Posts Tagged ‘Putin’

Putin’s record in perspective Comments 0

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Amid talk of whether Vladimir Putin would leave the G20 early and numerous reports of frosty encounters between him and other summit leaders, Western media coverage has generally operated from the sometimes forcefully expressed underlying assumption that the West is dealing with an erratic and dangerous dictator whose rule damages the once-great country he leads. Read more

Will a new Cold War bring another Dark Age? Comments 0

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

We appear to have reached one of those extraordinary moments in history when people everywhere, communities and even entire nations, feel increasingly stressed and vulnerable. The same may be said of the planet as a whole. Whether intellectually or intuitively, many are asking the same question: Where are we heading? How do we explain the Read more

Pope Francs and President Putin to meet later in the month Comments 0

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25. Details are not yet in place, however the meeting comes at a time when the Catholic Church seeks to improve ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. Relations between Russia and the Vatican have been fraught since the 1991 breakup Read more

Syria crisis: Pope tells Vladimir Putin world leaders have allowed ‘senseless massacre’ Comments 3

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Pope Francis has written to Vladimir Putin criticising world leaders for standing by while a “senseless massacre” unfolded in Syria. In a letter sent on Sept 4 to Mr Putin in his role of host of the G20 conference, and published on Thursday, Francis wrote: “It is regrettable that, from the very beginning of the Read more

Putin, the last Tsar: The Orthodox Church’s approval Comments 0

Monday, May 14th, 2012

He quells the opposition with force, but Patriarch Kirill sees him as a “gift from heaven.” The alliance between throne and altar becomes an obstacle in the path towards ecumenism According to the opposition Putin is a despot, but Patriarch Kirill sees him as a gift from heaven. While the country’s leader harshly clamps down on public Read more