The Church should be involved in prison reform

Representatives of Christian confessions in Russia believe that the Church should participate in the reform of the penal correction system in the country.Head of communication Service of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church by hieromonk Makarios (Marques) - known Orthodox writer and missionary, one of the authors 'basic teaching of the Orthodox Church on dignity, freedom and human rights", it was essential the cooperation between the Church and the Federal service of execution of punishments (FSIN). In his opinion, it should be much broader and deeper than now.Today this cooperation is focused on some of the maintenance effort of the current system of execution of punishments in the form as it is. But traditional religions - and the Church - first and foremost - you need to participate in a radical reform of the system of execution of punishments" - he said, commenting on Regions for the plans of the Ministry of justice to develop cooperation with the Church."This reform was discussed at the last meeting of the state Council, headed by President Dmitry Medvedev in February in Vologda. The fact that the current penal system does not correct people, and spoils. You can mention the proverb, which is common on all continents: "it Happens that good people go to prison, but a rarity - good people coming out of prison." Although our camps are called "corrective labour", those who had to be corrected, is not corrected, and those who were less prone to evil, prison breaks and spoils," said FR."Detention is necessary to readjust on segregation of prisoners. The Orthodox Church together with other faiths should work there. Читать полностью -->

Media: the Soviet legacy threatens to embroil Yanukovych and Medvedev

Russia and Ukraine resumed talks about the ownership of foreign property of the USSR and immediately stalled. Russia insists that she should get all the rights to the Soviet heritage, while Ukraine wants its share.By agreeing to the "zero option" (waiver of debt and property claims), proposed by Moscow, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych risks provoking a new debate about the betrayal of national interests, experts say. If he will continue the policy of his predecessors who demanded to allocate part of the inheritance Ukraine may lose just had contact with Russia as an important strategic partner, writes Nezavisimaya Gazeta.Russia insists on "zero option", arguing that, completely took over the debts of the Union republics and paid them. In addition, the Russian Federation pays for the content of objects belonging to the Soviet legacy. This was stated on air of radio station "Echo of Moscow" Manager of President Vladimir Kozhin. Moreover, in his opinion, Ukraine will agree to this option in the near future.Until that happens, it was absurd: "It causes us political and economic damage, because in some countries, where this position (the position of Ukraine - Approx. Читать полностью -->

100 years: past, present and future of Evangelical youth movement

In Central St. Petersburg Church of Evangelical Christians-Baptists on Poklonnaya hill from 14th to November 16th all-Russian conference dedicated to the centenary of Evangelical youth Ministry in Russia.The anniversary is a good excuse to take stock. One hundred years ago, Ivan Stepanovich Prokhanov founded the youth movement of Evangelical believers. From 23 to 16 April 1908 in Moscow hosted the First Congress of representatives of youth groups of Evangelical Christians and Baptists. It was attended by 18 people from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Tsaritsyn, Konotop, Tambov, Kharkov, shooting division.The Chairman of the Council elected I. Читать полностью -->

Veterans sell Medvedev presented apartment

4May 17,Daria SOMOVAVeterans who received the 65 anniversary of the victory of new apartments already sold or leased. To this conclusion during the inspection was attended by representatives of the far Eastern Federal district. Bypass apartments veterans was held at the initiative of the representative of the RF President in the far Eastern Federal district Viktor Ishayev said.Regional authorities selectively checked 713 of 1.6 thousand for the veterans in the district apartments. It was found that older people live in 587 apartments, 18 have already been sold or offered for sale, donated six, 17 inherited, five relatives and two dealt for hire.It was decided to apply to the bodies of social protection so that they not only checked the conditions in which veterans live, I figured out, whether on its own they sold or gave possession of the premises. It is possible that this decision to the veterans of the imposed or relatives or they accepted it under pressure from criminal elements.We will remind, the law on securing housing for participants of the Great Patriotic war (WWII), regardless of their financial position was adopted on the initiative of President Dmitry Medvedev. Thus, were repealed the existing regulations in some regions, according to which the veteran to obtain the apartment needs to prove that he is poor.The need to eliminate such contradictions, the President called in the middle of February, at a meeting on social security of veterans. Читать полностью -->

Russia has put Latvia on the ears

Facts:Currently in Estonia 1.4 million residents have about 115 thousand persons without citizenship; about the same, according to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Estonia of citizens of the Russian Federation. 2.3 million population of Latvia lives about 400 thousand so-called non-citizens - citizens of the former USSR, which never received after 1991 passports of citizens of Latvia."We were outplayed!.." - angrily said today the Chairman of the Commission of the Saeima of Latvia on foreign Affairs Andris Berzins, appreciating the decision of the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev to simplify the entry to Russia for "non-citizens" of Latvia and "foreigners" of Estonia, i.e. the Russian-speaking residents of the Baltic countries, the overwhelming majority of which official Riga and Tallinn openly discriminatory conduct policy, expressed, including, in the refusal to grant citizenship with all the ensuing consequences. And now finally Russia at the state level decided to support these people that are a part of the Russian cultural space.The President of Russia, we recall, issued yesterday a decree on the procedure of entry into Russia stateless former Soviet citizens living in Latvia or Estonia. These individuals may enter Russia and out of Russia without a visa and valid documents. For living in Latvia is a non-citizen passport, and for persons living in Estonia - the passport of the foreigner.Minor children of the said persons must have one of these documents or to be registered in the prescribed manner in a document accompanying person and to have a birth certificate.The President instructed the government of the Russian Federation to provide in the prescribed manner of carrying out the actions directed on realization of the decree, and to bring its acts in compliance with the decree. Читать полностью -->

European theologians seek credit

Nadezhda MuravyevaTheological education in the West is becoming fashionable, rector of the biblical-theological Institute Alexey BodrovAlexey E. Bodrov – candidate of physico-mathematical Sciences, rector of the biblical-theological Institute of St. Andrew. Is editor of the journals "Pages: theology, culture, education and the World of the Bible", as well as a Board member of the International Association for the development of Christian higher education (IAPCHE) and the Ecumenical Association of academies and laity centres in Europe (EAALCE). Member of the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation.Today the problems of higher theological education in Russia are submitted for public discussion, particularly in an academic environment. It is connected with the question of the relation between religious and secular approaches to the study of religion and the fact that Russia is a participant of the Bologna process – the gradual unification of educational standards of European universities.These reforms also concern and theological faculties of the spiritual and secular universities. Читать полностью -->

Easter Mystery

Each of the Gospels regarding the Resurrection mentions that the stone that covered the entrance into the tomb was moved to one side. The Gospels are not legal or journalistic reports, so some of the details they differ from each other. In each of them it is described somewhat differently, but they all insist on the Central truth.FR Laurence Freeman OSB, with loveWhat is the significance of the stone? The gospel claim that he was big and heavy. He blocked the exit, obstructed the path, obstructed access. Of course, this is a clear indication of our resistance and denial that God is life. Held by the culture of death, our fears and cruelty, and the stone is the negation of death and fear of life; it keeps us from a full-fledged answer reality.Jesus still bears the wounds of the Passion and cross. Читать полностью -->

The government is changing the rules during the game

The head of the coordinating Council of employers ' unions of Russia (unions) Oleg Eremeev told "Gazeta" about the prospects of pension reform in Russia. The government does not know what to do with pension money that was collected by Vnesheconombank, the expert believes.– Oleg V. Pension Fund once again sent out to the citizens of the information letter about the state of their savings component, and from 1 October the Russians – for the third time – will have the opportunity to choose a company to manage these funds. But, as in previous years, no serious explanatory work about the essence of the pension reform is not carried out, although the money is being allocated to this every year. Does this mean that we can face with the same results – saving running VEB by more than 90% of pension savings?– And what are the prerequisites to a sudden increase in the number of citizens who applied to private management companies, if everything is working against this? Moreover, that was not conducted information campaign.In 2005, the FIU refused to invest in pension letterheads envelopes statements on the transfer of savings in the criminal code. The Foundation motivates its decision by the fact that very few Russians have turned to private owners and even less used forms sent.The state accumulated in the VEB enormous financial resources and, it seems, doesn't know what to do with them. Читать полностью -->

Salary cut, but people don't complain

During the crisis, satisfied with my salary has more than a couple of years ago.AS the character of one of the popular movie, "the pension I have a good, small, but good!" The phrase is wonderful, agree. The design is amazing, and not only because of pension so to speak! And until recently, very many of us working, could say to himself the same salary as we had - many - "small but good".Or it seemed to us that small. Or it seemed that good? Research centre of portal SuperJob has recently conducted an opinion poll on "When you were last raised salaries and are you satisfied with it?" If another six months or a year ago on higher wages could count almost every third employee (29%), while today only one in seven (14%).But! Despite this, pleased wages are now more than a couple of years ago - such at first glance paradoxical conclusion sociologists who interviewed representatives of companies and working with Russians from all districts of Russia.The crisis - and that says it all. Many have lost jobs, others much salary was cut. However, it turns out there are lucky ones who in times of global recession, wages have not only not reduced, but also increased is that the last time their "salary payday" increased less than half a year ago, admitted 14% of Russians. However, not all of them are happy with the size of increments: "Raise a penny, and prices are rising.". Читать полностью -->

The EU no longer considers gas supplies from Russia through Ukraine reliable

The European Union does not consider the supply of gas from Russia through Ukraine reliable, said the head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso."This crisis has become for me a huge disappointment and a lesson. I've never seen such a way to negotiate both our Russian and Ukrainian partners. Signed agreements, for which there should be absolutely no action. I have never seen, even when I was a mediator in the negotiation process in Africa", - said the head of the European Commission.At the same time, he stressed that relations with Russia and Ukraine remain a priority for the EU, however, the gas crisis has dealt a heavy blow" to the image of these countries.The head of the European Commission announced that it has invited the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko in Brussels to discuss the consequences of the gas crisis and other problems. At the same time, he stressed that the EU "does not seek to blame for the crisis" and "does not intend to judge the intentions of the parties". "We deal only with objective fact. Читать полностью -->

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