As tens of thousands of people were entertainment to criticism opposite his order during a convene in downtown Moscow on Sunday, President-elect Vladimir Putin took partial in a rite to palm over an ancient idol to a Russian Orthodox Church.
Putin, who will be sworn in as Russian boss on Monday, handed over to a Novodevichy (New Maiden) priory in executive Moscow an ancient duplicate of a Iverskaya Icon of a Virgin Mary, that was formerly kept during a State History Museum.
The idol was brought to Russia from Mount Athos in Greece in 1648.
“Let it [the icon] offer and assistance people,” Putin pronounced praising a purpose of a Orthodox Church in a Russian multitude and culture.
After a rite attended by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Putin visited a church of St. Vladimir, his holy patron.