Patriarch Alexy-II of Moscow and All Russia buried

Patriarch Alexy-II of Moscow and All Russia buried
# 09 December 2008 16:39 (UTC +04:00)
The lying-in-state ceremony for the late Alexy II began on Saturday evening.
The services at Christ the Saviour cathedral were attended by President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and government and state officials, and representatives from foreign countries.
Thousands of people have been gathered outside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior since early morning to pay their respects to the patriarch.
Head of the Caucasian Muslims Office Haji Allahshukur Pashazadeh also attended the ceremony.
Alexy II died of heart failure at the age of 80 on Friday. He became patriarch in 1990, a year before the Soviet Union’s collapse, and presided over the rebuilding of thousands of churches and monasteries and the construction of hundreds of new churches across the country.
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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED