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    ORTHODOX RELIC REMOVED FROM RUSSIA DURING WW2 FOUND OUTSIDE MADRID

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    MADRID, January 21 (RIA Novosti's Juan Cobo) - The Spanish newspaper El Pais reported today on the whereabouts of an Orthodox relic removed from Russia during WW2 to Spain, a wartime ally of Germany. It is the cross from the St Sophia Cathedral of Novgorod, a city in northwest Russia. According to the newspaper, the relic is kept in the Museum of the Military Engineering School in Hoyo de Manzanares. Officers of the Spanish Blue Division brought the cross to Spain in 1942 but its exact location was unknown.

    In October 2003 King Juan Carlos pondered the return of the cross to Novgorod but no decision was made at the time. El Pais writes that the Spanish military would like to get in return an exact copy of the cross, which is, to them, part of their military history.

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