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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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Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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