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Shoigu Pledges to Re-Establish Ties Between Army and Church

Published: December 12, 2012 (Issue # 1739)


MOSCOW Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu onFriday pledged his support forthe Russian Orthodox Church, promising tore-establish theclose ties that bound religious andmilitary officials before theOctober Revolution in1917.

We will continue tosupport theRussian Orthodox Church with renewed energy and, most importantly, restore those traditions that existed under theRussian [pre-revolutionary] government, Shoigu said ata meeting with Patriarch Kirill, thecountrys top Orthodox Church official, RIA-Novosti reported.

Shoigu, who was installed as defense minister inearly November after his predecessor was ousted amid acorruption scandal, worked closely with thechurch inhis capacity as emergency situations minister, apost he held foralmost two decades.

Russian authorities are often accused ofan overly cosy relationship with church officials.

InFebruary, after Patriarch Kirill publicly likened President Vladimir Putins rule toa miracle ofGod, punk band Pussy Riot staged acontroversial performance inMoscows Christ theSavior Cathedral protesting perceived collusion between theKremlin andthe church.

Atthe meeting with Shoigu onFriday, thepatriarch expressed hope that his appointment would lead toa strengthening ofRussias armed forces.

Understanding theimportance ofthe responsibility placed onyour shoulders, we will pray foryou. Atevery service, thechurch prays forthe countrys authorities andits army, Patriarch Kirill said.





 


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Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of Repulsion at 7 p.m. and Rosemarys Baby at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy The Tenant, the cult comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers and Cul-de-sac among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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