MOSCOW, 28 APR – RIA Novosti. Human rights center of world Russian people’s Council (WRPC) has supported the initiative of state Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov to facilitate issuing passes to members of the clergy, told RIA Novosti the head of the human rights center of world Russian people’s Council Roman Silantyev.
Earlier, media reported that state Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov has sent Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin a letter with a request to facilitate obtaining permits for representatives of traditional religions of Russia. For example, it is necessary that priests could give communion at home sick people.
“We support this initiative. The human rights center works in the same direction”, – said Silantyev.
Earlier, the human rights centre (WRPC) has published a letter to the Prosecutor of Moscow Denis Popov. He was asked to give a legal assessment of the constraints that the capital authorities used due to the spread of the coronavirus. The letter said that volunteers, clergy and employees of churches in Moscow can’t tell a visit to religious institutions as a goal to obtain a digital pass that is the limitation of the right to religion.
“our appeal to the Prosecutor of Moscow of yet no response has been received, but not yet expired, the official term of consideration of such appeals. However, this is true, since it is unknown how long the restrictions”, – said Silantyev.
the Moscow Patriarchate on 11 April at the request of the chief sanitary doctor of the capital ordered the clergy of Moscow and the Moscow region to hold services without the participation of the congregation. An exception is made for priests, and persons “whose presence is necessary for fulfilment of divine services and operation of religious buildings, as well as to conduct online broadcasts of the divine services.” Later these measures have been repeatedly extended.
According to the website of the Russian Orthodox Church, the world Russian national Cathedral – Russian public forum, which is headed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. In the work of ARNS attended by representatives of all branches of government, leaders of public organizations, the higher clergy of traditional religions of Russia, representatives of power departments, teachers and students of universities, workers of science and culture, delegates of Russian communities from near and far abroad.