Death of Gleb Yakunin

December 25, 2014
Moscow, Russia

Dissident Russian cleric dies at 80
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The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Gleb Yakunin, a dissident Russian Orthodox priest who was defrocked and later excommunicated, has died at age 80.

His widow, Iraida, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he died Dec. 25 from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease.

Yakunin, who denounced persecution of religious believers, served several years in prison in the 1980s and angered the church by accusing its top officials of having collaborated with the KGB during Soviet...

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