A nuclear priesthood has arisen in Russia. From portable churches to the consecration of weapons systems, the Russian Orthodox Church has been integrated into every facet of the armed forces to become a vital part of Russian national security, politics, and identity. This extraordinary intertwining of church and military is nowhere more visible than in the nuclear weapons community, where the priesthood has penetrated all levels of command and the Church has positioned itself as a guardian of the state's nuclear potential. Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy considers how, since the Soviet collapse in 1991, the Church has worked its way into the Russian military and its nuclear forces, the most significant wing of one of the world's most powerful military organizations. The book highlights the sources and implications of this unique phenomenon for international security, and sheds light on the role of faith in modern militaries.
Please join us for a moderated discussion with author Dmitry Adamsky.
This event is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.