White Nationalists Connect To Russian Orthodox Church, Putin : Consider This from NPR The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is gaining followers in the U.S. — not Russian immigrants, but American converts drawn to its emphasis on "traditional values."

NPR's Odette Yousef reports some new converts are using the religion to spread white nationalist views. More from her story here.

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Why White Nationalists Identify With A Russian Church — And Vladimir Putin

Why White Nationalists Identify With A Russian Church — And Vladimir Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas liturgy at the Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Petersburg early on Jan. 7, 2020. In the U.S., Orthodox Christianity is a relatively small faith tradition, but in recent years, it has expanded to new regions. Some new converts are using the religion to spread white nationalist views. Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas liturgy at the Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Petersburg early on Jan. 7, 2020. In the U.S., Orthodox Christianity is a relatively small faith tradition, but in recent years, it has expanded to new regions. Some new converts are using the religion to spread white nationalist views.

Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is gaining followers in the U.S. — not Russian immigrants, but American converts drawn to its emphasis on "traditional values."

NPR's Odette Yousef reports some new converts are using the religion to spread white nationalist views. More from her story here.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman and Elena Burnett. It was edited by Andrew Sussman and Ashley Brown. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.