was a large piece of paper found on one of the graves. The paper was fixed to the grave with nails. There was a pictogram on the paper and other satanic symbols as well. The paper was surrounded with burnt candles and painted little stones.
Father Vladimir from the Ekaterinburg eparchy hopes that law-enforcement bodies will not ignore those satanic vestiges in the center of the city. Needless to mention, that police will not be able to suppress that, the problem is way larger. Father Anatoly is sure that Satanism is strictly connected with a mode of life, with the aggressive mass culture, which poured into Russia from the West in the beginning of the 1990s.
Like they say in Russia – a holy place is never vacant. One has to think of a way to fill the spiritual gap, which was formed after the crash of the communist ideology of the USSR. This gap is very good for various fake missionaries of Satanism. Yet, needless to mention that this fight cannot be won without a support from the state and law-enforcement bodies.
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