Putin: Communist ideology is 'very similar to Christianity'
Excerpt from documentary by Andrey Kondrashov "Valaam"
President Putin: "Maybe some won't like what I'm going to say, but I'll say what I think. First, this faith has always accompanied us. It strengthened when our country, our people faced hardships. There were very tough years of militant atheism when priests were destroyed, temples were ruined. But at the same time, a new religion was created.
In fact, the communist ideology is very similar to Christianity. Freedom, brotherhood, equality, justice — it's all enshrined in the Holy Writ. And what about the Moral Code of the Builder of Communism? This is a primitive excerpt from the Bible, nothing new was invented.
Look, Lenin was put in a mausoleum. In what way is it different from the relics of saints for Orthodox Christians, just for Christians? When I am told that there is no such tradition in the Christian world, I ask: How come? Go to Athos and see holy relics. And we also have here the holy relics of Sergius and Herman.
In fact, the then government did not invent anything new. They only adapted to their ideology what humanity had already invented".