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A New Vladimir Overlooking Moscow

A New Vladimir Overlooking Moscow

The monument to Vladimir, the patron saint of the Russian Orthodox Church, about 100 yards from the Kremlin walls in Moscow. Critics view it as a thinly disguised homage to President Vladimir V.
St. Petersburg Journal: Fight Over Control of a Cathedral Shows St. Petersburg’s Contrarian Side

St. Petersburg Journal: Fight Over Control of a Cathedral Shows St. Petersburg’s Contrarian Side

An artist passing St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late January. The cathedral is managed by a museum set up by the Soviets in 1928.
Russian Who Played Pokémon Go in Church Is Convicted of Inciting Hatred

Russian Who Played Pokémon Go in Church Is Convicted of Inciting Hatred

Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, in court in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Thursday. He was convicted of inciting religious hatred, the same offense for which two women from the protest band Pussy Riot were sent to
Russian Who Played Pokémon Go in Church Is Convicted of Inciting Hatred

Russian Who Played Pokémon Go in Church Is Convicted of Inciting Hatred

Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, in court in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Thursday. He was convicted of inciting religious hatred, the same offense for which two women from the protest band Pussy Riot were sent to
Bared Breast Enthralls a Future Czar, and Stokes a Russian Culture War

Bared Breast Enthralls a Future Czar, and Stokes a Russian Culture War

Aleksei Y. Uchitel is the director of “Matilda,” a movie that has ignited a firestorm in Russia’s culture wars.
Football Among the Old Believers, in Alaska

Football Among the Old Believers, in Alaska

Members of the Voznesenka Cougars football team, which occasionally manages to field the requisite 11 players. From left, Zasima Martushev, Nikit Anufriev, Anthony Kalugin and Daniel Anufriev.
‘Matilda,’ Heretical to Some in Russia, Mostly Elicits Giggles

‘Matilda,’ Heretical to Some in Russia, Mostly Elicits Giggles

The Russian director Alexei Uchitel attending the premiere of his film “Matilda” in Moscow on Tuesday.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch announces church-government inquiry to prove that the Tsar was killed in 1917 as part of a Jewish ritual

Russian Orthodox Patriarch announces church-government inquiry to prove that the Tsar was killed in 1917 as part of a Jewish ritual

Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church says he's working with Vladimir Putin to convene a Church-based inquiry into whether the execution of the royal family by revolutionaries in 1917 was
‘It’s Great’: Bare-Chested Vladimir Putin Dives into Ice Water to Mark Orthodox Epiphany

‘It’s Great’: Bare-Chested Vladimir Putin Dives into Ice Water to Mark Orthodox Epiphany

Russian president Vladimir Putin joined millions of Orthodox Christians in celebrating the Feast of Epiphany by diving topless into an ice-cold lake.
Moscow Archbishop Accuses U.S. of ‘Direct Interference’ in Russian Elections

Moscow Archbishop Accuses U.S. of ‘Direct Interference’ in Russian Elections

In a curious role reversal, a leading prelate of the Russian Orthodox Church has accused the United States of “direct interference” in Russia’s elections by circulating the so-called “Kremlin list”
Feature: A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia

Feature: A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia

Minizaitunya Ibyatullina, 102, at her home in Borovka, a village in Tatarstan. The picture is of her husband, who died in the war in 1943.
Gunmen Attack Church in Russia’s Chechnya Region, Killing 3

Gunmen Attack Church in Russia’s Chechnya Region, Killing 3

The police outside the Archangel Michael Church in Grozny, Chechnya, site of an attack by gunmen on Saturday.
Gunmen Attack Church in Russia’s Chechnya Region, Killing 3

Gunmen Attack Church in Russia’s Chechnya Region, Killing 3

The police outside the Archangel Michael Church in Grozny, Chechnya, site of an attack by gunmen on Saturday.
Seven Dead After Attack on Orthodox Church in Russian Province of Chechnya

Seven Dead After Attack on Orthodox Church in Russian Province of Chechnya

MOSCOW (AP) - Four gunmen attacked a Russian Orthodox church in the mostly Muslim Russian province of Chechnya on Saturday but were killed by security forces in a clash that also left two policemen
Putin: Christianity is the Foundation of Russian Nationhood and Cultural Identity

Putin: Christianity is the Foundation of Russian Nationhood and Cultural Identity

MOSCOW (AP) - Vladimir Putin says the adoption of Christianity more than 1,000 years ago in territory that later became Russia marked the starting point for forming the Russian nation itself.
Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide, could grant independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church this week.
Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide, could grant independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church this week.
Russia Takes Further Step Toward Major Schism in Orthodox Church

Russia Takes Further Step Toward Major Schism in Orthodox Church

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, after a Mass in Istanbul last week.
The Orthodox Schism and the Spiritual Limits of Politics

The Orthodox Schism and the Spiritual Limits of Politics

Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate.