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How to Entrench a De Facto State Church in Russia: A Guide in Progress
Brigham Young University Law Review (2008)
  • Robert C. Blitt
The Russian Orthodox Church's (ROC) assertion of a constitutionally inappropriate role in affairs of state has severely compromised Russia's secular constitutional framework. This gradual but steady erosion of the barrier between church and state is evidenced by a series of contemporary developments that are inexorably linked to the Church's vision of its traditional place in Russian history. Disturbingly, each successive post-communist regime has further enabled this behavior, and there is no indication that the political transition from President Vladimir Putin to his hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, will change anything. This paper argues that the emerging pattern of collusion presents a serious challenge to Russia's constitutional order and to the country's regional and international human rights commitments - chief among these being the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief.
  • Russia,
  • Putin,
  • Medvedev,
  • freedom of religion,
  • constitution,
  • human rights,
  • church-state,
  • international law,
  • european convention on human rights,
  • secular,
  • russian orthodox church,
  • international covenant on civil and political rights,
  • ICCPR,
  • universal declaration on human rights,
  • UDHR,
  • Kirill,
  • patriarch,
  • rule of law
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Robert C. Blitt. "How to Entrench a De Facto State Church in Russia: A Guide in Progress" Brigham Young University Law Review Vol. 2008 Iss. 3 (2008)
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