Russia’s Putin takes traditional Epiphany dip in icy waters

Global News published this video item, entitled “Russia’s Putin takes traditional Epiphany dip in icy waters” – below is their description. Dozens of Russians, including President Vladimir Putin, braved freezing cold waters in the Moscow region, participating in an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany. Russian state television showed Putin taking three … Read more Russia’s Putin takes traditional Epiphany dip in icy waters

Russian police raid monastery of COVID-denying renegade priest

RT published this video item, entitled “Russian police raid monastery of COVID-denying renegade priest” – below is their description. Russian police have detained renegade priest Sergius, who locked himself inside a Russian convent in Central Urals several months ago. Sergius is one of the most famous priests in the Urals. His public conflict with the … Read more Russian police raid monastery of COVID-denying renegade priest

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque, ‘provocation to civilised world’, Greece says

Turkey’s top court allowed Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia museum’s conversion back to a mosque, a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change and signed a decree immediately after, opening it as a place of worship. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a cathedral, then a mosque, and a museum. … Read more Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque, ‘provocation to civilised world’, Greece says

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque causes ‘deep pain to the Russian people’

Turkey’s top court allowed Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia museum’s conversion back to a mosque, a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change and signed a decree immediately after, opening it as a place of worship. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a cathedral, then a mosque, and a museum. … Read more Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque causes ‘deep pain to the Russian people’

Russian Government Returns Religious Properties to Orthodox Church

The Russian government has passed a law on the restitution of religious properties to religious organisations. On 30th November, President Dmitry Medvedev took the opportunity to inform the Patriarch Kirill personally inside one of the Kremlin’s chapels. The law has seen vigorous debate, but the President defended the compromises: “I believe that the optimal version … Read more Russian Government Returns Religious Properties to Orthodox Church