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Putin attends Easter service led by head of Russia’s Orthodox Church

Reuters President Vladimir Putin and scores of other Moscow worshippers attended an Easter service on Sunday, led by the head of Russia’s Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, a staunch supporter of the Russian leader and his war in Ukraine. Putin, in a dark suit, white shirt and a dark red tie, stood in the capital’s main […]

Ukraine puts head of Russian church on “wanted” list

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia take part in a flower-laying ceremony at the monument to Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky while marking Russia's Day of National Unity in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, on 4th November, 2023.

Reuters Ukraine’s Interior Ministry on Friday placed the head of Russia’s Orthodox Church, a backer of the Kremlin’s 21-month-old war against Kyiv, on a wanted list after security services accused him of abetting the conflict. The measure is purely symbolic as Patriarch Kirill is in Russia and under no threat of arrest. It was the […]

Russian Patriarch reminds Africans of advantages in following Kremlin’s lead

Patriarch Kirill speaks during the Russia-Africa Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 27th July, 2023.

RNS Meeting with African leaders late last month, Russian Patriarch Kirill boasted of the continued expansion of the Russian Orthodox Church in their countries, paralleling the strategy of the leaders’ host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, to expand Kremlin influence across the continent. The Moscow Patriarchate said it had almost doubled its size in Africa since […]

Russia demands immediate release of Orthodox cleric detained in Ukraine

Abbot of the Kyiv Pechers Lavra Metropolitan, Pavlo of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, accused of being linked to Moscow, attends a court hearing, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 1st April, 2023.

Reuters Russia on Saturday demanded the immediate release of a senior Orthodox cleric detained in Kyiv on suspicion of inflaming religious hatred and justifying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Abbot of the Kyiv Pechers Lavra, Metropolitan Pavlo of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, accused of being linked to Moscow, attends a court hearing, amid Russia’s attack on […]