Putin awards Old Believers Metropolitan


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.