The head of the Russian Orthodox Church on November 4 awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin with a prize in recognition of his policies intended to make Russia a leading world power, the Orthodox Church Info blog reports today (November 6, 2013).
The award (a certificate of recognition) was established this year by the World Russian People's Council -- a public organization under the aegis of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill -- who chairs the council -- said the prize was to honor Putin's efforts to turn Russia into "a powerful and strong country that has self-respect and is respected by others."
The World Russian People's Council -- which has existed since 1993 -- is described by its organizers as one of the biggest international public forums playing an important part in forming Russia's civil society. It replaced the communist holiday of November 7 that celebrated the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which led to Russia becoming a communist nation until 1991.