Attack of the Cults

The Soul of the East

Conquest doesn’t always come by way of direct invasion and occupation; more subtle means, such as sustained psychological and spiritual warfare, have proven even more successful at suborning target populations. Vladimir Mikhailovich Chernyshev, head of the Faculty of the History of Western Confessions and lecturer at the Kiev Spiritual Academy, answers questions from the publication The World and We regarding anti-traditional sectarian religious movements in Ukraine and how they function as agents in a wider geopolitical game. Translated by Mark Hackard.


Are cults acting on the territory of Ukraine used for political ends by foreign states?

If we are to speak of totalitarian cults in general, then yes, this is undoubtedly a global geopolitical project. Therefore we can’t even talk about one individual sect. The entire spectrum of totalitarian, destructive cults and so-called “new religious movements” are a global project to destroy our Slavic mentality and culture. And in the 1990s, when all…

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2 Comments on Attack of the Cults

  1. Great read. And also treasure trove of material on that site (even for those of us who have little knowledge of or whose interest lies not so much in Russian/Eurasian civilization, culture, history, etc).

    You are most likely familiar: Solzhenitysn briefly talks about some non-orthodox sects sympathetic to Communism in “The Gulag Archipelago” — albeit very briefly he touches on this subject (not in any detail). But I found it interesting.

    In particular – the early communes, which blended baptist and Tolstoyan beliefs with those of yoga, “religious/Christian anarchism,” utopianism and socialism, into basically a kind of spiritualized communism.

    Not sure however what role these sects had in the context of the Russian revolution, etc (or whether they survived during or even after the Revolution — only that some of their leaders had initially supported socialism). But I am sure you can find connections (something your blog does very well, i.e., the intersection between the occult, revolutionary politics, world revolution, etc).

    Tolstoy is an interesting case.

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