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Russian officials hand over old Catholic, Lutheran churches to Russian Orthodox

December 14, 2010

Catholic and Lutheran officials in the Russian city of Kaliningrad have been frustrated for years in their efforts to regain the use of church buildings that had been confiscated by the Soviet regime. Now the local government has handed over control of those churches—not to the original Catholic and Lutheran owners, but to the Russian Orthodox Church.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 16, 2010 5:39 PM ET USA

    Would it be because the Russian Orthodox Church is easier to keep under the thumb of the Russian government and gets rewarded as a result?