Disinfo: Estonian President refused to congratulate Orthodox Christians on Christmas

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue53
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/01/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Estonia
  • Keywords: Christmas, Christianity

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