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    MOSCOW, March 12, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia is to present an award to Helene Carrere D'Encausse, Permanent Secretary of the French Academy of Sciences at the St. Daniel monastery here today. Madame D'Encausse was awarded a prize and a badge by the international foundation of Orthodox Christian nations' unity.

    Alexis, II, who heads the fund's board of trustees, and the fund's president Valery Alexeev will present this award, RIA Novosti learned at the fund's public-relations bureau.

    The prize went to Helene Carrere D'Encausse for her outstanding activities to enhance the unity of Orthodox nations. Other prize-winners for the 2003 period include Patriarch and Pope of Alexandria Peter, President Konstantdinos Stephanopoulos of Greece, Interros-company president Vladimir Potanin, as well as Belgrade university's theology department.

    Helene Carrere D'Encausse was unable to come to Moscow before and to receive her prize together with all other laureates because Abbe Carre, a famous member of the French Academy of Sciences, had passed away not so long ago.

    She decided to donate the cash prize to a home for handicapped persons in Russia's Kaluga region.

    Previous prize-winners, statesmen, clergymen, public figures and businessmen will attend the awards ceremony in the Russian capital.

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