Franklin Graham Meets With Sanctioned Russian

The Christian Post reports:

Leading American evangelical Franklin Graham recently met with a Russian official sanctioned by the U.S. government during a trip to Moscow that he says Vice President Mike Pence “wholeheartedly supported.”

In addition to a meeting he had with Russian Orthodox Bishop Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and evangelical leaders, Graham also met with the leader of the lower house of the Russian Federal Assembly, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

Volodin is among seven Russian government officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014 on grounds that Russian leadership failed to take “concrete steps” to deescalate the situation of Russia’s “unlawful” actions in Ukraine. “Remember to keep him in your prayers,” Graham asked his Instagram followers.