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Article

Political Language of the Church in the Post-Soviet Period

KnE Social Sciences. 2018. P. 365-383.
Knorre B. K., Kharish T.

This article analyzes the political language of the Russian Orthodox Church as a social
/ public instrument of influence. Against the backdrop of post-secular processes, it
considers the specifics of the language of political church strategies that go beyond the
traditional religious domain. The ways and communicative approaches in the field of
government relations and public relations are shown, by which the Russian Orthodox
Church establishes relations with the authorities in the post-Soviet period, and already
today demonstrates itself not just as one of the institutions of civil society, but also
as an institution vested with political functions and political authority. To construct its
social and political role, the Church acts situationally. On the one hand, it resorts to
narratives of the 20th century, using different discourses - from the “victim” one to
isolationism, on the other – to modern concepts typical for post-Soviet times, such as,
for example, the idea of messianism, “Katekhon,” that is, saving the world from sin.
In one way or another, the Church acts as an open political player, in part as a political
technologist offering recipes of “soft power” for strategic state purposes, especially
foreign policy objectives. The authors analyze the evolution of public rhetoric of the
Church leaders in the context of the post-secular institutionalization of Orthodoxy in
the space of politics and law.