Moscow dairy business threatens to sack "unorthodox" staff
Russian dairy producer Russkoe Moloko said on Thursday it will sack any Orthodox employee who has either had an abortion or chosen only a civil marriage, in its bid to impose an Orthodox work practice.
The Moscow-based company has given staff members, who were baptised as Russian Orthodox but registered civil marriages, until October 14 to conduct a religious marriage or face the sack.
Rousskoe Moloko's boss Vassili Boiko-Veliki told the radio station Echo of Moscow that women who have aborted pregnancies are also no longer welcome in the company.
"Abortion is the murder of someone. We do not want to work with murderers," Boiko-Veliki added.
He said that all employees, including those from other religions, will be ordered to follow a religious teaching about the Orthodox culture.
The Orthodox religion has seen a resurgence in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union and its atheist ideology in 1990.
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