Moscow, Feb. 25, 2008 (CWNews.com) - Russian President Valdimir Putin has announced that Russian Orthodox seminarians are obliged to do mandatory military service, Vatican Radio reports.
Putin's policy announcement appears to put the government on a collision course with the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Moscow patriarchate in the past has threatened to expel any seminarians who use firearms or engage in military service.
“I Learned That the Lord Is Always Near” - Fr. Vadim Marinich serves at the Church of the Archangel Michael in the city of Vorkuta (in the extreme north of Russia in the Autonomous Republic of Komi)...
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