Beards are a natural, visible difference between men and women. And historically, laws and trends prohibiting beards were part of a liberalization process, a process of erasing gender differences.
Here we go again with Fr. Andrey Tkachev's 3-minute talk on Tsargrad TV. This one is especially interesting.
Fr. Andrey thinks beards should make a comeback.
Because they are a natural, visible difference between man and woman; because traditionally and historically, a beard was considered a man's glory.
Fr. Andrey believes that historic laws and trends that prohibited beards were part of a liberalization process, a process of erasing gender differences.
Interestingly, its much more common for Russian Orthodox priests and men to wear beards, than it is for Roman Catholics to do so, again indicating the Russian love for tradition.
"It won't save you, of course," Fr. Andrey says, but "I would like our men to get more 'bearded'...on the journey to becoming more manly"