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(Telegraph – London) The troubled Russian Orthodox Church in Britain split in two yesterday when its former head and half of its clergy switched their allegiance to another strand of orthodoxy.

Bishop Basil of Sergievo was forcibly retired last month by his superior, the Patriarch of Moscow, Alexis II, after a bruising power struggle caused by a clash of values between Moscow and its more liberal British satellite.

But yesterday the bishop announced that he and many of his supporters would be joining a parallel European diocese under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew of Constantinople. (Click for more information)

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