Carnegie Center: Putin and Russian Patriarch at odds over Ukraine
Disagreements have emerged between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kirill of Moscow, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), following the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. This was noted by Andrey Pertsev, researcher from the Carnegie Moscow Center, as reported by Voice of America.
“It has long been known that the president and the patriarch’s relations became strained after the start of the Ukrainian crisis and the conflict in the Donbas,” the researcher observes.
According to Pertsev, the support of the Church, which could criticize the government in Ukraine, would be a significant propaganda instrument for Putin, and would …read more