This rebroadcast revisits an unfortunately still-timely topic. We begin with a throwback to the Cold War of the 1970s and quickly arrive at the current war instigated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What are the demographics of religion in Russia today? What is the relationship between Church and State in Russia? How does Ukraine function as “spiritual space” in the Russian imagination? Is this a “religious war”? Check out the sources we’re discussing: UPDATED LINKS The Guardian’s Ukraine news page (updated): The so-called “Wagner Uprising” in Russia (attempted coup?): The Late Great Planet Earth (Hal Lindsey): US State Dept. on Russian religious affiliation (see Section I: Religious Demography): Putin’s spiritual destiny: Between Two Fires (Joshua Yaffa): A critique of Levada’s “Soviet Man”: Understanding Putin’s narrative: Putin wants religious soul of Ukraine: