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Interior of Orthodox Church – Poltava – Ukraine
There’s a good reason why modern countries try to separate church and state: religion and politics produce a toxic mix, and nowhere can that be seen more clearly than in Russia.
The Russian Orthodox Church, since the times of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, has been intertwined with the evolving Russian state. Rising in power during the czarist Russia in the 16th to 18th centuries, the church was brought to heel by Peter the Great, who established its governing body, the Holy Synod, in 1721 — a body that Peter and subsequent czars kept under their control…
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