The Interfax-Religion website reports today (July 5, 2010) that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin highly appreciates the role of the Church, as it backs up the state and each person.
"Today, the Russian Orthodox Church and the state go through a special period in their relations that are characterized with a special cordiality. We not only return to the Church what was illegally expropriated from it after 1917, but we are building new churches," Putin said at a new church complex in Usovo Village.
"The Russian Orthodox Church and all Russia's traditional confessions together with the state are building new shrines and restoring lost ones," the government head said.
He added, "It is the Church that supports every person and the state in the minute of hardships. It is the Church that shares our joy and losses."