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Celebrations of the Baptism of Rus 1025th Anniversary

Vladimir Putin attended the celebratory prayer service dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus at Vladimirskaya Gorka in Kiev.

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Kiev
Before the celebratory prayer service dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
Before the celebratory prayer service dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. With President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.
Before the celebratory prayer service dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. With President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych (center) and President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti.
Before the celebratory prayer service dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia at the celebratory prayer service dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
The celebratory prayer service dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia at the celebratory prayer service dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
With President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.
Meeting with President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.
Before meeting with members of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. With Metropolitan Antony of Borispol, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Meeting with members of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky to the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine, for his great contribution to preserving the cultural and historical traditions and strengthening the Orthodox unity and spiritual ties between the peoples of Russia and Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of Friendship to Metropolitan Antony of Borispol, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of Friendship to Metropolitan Pavel (Paul) of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, the Superior of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
Visiting Kiev Pechersk Lavra. With Metropolitan Pavel (Paul) of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, the Superior of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
Visiting Kiev Pechersk Lavra. With Metropolitan Pavel (Paul) of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, the Superior of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, and Bishop Varsonofy of Borodyansk.
Visiting Kiev Pechersk Lavra. With Metropolitan Pavel (Paul) of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, the Superior of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
Visiting Kiev Pechersk Lavra. Vladimir Putin laid flowers at the grave of Pyotr Stolypin.
Visiting Kiev Pechersk Lavra. Vladimir Putin honoured the Cross of the Apostle Andrei.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia led the service together with the Primates of the Autocephalic Orthodox Churches who came to Kiev to take part in the celebrations. The prayer service took place on the eve of the Saint Prince Vladimir memorial day who baptized Rus in 988.

The celebratory prayer service was attended by President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti and President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic.

Later, a bilateral meeting took place between Vladimir Putin and President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

Then Russian President met with the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and presented them with state decorations for their contribution to development of friendly relations between peoples and support of spiritual traditions.

Vladimir Putin also visited the Assumption Cathedral at Kiev Pechersk Lavra [Kiev Monastery of the Caves]. Russian President honoured the Cross of the Apostle Andrei and laid flowers at the grave of Pyotr Stolypin.

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