The drama unfolding with Trump/Putin involves a deal with Russia that will not happen with Putin in charge. Unless Trump caves on religious freedom for everybody.
Now you know the following:
- Why Jehovah’s Witnesses were banned – Vladimir Putin’s religious affiliation
- About top level United States in the former Soviet Union democracy inducements and negotiations happening at every level for decades. It is done overtly and covertly. If the United States signs off on the deal without it including freedom of religion for all religions, Vladimir Putin will become the Czar he wants to be with only a handful of traditional religions of his choosing that will have religious freedom.
The vision the United States has is the former Soviet Union implanted with democracy. Vladimir Putin is the fly in the ointment. Or is he? Will Donald Trump sacrifice freedom of religion for all to make a business deal with Putin? That is the trillion dollar question.
Background information for the International Court of Justice.
There is enough evidence on this page to show that Vladimir Putin is a political opportunist and that action against Jehovah’s Witnesses is religiously motivated.
Jehovah is God, our Father in Heaven. He is not mean, he is not extreme and neither are we. God is love. 1 John 4:8 He has taught us to love. It is who and what we are.
Russia wants to paint us as extremists for our Bible views. The stories of over 8 million people worldwide who have become peaceful, law abiding people who love their neighbours, are evidence of God’s positive influence in our lives.
God’s purpose: to fill the Earth with happy, healthy people. It is not anything extreme.
God is love and his people are peaceful and loving.
The charges are false and religiously motivated. The political actions are merely a cover for religious hatred.
Putin is not a communist, he is an opportunist. That is his motivation.
In 1999, Putin described communism as “a blind alley, far away from the mainstream of civilization”.
under “KGB Career”.
Religious policy from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin
under “Domestic Policy”
Main article: Religion in Russia
Vladimir Putin – Religious Extremist with political power
Vladimir_Putin_21_February_2001-2 Putin with religious leaders of Russia, 2001 Buddhism, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, defined by law as Russia’s traditional religions and a part of Russia’s historical heritage enjoyed limited state support in the Putin era. The vast construction and restoration of churches, started in the 1990s, continued under Putin, and the state allowed the teaching of religion in schools (parents are provided with a choice for their children to learn the basics of one of the traditional religions or secular ethics). His approach to religious policy has been characterised as one of support for religious freedoms, but also the attempt to unify different religions under the authority of the state. In 2012, Putin was honored in Bethlehem and a street was named after him. Putin visiting the Tuva Republic, Siberia, 2007 Putin regularly attends the most important services of the Russian Orthodox Church on the main Orthodox Christian holidays. He established a good relationship with Patriarchs of the Russian Church, the late Alexy II of Moscow and the current Kirill of Moscow. As President, he took an active personal part in promoting the Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate, signed 17 May 2007 that restored relations between the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia after the 80-year schism. Putin and United Russia enjoy high electoral support in the national republics of Russia, in particular in the Muslim-majority republics of Povolzhye and the North Caucasus.
Under Putin, the Hasidic FJCR became increasingly influential within the Jewish community, partly due to the influence of Federation-supporting businessmen mediated through their alliances with Putin, notably Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich. According to the JTA, Putin is popular amongst the Russian Jewish community, who see him as a force for stability. Russia’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, said Putin “paid great attention to the needs of our community and related to us with a deep respect”. In 2016, Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, also praised Putin for making Russia “a country where Jews are welcome”.
Because the truth found in the Bible does not agree with any of the traditional official religious choices of the state, they are threatened by the truth of the Bible preached by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Political action in support of religious hatred is what it amounts to.
Vladimir Putin’s Religion and Political Views
Putin began as an atheist, but a car accident and a house fire caused him to question his views and now he is a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church. Some argue he is ushering in a new theocratic government in Russia.
Putin’s decades-long political career in Russia has endured the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transition of Russia into free market enterprise and democracy. He has many critics and at times seems antagonistic toward the West.
Vladimir Putin was born and raised in Leningrad, U.S.S.R., now known as St. Petersburg, Russia.
Putin had, in classic Soviet fashion, a secular upbringing. His father was a “model Communist” and a “militant atheist,” though his mother was a devout Eastern Orthodox Christian1 and she had young Putin secretly baptized into that church.2
It was merely symbolic, however, as Putin went through the bulk of his adult life–rising through the ranks of the KGB and the Soviet Communist Party–conforming to Soviet secular convention.
It wasn’t until the double-whammy of 1) his wife’s car accident in 1993 and 2) a life-threatening house fire in 1996 that Putin began questioning his atheism. During a vulnerable moment before Putin departed for a diplomatic trip to Israel, his mother gave him a baptismal cross. He said of the occasion:
I did as she said and then put the cross around my neck. I have never taken it off since.3
Now, Putin has become a bit of a zealot. He seems to want to reestablish a pre-Soviet combination of church and state, saying:
First and foremost we should be governed by common sense. But common sense should be based on moral principles first. And it is not possible today to have morality separated from religious values.4
Furthermore, Putin has proposed compulsory religion and ethics classes for Russian students.5
There are many reports of collusion between the Russian Orthodox clergy and the Russian government, with each of them fighting the other’s battles for them. The most recent example to receive worldwide attention was the Pussy Riot debacle, in which the girl-punk band sang at a church in Moscow: “Mother of God, Blessed Virgin, drive out Putin.”6 Both the church and the government were outraged and the band was sentenced to two years of prison labor.7
The western world erupted in outrage and, recalling Soviet oppression of artists and intellectuals, condemned the sentence as theocratic totalitarianism. Even the Obama administration weighed in, saying:
While we understand the group’s behavior was offensive for some, we have concerns about the way these young women were treated by the Russian judicial system.8
Still, Putin’s religiosity is a blessing to some in the international community. The Eastern Orthodox Church has asked him to protect Christians worldwide, and he has agreed. Russia’s controversial support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is due to Putin’s concern that the Christian minority in that country will be persecuted if Assad is toppled.9
Much remains to be seen, as Putin discovers his newfound devotion to God and Russia still grapples with its religious freedom.
Not a Czar, but close.
Putin has been (so far) three times the Russian President and twice the Russian Prime Minister. It’s a repetitive grab for power that has many in the West speculating that, not only is Putin becoming something like the old Russian Czars,10 but that Russia itself is reverting back to its totalitarian ways.11
It all began when Putin, after graduating from Liningrad State University, became an intelligence officer for the KGB. He spent most of his KGB career in East Germany and, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, he retired.12 So, we could safely say that Putin was an enthusiastic communist–even though his education was in free market economics.13 And, it could be argued, that business and enterprise has been greatly encouraged under his leadership.14
Putin wishes to lead Russia out of its old ways and integrate it into the West–for the most part–though he exudes that nationalistic Russian pride:
We are a major European nation, we have always been an integral part of Europe and share all its values and the ideals of freedom and democracy. But we will carry out this process ourselves, taking into account all our specific characteristics, and do not intend to report to anyone on the progress we make.15
But Russia is still in transition, and at times, Putin is at odds with the West, particularly in foreign policy. He has positioned Russia en face de the U.S. and the E.U. in terms of North Korea16 and Syria.17
And he struggles with organized crime in his country,18 though many suspect corruption is involved, up to the highest levels of Russian politics.19
These are but a few of the issues and a small slice of the ideology surrounding Vladimir Putin. His nearly 40 year career in Russian politics covers a lot of ground. Check out his Wikipedia page for the beginnings of a comprehensive coverage of Putins’s politics.
Read the following page and watch the videos, especially the video about evidence fabrication. It speaks for itself.
Tiffany Tracy McTaggart
Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses