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Vladimir Putin Congratulates Russians on Orthodox Christmas

By: for on Jan. 11, 2014
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Christmas tree in front of Moscow's St. Basil Cathedral

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Orthodox Christians and all citizens of Russia, who celebrate Christmas, the press-service of the Kremlin reports.

"This radiant holiday nourishes the best feelings and thoughts, serves for the unity of millions of people on the basis of common spiritual values and historical traditions, which integral part is mutual respect and harmony, compassion and concern for one's neighbour ", the head of state said.

"The Russian Orthodox Church, representatives of other Christian confessions in Russia actively and constructively participate in the life of the country and society, promote decent upbringing of the younger generation, support of family, maternity and childhood", "pay constant attention to preserving our unique cultural heritage, to education and philanthropy", the President stressed.

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