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June 18, 2002 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fanciful log churches sprout like mushrooms in the deep woods outside this industrial city. Anatoly Kozhayev shuffles between them, his bushy gray hair and beard giving him a more than passing resemblance to a troll. The pilgrim and tour guide surveys the churches' curvy green roofs and shiny copper domes and sighs with satisfaction. "Isn't this a fairy tale?" he asks. Just three years ago, this wood held little more than mosquitoes and secrets.
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June 18, 2002 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fanciful log churches sprout like mushrooms in the deep woods outside this industrial city. Anatoly Kozhayev shuffles between them, his bushy gray hair and beard giving him a more than passing resemblance to a troll. The pilgrim and tour guide surveys the churches' curvy green roofs and shiny copper domes and sighs with satisfaction. "Isn't this a fairy tale?" he asks. Just three years ago, this wood held little more than mosquitoes and secrets.
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April 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia has banned a Roman Catholic priest from Italy from returning to his parishes, the priest said, amid heightened tensions between the Vatican and Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Rev. Stefano Caprio, who has lived in Russia since 1989, said passport officers ripped up his visa as he left Moscow on Friday for Italy. Caprio said by phone that he was refused a new visa and was told he was on a list of banned foreigners.
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September 25, 1997 | From Associated Press
A hotly debated bill that many believe will curb freedom of religion in Russia won unanimous and final passage from parliament Wednesday and appeared certain to become law. Boris N. Yeltsin's spokesman has indicated that the president will sign the legislation, which enshrines Russia's conservative Orthodox Church as the country's preeminent religion.
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May 8, 2005 | Judith Shulevitz, Judith Shulevitz, the former editor of Lingua Franca, is writing a book about the Sabbath.
The weirdest sideshow at Michael Jackson's celebrity-trial circus is the dance of the fans. Who are these people who leave homes and jobs to wave aloft banalities ("You Are a Legend and Legends Are Indestructible," read one poster) and dash after the star like hungry pigeons? Anyone who fancies himself a serious student of what Preston Sturges called this country's "cockeyed caravan" should know the question has a precedent.
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June 14, 1997 | From Reuters
The Russian Orthodox Church has called off a proposed meeting this month between its Patriarch Alexiy and Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II. Officials said the churches had failed to agree on important issues that needed to be settled before their leaders could meet. The Holy Synod--the forum that brings together the Russian Church's top clergy--announced the decision in a statement Wednesday that restated Orthodoxy's opposition to Catholic efforts to win converts in Russia.
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April 11, 1999 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid increasingly optimistic assessments of heavy bomb damage to the Yugoslav military, the Pentagon on Saturday dispatched 82 more warplanes to the Balkans, clearing the way for round-the-clock attacks on the Serbian troops accused of a relentless campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in Kosovo. Pentagon spokesman Kenneth H. Bacon said the additional aircraft, nearly a 20% increase in the U.S.
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March 18, 1992 | VLADIMIR POZNER, Vladimir Pozner, author of "Eyewitness: A Personal Account of the Unraveling of the Soviet Union" (Random House, 1992), is a Russian journalist and television celebrity based in New York.
Do Russians know anything about the U.S. election campaign? And if they do, who would they vote for? New questions, these, a surprise to me as I did the mandatory book tour, talk-radio circuit, hop-skip-jumping from New York to Los Angeles via Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Seattle and . . . and . . . and. Past experience told me that Americans didn't care what Russians thought in general, let alone about White House candidates. Times have changed. Yes, Russians know about the campaign.
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May 24, 2002 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speaking at a Mass in Azerbaijan and at a later welcoming ceremony in Bulgaria, Pope John Paul II on Thursday pushed for better relations between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox faiths by stressing the shared fate of Christians who had faced Communist-era persecution.
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September 4, 1997 | VANORA BENNETT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Its factories are closed, its streets are pitted, and most investors go elsewhere. Just about the only people making money--and lots of it--in this shabby Volga River town are from the Russian Orthodox Church. That's because the entrepreneurial Bishop Alexander here has entered into a partnership with a California businessman, bottling local spring's water and selling it under the holy-sounding name "Saint Springs."
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