Vladimir Putin the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces
On June 22, the day the Hitlerites launched their attack on USSR 79 years ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces and the Road of Memory museum complex in the Patriot Military Park near Moscow.
Vladimir Putin, accompanied by the Minister of Defence Sergey Shoygu and the Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus Kirill, inspected the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church in honor of the Resurrection of Christ which is the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces. The Primate of the ROC held a brief service at the Cathedral.
The Cathedral was erected to commemorate the 75th‑ anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and dedicated to the military feats by the defenders of the Motherland in all battles for the freedom and independence of the country.
The high altar of the upper chapel is named in honor of the Resurrection of Christ, the foremost Christian holiday, and each of its side chapels, after holy patrons of the branches of the Russian Armed Forces, namely, the Faithful Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky for the Ground Forces, the Glorious Prophet Elijah for the Aerospace and Airborne forces, Saint Andrew the First-Called for the Navy, and the Great Martyr Barbara for the Strategic Missile Forces. The lower chapel of the cathedral complex was consecrated in honor of the Saint Prince Vladimir the Great, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Baptizer of Rus.
In the square by the Cathedral, the President and the Patriarch addressed the soldiers.
After that, the President attended the Road of Memory museum complex, a gallery of exhibition rooms immersing visitors in the key episodes of the Great Patriotic War. A history-themed multimedia project was implemented in the Patriot park around the Main Cathedral of the Armed Forces, displaying unique wartime exhibits.
The centerpiece of the Road of Memory is the River of Time photo gallery featuring information on front-line fighters, partisans, citizens of the beleaguered Leningrad, homefront workers, and many others who stood up to defend their Motherland - over 30 million names in total. The virtual archive of participants of the Great Patriotic War is enriched daily.
Vladimir Putin, Sergey Shoygu, and Patriarch Kirill also laid flowers at the monument to Mothers of Victors.