Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "fighter of the Anti-Christ," a view that is not surprising given that Putin has said he and Mother Russia are fighting against the "outright Satanism" of the West.
Patriarch Kirill made his remarks about Putin in a speech opening the 24th Congress of the World Russian People's Council in late October, reported the Washington Examiner.
In addition to describing Putin as a "fighter of the Anti-Christ," the patriarch said that Russia is battling against a "unipolar world," globalism, and "the essence of this phenomenon is the creation in the world of conditions for the emergence of a sole ruler, who will be the Antichrist."
He said that globalism "organizes integration and unification processes through weakening and breaking the deep spiritual ties between people, and between God and man." The patriarch further said that evil practices such as gay marriage, euthanasia, and genetic experimentation are precursors of an "upcoming apocalypse," reported the Examiner.
On Sept. 28, when he announced the annexation of four territories in Eastern Ukraine, Putin said the United States and other Western nations have moved on "to a radical denial of moral norms, religion, and family," reported Reuters.
"The dictatorship of the Western elites is directed against all societies, including the peoples of the Western countries themselves," said Putin. "This is a challenge to all. This is a complete denial of humanity, the overthrow of faith and traditional values. Indeed, the suppression of freedom itself has taken on the features of a religion: outright Satanism."
The Russian president also denounced gender ideology and sex-change surgery as manifestations of Western moral decay.
"Do we really want, here, in our country, in Russia, instead of 'mum' and 'dad', to have 'parent No. 1', 'parent No. 2', 'No. 3'? Have they gone completely insane?" said Putin.
He continued, "Do we really want ... it drilled into children in our schools ... that there are supposedly genders besides women and men, and [children to be] offered the chance to undergo sex -hange operations? ... We have a different future, our own future."
On Oct. 26, Newsweek reported that Alexsey Pavlov, assistant secretary of the security council of the Russian Federation, calling for the "de-Satanization" of Ukraine, which, he claims, has been overrun by "hundreds of sects."
"I believe that, with the continuation of the special military operation, it becomes more and more urgent to carry out the de-Satanization of Ukraine," said Pavlov.
Alexander Dugin, a Russian political philosopher and reportedly an unofficial adviser to Putin, also spoke at the 24th World Russian People's Council.
"We are, of course, in a very real war," said Dugin in reference to Ukraine. "This war is not only a war of armies, of men, it is also a war of the spirit. This is very important."
"We can say this: we see a horizontal confrontation -- our army/our opponents, us against NATO (of course, not against Ukraine, needless to say)," he added. "But there is another dimension to this war -- the vertical. It is a war of Heaven against Hell. It is a war of the angelic armies. It is a war of the army of the Archangel Michael against the devil."
Dugin continued, "[W]e are Holy Russia, as His Holiness the Patriarch says, and we are confronted by forces of absolute global historical evil. Hence, more and more often we are talking about Armageddon, the end times, and the Apocalypse. This is all taking place before our eyes. We are taking part in the final (maybe the penultimate - no one knows) and very important battle. Without a spiritual, ideological, intellectual dimension, we cannot win."
Dugin's daughter, Darya Dugin, 29, was assassinated in a car-bomb explosion outside Moscow on Aug. 20. Some Russians have blamed Ukraine for the killing, but Ukrainian officials have denied any involvement in the murder.
The Russian Orthodox Church was established in AD 988 in Kievan Rus, and has about 110 million members.