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Published on 20 Dec 2019 / In Youtube Clips

The eastern Orthodox church has over 250 million members around the world.
Its spiritual leader is based in Istanbul.
But for followers in Ukraine, there's a new found independence.
Churches there have officially cut ties with their Russian branch - accusing it of what they call 'pro-Moscow propaganda'.
The decision has angered Russian leaders, with Moscow warning of what it calls dire consequences.

So, was this a politically motivated decision?

Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam


Valentin Yakushik - Professor of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Marat Shterin - Professor of Sociology of Religion and Department Head of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London.

Alexander Bratersky - Senior Foreign Policy at Gazeta.ru newspaper.

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