Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill attend a meeting of top clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kremlin in Moscow, on February 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ MISHA JAPARIDZE
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C-L) and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (L) pose for a photo during a ceremony honouring the National Unity Day on Red Square on November 4, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. A national holiday marks the 402th anniversary of the 1612 expulsion of Polish occupiers from the Kremlin.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill releases a white pigeon after the Annunciation service at Annunciation Cathedral (Blagoveshchensky Sobor) on April 7, 2014 in Moscow's Kremlin. The Annunciation is a Chrisitan celebration of the revelation to the Virgin Mary by Archangel Gabriel that she would bear a son, Jesus, the Son of God. The religious service has been administered at the Catherdral by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia since 1993.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and new Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin speak during an inauguration ceremony on October 21, 2010, in Moscow, Russia. Earlier in the day dozens of activists gathered for a rally in front of The Moscow City Duma to protest against Medvedev's nominee Sobyanin, as Moscow's new mayor. However Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's longtime chief of staff 52-year-old Sobyanin, has vowed to tackle the corruption of the capital as he was appointed today.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, his spouse Svetlana Medvedeva attend an Easter celebration mess at the Christ The Saviour Cathedral April 4, 2010 in Moscow, Russia. Orthodox Easter and Catholic Easter coincide this year.