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Congratulations to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his birthday

November 20, 2016

Vladimir Putin congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his 70th birthday.

The message from the President reads, in part,

“You have devoted years to selfless service to the Russian Orthodox Church, to the consistent and resolute defence of its values and ideals. Your tireless efforts to preserve the unique historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of Russia, to support the institution of family and the upbringing of the young generation have earned you the most sincere respect. And, of course, I should stress the incredible contribution you are making to fostering the interfaith and interethnic dialogue, to strengthening peace and public concord in our country.”

Earlier the President signed Executive Order awarding Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (Vladimir Gundyayev) the Order for Services to the Fatherland, I degree.

November 20, 2016