TERMINOLOGICAL FRONT: «RUSKIY MIR» («RUSSIAN WORLD/PEACE») IN RELIGIOUS AND CONFESSIONAL RHETORIC (THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION PERCEPTION OF EXISTENTIAL CHOICE)

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15407/fd2023.01.026

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terminological front, «russkii mir», «Russian world/peace», religious and confessional rhetoric, Russian Orthodox Church, UOC MP

Abstract

The task of this article is to clarify the appropriateness and adequacy of peace-making (confessional) rhetoric in the situation of the war of aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, in particular, the meaningful correspondence of the concept of «peace» in its application or reading by the bearers of different worldview paradigms. The «russkii mir» cannot be translated either as «Russian peace» or as «Russian world». This is because the scope and content of these concepts are different. Rus (Kyiv`s Rus) — a thousand-year-old princely state with its center in Kyiv, where the ancestors of modern Ukrainians lived, baptized by Prince Volodymyr in 988. Rus is not Russia. But Muscovy adopted the name Russia to derive its historiography from Rus. «Russkii mir» actually refutes the axiological principles laid down by ancient Rus’s civilization (freedom, dignity, partnership, co-creation, mutual responsibility).

«Russkii mir» destroys peace in global or any local images, trying to grab the territory it decided to own. «Russkii mir» encroaches on world domination and therefore tries to impose its rules of the game on the world, which would reshape the world structure according to the wishes of the Russian dictators. For this, «russkii mir» uses any means and institutions as a tool: the army, weapons of mass destruction, atrocities, terror, lies, propaganda, the church and peace-making rhetoric. The goal is not to restore peace, but to establish the world domination of the Russian Empire in any of its variants (Muscovy, Russian Empire, Soviet Union, Russian Federation or Orthodox Civilization).

Russian Orthodox Church plays a leading role in this — it uses religious rhetoric to formu- late a worldview model of the «russkii mir», consolidates the Russian population for a war of aggression, and justifies the atrocities of the Russian military with the sacred mission of restoring the Holy Rus’. Russian Orthodox Church justifies the «civilizing mission» of the Russian troops, actually calls to protect «our Common Russian Fatherland» by killing Ukrainians on the territo- ry of Ukraine. False messianism, manichaeism, paternalism, hatred of the civilized world that lives by democratic standards and respects the dignity and freedom of the individual, Russian arrogance, conceit, supremacy and egomania — this is what Russian Orthodoxy promotes with its religious rhetoric. Therefore, if we hear calls for «peace» from the bearer of the «russkii mir»’s worldview, it actually means a demand to come to terms with all their whims, to give up one’s own identity, one’s own world, one’s own life, if they do not fit into the concept of «russkii mir».

Author Biography

Oksana HORKUSHA

PhD in Philosophy, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Religious Studies, H.S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 4, Triochsviatytelska St., Kyiv, 01001, Ukraine

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HORKUSHA, O. (2023). TERMINOLOGICAL FRONT: «RUSKIY MIR» («RUSSIAN WORLD/PEACE») IN RELIGIOUS AND CONFESSIONAL RHETORIC (THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION PERCEPTION OF EXISTENTIAL CHOICE). Filosofska Dumka, (1), 26–44. https://doi.org/10.15407/fd2023.01.026

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