Moscow. March 13. INTERFAX – the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, made for criminal punishment of those who promote suicide in the so-called “groups of death”.
“This is a very terrible thing, for which I am sure the people who create this kind of group, should bear criminal responsibility, because it is a crime. And it is not necessary to wait until it is committed suicide,” – said the Hierarch in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia-24” (VGTRK).
According to him, now in the Russian legislation the encouragement of suicide is criminalized only in the case if there was a suicide or attempt it.
“But it’s too late! We have to fix the consequences, and the reasons. Those people who engage in social networking propaganda of suicide, should be held criminally responsible. They need to be monitored – this is what should our intelligence agencies to do,” – said the Metropolitan.
As he said, the creators of the groups of death are the same methods that the sectarians.
“They brainwashed person, make him dependent on his group, the person gradually comes out of real life, he begins to think that real life is happening in this virtual space, and then they start to instill the idea that you just need to commit suicide,” – said the representative of the Church.
In his opinion, the teaching of religious traditions in schools is “a vaccination against this poison, which spread sectarian and people engaged in similar kind of business.”
“A religious person doesn’t commit suicide because it is forbidden by the Church. Suicide is not a crime from the point of view of the Criminal code, and from the point of view of the Church it is a sin. It is a sin that cannot be redeemed by repentance,” – says the Metropolitan.