The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on the name day. About it reports “Interfax” on Wednesday, may 24.
The head of state and the Prime Minister arrived in the working residence of the Patriarch in the Pure lane in the break between two meetings on economic issues, said the Agency.
Putin gave the priest the book of the XIX century in old Slavonic language “the Life of Saint Nicholas” and the Prime “the Discourse on language Sawin books” Vyacheslav Schepkin.
After the Patriarch had a short conversation with the President behind closed doors.
Earlier on Wednesday it became known that the deputies of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg in closed session has chosen honorary citizens of the city. They are the Patriarch and speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.
In November last year the Russian leader has awarded Patriarch Kirill the order “For merits before Fatherland” I degree during the celebration of the jubilee of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.