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Meeting of Council for Coordination with Religious Organisations

October 27, 2022

Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino chaired a regular meeting of the Presidential Council for Coordination with Religious Organisations.

Heads of religious organisations, representatives of federal authorities and the expert community took part in the Council’s work.

A report on the activities of Russia’s religious organisations during the special military operation of the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces in Ukraine was delivered by Council member and Chairman of the Synodal Department for the Church's Relations with Society and Mass Media of the Moscow Patriarchate Vladimir Legoida.

The meeting participants praised the efforts of the Council’s religious organisations to implement social and charity projects during the special military operation. Religious organisations have collected over 4,484 tonnes of humanitarian aid and delivered it to the Lugansk and Donetsk people’s republics, the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. In all, they have provided support for over 614,000 people, providing those in need with hot meals and medical treatment on a continuous basis. Water filtration systems and electric power generators have been purchased and delivered to these territories, and water wells have been drilled there. Solid-fuel and gas boilers and heaters, petrol generators and gas convectors have been installed. Some other projects aiming to resume peaceful life in the new regions of the Russian Federation have also been implemented.

Council members also noted the importance of restoring the religious infrastructure in the Lugansk and Donetsk people’s republics, the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

In conclusion, the participants reviewed issues of streamlining legislation and law enforcement practice as regards freedom of conscience and religious associations.

October 27, 2022