» 03/02/2015, 00.00
Tens of thousands flood Red Square in memory of Nemtsov
People march under the slogan "I'm not afraid," but no one is hoping for a real revival of civil society. The Church invites people not to exploit the tragedy, but Muscovites still believe those in "power" are behind the incident.
A leading opponent to Vladimir Putin murdered in Moscow
Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister under President Yeltsin, was shot to death last night. The Kremlin called it a "brutal murder" and a "provocation". Obama calls "upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation". The 55-year-old politician was opposed to Russia's stance in the Ukraine, and was planning to take part in a protest tomorrow against Russian interference in that country.
Foreign connection in Politkovskaya’s murder unconvincing
Colleagues of the journalist who was slain last year welcome the arrests but warn there is no evidence plotters are based abroad. For them prosecutor general’s claims were stitched together in the Kremlin. Soon the results of an independent inquiry will be released.
Orthodox celebrate Christmas
The Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations play a crucial role in society, says Putin. Some 11,000 people attended Midnight Mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.
80 years on, Putin blesses the end of the schism within the Russian Orthodox Church
Patriarch Alexi II and the head of the Church abroad, metropolitan Laurus, today signed an act of canonical communion putting an end to the division between the two communities. Before a congregation of hundreds the first communal liturgy was celebrated today in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral, with Putin in the front row.
Moscow, tens of thousands with Kirill in defense of the faith
After weeks of media scandals, the Patriarch of All Russia leads a procession and a prayer at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior: "Protect the Church from the anti-Russian forces."
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