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Blessed Are the Merciful: Religion, Power, and Pussy Riot

Last month I wrote about how the Russian Orthodox Church joined forces with the Kremlin in supporting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the Syrian civil war.  The Russian Orthodox Church, I suggested, was pursuing this course not because of their commitment … Continue reading

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Religion as Foreign Policy: The Russian Orthodox Church, Syria, and the Christian Community

The New York Times recently reported that the Russian Orthodox Church is mirroring the political position of Russian president Vladimir Putin in its approach to the civil war in Syria: taking a hard-line stance in favor of the Syrian president, … Continue reading

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