Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tunisia's Parliament votes on new Government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French court rules #burkini ban "clearly illegal"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Biden in Turkey, Colombia Peace Deal, Ethiopia Olympic Protest (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Earthquake in Italy, French Burkini Ruling (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

The hidden secrets of Les Invalides

Read more

FOCUS

Pro-Opposition stronghold Port-Gentil feverishly awaits presidential elections

Read more

ENCORE!

Alexis Michalik: treading the boards in the footsteps of 'Edmond'

Read more

REPORTERS

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Why does Italy refuse to see the seismic risk?'

Read more

Russian leaders hail Orthodox Easter

Latest update : 2008-04-27

Russia celebrates Orthodox Easter, with President Vladimir Putin and successor Dmitry Medvedev among those who attended service. Throughout his two terms in office, Putin has presided over a close rapprochement between state and church.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his successor Dmitry Medvedev are attending an Orthodox Easter midnight mass in Moscow, the Kremlin said, days from the latter's May 7 inauguration.
   
"Easter is a very important holiday for all Orthodox (worshippers)," government spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP, adding that the two leaders had already attended an Easter service together in 2007, before Putin nominated Medvedev to replace him.
   
The midnight mass (1800 GMT Saturday) at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in central Moscow is given by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II.
   
The Kremlin released two statements, one from each leader.
   
"This holiday shows just how important national traditions and spiritual values and ideas are for our people," Putin said in his statement.
   
During his eight years in office, Putin brought about a spectacular rapprochement between the state and the church, proudly displaying his own faith.
   
The majority religion across Russia, around 9,000 Orthodox churches and monasteries are expecting some six million people for these services, the interior ministry said.

Date created : 2008-04-27

COMMENT(S)