‘Just Free Prostitutes:’ Controversial Russian priest equates ‘common-law wives’ to unpaid intercourse employees

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A senior Russian clergyman has come underneath hearth after he publicly in contrast single girls cohabiting with companions to ‘ladies of the night.’ Despite predictable outrage, Dmitry Smirnov is in no temper to again down.

“Our women do not understand what marriage is. They are reluctant to say, ‘I am a free prostitute’ so they say: ‘I have a common-law marriage,’” he stated, at an occasion with members of the Orthodox neighborhood OrthodoxBRO.

“Hello! No, you just provide services for free – and that’s all, and no one counts you as their wife.”

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The Archpriest continued by explaining that, in Russia, there are tens of millions extra married girls than married males. “How can this be?” he questioned; “it’s very simple. Those men whose women say that they are in a common-law marriage, do not consider their partner to be a wife – just a moment of temporary joy. Because if he treated her like a wife – well, is it difficult to register [the marriage officially], or what?”

The feedback brought on many sturdy reactions round Russia, with varied politicians and different well-known personalities making public statements.

The Chairperson of the Russian Women’s Union Ekaterina Lakhova instructed information company RIA Novosti that Smirnov’s “stupid insult” was “ugly” and “wrong,” and stated that the main target shouldn’t be on marriage, however making a “family.”

Oksana Pushkina, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Family, Women, and Children, wrote on her Telegram channel that it’s “especially unpleasant” to take heed to Smirnov’s phrases, calling him the Orthodox Church’s “most odious representative.”

The response from some individuals throughout the church itself has additionally been unfavorable. Episcope [Bishop] Savva, Vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, referred to as the Archpriest’s phrases “insulting” and “unacceptable.” Vladimir Legoyda, who works for the Orthodox Church as a spokesman, wrote that the Archpriest’s feedback have been merely “unsuccessful trolling.”

It’s not the primary time that Smirnov, recognized for his brash and insulting feedback, has sparked mass ire. Most famously, in February 2019, he referred to as abortions “mass murder” and “worse than the Holocaust.”

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