The Russian Orthodox Patriarch has cautioned against the dangers of feminism, denouncing “propaganda” that encourages women to take roles beyond housekeeping and rearing children.
But he argued: “The man should be focussed on matters outside (of the house), he must work and earn money, but the woman is always directed to the inside, towards her children and her home.”
The ultra-conservative Patriarch Kirill, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, makes no secret of his political preferences and has sternly criticised mass opposition protests.
Despite petitions by many believers, he also supported harsh punishment for the members of all-female group Pussy Riot, two of which were jailed for performing a “punk prayer” in Russia’s main Cathedral of Christ the Savior to highlight his close ties with the state.
He is also a champion of the government’s drive to restore so-called family values as the cornerstone of the campaign to reverse the decline in the Russian population.