The church has always served the interests of the Russian state if it is allowed to, and, as the embodiment of the Russian state, Vladimir Putin feels obliged to return the favour.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has long used religion for his own purposes, writes columnist Gwynner Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
If you live long enough, almost anything is possible. It is now possible, for example, to hear the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, describe a former KGB agent and avowed atheist as a “miracle of God.”
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