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Patriarch Alexy II
23 February 1929 - 5 December 2008
Patriarch Kirill
20 November 1946 - ...


History of Bell Founding in Russia, Part 2
At the end of the 19th century Russian bells won wide international acclaim. Products by Russian bell foundries were presented at numerous international exhibitions, and their owners took gold and silver prizes.
History of Bell Founding in Russia, Part 1
Since times immemorial bells and bell ringing have been an integral part of the Christian church service.


Moscow Authorities Approved of the Action 'Night in the Temple'
Night in the Temple is a project that gives a chance for anyone to go on a late excursion in churches, cathedrals, synagogues and mosques.
Unique Wooden Church Burned Down in Arkhangelsk Region
May 5 saw a fire in Pokrovo-Vlasyevsky Church in the Gavrilovsky Village, the Kargopol District of the Arkhangelsk Region.
A Priest Blesses Physical Violence Against the Hooligans
A Moscow priest and rector of several churches published a special instruction on what to do in case of a hooligan attack on a church. In particular, he blessed and encouraged the use of physical force against the hooligans.
Russian Atheists May Also Be Protected By Law
Should Russian atheists also reguire protection of their feelings, another law may be passed to this end, a State Duma deputy announced.
A Russian Designer Announces a Contest For a Religious Offence Sign
An occasionally notorious but very talented and successful Russian designer Artemy Lebedev announced a contest to create a special sign that would alert the believers of a potential offence to their feelings.
Russian Orthodox Activists Protest Against Jesus Christ (Superstar)
Russian Orthodox community becomes more and more outspoken of their religious feelings. Most recently the feelings were offended by A. L. Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. The show in Rostov Region was closed.
The Relics of Russian Saints Stolen From the Petersburg Church
A rather unprecedented extremist action happened in St. Petersburg: the relics of several Russian saints, including those of Alexander Nevsky, were stolen from the church.
Russian Orthodox Church Crosses Over to Social Media
vKontakte, Russia's leading social network, has announced the opening of an official group "Your Priest Online" ( ) where users can directly communicate with the clergy.

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