Berezovsky called on Patriarch Kirill to save Russia from Putin
The disgraced oligarch Boris Berezovsky sent an open letter to Patriarch Kirill, in which he called the Russian Orthodox Church to promote regime change in Russia.
According to Berezovsky, Russia has lost faith in the truth. "No matter how transparent and fair would be elections, and who would win them, society won't accept their results", the businessman said. He believes that patriarch must "peacefully, wisely, in a Christian way" to take power from the hands of Vladimir Putin and give it to people.
"You're in a unique position - you cannot lay claim to temporal power", Berezovsky said, offering Kirill a choice: either to enter the history as "Primate of the Orthodox Russia peacefully seated on his throne" or as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, "taking on the historic mission of saving Russia from the Troubles, like his great predecessors".
In October 2011, congratulating Putin on his birthday, Patriarch Kirill called the prime minister "His Excellency" and stressed that he had saved Russia from split. However, in a Christmas interview with TV channel "Russia 1" Patriarch Kirill said that the government should listen to the protesters. "If the government is insensitive to the protests, this is a very bad sign, a sign that authorities fail to self-tuning", he commented the protest rallies after the Duma elections, Lenta.ru reported.