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Russian Orthodox Patriarch: USSR Preserved Christian Morality

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, recently said that the Soviet Union preserved Russia’s Christian morality – a claim that raised more than a few eyebrows. Omitting any mention of the Soviet government’s mass persecution of religious institutions, Kirill’s words appeared to some as an attempt to reconcile Russia’s conservative Orthodox traditions with its Soviet past. One of Russia’s most outspoken critics of the Church, however, isn’t convinced. Alexander...

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