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Photo credit: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte invited the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) to expand its presence in the country, TASS reports. He spoke about this during his speech at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club. Duterte is sure that Orthodoxy will help curb the spread of the ideology of terrorists. The head of state...

04.10.2019 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: The vast majority of clergy of the West European Russian Exarchate in Europe have expressed a desire to join the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), the website of the Moscow Patriarchate reports. The collective decision was made after a meeting of clergymen, which was held in Paris on September...

30.09.2019 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: The first stone of the future Orthodox church has been laid down in the Lebanese city of Zahl. The temple will be dedicated to the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary “Unexpected joy", Sedmitsa.RU reports. The ceremony was attended by hierarchs of the Antioch Patriarchate, foreign...

26.09.2019 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: The Holy Synod integrates the head of the Archdiocese of the Western European Parishes of Russian Tradition as well as clergy and parishes who wish to follow him, to join the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC).  Earlier, the head of the “Russian exarchate”, Archbishop John (Renneto), requested the entry into the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church...

16.09.2019 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III expressed strong support for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Interfax news agency reports. According to him, there is only one Orthodox church in Ukraine - the one led by Metropolitan Onufry and which over the past year has been attacked by the Ukrainian...

06.09.2019 Subject: Religion

Photo: Orthodox worshippers around the globe celebrate one of the main church holidays - the Ascension of Christ – on Thursday, June 6, TASS reports. After the Resurrection, the Savior repeatedly met with his apostles, teaching them the basics of faith. On...

06.06.2019 Subject: Religion


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As the Russkiy Mir reported, residents of Papua New Guinea addressed the head of the Russian Orthodox Church with a collective petition to establish an Orthodox mission in their country. This proposal was put forward after Kirill Shrakbul, a priest and head of the ROC mission in Taiwan, had visited Papua New Guinea.
On September 1, millions of children in Russia went to school. And millions of their peers in Ukraine also went to schools. Everything seems to be the same: flowers, bows, well-dressed children, excited parents... And yet there is a difference and a very significant one: children in Russia go to schools to study in their native language. However, starting with this academic year, hundreds of thousands of Russian-speaking children no longer have this opportunity in Ukraine.
The opposition bloc won at the parliamentary elections held in Montenegro. Its position is considered pro-Serb and pro-Russian. Director of the Center for Contemporary Balkan Crisis Studies of the RAS Institute of Slavic Studies Dr. Elena Guskova believes that if the opposition succeeds in uniting efforts the country's foreign policy can seriously change.
The Russian school is usually criticized for endless reforms and the notorious unified national exam. However it provides a rather high-quality consistent classical education following legacy of the very Prussian gymnasium, which was the foundation for its predecessors, schools of the Russian Empire and the USSR, to grow upon. Thus, it is a potent soft power tool abroad. However, mere financial and licensing support to private Russian schools in other countries is insufficient for this soft power to be efficient.