» 05/21/2012, 00.00
Motorcade in Moscow against abortion and in defense of the Church
Alongside anti-Putin demonstrations, the Orthodox community continues its street protests. Approximately 300 cars paraded through the centre of the capital calling for a "Russia without abortions."
Putin celebrates patriarchate’s 90th anniversary with elections in mind
Russian president receives a Russian Orthodox delegation to commemorate the restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1917 after its abolition by Peter the Great. For many observers, this is the latest move in the election campaign for the Duma. Muslims have already voiced their support for Putin’s party, United Russia.
Kirill celebrates four years as patriarch, Kremlin calls for greater influence of the Church on society
Marking the anniversary Putin meets the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and calls on the country to rid itself of a "primitive and vulgar" conception of secularism. Medvedev acknowledges a "special relationship" between church and state in Russia.
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Optimists, pessimists, and apocalyptics look at Russia on the 100th anniversary of the Revolution
The commemoration of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 has begun. A major historical revision is underway. Our post-globalisation times resemble 1917. The Moscow Patriarchate and Vladimir Putin are silent on the matter.
Orthodox Christmas strengthens alliance between Putin and Patriarch Kirill
Church and state work closer together for a strong and united Russia. The government announces two billion rubles to restore holy places destroyed by Communism. The old Novodevichy Convent is set to be returned to the Church. Kirill blesses the actions by Putin and the government in tackling the economic crisis.
13/03/2007 VATICAN - RUSSIA
The Middle East and extremism, but also ecumenism, in talks between Putin and Pope
A Vatican statement tells of a “very positive atmosphere” and “cordial relations”. Putin referred greetings from Alexi II, the Pope in turn sent his greetings to the Patriarch. Moscow Patriarchate sources tended to exclude that Benedict XVI and the Russian President would have touched on questions linked to relations between Catholics and Orthodox in Moscow.
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