Orthodox church to be built in Chechnya


Grozny, January 18, Interfax – A new Orthodox church, the Cathedral of the Nativity, will be built in the village of Naurskaya in Chechnya by the end of 2011, head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov has said.

“The construction is to begin this week in symbolic commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Naura District,” he told reporters.

“The construction will be funded by the Russian Copper Company owner Igor Altushkin,” he also said.

Naura District governor Vladimir Kashlyunov in turn said that the new church would be built where an old church stood before it was demolished in 1937.

“We have a priest who will conduct services, Father Amvrosy of the Church of Joy of All Who Sorrow,” Kashlyunov said.

Chechnya’s Naura District has a population of about 60,000, half of whom are Orthodox believers.