Ukrainian protesters find refuge from police in Kiev monastery

A wounded protester stands in front of St. Michael

Thomas Grove - December 2013 (Reuters) - Around 100 Ukrainian pro-EU protesters took refuge from police batons and biting cold on Saturday inside the walls of a central Kiev monastery. With a barricade of benches pushed up against a gate to keep police out, protesters - who had rallied against President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to reject a pact ...

Church should have more control over Russian life: Putin

Thomas Grove - 1/2/13 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill. Faith runs deep in Russia after the fall of the officially atheist Soviet Union and Putin has ...