Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Russian Orthodox Church Stands Much to Gain under Legislation

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that legislation adopted by the Russian parliament on Friday allows every religious denomination to demand from the state the return of its belongings seized in the Bolshevik Revolution.  The measure reportedly would be effective only upon the action of President Dmitry Medvedev.   A total of 11,000 objects reportedly are affected by the new law, which “was amended several times following fierce protests by museum directors.”  Although the legislation “received widespread support in parliament,” according to the story, Communist Party members objected to it because it would enable the Russian Orthodox Church to “own the most real estate in the country.”



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