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Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state

Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state

Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:35

Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that there is no question of the church and state uniting in Russia.

Russia cracks down on LGBT human rights and introduces blasphemy law

Russia cracks down on LGBT human rights and introduces blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:49

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the new anti-gay Bill that criminalises LGBT freedom of expression. The adoption of children by gay couples has been banned by the Russian parliament and gay organisations are being fined as 'foreign agents'.

Russian parliament passes new blasphemy law as protesters call for secular state

Russian parliament passes new blasphemy law as protesters call for secular state

Posted: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:20

Russia's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new blasphemy law allowing jail sentences of up to three years for "offending religious feelings", an initiative launched in the wake of the trial against the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot.

Putin’s privileging of the Orthodox Church in Russia may go too far, even for the patriarch

Putin’s privileging of the Orthodox Church in Russia may go too far, even for the patriarch

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:37

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new bill into law that makes religious education mandatory for all schools in the country.

Russians want church to stay out of politics

Russians want church to stay out of politics

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:51

A poll taken in Russia shows that 75% of the population wants the Russian Orthodox Church to stay out of politics.