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"Russia always was a Christian country. It is, and always will be, a Christian country. You can't change a state in 70 years."
That's the claim of a monk of the Russian Orthodox Church, which this week celebrates its 1,000th anniversary. Tonight's special comes from the Church of the Resurrection in the heart of Moscow. It is the music and the beauty of the worship that has kept the church alive.
Ian Gall meets members of the congregation, including Georgy Karlovitch Wagner , who tells of ten years' imprisonment in a Siberian labour camp for attempting to stop the destruction of churches under Stalin. The Liturgy is celebrated by Metropolitan Pitirim, one of the most senior bishops of the Russian Church, who affirms that the church is now experiencing a remarkable revival. Sound MIKE SAVAGE
Photography JIM PEIRSON Producer SIMON HAMMOND Editor STEPHEN WHITTLE
('Everyman: Holy Russia: One
Thousand Years'. tonight at 10.15pm) â FEATURE: page 82
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