» 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.
24/03/2017 16:18:00 RUSSIA
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.
12/09/2017 19:23:00 RUSSIA – UKRAINE
Poroshenko and the Orthodox Church in Kyiv
The Ukrainian president has asked Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to grant autocephaly to his country’s eastern Churches, i.e. the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate, and the Greek Catholic Church. Religious properties are part of the historical and practical dispute. For the Moscow Patriarchate, issues of jurisdiction must be settled by the Churches in question without interference by heads of state.
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