The Union of Orthodox Banner-Bearers

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The Union of Orthodox Banner-Bearers is a Russian nationalist-fundamentalist organization that identifies itself as part of the Russian Orthodox Church, co-founded in 1993 by Leonid Simonovich. The Union's stated primary aim is to "resurrect the spirit" of Russian Orthodoxy, by conducting processions with banners and icons in Moscow and the regions.

The group became famous for its use and promulgation of the phrase "Orthodoxy or Death," and its association with violent skinhead reactionaries. In 2009 Patriarch Kirill denounced this slogan and to "beware" those who used it, calling it “dangerous, false and intrinsically contradictory.” A Moscow court later upheld the decision by denouncing the phrase as "extremist."[1]


  1. ^ Krivobok, Ruslan (Feb 2013). "Extremist Slogan Removed from Russian Church". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 

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