Russian Boss Requires Conversion, no Cohabitation, No Abortions for Employees

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A Russian agricultural businessman Vasily Boiko-Veliki, who calls himself Vasily Boyko-The Great, has declared that his employees must embrace the Russian Orthodox faith, no longer cohabitate without marriage, and stop having abortions by October 14, 2010 or lose their jobs:

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Orthodox Russian entrepreneur warns employees to stop ‘living in sin” or lose jobs

…The farming tycoon said he was forced to resort to extreme measures after an unprecedented drought and thousands of wild fires struck Russia this summer.

“Such an extreme situation is punishment for the Russian people’s sins, I need to take extreme measures including looking at the way my employees treat God,” he added.

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Russian tycoon has ordered his employees to quickly embrace the Russian Orthodox Church or lose their jobs.

Vasily Boiko-Veliki stated he has about 6,000 employees, most of whom already are members of the Russian Orthodox Church.

October 14 was selected because it is a Russian Orthodox holiday: “October 14 – Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary” ( also known as “October 14– The Protection of the Holy Theotokos” (

Certainly “living in sin” (The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil) and having abortions (Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman’s Right to Choose) is wrong.  But forced conversions to keep one’s job reminds me of the passage in Revelation 13 about what the Beast powers will do:

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

It’s hard to “buy” without a job.

There has been a great increase in the popularity of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia.  Economic pressure to embrace it may possibly increase.  The idea that forced conversion will happen in Europe in the future (which happened in the past) does not seem far fetched for the 21st century.  And after various signs and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12) is expected there fairly soon.  Sort of a strange trend to resume, however, in Russia–a formerly officially atheistic land.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman’s Right to Choose Do you know what the Bible teaches on this? Has the Roman Catholic Church allowed abortions? What about the Living Church of God?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe?
Some Similarities and Differences Between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Living Church of God Both groups claim to be the original church, but both groups have differing ways to claim it. Both groups have some amazing similarities and some major differences. Do you know what they are?

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