Vladimir Putin has not always been an explicitly religious man, but new reports suggest that the leader’s belief in God, and the Eastern Orthodox Church as a whole, may connect directly to the Russian president’s obsession with invading Ukraine and claiming the invaded nation’s land as his country’s own.
According to The Telegraph, although Putin did not start his career as the most religious person, he reportedly grew more religious the higher he grew in the Russian hierarchy.
“The Russian Orthodox Church is a major force around what’s happening in Ukraine,” Artyom Lukin, an associate professor of international relations at Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University, recently revealed. “Putin started his career as a KGB man, but now he’s closely affiliated to the Church… he wants to recreate not the Soviet Union, but the Russian Empire.”
Putin’s stubborn devotion to recreating the Russian Empire allegedly goes hand in hand with