Tsar's slain relatives victims of political repressions - human rights activists

Russia's oldest human rights organization, Moscow Helsinki Group, has supported the House of Romanov's plans to seek rehabilitation of all members of the imperial family, who were executed by Bolsheviks after the revolution. "I do not see any reason for rejection. No doubt, they must be recognized as victims of political repressions," MHG chief Lyudmila Alexeyeva told Interfax.

Russian Church suggests using Internet to promote positive ideals

The Russian Orthodox Church accepts that it is important and necessary to fight against criminality in Internet, but doesn't think that strengthening of control over world web can play key role in struggling against social vices. "We shouldn't lay all our hopes on some prohibitive measures in Internet, it's way to nowhere," PR head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Fr. Mikhail Prokopenko told Interfax-Religion.

False interpretation of freedom gives rise to collective devil obsession - Patriarch Kirill

Wrong interpretation of freedom in the world today gives rise to massive devil obsession, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes. "People subdue their minds to dangerous and sinful ideas, don't they? Today many ideologies use God-granted freedom to turn man into animal, to liberate sinful, instinctive human sources with reference to freedom," the Patriarch said at his Sunday sermon in Christ the Savior Cathedral.

The Moscow Patriarchate parish in Oxford acquires a former Anglican church

The Russian parish of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Oxford purchases former Anglican church situated close to the city center and named after the same saint, parishioners told Interfax-Religion.

Since its foundation, the parish has been worshipping in a variety of rented accommodation, but most often services are celebrated in Anglican Church of St. Egidio.

Finnish Goths believe Patriarch Kirill is a man of faith

Musicians from Finnish gothic rock group From Ashes can't help sharing their impressions of the new Patriarch with their friends from the Russian Orthodox Church. "I read an interview of your new patriarch Kiril and it feels he's really a man of faith," the group leader wrote in his letter to Rector of the Descent of the Holy Sprit Church on Lazarevskoye cemetery Hegumen Sergy (Rybko) and coordinator of the Orthodox Fraternities Union Yury Ageschev.

Orthodox service conducted in Notre Dame de Paris

Orthodox vespers was conducted last week in Notre Dame de Paris following the tradition of Lent. Over 500 pilgrims from various cities of France and neighboring European countries venerated the Savior's crown of thorns. Rector of the Three Holy Hierarchs Church Hegumen Nestor (Sirotenko) conducted the vespers, the Korsun Diocese website has reported.

Bulgarian Orthodox Church, leadership have always Been legitimate: Prime Minister of Bulgaria

Bulgarian Orthodox Church and its leadership have always been legitimate, Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev told journalists Monday, emerging from a meeting with Patriarch Maxim. Stanishev specified he had requested the meeting to discuss yet again the situation involving a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He said he regarded the judgment with great concern because it was important and all ways and instruments should be found to defend the authority and unity of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.