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Stalin, Putin removed from mosaics of new Russian Orthodox church

May 18, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: “The church is meant to be a kind of pantheon that glorifies Russian history and its leaders,” according to an earlier report. “In addition to the face of the current president [Putin] and the dictator who persecuted the Church and religions [Stalin], there is also the defense minister Sergei Shoygu, the foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, the secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev.”

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  • Posted by: garedawg - May. 18, 2020 1:19 PM ET USA

    In the past, the artist would stick the faces of his friends on the angels, and the faces of his enemies on the damned. But in the case of Stalin, an angel would look strange with a big bushy mustache.