I made some minor edits and added the link to Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech.
Regardless of what else, Putin and crowd well know that it was the leadership and direction of Ronald Reagan, William J. Casey, and Pope John Paul II (with Margaret Thatcher in support) that hit hardest in order to bring down the Soviet Union—that the deep religious convictions of those three men and their supporters provided the moral authority to defeat the U.S.S.R.
See the following three articles for information on Putin and his beliefs about God. The final URL is a link to Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech.
- “Does Putin Believe in God? NYT Op-Ed, History Suggest He Does” (Newsmax, September 12, 2013)
- “The Story Of The Russian Orthodox Church And Its New Convert, President Putin” (European Institute of Protestant Studies, February 03, 2003)
- “World leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution, Vladimir Putin says” (LifeSiteNews, August 01, 2013)
- “Remarks at the Annual Convention of the the National Association of Evangelicals” (American Rhetoric, March 08, 1983)