The Pope Sparks Fury In Russia Following ‘Racist’ Interview




The Pope has sparked fury in Russia following an interview where he suggested that Chechen and Buryat members of the armed forces showed more cruelty than ethnic Russian soldiers in Ukraine

Pope Francis said that soldiers from the Buddhist region of Buryatia and the Muslim majority Chechnya republic were “the cruellest” while fighting in Ukraine during an interview with the Jesuit magazine America that was published Monday.

The head of the Catholci church claimed: “Generally, the cruellest are perhaps those who are of Russia but are not of the Russian tradition, such as the Chechens, the Buryats and so on”

There is no data that suggests soldiers from national minorities have behaved worse in Ukraine than ethnic Russian members.

MSN reports: The pope’s comments were swiftly condemned by Russian officials on Monday evening.

“This is no longer Russophobia, it’s a perversion on a level I can’t even name,” Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on her Telegram channel.

“We are one family with Buryats, Chechens and other representatives of our multinational and multi-confessional country,” Zakharova added.

Alexandra Garmazhapova, the founder of the anti-war Free Buryatia organisation, called the comments “inexcusable and racist.”

“I was extremely disappointed to read these racist, inexcusable statements,” said Garmazhapova.

“Russia is waging an imperial war started and led by Vladimir Putin, who is by all accounts not a member of an ethnic minority. The pope should condemn him personally, but he decided to sidestep the Russian president.”

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