A friend of mine (an elderly Catholic priest), recently gave to me a DVD of a documentary presented by a fellow called Br Nathaniel, an American but some kind of orthodox religious.
Anyway, the substance of it was that Putin was doing great things for Christians in Russia, and opposing things like SSM, etc. There was footage of a speech of Putin to Russian Bishops, and he did really seem to be highly religious, and was saying that the Church was the heart of Russia, etc (or things to that effect).
The other thing this fellow said was that ISIS was had actually be started by the CIA, as a way to de-stabilize the government of Syria, but then had got out of control. There were various quotes from people (former US politicians and officials), which seemed to be discussing such a plan…
Does anyone know anything about this Br. Nathaniel?
He seems a little eccentric, but well informed.