Moscow, May 25, Interfax – Last Monday, on the Day of Slavic Script Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
The head of government and head of the Russian Orthodox Church met in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Patriarch’s suite. Putin came in with a large bunch of roses and a present. “My best wishes!” he said and handed Patriarch flowers and the icon of St. Kirill and St. Methodius.
“I have signed several orders to transfer a whole real estate package to the Church free of charge,” Putin added and noted with regret, “there are many dilapidated premises.”
“It doesn’t matter,” Patriarch said, “we shall restore it together, bit by bit.”
After journalists have made some joint pictures of them, Patriarch and Vice President left for a separate room to talk over a cup of tea.