Orthodoxy Outside Russia

Outside of Russia all the main Orthodox churches have suffered persecution in the 20th century, whether from nationalism that took away their lands or from Communist rule. The destruction of religious life and its associated customs and traditions, and of people, buildings, and artifacts across the Orthodox world is greater than at any other time in their history. However, once Communism fell in the 1980s the church was able to rebuild itself swiftly and efficiently, and has emerged in many of the Orthodox countries—for example Russia, Georgia, Serbia, and Romania—as a major social force.

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