Russia has just opened a massive cathedral in honor of its military, a major project favored by President Vladimir Putin.
The cathedral serves the Russian Orthodox faith. Its military connection is no coincidence.
Putin has made the glorification of the military a major part of his appeal to Russian voters throughout his 20-year leadership.
The opening of the cathedral overlaps with a referendum that could see Putin remain as president until 2036.
When the project was announced, Russia’s defense minister promised the steps would be poured from “German trophy hardware” — rumored to be a reference to melted-down Nazi tanks.
The building is filled with symbolism in honor of Russia’s military history — but also caused controversy with a planned mosaic of Putin that was ultimately canceled.
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Russia has just built a huge cathedral in honor of its military to commemorate 75 years since the end of WWII.