MOSCOW, Russia, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a pro-life activist, mother of six, and wife of a Christian priest as the head of the Russian Commission for the Protection of the Family and Children’s Rights.
Matushka Anna Kuznetsova, 34, replaces Pavel Astakhov in the nation’s highest pro-family organization. The mother of four sons and two daughters has her husband Rev. Aleksei Kuznetsov’s full support. “Matushka” in Church Slavonic (Russia’s most popular ecclesial language) refers to a priest’s wife and means “Little Mother.”
Kuznetsova previously led the Pokrov Fund for the support of family, motherhood, and childhood in central Russia, and also had served in other pro-marriage and family posts.
An outspoken opponent of abortion, Kuznetsova enumerated the dangers of abortion in a much-publicized 2009 interview. Trained as a psychologist, she has also worked as a pro-life counselor. She favors a complete ban on abortion throughout the country. Her husband, the Orthodox priest Fr. Aleksei, is an outspoken public advocate of abstinence before marriage. . . .
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