Despite all my effort, the Russian Church remains a mystery to me



Evert van Vlastuin,

Does using holy water for military material fit with a peace mission? The Russian Orthodox Church is sometimes amazing. Photo AFP, Vyacheslav Oseledko

Really, the Russian Orthodox Church remains a mystery to me. From the Crimea crisis onwards, I have been busy finding out what is happening in the Russian soul. But as soon as I think I know what Patriarch Kirill thinks, he suddenly says something that turns my picture upside down.