Founded in 2001, United Russia is a big-tent, centrist-conservative party associated with Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, who between them have held the president and prime minister positions since 2008. The party is often considered to have pro-authoritarian tendencies and has been accused of using extra-electoral means to secure its hold on power. With an overwhelming majority in the Russian Duma, United Russia has struck a nationalist-conservative tone and generally supports market-oriented policies. It has generally taken a hands-off approach to religion, preferring to leave the subject largely untouched, although both Putin and Medvedev maintain a relatively friendly relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church. It remains to be seen if United Russia will take more aggressive action regarding rising religious intolerance in Russia.