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Atheists Feeling Insecure In Russia

Russian intellectuals are trying to revive an ideology that has fallen out of fashion, reports Ecumenical News International from Moscow.

A group of scientists and human rights activists has established the Moscow Society of Atheists in order to revive an ideology that has gone out of fashion here during a decade of post-communist life.

The society has been set up to defend Russia against what its members see as the threat of clericalism as religion, particularly as the Russian Orthodox Church, the country's main church, grows in influence.

But Vsevolod Chaplin, a leading priest at the Russian Orthodox Church's Moscow Patriarchate, told ENI that the move was part of a broader trend, which he described as a "new wave of godlessness among a certain group of Russian intellectuals".

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