Humanism in Russia
Posted: 12 September 2012 06:01 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi!

My name is Denis. I am a secular humanist from Russia. I am glad to meet so many people with similar points of view. I work as a webmaster and I maintain the website of the Russian Humanist Society: http://www.humanism.ru (the website is in Russian).

It’s non easy to be a humanist in today’s Russia, and in many other countries, as I know.

So good luck and courage to all humanists and atheists in all countries of the world!

Sincerely,

      Your Denis

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Posted: 12 September 2012 06:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hi Denis, welcome to the forum.

Why is it not easy to be a humanist in Russia?

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Posted: 12 September 2012 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yeah. i also wanted to know about Russia’s humanists.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 01:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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There are no many humanists in Russia. We are a small group. Russia goes through a time of reaction. The religious fanaticism grows quickly. Religious fanatics attack everybody : humanists, atheists, gays, Pussy Riot. The authorities try to limit the freedom of speech. It seems that this situation is for a long time. We feel pressure. But we are sure that humanism is the main stream of the world and we are not going to shut up, as fanatics want.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 04:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I don’t know much about the situation in Russia, but it certainly sounds troubling. Welcome.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 04:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Since you are in Ufa, I suppose the problem is the Muslims, right?

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Posted: 13 September 2012 04:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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It’s stange, but we have no problems with muslims. Most of problems come from the Russian Orthodox Church. This Church is considerated as “official” church of the State. It feels “the smell of power”. It is supported by the state authorities. It doesn’t matter that I am in Ufa, it is the situation all over the country. I support the website of the Russian Humanist Society and I am in contact with it’s sections in Moscow and Saint-Petersbourg. I speak about the situation all over the country.

Administrator, you are right, we think that the situation is troubling, espesially after the Pussy Riot case.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 05:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Can you give a concrete example of some of the problems related to the Orthodox Church?

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Posted: 13 September 2012 07:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Hi George,

I wrote you an answer, but then I thaught a bit and decided not to publish it. I don’t feel free to speak about it openly. I can send you my answer in PM, if you promise not to publish it.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 07:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Denis,

I see that things in Russia must be much worse than what I realize. If you feel it’s not safe to talk about it, I understand. If you decide to send me a PM, I can assure you I’ll keep it to myself. But then, you don’t really know me and it may not be wise to trust a stranger you just met on the internet.

I am curious to know what’s happening in Russia, but if speaking about it can result in jeopardizing your safety, I won’t obviously insist on you providing further comments.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 08:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Denis - 13 September 2012 07:09 AM

I don’t feel free to speak about it openly.

This is very sad and troubling. But you share this problem with many others around the world.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 06:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Agreed. That is troubling to hear, hopefully we can be of some help.

Anyway, welcome Denis.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 08:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Welcome Denis.  Glad to have you here.  It will be interesting to hear more about the religious situation in Russia.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 09:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Here is an example of a self styled human rights activist who felt it necessary to flee Russia.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/maxim-yefimov/why-i-fled-russia

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