Russian Muslims ask Moscow to lobby Saudis for increased haj quota to Mecca

By Reuters Staff
July 5, 2011

(Muslims attend Friday prayers under a snowfall at the Central Mosque in Almaty February 5, 2010/Shamil Zhumatov)

Moscow’s “Holy Rus” religious art show spotlights sacred Russia

By Reuters Staff
May 26, 2011

(A member of gallery staff passes an exhibit at the Holy Rus exhibition at the Central House of Artists in Moscow May 25, 2011/Denis Sinyakov)

Russia’s Muslim elite vows to tackle Islamist extremism

February 10, 2011
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(Russia's chief Mufti Ravil Gaynutdin in Moscow February 10, 2011/Sergei Karpukhin)

Moscow prison opens first prayer room for Muslims

January 24, 2011

butyrkaA prison where Soviet-era writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was jailed and a third of inmates are Muslims from the North Caucasus and Central Asia, has become the first in Moscow to open a Muslim prayer room.

Russian Orthodox Church’s Kirill on ecumenism, via Wikileaks

December 2, 2010

kirillSome interesting comments on Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, back in April 2008 when he was still Metropolitan Kirill, in a cable from the U.S. embassy in Moscow published by Wikileaks:

Moscow art curators anger Russian Orthodox church but escape jail

By Reuters Staff
July 12, 2010

moscow artTwo art curators have been found guilty in Moscow of inciting religious hatred in a case that has highlighted the growing influence of the Russian Orthodox church and its links to the Russian government.

Russian Orthodox want tougher abortion law, ties with “pro-life” West

By Reuters Staff
June 2, 2010
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Moscow's Red Square -- soon the site of an anti-abortion march? (Itar-Tass photo 9 May 2005)

In Moscow, Orthodox Christian churches draw closer

May 25, 2010
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C), Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (R) and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I meet in Moscow's Kremlin, May 25, 2010/Dmitry Astakhov

Russian Orthodox take icy plunges to celebrate Epiphany

January 19, 2010
Russian Orthodox believers washed away their sins by taking a plunge into icy waters on the feast of the Epiphany, which fell on Monday according to the Orthodox calendar.  The traditional triple dip commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan.  Here are several Reuters photographs and a Reuters video of Russians braving the winter cold to perform the ritual. dip 1

A man prepares to dip in icy waters during an Orthodox Epiphany celebration, with the air temperature at about -26 degrees Celsius ( -14.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in Pereslavl-Zalessky, some 140 km (87 miles) northeast of Moscow January 19, 2010/Sergei Karpukhin

Masked gunman kills Russian priest at Moscow church

November 20, 2009

russian-church (Photo: Russian Orthodox church in Moscow, 1 July 2009/Sergei Karpukhin)

A masked gunman entered a Moscow church and murdered a Russian Orthodox priest who had received death threats for converting Muslims to Christianity and criticizing Islam, prosecutors and church officials said Friday.  The killing could threaten delicate relations between the powerful majority Russian Orthodox Church, which has close ties to the Kremlin, and the country’s growing Muslim minority of about 20 million.