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Russia: Patriarch's Press Secretary Wants LiveJournal to Ban Photoshops of Priests

In an interview [ru] with the Orthodox website Pravmir.Ru, Patriarch Kirill's press secretary, Aleksandr Volkov, complained that LiveJournal users are too often permitted to engage in “school bathroom” humor that derides the clergy. He appears to be responding to blogger Artemii Lebedev's August 31 online contest [ru] for best mock-ups of the Patriarch. Writer Dmitri Olshanskii criticized [ru] the Church in a post on Facebook, calling Volkov's reaction ‘un-Christian.’

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