Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Fr. Maxim Kurlenko is a Russian Orthodox priest in a small town. But he’s also something of a minor hip hop star, at least amongst a growing number of Russians who prefer their hip hop to blend beats with some churchly exhortation — and some harsh words for the West.

Fr. Kurlenko, who’s also known as Nastoyatel, produces songs that preach various Christian messages, as well as his particular brand of conservative politics. Here’s one YouTube video where a teen buys drugs but then gives them up after ducking into an open Russian church to light a candle:

You can read more about this trend in Russian hip hop in a recent article from The Calvert Journal.

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