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.
The imminent emergence of an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine deals a blow to Vladimir Putin's attempts to keep the country in Moscow's orbit and bruises the Russian Orthodox Church, writes Konstantin Eggert.
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.
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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