Fri 31st Oct 2014 | Last updated: Thu 30th Oct 2014 at 16:43pm

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Topic: Russia

Russia’s demographic emergency

Russia’s population decline is a national emergency, and its attitude to abortion is to blame

An Orthodox priest has shown just how many unborn lives one person can save

Fr Alexis Tarasov says that sometimes talking and listening to someone is all it takes

There are, we are told, 800 million people for whom the ECHR is the last recourse against tyrannical governments. But does this argument really hold water?

Tyrannical governments, unlike our own, just ignore the ECHR when they don’t like its judgments

Two million Russians venerate Marian relic believed to boost fertility

The belt of the Mother of God, believed by the Orthodox to have been worn by the Virgin Mary, has been brought to Russia from Mount Athos

Prince William and his bride have the chance to shape Britain’s ideas about marriage

The monarchy has great symbolic power: the royal couple could set a standard about the purpose and meaning of matrimony

‘Prayer is absolutely essential – or you die’

Ed West meets Fr Michael Shields, the priest who exchanged the frozen wastes of Alaska for the post-Soviet wilderness of Siberia

Benedict XVI meets President Medvedev

Pope receives Russian president at the Vatican and exchanges gifts

Benedict XVI meets Russian president

Pope receives President Dmitry Medvedev at the Vatican

It could be that Rome has finally worked out what kind of nuncio we need

But we really don’t know; maybe I’m being guilty of wishful thinking

Holy See’s ambassador in Moscow is named nuncio to Great Britain

Archbishop Mennini is widely credited with improving relations with the Russian Orthodox