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Orthodox Russians celebrate Easter with a nightly service in the Moscow Cathedral

MOSCOW — Worshipers including President Vladimir Putin packed Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral for an overnight Easter service led by Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church and an outspoken supporter of the Kremlin.

The traditional chanted service began late Saturday, with Kirill delivering well wishes to Orthodox believers, which were broadcast on Russian television. A procession of white-clad clergy then marched around the massive cathedral, rebuilt in post-Soviet times and widely seen as symbolic of Russia’s rejection of its atheist past, waving smoking censers and singing the liturgy.