President Putin and PM Medvedev attend Easter Service in Moscow
The solemn Easter night service has almost come to a close at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. At the start of the ceromony Patriarch Kirill and the accompanying clergy entered the church with candles to cries of "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed."
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife, the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, other public figures and politicians are all attendance at the Christ the Savior Cathederal.
Despite the fact that the temple is accessible only to those who have invitations, there were about five thousand people present.
The Holy Fire from Jerusalem has been brought to Moscow and arrived at Vnukovo International Airport being carried by a delegation from the the fund of St. Andrew.
The flame which arrived in Moscow was part of the Holy Fire that was ignited in the the Temple of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
The Holy Fire was brought to Moscow on a special charter flight.
The delegation led by the chairman of the board of trustees of the fund, who is also the president of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, has delivered the Holy Fire to the Church of Christ the Savior.
It was passed to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, who is conducting a festive Easter service.
The holy fire kindled every year on the eve of Easter on Holy Saturday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, symbolizing the miraculous light of the Resurrection of Christ.