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Fr Fedor Konyukhov tries out the gondola of his hot-air balloon during a visit to Cameron Balloons in Bristol in February (PA)

Fr Fedor Konyukhov, ordained in 2010, has already rowed across the Atlantic, climbed Everest and sailed around the world three times

Patriarch Kirill doesn’t want large sections of his flock looking westwards

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot afford to alienate Ukrainians as it bids for primacy within the Orthodox world