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A new "army" of young people for the Russian Orthodox Church
The Patriarchate finance formation courses for youth leaders for mission "on the streets among the young people, promoting Christian values against the" Western philosophy "of drugs, egotism and moral relativism”. Kirill’s project to modernize the Russian Church or a political move to give the Kremlin a softer version of politicized young Nashi?
Journalist criticises those who miss the end of the USSR, they call for his expulsion from Russia
Alexsandr Podrabinek is threatened by pro-Putin youth movement Nashi. His is one of the many cases showing an attempt to rehabilitate the figure of Stalin and the Soviet regime. The operation involves the Kremlin and concerns the Russian Orthodox Church.
Media accuse Patriarch Kirill of being state official
President Medvedev addresses close of the Council of Russian Orthodox bishops. Debate continues in the media about the growing cooperation between church and state in Russia. Priests invited to stand for election in "exceptional cases".
Russian Orthodox Christmas: silence on martyrdom, a call to patriotic values
In his homily the Patriarch makes no reference to the persecution of Christians, the call to prayer for "national unity" and the "homeland". President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin present.
Russian Orthodox Church to help fight against forest fires as Putin’s responsibilities emerge
Patriarch Kirill urges the faithful to pray for rain and provide help to victims. At least 40 people have died so far and 650,000 hectares have been devastated. Moscow is wrapped by a thick cloud of smoke. Peat bogs are complicating the situation. Drained in Soviet times, they now burn easily. Forest guards cut by 75 per cent under Putin.
Former oligarch appeals to the Patriarch for regime change in Russia
From London, Berezovsky Kirill writes, but the Orthodox Church sarcastically rejects the proposal of a sworn enemy of Putin.
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