Oleksandr Turchynov’s Baptist faith may help defuse Ukrainian crisis

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Oleksandr Turchynov, the interim president of strife-torn Ukraine.

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Oleksandr Turchynov, the interim president of strife-torn Ukraine.

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KIEV, Ukraine (RNS) Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov is neither Ukrainian Orthodox nor Eastern Rite Catholic, and that may be the key to his success at a time when fissures between East and West are threatening to split the country, analysts say.