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Church to receive 3 billion rubles from state in 2014-2015

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/1311e.html#31 Church to receive 3 billion rubles from state in 2014-2015 PATRIARCHATE GETS BUDGET FUNDS FOR DIOCESES
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      Church to receive 3 billion rubles from state in 2014-2015

      PATRIARCHATE GETS BUDGET FUNDS FOR DIOCESES

      Ezhednevnyi zhurnal,20 November 2013

      Yesterday the State Duma considered on second reading amendments to the budget for 2014-2016. According to the amendments, the Russian Orthodox Church will receive from the federal budget one billion, 158 million rubles in 2014 and another 600 million in 2015, for financial "objects of diocesan administration." The funds were allocated within the framework of the federal target program "Strengthening the unity of the Russian nation and the cultural development of the peoples of Russia." We note that the duma refused financial help for public television, for example, although the issue there was only some 300 million rubles. But the church was not begrudged billions.

      Besides this program the budget intends to allocate 800 million rubles for restoration of the Solovki monastery and another 50 million for restoration of the convent of St. Nicholas in Tver province and 25 million for completing work on restoration of the Tula kremlin. In all, more that 3 billion rubles.

      Originally the amendments were approved by the Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes, but the parliamentary majority did not find anything objectionable in them. Of course it is necessary to push social programs, but not to support the church in laying out diocesan economies in newly established dioceses. The church bureaucracy has become an inseparable part of the national bureaucracy. And conducting parliamentary meetings as of this year in connection with the Christmas Readings, an annual educational event of the Russian Orthodox Church, gives the patriarchate new opportunities for lobbying, which, as we have seen, it uses extremely successfully. . . . (tr. by PDS, posted 24 November 2013)

      See also (in Russsian):
      http://www.ej.ru/?a=note&id=23773
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