Mr Putin attended a commemoration service for the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11.
St Nicholas’ Cathedral, on East 97th Street in Manhattan, represents the Moscow Patriarchate in the United States and is the principal shrine of the Russian Orthodox Church in North America. Municipal authorities gave it the status of an architectural monument in 1973.
It was built in 1902 on the order of Emperor Nicholas II. All of Russia held a collection to fund its construction. The centenary of the cathedral’s consecration is to be celebrated on a grand scale in 2002. Alexii II, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, is expected to attend the gala.