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Russian Group Sets Up 'Russophobia' Research Center

A group linked to the Russian Orthodox Church says it has created a center for the study of Russophobia.

Aleksandr Shchilkov, a member of the World Russian People's Council, said at a press conference in Moscow on April 3 that the study of Russophobia has both a "political aspect that concentrates on the defense of ethnic Russians and an academic aspect."

He said his Moscow-based group engages in academics "and for this purpose we've set up a specialized center."

Russian state media and officials have frequently claimed that the West does not portray Russia fairly, especially since the Ukraine conflict began in 2014.

The World Russian People's Council, which is formally headed by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, is an international organization that concerned with the "present and future of Russia."

Russian President Vladimir Putin received an award from the World Russian People's Council in 2013.

Based on reporting by TASS and RIA Novosti