Reporting from Putin’s Russia

By Jonathon Van Maren In March, I traveled to Russia to meet with Danish journalist Iben Thranholm on a research project to examine the connections between faith, politics, and power in modern Russia. Here is my reporting from Russia, in one place for your convenience if you happen to be interested. Our day with a…

The bloody Baptism of Russia

By Jonathon Van Maren In Russia, everything seems to have a violent backstory. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, for example, was built in Moscow in 1883, the largest church in the vast Russian Empire—until Joseph Stalin, in his iconoclastic fervor, blew it up to make way for a proletarian public swimming pool. Accompanied by…