Vakhtang Kipshidze , deputy head of the Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media, commented on reports that monks could be called up as part of partial mobilization in Russia . In an interview with Gazeta.Ru, he stated that he was not yet aware of cases of conscription of monks, but if they arise, they will be considered.
“I don’t know about such cases yet, so let’s comment when they arise. We will consider such cases when they arise,” he said.
Earlier, the RBC mobilization hotline reported that monks in Russia can be called up as part of partial mobilization even if they have not served, but have a military ID. However, in the Russian Orthodox Church, answering questions about partial mobilization, they said that clergymen can participate in the special operation only as military priests.
At the same time, in the Valaam Monastery for Men, the Rise newspaper was told that the mobilization can only affect novices and laborers, but this issue is still being worked out. The monastery also explained that the monks could not be called up as soldiers, as they had taken a vow, according to which they were not supposed to be on the front lines.