Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Russian military-service policy puts Putin on conflict with Orthodox Church

Moscow, Feb. 25, 2008 ( - 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.


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