Religious: prayer in the Aya Sofia - a blow to the Kemalists, not Orthodox
Prayers in Hagia Sophia after its conversion to a mosque are not a disaster for Christendom is a question rather political for a Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan, but at the same time a blow to the "Greek messianism", the Director of the human rights center of world Russian people's Council religious expert Roman Silantyev.
Earlier in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul started first after 1934 Friday prayers, Erdogan said the adhan (call to prayer).
"It is logical that if Sophia turned again to the mosque, then there will be prayers, including a special holiday, so long... still, for us it is not a disaster and not even a problem. This is for Greek self-importance problem, but not Russian," - said Silantyev RIA Novosti, commenting on the first 86 years, the prayer in the former Church of St. Sophia, which will last the whole day.
In his opinion, in discussions around the Aya Sofia is now a "too exaggerate the religious factor". "I still see this as rather a blow to the Kemalists, rather than by the Orthodox... If you return to power of the Kemalists, fans of Kemal Ataturk, they are one of his first actions will return everything as it was. It's just a question of a political nature", - said the expert.
However, the particular chances of the secular opposition in Turkey, no Silantyev believes, because "time is working against them." A large part of Turkish society is Muslim, and they support the current President, including his decision at the Hagia Sophia. Thus, according to the latest opinion polls, 60% of Turks considered it right to make the Hagia Sophia a mosque for Museum status was made by 27%, undecided of 12.2%.
"The process of Islamization in Turkey is quite long, and the only one who could challenge erdoğan, gülen was, but only, again, Islamization of", - said Silantyev.
Speaking about the attitude of Russia, in which a significant portion of the population identify themselves as Orthodox, a representative of the WRPC noted that "this is not our war" and he "strongly disagrees with the regularly appearing "prophecy", which is Russian for Greeks to occupy the Hagia Sophia".
The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court - July 10, annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.
In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox Church, unfortunately, reacted to this decision. At the same time Turkey promised to keep, as before, the Christian mosaics and frescoes of the Cathedral - they are closed by curtains only at the time of namaz. Tourists who previously had to pay for entrance to the Hagia Sophia 100 Turkish Lira (about $ 15), will now be able to visit it for free.