Religious leaders urged Russians to vote

MOSCOW, 16 sen — news. Elections are one of the forms of civic engagement, which, of course, encouraged by religious teachings, said RIA Novosti interviewed representatives of traditional religions of Russia, calling Russians to participate in the vote.

A single day of voting will be held across Russia on September 18. In the framework of the election of deputies of the state Duma of the seventh convocation, which will be conducted under a mixed system: 225 deputies elected on party lists (proportional system) and 225 in single — mandate constituencies (majoritarian system).

“The clergy — deacons, priests, bishops — should not participate in political competition in the party struggle. And everyone else — the laity — can and should Express themselves in party work. In elections should involve all, of course. I too will go,” — said the leader of the Internet project “Priest online” hieromonk Macarius (Markish).

He drew attention to the fact that the document “bases of the social concept of the Russian Orthodox Church stated that the Church encourages citizens to participate in elections and, according to him, “proves that it is necessary”.

For Muslims it is very important

“Islam encourages us to ensure that we were active members of our society. Including in Russia — our civil society,” — said the first Deputy Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia (SMR) Rushan Abbyasov.

An example of the believers, according to him, is the prophet Muhammad, who moved from Mecca to Medina made a contract “between the people of different tribes and faiths about how they live in the same area”. This agreement he described as “a modern analogue of the Constitution.”

For the Russian Muslim community, as he said, “this is extremely important and relevant.”

He also said that in the area come to vote, the head of SMR Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin.

The preservation of neighborliness

Rabbi of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia Aaron Gurevich has underlined that a direct appeal or a ban on participation in elections in the main book of Judaism — the Torah — is not available. When she said the Rabbi, “was granted to Moses,” then “there was no democracy as such”.

“But the Torah is infinite, it is at all times and for all generations to come, and after us, and before us, and so on — it is clear that the meaning of the Torah implies that in order to maintain balance and peaceful coexistence of peoples, of course, requires certain forms of civil self-organization. This is stated by many rabbinical authorities”, — said Gurevich.

Elections, as he said — “one of the forms dictated by the conditions of democracy, forms of support of this system.” Therefore, the “must make” them “a very active part to ensure that the balance of coexistence, good neighborliness was always there.”