Russian Religious Leaders Favour Thought Police

Religious figures favour establishment of conscience police in Russia

Moscow, August 25, Interfax – Representatives of the leading religions of Russia pointed out the lack of legal institutions focused on crime prevention in Russia.

“We have overlooked morality police or conscience police,” chairman of the Congress of Jewish Religious Organizations and Communities in Russia rabbi Zinovy Kogan said Wednesday at a round table talks held in Interfax.

According to him, the conscience police are that part of police that prevents crimes and it should protect interests of the poor and weak members of society, fight immorality, greed and prostitution.

In his turn, Andrey Balzhirov, the representative of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia in Moscow, supported the establishment of the law of honour for policemen.

Priest Gevorg Vardanyan, a representative of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Russia, has favoured the initiative of Balzhirov and highlighted that the code should be based on “traditions and intrinsic mentality of people”, and each policeman should believe in the law he/she defends.

Answering the question about feasibility of such initiatives, deputy head of the Muslim Board of European Russia Haris Saubyanov noted that “modern militia mirrors modern society”, therefore, social vices “are inherent to militia.” Imam urged the participants to “consider positive experience of the Soviet militia” which acted with care and was always on alert to help common people.