Русский | DECR Communication Service| October 14, 2009
English translation by Katherine Ilachinski

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited newly consecrated Orthodox church in Beijing

October 13, 2009 in Beijing on the territory of Russian Federation Embassy in the People's Republic of China was held the consecration of an Orthodox church in honor of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin. On this day the temple was visited by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, who was in Beijing for a working visit.

In the temple the honored guest was greeted by the head of the Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate for foreign institutions Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsky. While welcoming the head of Russia's government, Bishop Mark stressed that Putin was personally involved in the process of revival of newly consecrated temple — as president and as prime minister of Russia.

Putin gave a gift to the parish of the church the image of the Holy Mother of Smolensk, as well as the icon of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin. Then the Prime Minister of Russia visited the grand opening that day of the temple museum dedicated to the history of Russian Orthodox Mission in Beijing.