Religion in the Russian Sphere of Influence

February 15, 2018

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, observers became optimistic about a future of increased civil liberties and religious practices in the former Soviet states. However, in recent years, this hope has faded to a realist recognition of the complicated situation of religious practice in the region, especially in Russia. In the wake of increasing restrictions on religious liberty and the evolution of a symbiotic yet troubled relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, it is worthwhile to ponder the future role of religious institutions throughout the region.

This week the Berkley Forum features two perspectives on this issue, both adapted from presentations offered during a roundtable on "Religion in the Shadow of Kremlin" at the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

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Religion in the Russian Sphere of Influence