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Polish Orthodox Church head: Ukrainian church head Epifany never ordained as priest

Polish Orthodox Church head: Ukrainian church head Epifany never ordained as priest

KIEV, January 9. /TASS/. Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland has called Epifany, the head of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, a secular person but not an ordained priest, so the Polish archbishop will not congratulate him on election. “This young secular man was harmed a lot when he was appointed an archbishop. Under the canon law, he is not a clergyman. He has never been ordained as a priest in a canonical church,” Metropolitan Sawa was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the press office of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. The archbishop stressed that Ukrainian politicians grossly interfered into…

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Police checking reports of wolf attacking child in city park in Urals

Police checking reports of wolf attacking child in city park in Urals

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. The police in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk have launched a check into media reports about a wolf attack on a child in a city park, a spokesman for the regional department of the Russian interior ministry told TASS on Monday. “This incident was not reported to the police. A check has been launched to verify information published in the media,” the spokesman said. A video featuring a wolf grabbing a child’s leg and passersby trying to drag it away in the city’s central park was posted on the VKontakte social network. In other media

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President Putin congratulates Orthodox Christians celebrating Christmas

President Putin congratulates Orthodox Christians celebrating Christmas

MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Orthodox Christians and all Russian citizens celebrating Christmas, the Kremlin press service reported on Monday. “I cordially congratulate you on Christmas. This wonderful holiday gives people joy and hope, unites them around spiritual, moral values, traditions of charity. Folk and family customs passed from generation to generation are connected to it. Sincere faith in good changes and fulfillment of the most cherished desires,” the President’s telegram reads. The President noted that “the Russian Orthodox Church, other Christian denominations play a large, positive role in the life of our country, take care of social harmony, strengthen the…

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ wins best drama film, best actor at Golden Globes

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ wins best drama film, best actor at Golden Globes

© Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP NEW YORK, January 7. /TASS/. “Bohemian Rhapsody” won two top prizes at the 2019 Golden Globes – best drama film and best actor for Rami Malek, who plays Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury. The ceremony aired on NBC on Sunday. “Green Book” won three awards – Best Musical of Comedy Film, supporting actor for Mehershala Ali, and screenplay. Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” was awarded best foreign language film, and Cuaron bested other nominees and took home the prize for best director. The 76th annual Golden Globes was broadcast live on January 6, 2019, from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The ceremony aired live…

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New movie: I am Max

New movie: I am Max

New movie: I am Max Max Linder, the comic genius, mentor to Charlie Chaplin, has largely been forgotten – but now the movie industry is bringing him back to life in “I am Max” Pravdareport is proud to print an interview with Steven Fischer, Producer of the movie I am Max, about the life of one of cinema’s geniuses, mentor to Charlie Chaplin.

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President Putin attends Christmas service at Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Petersburg

President Putin attends Christmas service at Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Petersburg

© Aleksandr Demyanchuk/TASS ST. PETERSBURG, January 7. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending an overnight Orthodox Christmas service at the Transfiguration Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. The service was held by the Cathedral’s dean, Nikolai Bryndin. The Cathedral was full of believers including many children. The service was also attended by Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Northwestern Federal District Alexander Gutsan and acting Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov. Putin attended the Christmas service at the Transfiguration Cathedral in Russia’s second largest city in 2012, when he held the post of the Russian prime minister. He told journalists at that time that he was Christianized at…

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Patriarch Kirill calls for kindness on Orthodox Christmas

Patriarch Kirill calls for kindness on Orthodox Christmas

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia © Sergey Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Christmas is a good reason for giving love, care and attention to surrounding people, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia reiterated in his televised address on the coming of one of the main Orthodox Christian holidays. “There must be someone beside you who needs your support. Christmas is a great opportunity to show one’s best human qualities and bestow joy and love on people. Even small deeds can make this world kinder and brighter. Anyone can do it, as God is with us,” he said. The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox…

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Christmas service starts in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Christmas service starts in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior

MOSCOW, January 6. /TASS/. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has started night Christmas service in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. “The bright holiday has come to our homes, it came to people who meet the message of Christ the Savior’s birth with open heart. Those who close their hearts miss the holiday: it comes to us in the form of traditions, some customs and feasts, but it does not give that internal spiritual joy which a believer has when he comes into contact with the Savior who was born in Bethlehem,” the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the believers ahead…

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Putin congratulates patients of children’s hospice in St. Petersburg on holidays

Putin congratulates patients of children’s hospice in St. Petersburg on holidays

© Aleksandr Demyanchuk/TASS ST. PETERSBURG, January 6. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited a children’s hospice in St. Petersburg on Sunday and talked to the small patients and their parents. The children received sacks with sweets and toys in the form of the Moscow Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower. “You have a very nice house here,” Putin said in a conversation with the children who said that they like it here. In response, the children presented the state leader with hand-painted Christmas-tree decorations. Director General of the autonomous non-profit organization Children’s Hospice Alexander Tkachenko showed the chambers, the intensive care unit, the recreation rooms and the dining…

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Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas Eve on Sunday

Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas Eve on Sunday

MOSCOW, January 6. /TASS/. On Sunday, January 6, Orthodox believers mark Christmas Eve and prepare for Christmas, one of the main Christian holidays – Christmas, which is celebrated on January 7. Christmas Eve also marks the end of the 40-day fast. “On this day the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will lead the Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Savior’s Cathedral. One hour before midnight the head of the Russian Orthodox Church is to start the Christmas service, which will be broadcast live by central TV channels,” Alexander Volkov, spokesman for the Patriarch, told TASS. As a rule, such ceremonies are attended by…

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Patriarch Bartholomew signs Tomos of Autocephaly for newly – established Ukrainian church

Patriarch Bartholomew signs Tomos of Autocephaly for newly – established Ukrainian church

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople © REUTERS/Murad Seze ISTANBUL, January 5. /TASS/. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has signed on Saturday Tomos of Autocephaly for the newly-established Ukrainian church, the so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine, TASS reports from the Church of St. George, the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Prior to the signing of the document on autocephaly, a prayer service was held attended by Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, Speaker Andrei Parubiy, Metropolitan Epiphany, Constantinople clergy, as well as other Ukrainian politicians and hierarchs of the schismatic Ukrainian church organization. After the service, Patriarch Bartholomew received at his residence the…

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Over 1,200 extremist crimes registered in Russia in 2018

Over 1,200 extremist crimes registered in Russia in 2018

© Alexander Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, January 4. /TASS/. The Russian Interior Ministry registered more than 1,200 extremist crimes in 2018. The ministry’s press center informed TASS that the police had identified about 800 people involved in such crimes. “Thanks to the growing level of interdepartmental cooperation, professionalism of the law enforcement agencies’ operations staff and investigators, a positive trend towards a reduction in the number of extremist crimes was achieved in 2018. A total of 1,209 extremist crimes were registered during the first ten months of 2018, which is 7.4% less than in 2017,” the ministry said. According to the Interior Ministry, 780 people who committed such…

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Russian servicemen deliver winter clothes to residents of Syria’s Aleppo

Russian servicemen deliver winter clothes to residents of Syria’s Aleppo

DAMASCUS, January 4. /TASS/. The Russian military mission has delivered winter clothes, bread and food packages provided by Russian charity foundations to residents of Syria’s Aleppo, representative for the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Opposing Sides in Syria Igor Privalov told journalists on Friday. “The weather is wintry today. We gave warm clothes to children and women. We are also giving bread to all residents, as there are problems with it here as well,” Privalov said. He specified that this time churchgoers from a Christian church located in the Aleppo district of Midan received humanitarian help. The Russian military are now concentrated on humanitarian missions…

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US, Russian officials honor memory of 2016 Tu-154 plane crash victims

US, Russian officials honor memory of 2016 Tu-154 plane crash victims

© Igor Borisenko/TASS BAYONNE /New Jersey/, January 3. /TASS/. A solemn ceremony in memory of the victims of the Tu-154 plane crash on December 25, 2016, took place on Thursday morning near the Tear Drop memorial sculpture in the US city of Bayonne (New Jersey). Members of the Schiller Institute, police officers and firefighters of the cities of New York and Bayonne, Russian diplomats from Russia’s permanent mission to the UN, as well as a representative of the Syrian permanent mission to the UN were present at the ceremony, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene. The Tu-154 plane crashed in the early morning hours of…

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Russian State Duma committee to discuss fake news bill on January 14

Russian State Duma committee to discuss fake news bill on January 14

MOSCOW, January 3. /TASS/. The Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) committee on information policy, information technologies and communications plans to discuss the so-called fake news bill on January 14, the committee’s chairperson Leonid Levin told TASS on Thursday. “We plan to dedicate an expanded session of the committee on January 14 to this bill,” the MP said. “On the outcomes of the session, we will determine the date of its discussion in the [Russian State] Duma, in particular, the date of its first reading.” “The events of recent days can become a topic for today’s session,” the politician confirmed in response to the…

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Get Outside

Get Outside

Now that your New Year’s hangover is over and you’ve eaten your weight in salad Olivier — it’s the perfect time to head outdoors.

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Retirement age rise, FIFA World Cup main events for Russians in 2018 — pollster

Retirement age rise, FIFA World Cup main events for Russians in 2018 — pollster

© EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. The Russians have named the retirement age rise and FIFA World Cup as the key events of 2018, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center said in a survey. “Amendments to pension legislation (24%) tops the ranking of nationwide events,” the poll said. Along with this, 13% of the polled said that the FIFA World Cup was last year’s main event, while the opening of the Crimean bridge was ranked third in the survey. According to Russian citizens, the Kerch Strait incident, when three Ukrainian naval ships violated the rules of navigation through Russia’s territorial waters from the Black Sea…

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History of New Year celebrations in Russia

History of New Year celebrations in Russia

TASS-FACTBOX. The year 2019 has begun. TASS-FACTBOX offers a look at the history of New Year celebrations in Russia. Holiday’s origins From the adoption of Christianity until 1700, Russia used the Byzantine calendar, which dated back to the world’s creation, that is, the year 5508 BC. Russians initially celebrated New Year in March but the holiday moved to September 1 in the 15th century. On that occasion, a festive ceremony usually took place on the Moscow Kremlin’s Cathedral Square, as well as a church service, attended by the tsar, the patriarch, bishops and members of the nobility. In December 1699, Tsar Peter I issued two…

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Making Russia great again: Vladimir Putin chosen as politician of the year — poll

Making Russia great again: Vladimir Putin chosen as politician of the year — poll

© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. Russians have chosen President Vladimir Putin as politician of the year, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center said in a statement. “Vladimir Putin remains the politician of the year for Russians, as 46% of those polled mentioned his name,” the statement reads. Putin, who was chosen by a landslide, is followed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (18%), Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (9%), Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (6%), and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky (5%). According to the pollster, Sergei Bezrukov still tops the charts as the most popular…

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‘May your dearest wishes come true,’ Medvedev tells Russians on New Year’s Eve

‘May your dearest wishes come true,’ Medvedev tells Russians on New Year’s Eve

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev © Dmitry Astakhov MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev delivered his New Year congratulations to Russians in a video address released via the Russian government’s official Twitter on Monday, wishing everyone the fulfillment of their fondest wishes. “Dear friends, congratulations on the upcoming year 2019!” he said. “This holiday is a special one. Perhaps, every person is looking forward to this holiday and feels the joy of its arrival, so that, when the clocks strike midnight, we could wish the most simple and most important things to our loved ones: happiness to our friends and relatives, health to…

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Russian leaders’ New Year addresses

Russian leaders’ New Year addresses

TASS-FACTBOX. On the night of December 31, Russian President Vladimir Putin will traditionally offer his New Year’s greetings to the country’s citizens. First New Year address In the Soviet Union, the tradition of New Year’s addresses of the country’s leadership to the nation was introduced in 1936, after the New Year celebrations had been officially resumed. On January 1, 1936 the Pravda newspaper published Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s photo and his greeting “Happy New Year, comrades, wish you new victories under the banner of Lenin and Stalin!” The same year Chairman of the USSR’s Central Executive Committee Mikhail Kalinin delivered the first New Year greetings…

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Law on raising retirement age in Russia comes into effect on January 1, 2019

Law on raising retirement age in Russia comes into effect on January 1, 2019

MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. The law envisaging a gradual increase in the retirement age in Russia to 60 years for women and 65 years for men will come into effect on January 1, 2019. The transition period will last until 2028. The reform of the pension system became one of the most debated legislative initiatives of the past year. The initial draft law underwent significant changes. The amendments were made after President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to soften the original version and to introduce a number of additional benefits, as well as measures to support people of pre-retirement age. Eventually, the draft law was…

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In his New Year’s address, Putin calls on Russians to unite, be kind to each other

In his New Year’s address, Putin calls on Russians to unite, be kind to each other

MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Russians to team up for the country’s successful development and changes for the better, and emphasized the importance of supporting those, who need help. The president said this in his New Year’s address, which was broadcast in a number of Russia’s regions celebrating 2019 first. “We are looking forward to the beginning of New Year’s Day with excitement and hope, we see enthusiastic eyes of the little ones, feel how parents and grandparents are glad if the whole family is together at this moment and their hearts are warmed with sensitivity and attention and…

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Medvedev offers condolences after deadly gas explosion in Urals

Medvedev offers condolences after deadly gas explosion in Urals

MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed condolences to the relatives and friends of those who died in a gas explosion in a house in Russia’s Urals city of Magnitogorsk, the government’s press service said on Monday. “The head of government Dmitry Medvedev offered condolences to the relatives and friends of those who died in a gas blast in a house in Magnitogorsk,” the statement said. Earlier, Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev and Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova reported to Medvedev about the rescue and search effort. Medvedev stressed that the government would take all necessary measures to provide assistance to the victims.…

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Patriarch Kirill urges Constantinople to refrain from legalizing schism in Ukraine

Patriarch Kirill urges Constantinople to refrain from legalizing schism in Ukraine

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia © Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a letter to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople calling on him to refrain from creating a new church in Ukraine and legalizing dissenters. “Back off from communicating with dissenters now and refuse to take part in the political venture on their legalization. And then the genuine Orthodox Church in Ukraine led by his Beatitude Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine will bless you and history will keep memory of you as a Constantinople hierarch who managed to preserve the dignity of the church in…

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Russia knows about 700 children taken by their parents to hostility areas in Middle East

Russia knows about 700 children taken by their parents to hostility areas in Middle East

Commissioner for the Rights of the Child, Anna Kuznetsova © Press Service of the Ombudsman under the President of the Russian Federation on the Rights of the Child MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russia has information about some 700 Russian children who were brought to the Middle East countries by their parents, the website of Russian children’s rights ombudsperson Anna Kuznetsova reported on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Kuznetsova arrived in Baghdad to accompany, along with medics and psychologists, a group of 30 children on their way back to Russia from Iraq. A Russian emergencies plane with these children is expected to land at the Ramenskoye airfield…

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