Moscow, January 24, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told about Russian President's popularity in the West.
"I talked to various people during my visits abroad, and some of them told me whispering as they were afraid, some openly said that they connected their hopes with Russia and its president," the primate said at the 26th International Christmas Readings in Moscow.
The first hierarch also recalled how informal, but respected leader of public opinion in a country included in top-5 of states with negative attitude to Russia today, asked the patriarch who he believed to be a politician with the highest rating.
"I started thinking about different representatives of political establishment, but he said: I'll help you - Pitin," the patriarch said.
The primate also expressed an opinion that Russians as never before in recent hundred years support external policy of the country's leaders.