29 January 2008, 13:26
Moscow, January 29, Interfax - Head of the property department of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk has criticized the tradition of celebrating St. Valentine's Day in Russia.
"For some reasons human rights activists are not acting against that even though they could have," he said at a plenary meeting of 16th Christmas Readings in Moscow on Tuesday.
In his opinion, the ideology of marking St. Valentine's day is alien to the Russian cultural tradition.
At the same time the church figure invited Russians to develop their own traditions, for instance, declaring February 14 the Day of the Christian Orthodox Family.
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