Author ORCID Identifier
Ivan Ostashchuk: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6115-0884
Volodymyr Litkevych: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9197-9215
The article analyzes for the first time the identification and content of Russian military symbols and their use in Russian Orthodoxy. At the linguistic level, it was found that such word formation Z-Orthodoxy was taken from the publications and public speeches of Archimandrite Kyrylo Govorun. Our study focuses on the proposal to use the neologism Z-Orthodoxy to demonstrate some semantic interpretations in the context of the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and the entire democratic world. As a result of the analysis of the military symbols of the Russian Federation, Russian Orthodoxy found that after February 24, 2022, people can be symbolically divided into two parts. Similar to the biblical texts from the book of Revelation, the letter Z has become an identifier for humanity or complete inhumanity. The symbolism of the Russian army resembles the Nazi swastika in appearance and content, although the Germans and Russians put a different meaning into their symbols. For victims of these regimes, the lines in the Z symbol have opposite meanings. Namely, good and evil, truth and lies, honesty and hypocrisy, justice and injustice, restoration and destruction, etc. All these features are separated by a zigzag Z in the history of the modern Christian church.
Ostashchuk, Ivan and Litkevych, Volodymyr
"Semantics of the Symbol "Z" in the Religious Ideology of the Russian Federation,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 43
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol43/iss7/8