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- When estimating what is happening today, can you say that all the leading religions are being exterminated?

- All the religions which carry a moral core are being exterminated. Look at what is happening. The New Testament says in black and white what sodomy is, however, today a number of Churches already openly justify this phenomenon. There already exist many translations of the Holy Scripture into western languages, where these citations, for instance, extracts of Apostle Pauls writings, are either omitted or translated in the opposite way. There is a religious justification of natures directly opposite to those that are the foundation of the human life.

Regard the recent events in the light of this idea. We are horrified by the catastrophe in Beslan without trying to see the origin of the tragedy. You can hear shouts: This is Islam!" Sorry, but what about the Crusadeswere they Islamic as well? In what faith cant we find people who are ready to pervert the teaching, who are spreading something opposite to the religion they profess?

Here is an example from pre-revolutionary Russian history. It happened during the First World War. The Germans captured several thousand Muslims from the Russian Empire, and Emperor Wilhelm ordered that they all be sent to an exemplary camp. Marvellous! They even constructed a mosque for them. When everything was finished, a court dignitary arrived to have a look at the job. He was quite please with what he saw. The soldiers were pleased as well, and there were mullahs among them. But the most interesting thing was when they responded to his request to sing a prayer for him. Do you know what they sang? God Save the Tsar.

Even when the dignitary flailed his hands in indignation, they interpreted his gesture in their own way and fell to their knees, and then sang it three times like that! So, Muslim soldiers always served in the Orthodox Russian Army, and there was no antagonism at all. Really, we can see people living side by side without any hatred.

What is done nowadays? Hatred is kindled, through television, through newspapers. Thus, Beslan works as one of the powerful provocations, so that everyone would rise and say, "Lets go and beat the Muslims". They [the media] count on that.

- Professor, could you suggest who is behind the the conflict?

- To make this kind of suggestions is the job of politicians; we can see only the surface, not knowing what goes on behind closed doors, and we are unlikely to be allowed in.That is why I dont want to read the tea leaves: who did it and how. But bear in mind that an equally powerful provocation took place in America on September 11. And who is accused? Muslims. But when the same America devastates Serbia, intrudes in Iraq; when women and children are killed in much greater numbersit is all right.

Divide and rule is the ancient principle. Christianity is a powerful religion, Islam is a powerful religionWhat if we cause a collision between them? Do you remember a story where one tailor won a victory over two giants? Those who have an absolutely different outlook on life are fighting with religion. We cannot believe that Satanism is not just playing games with some young people. Satanism is an ideologyI dont know whose, but there is no doubt that people who have colossal opportunities in this world are infected by this ideology. You cant explain the facts, like that the terrorists in Beslan wouldnt put forward any demands; they didnt have any. Why, what is the reason? Nobody answers. The provocation is obvious.

Satanists could be among any nations, any races. As it is known, there is a black sheep in every flock.

- Thus, in this case, oil, money and power are just a mechanism, which supports something much more significant that never would be mentioned in the news?

- It is not a matter of material gain. Is it profitable for a sadist when he tortures his victim? Ask him why, and he will just smirk. Passion is a horrible thing. We still have no idea what stands behind the term Satanism. It is evil, and God forbid witnessing the limitlessness of this evil. And this evil, this malice is looking to express itself somehow. Satanism is a force, an acting force. Now even a psychologist could explain some of the formulas of the perverse pleasures of our fallen nature, only they would portray everything in graver tones. Where is the common sense? Why would anyone like suffering, blood, and torture? I cant find any other explanation from a Christian point of view.

- Professor, if we look at the mechanics of what is happening, we can say that a systematic instigation of war is being carried out. Is it a war for extermination?

- It is appears that, yes. The first reason is worldly: six billion peoplethat is a lot. Secondly, religious ideals sicken somebody and are in the way of something. Still too many people areat least to a small extent familiar with an inner idea of "wrong". Hencedivide and rule, and if you can cause nations to clash, a war is unavoidable.

Why does the New Testament speak with such fear about Antichrist and the end of the world, about what people will be like and what awaits them? Because the freedom of evil will be opened. At present a restraining force still exists; there are still many people who havent lost their conscience, who fight for the truth and justice, who preach love.

- Is it easy to realize that?

- It is very important to show what the meaning of freedom iswhere true freedom is, and where there is the freedom of arbitrariness.

Genuine freedom is when a man can control himself, when he is not at the whim of his passions, and his soul by nature strives after God/Truth, and this thirst is infinite. The opportunity to freely get thrilled in passions brings people down to the level of beasts and results in what we watch in the news, shuddering. We should remember that man by his nature is finer than a beast, yet is capable of falling to the devils level.

Professor Alexei Osipov was interviewed by Petr Pivkin