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Unorthodox diplomacy: the churchmen keeping Anglo-Russian relations alive

Churchmen in Moscow and London are negotiating far more effectively than their governments. But are they doing God's work, or Putin's?

By Michael Binyon   February 2018

Shrewd politicians “don’t do God,” but perhaps wise diplomats should. Certainly, that is what the state of Anglo-Russian relations suggests. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s chaotic visit to his Russian counterpart in December could hardly be counted a resounding success. Official state-to-state connections between London and Moscow are in tatters, as icy as during parts of the Cold War. But when it comes to communication between the countries’ religious leaders, a definite rapprochement is underway.

Patriarch Kirill made his first visit to Britain as head of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2016,…

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