Easter with a Russian President

We must admit that many at the Easter celebration at Moscow’s Christ Cathedral were watching body language, smiles, etc. In his last year of office as President of Russia, Mr. Medvedev attended the midnight Easter vigil at Russia’s main Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Along with the president were his wife Svetlana Medvedev, and the couple was accompanied by Prime Minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

The Easter service at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was led by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

President Medvedev with wife Svetlana, Vladimir Putin and Sergei Sobyanin.

Often a driving force in his campaign in 2008, Mrs. Medvedeva seemed somber, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin seemed himself, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin seems to be growing in influence within the circles of power.

Russia's Executive team on Easter, Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.

After the service President Medvedev expressed his wishes for Russian Christians by saying, “I sincerely wish all of you a Happy Easter!

The Holy Easter holiday has great moral significance. It fills the hearts of millions of believers with joy, hope and a sincere desire to do good deeds.

The Russian Orthodox Church plays a major role in bringing people together around common spiritual values. Today, in close cooperation with other faiths, community organizations and the government, it is doing much to strengthen civil accord and moral principles, support the institution of family, protect motherhood and childhood, and educate young people in the spirit of patriotism and respect.

I wish happiness, peace, and all the very best to Orthodox Christians and everyone celebrating Easter.”

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