Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations said that representatives of other religious ought to participate in organizing people’s guards in Russia. “I don’t see any obstacles to making people’s guards inter-religious, at least, where followers of other religions will be ready to participate in them. It would make the guards stronger,” said the Patriarchate. He added that Muslims are decisive and real warriors, who can fight against alcohol, drug, and tobacco abuse. Archpriest Chaplin added that people of all religious backgrounds could bring their own strengths to fighting such problems.