How did Russia's longstanding sense of grievance morph into a civil religion?
Since the Soviet collapse, Christianity has flourished. This poses its own challenges.
The Orthodox Church aligns itself closely with the government. Yet its leaders have also offered some help to movements that challenge the status quo.
The best outcome of the tensions in Ukraine would allow the country to develop its unique role as a bridge between languages and cultures.
Pussy Riot became a cause célèbre for the Russian opposition and its Western supporters. Many Russian Orthodox believers saw things differently.