On Thursday, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrived in Kiev on a three-day visit to attend the celebrations on the occasion of the 1024th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus. The patriarchal visit was marked right by several events. The supreme hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church stated that the church intends to revise its attitude to the remains of the tsarist family of Emperor Nicholas II. Meanwhile, the patriarch was attacked by ‘a topless terrorist’ right at the airport.
When after the arrival at the Kiev airport Borispol the patriarch went to the journalists, who were waiting for him, a topless activist of the FEMEN movement Yana Zhdanova ran up to him with the cries “Go out!” and the signing on the back “Kill Kirill!”, the Novye Izvestia daily reported. The young woman was detained by the security guards of the airport. The FEMEN activists said that the attack was caused by “an illegal arrest of anti-Putin activists, who were brought to a shameful trial.”
In view of this escapade a traditional picket of few Ukrainian nationalists from the Freedom Party against “the Moscow patriarch” and for “a united local Ukrainian church with the centre in Kiev” got to the background, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reported.
Opening a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church at the Kiev Pechora Lavra Patriarch Kirill noted that the church may revise its attitude to the remains of the tsarist family of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II soon. The newspaper recalled that the Moscow Patriarchate did not admit the authenticity of the remains of the royal family. “I would like to say about a very important report, which came to us from New York and which is linked with the circumstances of the execution of the Russian royal family,” the patriarch said. “I believe that these circumstances will help us to determine our position, particularly in the case over the so-called Yekaterinburg remains. I will produce relevant materials to you, we will discuss them and will take a proper decision,” he pledged.