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Criticised by pro-democracy activists, Russia's anti-blasphemy law comes into effect
Anyone who offends the "religious feelings" could get hefty fines (US$ 15,000) and up to three years in prison. Doubts linger about the law's vagueness but for the Russian Orthodox Church, the new legislation is still "too mild."
Kasper in Moscow: Russian Catholics' hopes and expectations
An interview with Viktor Krul', editor in chief of Svet Evanghelia in Moscow
Religion becomes a compulsory subject in all Russian schools
Putin signs a decree to introduce the fundamentals of religion at a national level. From September, pupils can choose between Orthodoxy, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam, or opt for "moral ethics".
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For Orthodox Church, Moscow can do what it wants in state-religion relations
Speaking about the US State Department report on international religious freedom, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, said "We have the right to create our model."
Pussy Riot are separated, but vow protest will continue
Appeal grants suspended sentence to one of the three activists. Confirmed the sentence of two years in a penal colony for the other two. The Church hopes that the freedom granted to one member will not lead to new blasphemous actions.
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".
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