MOSCOW (Reuters) – Their slogan is Orthodoxy or Death. They are convinced Russia should be ruled by an autocratic monarch. They believe the coming of a new tsar may be imminent.
The Union of Orthodox Banner Bearers https://reut.rs/2OUVrWe
is a small fringe group of Russian nationalists with no political power that stages processions, rallies and even burns books to promote their views.
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Clad in all-black and marching with their Orthodox banners, the group pairs a biker club’s aesthetic with the gold of religious icons.
“We are striving for the restoration of an autocratic monarchy. Like the one we had under our tsars,” Leonid Simonovich-Nikshich, the group’s white-bearded leader, said.
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“It is only possible through the church. In no way is this possible in a political secular way because that would be a dictator,” he said.
Its leaders say they are unsure how a shift to a monarchy might come about, with some members seeing the change emerging from a bloody social convulsion and others simply praying for it to happen.
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Ultra nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky has referred to Putin as a modern-day tsar, but the Orthodox group’s political allegiances are unclear and it is not suggesting that the Russian president head an autocratic monarchy.
The group held a religious procession at a monastery in Moscow last month to mark one of...
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