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A letter of Patriarch Alexy II to President Putin

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.10.30 Interfax: 30 October 2005, 11:34 A letter of Patriarch Alexy II to President Putin on the All-Russia conference Appeal to the Church: Government,
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      2005.10.30 Interfax:
      30 October 2005, 11:34

      A letter of Patriarch Alexy II to President Putin on the All-Russia
      conference "Appeal to the Church: Government, Business, Society Against
      Drug-Addiction in Russia"

      Your Excellency,
      Highly Esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovich,

      Many beneficial changes have taken place in the years of reforms in Russia.
      It is gratifying to note among them the changed nature of church-state
      relations that has given true freedom to the Russian Orthodox Church for
      the first time in her history.

      The state, Church and civil society are called today to work together, for
      they have common tasks in many respects. Foremost among them are the tasks
      of peacemaking, combating the threat of terrorism, spiritual, moral and
      patriotic education, concern for the preservation and revival of Russian
      culture, care of socially unprotected people, overcoming alcoholism,
      drug-addiction, crime and other vices threatening Russia's future.

      Unfortunately, the situation with regard to drug-addiction remains
      extremely acute in the country. The Russian Orthodox Church believes it is
      necessary that the government, business community and society should
      combine efforts in combating the narcotization of Russia, involve all
      sections of the Russian business community in practical anti-drug work and
      increase the efficiency of cooperation among all social institutions,
      building on modern knowledge of ways to oppose drug-addition and on
      fundamental Russian traditions.

      The Russian Orthodox Church has come out with an initiative to hold an
      All-Russia Reflection-Action Conference on "Appeal to the Church:
      Government, Business and Society Against Drug-Addiction in Russia", which
      is to consider the participation of the Russian business community in
      combating drug-addiction. In addition, it is proposed to consider a Concept
      of the Prevention of Drug-Addiction in Russia drafted by the Russian
      Orthodox Church.

      Aware of the great attention you pay to the health of the younger
      generation and problems of drug-addiction in Russia, may I ask you to take
      part in the opening of the conference, to greet it and to give the Russian
      Federation Government an appropriate instruction to assist in organizing it.

      The conference will take place on November 24-25, 2005, at the Church
      Councils Hall of the Church of Christ the Saviour.
      With sincere respect,

      + Alexy,
      Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
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