The Kremlin has had a Russian orthodox cathedral built in Paris. Russian expatriates are appalled, and indignant at the French government, which supported its construction.
Has the Russian Orthodox Church become Putin's tool of state policy in questions of human rights and even politics? "Conflict Zone" host Tim Sebastian talks to church representative Vakhtang Kipshidze in Moscow.
The largest church in Saint Petersburg, Saint Isaac's Cathedral, is to be transferred from Russia's museum holdings into the hands of the Orthodox Church. The decision has caused protests and is not an isolated case.
Over 100,000 people have signed an online petition against the handover of a cathedral in St. Petersburg to the Orthodox Church. The church is now on the frontline of a debate about the role of the church in public life.
The church is viewed as a dual religious and political move to exert Russian influence in the heart of France. The cathedral has been backed by Vladimir Putin.
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