Athos is not just a holy land for Orthodox believers from around the world and pilgrimage destination, it is also two dozen monasteries which have been living in solitude and by their own rules over a thousand years.
Vladimir Putin took the floor at a plenary session of the International Discussion Club Valdai in Sochi on Thursday. The event was attended by Russian and foreign experts in the field of international relations.
The split of Orthodox Christianity or the isolation of Russia? Over the past two weeks, Orthodox believers have been anxiously watching the conflict between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. What may the situation lead to?