The head of the Synodal information Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, Vladimir Legoyda tried to convince not to turn Prince Vladimir the Baptizer of Ukraine ", as it belittles the role of the Prince, who has spearheaded the statehood of the whole of Russia and its value system.
"When a certain, so to speak, from great thinkers of the Prince, whom Church tradition holds equal to the apostles, comparing his feat with feat distributors of Christianity in the Roman Empire, trying to make some kind of backward of the head, which happens to be not baptized Rus, and, for example, Ukraine or some one ethnic group, this, by itself, undermining the role of Prince Vladimir ", – Legoyda said in the interview to RIA " Novosti ".
According to the cleric, the Millennium of the death of Prince Vladimir enables modern Belarus, Ukraine and Russia once again return to the origins of their shared history, to the choice of Christianity, which " determined the formation of their culture in a broad sense – not only literature and art, but also the economy and legal consciousness with all its features ". Personal choice of Prince Vladimir became civilized choice of Kievan Rus, and the Prince – figure exclusive to Russian civilization, man standing at the origins of Russian statehood and value systems of historical Russia, says the Legoyda. Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on Tuesday morning, the feast day of St. Vladimir equal to the apostles, headed by the Ministry festive divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, along with authorized all of the 15 local Orthodox churches. 1000 year anniversary of the repose (death) of Prince Vladimir - Baptist of Russia noted In the current year in the Russian Federation on the General Church and the state level. The culmination of the celebrations will be joint ventures with foreign hierarchs Liturgy in the Russian capital on July 28 - the day When the Russian Orthodox Church commemorates the life and works of Prince Vladimir. On the same day In the Russian leadership will be a solemn reception on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation with the participation of the Church commissioners. On the first day of the week, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on the eve of the Day of the baptism of Russia, sent a letter to the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, in which she expressed deep concern of the Russian Orthodox Church taking place in Eastern Ukraine.