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Putin: State will repay debt to Russian Orthodox Church, other denominations

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=dujour&div=157 14 January 2008 Putin: State will repay debt to Russian Orthodox Church, other denominations Valday,
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      14 January 2008
      Putin: State will repay debt to Russian Orthodox Church, other denominations

      Valday, Novgorod region, January 14, Interfax - Russian President
      Vladimir Putin has said the government is indebted to the Russian
      Orthodox Church and has promised to facilitate the revival of
      religion in Russia.

      Speaking at a prayer ceremony on the sanctification of the Assumption
      Cathedral at the Valday Iversky Monastery in the Novgorod region,
      Putin said that both he and those who work with him "represent a
      state which has done a lot over the previous decades to undermine the
      roots of our history and culture, including the spiritual one."

      "Therefore, it is too early to thank us for anything," the president
      said in response to Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia's
      greeting words, in which he thanked Putin for helping the revival of
      the Iversky Monastery.

      Putin said he perceived the gratitude "exclusively as a hope that the
      state will repay its debt to the Russian Orthodox Church and other
      traditional denominations and its debt to the Russian people."
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