Putin awards Old Believers Metropolitan

22/2/13

On Friday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin awarded the head of the Church of Old Believers Metropolitan Cornelius with an Order of Friendship.

The Old Believers is a Christian denomination, which separated from the Russian Orthodox Church in the 17th century.

This is the first time ever that a head of the Russian state awards an Old Believers leader with a state order.

Metropolitan Cornelius, whose secular name is Konstantin Titov, says that such a high award is a great honor for him.

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