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If we accept that Christian values as expressed by the Orthodox Church form part of modern Russian society’s value system, then the Bases of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church are its fullest expression.

THE Russian media's attention to the pope's foreign trips is intensifying as recent papal visits form a ring around Russia. The five-day visit of John Paul II to Ukraine has resonated widely through Russian society. This is in no small measure due to the fact that in making his trip to Ukraine, the pope for the first time disregarded one of his main rules and did not first win the agreement of the country's largest Christian denomination, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.