PUTIN AND MEDVEDEV ATTEND EASTER SERVICES IN CHURCH OF CHRIST THE SAVIOR
Interfax-Religiia, 16 April 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin and head of government Dmitry Medvedev, with his wife, and also Moscow Mayor Sergei Sovianin attended the Easter service in the church of Christ the Savior, which was conducted by Patriarch Kirill.
V. Putin regularly attends churches during the principal church holidays. On Easter he usually is in Moscow, in the church of Christ the Savior, and on Christmas, as a rule, he visits in churches outside of the capital.
The only time when V. Putin did not attend Easter in the church of Christ the Savior was in 2003, when the head of state was in Tajikistan on an official visit and attended Easter services in the Orthodox church of St. Nicholas in Dushanbe.
By tradition, after midnight the patriarch and government leaders exchange Easter gifts. This time the president presented to the patriarch an Easter egg from the Zlatoust Collection, which was made of brass, gold, and chrysolites. (tr. by PDS, posted 17 April 2017)
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