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The Patriarch and the President: Religion and Political Choice in Russia

  title={The Patriarch and the President: Religion and Political Choice in Russia},
  author={William M. Reisinger and Vicki L. Hesli and Ebru Erdem},
In this article, we argue that the political attitudes and electoral behavior of Orthodox adherents in Russia today exemplify the traditional symphonic ideal of church-state relations. As supporters of President Yeltsin, Orthodox believers are carrying forward the idea of sobornost, whereby subjects, while devoted to the church, submit freely to just rulers. In addition, following the tradition of a Christian citizen, believers have the obligation and responsibility to go to the polls and… 
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