Russian church and state reach an accord

By Sophia Kishkovsky 31/5/2012 Access to returned churches guaranteed, as Putin gives historic icon to convent that was in a museum. The Russian culture ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church signed a co-operation agreement on 3 May that guarantees conservation experts and the public access to churches and monasteries that have been returned by the state to the ...

Russian Election Sparks Debate In Orthodox Church

By Sophia Kishkovsky 13/3/2012 Vladimir Putin’s election to a third term as Russian president has spurred debates about civil society and church-state relations within the Russian Orthodox Church since charges of vote fraud set off mass protests following last December’s parliamentary elections. Andrei Desnitsky, a theologian who supports demands for fair elections, said that growing political activism among ...

Competition launched to decorate Moscow churches

A new church built at Butovsky polygon, where 20,000 people were shot and buried 1937 to 1938

By Sophia Kishkovsky 15/12/2011 Programme aims to build 200 churches across the Russian capital The Russian Orthodox Church has launched a competition for the decoration of 200 modular churches that are being speedily built with state support in the Russian capital. Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that the churches are desperately needed in crowded ...

Russian government asks church for help in fighting AIDS

By: Sophia Kishkovsky ENInews 2/12/2011 Moscow – As the number of people suffering from HIV/AIDS continues to grow in Russia, government agencies are turning to the Russian Orthodox Church for help in stemming the epidemic, ministering to its victims, and fighting their stigmatization by society.In the latest example of such cooperation, officials in the Ryazan region, about 120 ...

Russian businessman donates 70 icons worth around $1m to the Church

Sergei Shmakov and the Toropets Virgin Mary

By Sophia Kishkovsky 26/10/2011 Sergei Shmakov has spent over a year tracking down the works, which were removed from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and during the first world war. MOSCOW. A Russian businessman has donated more than 70 icons with an estimated value of Ru 30m (around $1m) to the Russian Orthodox Church. Property mogul Sergei Shmakov ...

Russian icons discovered in Egypt

The Abbot of St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai

By Sophia Kishkovsky | From issue 226, July-August 2011 Published online 1 Aug 11 Conservators say Sinai’s climate helped preserve art and artefacts. SINAI. Researchers attribute the unique climate of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as a leading factor in the preservation of a treasure trove of Russian icons and liturgical objects recently found in St Catherine’s Monastery. The ...