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1025th Anniversary of Baptism of Rus to Be Celebrated at State Level
22 January 2013, 12:00 | National religious question | 2 | | Code for Blog | |
President Viktor Yanukovych instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to intensify the activities of the central and local executive authorities on the preparation and celebration in Ukraine of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus, the Institute for Religious Freedom (IRS) reported with reference to the presidential decree 34/2003 of 21 January of 2013.
To ensure the effective organization of the celebration which is to be held in July 2013, the government should revise the composition of the Organizing Committee and plan organizational steps.
The head of the state proposes to envisage additional steps to preserve the objects of cultural heritage connected with Christianity and active involvement of the public in the implementation of the plan of celebratory events.
The Cabinet of Ministers should submit proposals on the organization of the celebratory events in July 2013 in Kyiv within one month. The government is to settle all the financing questions in this regard.
Also, the president instructed the Council of Ministers of the Crimean Autonomous Republic to review the list of the preparatory and celebratory events. In addition, the city authorities should assist associations of citizens and religious organizations in their activity connected with the celebration of baptism of Rus.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is to take steps to engage in the events representatives of foreign countries including diplomats.
After the publication of the decree, the head of the presidential administration, S. Liovochkin, stated that the president selected January 25 as the date of a meeting with members of the Organizing Committee on the preparation and organization of the 1025th anniversary of the baptism of Rus regarding the appropriate action plan.
“The events on the occasion of the 1025th anniversary of baptism of the Kyivan Rus will facilitate the consolidation of the Ukrainian nation and the elevation of its historic conscience. The head of state plans to hold the celebration at the highest level,” stressed Mr. Liovochkin.
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