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Russia's Orthodox leader says feminism is very dangerous

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of the resurgent Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, said on Tuesday feminism was a "very dangerous" phenomenon offering an illusion of freedom to women who should focus on their families and children.Full story

Russian Orthodox activists denounce evolution at Moscow Museum

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Orthodox religious activists festooned a Moscow museum named for Charles Darwin with banners and leaflets denouncing evolution theory in a display of disdain for secular education. Full story

Dead 60 years, Stalin's influence lingers in Putin's Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A conference held under the auspices of the Russian Orthodox Church is perhaps the last place you might expect to hear a good word said about Josef Stalin. Full story

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