The Red Feed is a regularly updated resource monitoring persecution, attacks on, conflicts with, and acts of aggression and vandalism against the followers of pagan traditions and the religions of Russia’s indigenous peoples.
The Red Feed is compiled by volunteers on the basis of open source data, media publications, expert platforms, social networks, and reports sent in to our editorial board.
We’ve created this project because of the shortcomings of contemporary legislation in the religious sphere, in the field of protecting freedom of conscience and the right to the free profession of creed; because of the lack of transparency of law enforcement authorities and the use of unqualified and biased expertise, because of vagueness and unclear wording in laws prohibiting the use of various symbols; because of the formation and promotion of a negative (even “demonic”) image of (neo-)pagan traditions in the media, partly on the initiative of structures associated with the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate; and because of the institutionalization of the pseudo-sciences of “sectology” and “destructiveology.”
What do we track and how? First and foremost, the Red Feed collects reports on outright acts of vandalism committed against shrines, altars, and ritual constructions. We also track criminal and administrative cases pertaining to unlawful anti-extremist measures or cases involving unqualified and biased experts and expertise. We also track defamatory publications and statements which fall under Articles 282 and 148 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Unfortunately, so-called “language of enmity” is the basic language of the Russian Orthodox Church towards (neo-)pagan traditions and the faiths of indigenous peoples. Therefore, we recognize that the number of such instances will objectively predominate the total number of cases. However, we are not inclined to take into account any and all private statements, so as to not turn the Red Feed into a collection of “insults to believers’ feelings.” In other words, we try to keep track of resonant and significant statements which have consequences and contribute to shaping a negative opinion of pagan traditions. We also track news and media publications on States of Emergency in which (neo-)paganism is presented in an accusatory tone or is accused of being an aggravating factor before any court decisions.
We try to specify which specific (neo-)pagan traditions are the targets of acts of aggression or vandalism, but more often than not, especially in the case of public pronouncements, we are dealing with paganism “in general”, so the feed index on “Who experiences the most persecution” includes the phrasing “all pagans.” This category encompasses not only contemporary, mostly urban (neo-)pagans, but also representatives of the traditional beliefs of indigenous peoples in Russia.
We reserve the right to furnish news briefings with brief commentaries on behalf of the editorial board and to add links to further developments or alternative opinions on incidents.
We remind readers that the following terrorist and extremist organizations are banned in the Russian Federation: “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, the National Bolshevik Party, “Right Sector”, the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (UPA), the “Islamic State” (IS, ISIS, DAESH), “Jabhat Fatah al-Sham”, “Jabhat al-Nusra”, “Al-Qaeda”, “UNA-UNSO” (the “Ukrainian National Assembly — Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense”), the “Taliban”, the “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People”, “Misanthropic Division”, the “Korchinsky Brotherhood”, the “Trident of Stepan Bandera”, the “Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists” (OUN), S14 (“Sich”), and the “All-Ukrainian Association Svoboda.”
The Foundation for Traditional Religions permits the free usage of its Red Feed data on the condition of linking to the original source-site.