February 10, 2013

Putin Appeals to Russia's 'Silent Majority'

Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

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Putin is always looking for new ways to consolidate his power, and a well that never seems to run dry for him is the traditionally state-friendly Russian Orthodox Church. Patriarch Kirill I, the primate of the Church, recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of his leadership, and Putin took the opportunity to state his support for increased Church influence in Russian life.

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