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About Geraldine Fagan

Geraldine Fagan is author of Believing in Russia – Religious Policy after Communism, due out in paperback in spring 2014. She is Moscow correspondent for Forum 18 News Service.


Articles by Geraldine Fagan

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Russia’s spinning moral compass

Vladimir Putin’s latest political course as president – from the jailing of Pussy Riot to the law against gay ‘propaganda’ – strikes many as being one defined by the Russian Orthodox Church. But is it really so?

Soviet anti-religion has returned, claim Europe's last surviving pagans

In their remote forest republic 400 miles east of the Moscow, the pagan Mari people are once again being harassed by the authorities. While the administrative lever used today is different — charges of “extremism” — their approach is more than reminiscent of the way their Soviet counterparts dealt with dissent.

Russia’s ambitious new Patriarch

So what of Russia's new Patriarch Kirill? The man behind the Church's extraordinary overseas revival since the fall of communism is complex and contradictory, says Geraldine Fagan. But that is what's needed to lead the Russian Orthodox Church
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