Sunday, July 20, 2008

Orthodox priest speaks for double-headed eagles on Kremlin towers and renaming of Kropotkinskaya metro station

16 July 2008, 16:04

Moscow, July 15, Interfax - The stars shouldn't crown the towers of the Moscow Kremlin, the Russian Orthodox Church believes.

"It would be right to bring back centuries-old double-headed eagles back to the Kremlin towers," acting Church and society secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Fr. Georgy Ryabykh has told an Interfax-Religion correspondent.

He also believes that when activists urge to rename Voikovskaya metro station, which bears the name of Nicholas II executioner, they can also raise the question of renaming Kropotkinskaya as well.

"I don't think that a founder of anarchism Kropotkin will be a good example for the new generation," Fr. Georgy believes.

Besides, the Russian Church representative thinks, "historical justice should triumph through returning old names to cities, streets and squares."

"I'd like to stress - it is not renaming, it is returning back. If our forefathers gave certain names to their creations, we should respect their choice and it seems historically justified to return back the heritage once grabbed from our people," the priest said.


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