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    MOSCOW, January 10th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Olga Lipich) -- Fifty young Christian pilgrims from Sevastopol, a Russian Black Sea port in Ukraine's Crimea region, are expected to reach Moscow tonight.

    The group left Sevastopol on January 3, and are now coming to the Russian capital by train from St. Petersburg, report officials of the Andrew the Protokletos Foundation, one of the organisations sponsoring the unusual pilgrimage.

    This event is part of celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of Kronstadt, a fortress on the approaches to St. Petersburg, and it has been launched by the Kronstadt Naval Assembly, the Black Sea Fleet Education Department, and the St. Petersburg-Crimea Friendship Society, among others.

    While in St. Petersburg, the Sevastopol pilgrims visited the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, the Aurora battle cruiser, the imperial estate at Tsarskoye Selo, and the Kronstadt military school. Their destinations in Moscow will include the Cathedral of All Saints, the Cathedral of Tsarevich Alexis at Krasnoye Selo, and other Orthodox Christian shrines, with the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, outside Moscow, being an absolute must as the Russian Orthodox Church's spiritual centre.

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