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Church of Russia

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*The [[Church of Ukraine|Ukrainian Orthodox Church]]
The self-governing churches receive their [[chrism]] from the Patriarch of Moscow and exercise their activities on the basis of patriarchal [[tomos]]. This claim of jurisdiction is disputed by other Orthodox churches in a number of cases (particularly in Estonia, and Moldova and Ukraine, as well as in the [[diaspora]]; there are also major schismatic elements in Ukraine that want a locally governed church), due mainly to the changing shape of the boundaries of Russia (the canonical territory of the Church of Russia was ecumenically defined in 1589 as being the territory of the now-defunct Russian Empire).
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