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"A lot has remained from Soviet times when priests were too afraid to speak frankly to the people in power, to criticize them," he said. "This whole phenomenon is in the spirit not even of yesterday but of the day before yesterday. It cannot go on for long."
"Very serious questions have been raised, however uncomfortable for the authorities. We will hope that the authorities respond to them adequately and honestly," church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin told the Interfax news agency.