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The Old Believers, Russia's informal diplomats in the Vatican

The Pope Francis with Leonid Sevastianov, the leader of the World Union of Old Believers, and his wife, the singer Svetlana Kasyan.
The Pope Francis with Leonid Sevastianov, the leader of the World Union of Old Believers, and his wife, the singer Svetlana Kasyan. © Indigo Publications
While the majority of attempts at mediation between Russia and the West on Ukraine have failed, a communication channel with the Vatican remains. It is run by Leonid Sevastianov, a religious dissident and ex-consultant who is well-connected in Moscow. [...] (698 words)
Issue dated 27/06/2022 Reading time 3 minutes
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