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'No' to I.D. cards

Orthodox churches in Russia and Greece objected to plans in both countries to introduce electronic national identity cards with personal and financial information.

Thousands of Orthodox believers demonstrated against the cards in the streets of Greece March 27.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill II said the church has asked for the cards to be optional and understands concerns that "all-encompassing information ... could in the long term be used to discriminate against citizens based on their worldview."


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