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Russian Patriarch offers to expand Russian values to faith, sacrifice, love for motherland

The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill said that the list of basic values in Russia’s National Security Strategy should be expanded to include the concepts of “faith,” “sacrifice,” and “love for the motherland,” while the concepts of “dignity,” “human rights and freedoms” are borrowed from the West, Russian Media reported.

“In the National Security Strategy, an attempt was made to describe a system of values. The highest value is ‘life’… And then we borrow from Western European philosophy: ‘dignity,’ ‘human rights and freedoms.’ All this is good, no one now denies either the rights or the dignity of a person, but is it possible to put it immediately after ‘life’?

And what, there were no values before these humanistic ideas? And faith, and love for the motherland, and sacrifice, without which our history is inconceivable at all?

It and our well-being are built, in particular, on the sacrifices of previous generations. To those who died during the war, defending the homeland, to those who worked hard in the most difficult conditions, developing the economy of our country, and there were also victims… How can we not say about love for the homeland, about loyalty, about duty, about sacrifice?”

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