2016-08-22 11:26:00

Patriarch watches culture minister and boxer Valuyev playing football with schoolchildren on the Solovetsky Islands

Moscow, August 22, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Saturday watched a friendly match between schoolchildren from the Solovetsky Islands and the Stars of Russia team where Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky and State Duma MP and former world Boxing champion Nikolay Valuyev played.

"When the monastery was set up, there appeared a village around it. Many good affairs were carried out on this place. The Solovetsky Monastery was foremost on many directions, including that time scientific and technical development. Then hard times came, but today the monastery is restored and we hope that the village will also be renovated, that life will be developed here in all directions, including physical culture and sport," Patriarch Kirill said before the match started.

The match was organized by the Administration of the Arkhangelsk Region and Russian Federation of Hockey with Ball.

This kind of sport is under patronage of the Russian Church. Children tour on Russian hockey for the Patriarch's Cup is held every year on Red Square in Moscow.