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Pussy Riot activists recently released from prison have “extended an olive branch” to the Russian Orthodox Church.
A year after the punk band Pussy Riot performed a protest song in Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral, the situation for freedom of expression is worsening in Russia.
A Russian court's decision not to allow Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina to defer serving her sentence to a later date has been widely criticised.
The feeing of one defendent is only a half-measure in achieving justice for the three members of punk group Pussy Riot, human rights groups say.
Patriarch Kirill I has called clergy who opposed the holding of mass prayer meeting in Moscow on 22 April 2012 "traitors in cassocks."
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.
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 Russian and Greek Orthodox churches are strongly objecting to plans in both countries to introduce electronic national identity cards.