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Federal Agency for Culture head welcomes the Russian Orthodox Church defending Christian values

10 August 2007, 13:55

Moscow, August 10, Interfax - Preservation of the Christian values is important, the head of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography Mikhail Shvydkoy said.

‘We shouldn’t behave as if there were any special Russian values that differ from, say, English, Polish or French values. Sure we have some special features but we all belong to the Christian civilization so it is important to preserve human values that unite the world,’ he said in his interview published by Moskovskiye Novosti daily on Friday.

‘In this sense the position of the Russian Orthodox Church is closer to me than that of some people who seek to be more Catholic than Pope. The Orthodox position is open to the world,’ Shvydkoy said.

According to him, the key issue for the Russian culture is not only to preserve the traditions, ‘but also to form a society oriented towards new values and adjusted to new social conditions.’


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