Russia in Ukraine: What’s Religion Got to Do with It?

on Thu Apr 21, 2022

Online panel "Russia in Ukraine: What’s Religion Got to Do with It?"

 On Thursday, April 21 12:30 p.m. – 1: 30 p.m. ET (US)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly invoked religion in an effort to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

How, specifically, has Putin used religion—and in particular, Russian Orthodox Christianity—in his rhetoric? To what extent has it helped him build support for the war? How do such actions fit into a larger global context where political leaders at times seek to instrumentalize religion for ostensibly secular ends? And how is religion helping to address the human cost of the war, as religious NGOs provide assistance for Ukrainian refugees?

Join us to hear insights from a panel of experts, who will discuss these questions.

Presented by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and co-sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and the University of Notre Dame’s World Religions World Church program.


  • Jose Casanova, Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University
  • Robert Crews, Professor of History, Stanford University
  • Annemarie Reilly, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President for Strategy, Technology & Communications, Catholic Relief Services
  • Pavlo Smytsnyuk, Director, Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University


  • Charles Powell, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Multifaith Engagement, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

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