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At Easter we must reflect on the truth that politics cannot save us – even ‘Christian’ politics

Christianity has long been used as a political weapon in global powerplay, writes Tim Farron MP

Friday 15 April 2022 10:21 BST
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Both Putin and Patriarch Kirill, head of the orthodox church, have been explicit about their efforts to defend ‘traditional Christian values’
Both Putin and Patriarch Kirill, head of the orthodox church, have been explicit about their efforts to defend ‘traditional Christian values’ (AP)

After nearly six weeks of brutal bombardment of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s forces, it is clear that the world is as full of war, violence and hatred as ever. In his desire to reclaim lost power in eastern Europe, the Russian president has declared that he is “liberating” Ukraine from Nazism and genocide, but many western commentators have missed the point: this war is also about religion.

Kyiv is the birthplace of the Russian Orthodox Church, and Putin’s attempt to occupy Ukraine is part of his desire to reunify the church and build what he calls “spiritual security” into his national security.

Both Putin and Patriarch Kirill, head of the orthodox church, have been explicit about their efforts to defend “traditional Christian values” against what they see as evil progressive western influences. Foreign policy and militarism are their tools in this battle.

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