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Funeral of Soviet-era patriarch

The funeral of the late head of the Russian Orthodox Church Alexiy II has been taking place in Moscow.

Alexiy II, who died on Friday at the age of 79, had led the Church since the last days of the Soviet Union.

Russian media broadcast the service and cancelled entertainment programmes at the request of President Dmitry Medvedev.

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