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Orthodox FM Radio To Start Broadcasting In Moscow

A Russian Orthodox radio station called "Vera" (Faith) will start broadcasting in Moscow this week.

The Russian Orthodox Church’s information department says the station's first program will air on September 14 on FM 100.9 frequency in Moscow.

It said the radio was established by Moscow residents with the "blessing and support" of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The station's programs will focus on history, children’s upbringing, family issues, the Orthodox calendar and Bible studies.

The programs will include modern Russian and foreign music.

Russia's dominant religious organization has undergone a revival since the breakup of the communist Soviet Union in 1991.

President Vladimir Putin has held out the Russian Orthodox Church as a guiding force for society and has been criticized for tightening ties between church and state.

Based on statement by and reporting by Interfax

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