2009-08-26 11:57:00

Patriarch Kirill decorates the head of Gazprom with an order

Moscow, August 26, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia awarded the Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov (1st degree) to Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Board of Gazprom.

Patriarch Kirill gave this award for merit to Miller at a meeting at the Patriarch's residence in Chisty Pereulok, Moscow, "to pay tribute to his continuous efforts for the benefit of the Russian Orthodox Church," the Patriarchate's official website reports Wednesday.

Awarding the Order, Patriarch wished Miller the aid of God in his labour and success to his corporation for the benefit of Russia and its people.

A year ago, Patriarch Alexy II, the predecessor of Patriarch Kirill, decorated Miller with the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh.

"Over a decade, Gazprom has been giving its best efforts to provide help and assistance to the Church, including the renovation of churches, several dozens of which have been renovated at Gazprom's expense," a spokesperson of the Synodal Department for Relations between the Church and Society told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

The spokesperson also noted that Gazprom was one of the largest benefactors of Christ the Savior Cathedral.