Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: This week, we begin our weeklong series Inside Putin’s Russia.
With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, special correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin traveled to more than a dozen cities, conducted 40 interviews, and were arrested twice. They will report later on Russian propaganda, Russia’s opposition, Russians who join ISIS, and the tense relationship with the U.S.
But the first story explores a new Russian identity. It’s a combination of religion, old Russian traditions, and rediscovered patriotism.
This new identity helps explain how people in today’s Russia think, how President Putin acts, and why he remains popular.
We begin in the southern city of Krasnodar.
NICK SCHIFRIN: It is Sunday morning in Russia’s conservative south. More than 70 percent of Russians are Orthodox Christian. And under President Vladimir Putin, the church has been revitalized.
Archpriest Ivan Garma