Putin Plans Orthodox Ceremony – Two Weeks before Election

November 19 (MOSCOW TIMES) — President Vladimir Putin is to host Russian Orthodox priests Monday in the Kremlin to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate. The ceremony — commemorating the 1917 council that installed Metropolitan Tikhon as the Church’s first patriarch since the early 18th century — comes just two weeks before the Dec. 2 State Duma elections. Full Report