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Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church and Catholic Archbishop Jozef Michalik of Przemysl have signed a statement of reconciliation in Warsaw.
The trial and imprisonment of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has split the country, brought criticism on the Church and provoked global outrage.
Patriarch Kirill I has called clergy who opposed the holding of mass prayer meeting in Moscow on 22 April 2012 "traitors in cassocks."
Amnesty International have called for the release of three young women arrested for staging an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral.
Vladimir Putin's election to a third term as Russian president has spurred debates about civil society and church-state relations within the Russian Orthodox Church.
Reports are coming in suggesting that LGBT rights campaigners have been excluded from pro-democracy campaigns in Russia.
After a week of protest over alleged fraud in the 4 December parliamentary election, the Russian Orthodox Church has called for stricter controls on the process.
A veteran human rights campaigner has warned of growing restrictions on religious freedom in Russia, and has urged more action on the issue.
The Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church has called on his Russian counterpart to reconcile, after a war between the two countries in 2008.
The US decision to site interceptor missiles at the Deveselu air base in Romania has triggered warnings from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).