Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Putin Receives Orthodox Church's Blessing Following Inauguration

On May 7, 2018, Vladimir Putin was inaugurated for his fourth term as Russia's president. Following the official state ceremony, Putin met with Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, at the Cathedral of the Annunciation for a prayer service and a blessing. 

The Patriarch gifted the president an 18th century icon bearing an inscription saying: "For Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and the members of the Holy Synod, with blessings to continue work for the benefit of Russia."

Here’s a look at Putin, the Patriarch and the service.  

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.