Russia’s Orthodox Culture Warrior Comes To The Aid Of Kosovo’s Serbs

Jasmina Scekic - Radio Free Europe 4/2/14 NORTH MITROVICA, Kosovo -- It's a real Catch-22 trying to open a nongovernmental organization in a country you don't recognize. After all, it's hard to apply for registration from officials you regularly denounce as "occupiers." This is the dilemma faced by Vitaly Milonov, a municipal legislator from the Russian city of ...

Gloves Come Off In Moldova’s Church-State Battle

Mircea Ticudean - 3/7/13 It is a little like the proverbial unstoppable force running up against an immovable object. Moldova's reformist, pro-EU ruling coalition is increasingly running up against the country's powerful, conservative Orthodox Church as it approaches the coveted goal of initialing an Association Agreement with the European Union in Vilnius in November. Integration with the European ...

Orthodox Churches Fight Back As Eastern Europe Pushes To Modernize, Secularize

By Robert Coalson - 26/5/13 Many were shocked on May 17 to see a phalanx of black-robed Orthodox clergy break into a trot and lead an angry mob in an attack on a gay-rights rally in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Although the official Orthodox hierarchy in Georgia denounced the violence that left 17 injured, Georgian Patriarch Illia II had ...