The ROC only surfaced from Communistic rule in 1991. Now, after only 20 years, everyone thinks THEY have the answers. That they have the theologians. That they have the real vision & leaders of the Church. In reality, THEY HAVE NOTHING! The ROC is nothing more than a political arm of a very corrupt Russian govt. The ROC is equally corrupt. They have no answers for America or the Church here. They offer a church following rules and forms going back to 1800. The govt is using the church as a way to extend it's tentacles in America and through out the world. They may not call themselves Communists, but the Russian govt is just as corrupt, paranoid and still trying to dominate the world!
"Managed Democracy" - interpretation - tell the people they live in a free democracy and then secretly suppress them from within via secret police. Only let the "leaders" make real decisions while telling the people. "This is what you want!" BEWARE ORTHODOX OF THE WORLD - the ROC wants YOU to become entwined in their corrupt system!
I'm happy to see the ROC is taking its traditional role as the spiritual leader of Russian society and that it is playing an activist role in society and using its status to influence the government. The idea that American liberal democratic values (not in the partisan sense) are the only valid ones needs to be reassessed. Managed democracy is a far cry from the totalitarianism of the Soviet period and a huge improvement to the mafia style "freedom" of the 1990's. I'm always astonished by how provincial and narrow minded our own "liberal-democratic" tradition can be (again, not partisan--it includes the majority of both the dominant parties in this country).
(Editor's note: Thank you for sharing your opinion. Between advocates for Assad and Putin, it is not a good week for liberal democracy and the Orthodox Church it seems....)