Putin Turns and Supports the Russian Orthodox Church

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Wednesday February 06, by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D.

As a man who constantly tried to stamp out religion and replace it with hard core communism, Stalin must be turning in his grave. Recently as a sign that one cannot control people's belief systems regardless of how hard one tries, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that the Russian Orthodox Church should have more control over Russian life, education, and military. That is a big Say What??

How much control, how much freedom etc. are all items that will no doubt be debated and negotiated, but it is a sign of the times and also a clear sign of the difference between Russian Communism which is moving towards democracy and Chinese Communism which still wants the state to control all of those things.

This is a tell tale crack which indicates a greater rift that may be coming.