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. 

Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Russia has just built a huge cathedral in honor of its military to commemorate 75 years since the end of WWII.

Its full…

Continue reading…

Latest news from over 110 Russian and Western sources, YouTube and Twitter.
Our archive contains 348,626 news items. 414 articles added this week.