There are very disheartening news coming from both Ukraine and Russia today. Russia's political party that holds the power stated that they will consult the Russian Orthodox Church before starting to work on new bills. The are promising to furnish the church with the Duma's (that is, the Russian parliament's) legislative agenda, so that the church leaders can participate in lawmaking.
Nobody cares, of course, that there are many people who practice other religions in Russia. Nobody cares that the Constitution offers equality to people of different religions (at least, in theory). Nobody cares that there are huge numbers of atheists and agnostics. Nobody is interested in upholding the ideal of the separation of church and state (stated in the Constitution of the Russian Federation). Nobody wants to remember that the Russian Orthodox Church is a profoundly corrupt organization, which collaborated with the totalitarian Soviet regime and helped it persecute people.
Americans like to think that since elections were held in Russia, the country has become a democracy. They couldn't be more wrong. The ruling party led by Putin still does whatever it wants. And to hell with the constitution and the human rights.