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Monday, 25 June 2012
Moscow,Kremlin News - Pres. Putin and Deligation visit Israel - 25 June 2012
Topic: Holy Land News

















In Israeli Netanya, Pres.Vladimir Putin and Israeli President Shimon Peres took part in a ceremony of unveiling a monument to the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany. Great Patriotic War veterans also attended the ceremony.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Moscow Delegation in the Holy Land - Easter 2008
Topic: Holy Land News

Moscow, 24 April 2008 (Interfax):

The Russian presence in the Holy Land becomes ever more evident, said Vladimir Yakunin, the chairman of the board of directors the of St Andrew the First-called Foundation and the head of Russian Railways . “I can assure you that on Easter Eve the Russian language can be heard everywhere in Jerusalem. Nowadays, the majority of Russians earn enough money to visit the Holy Land. The forthcoming abolition of the visa regulations shall remove existing bureaucratic red-tape”, Mr Yakunin said in an interview published in newspaper Izvestia on Thursday.

He related that the St Andrew the First-called Foundation alone organised trips for some 20 groups of pilgrims to the Holy Land. “Indeed, there are agencies that are occupied exclusively with the arrangement of pilgrimages from Russia. One can say that Russia is now returning to the Holy Land”, Mr Yakunin noted. He said that the process of regaining ownership of the property of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem is underway and the “key role” in it was the agreement reached between President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli government. “Today, no one is surprised to hear the phrase “Russian Palestine.” The Russian presence in the Holy Land in the 19th century was very important. Today, everything has come full circle”, he concluded.

Mr Yakunin went on to say that, for some six years now, the St Andrew the First-called Foundation has sponsored the programme “A Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem”. This action calls on Orthodox Christians throughout the world to pray on Holy Saturday for peace in the Holy Land. Another work sponsored by this programme is the transmittal of the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to the Easter Divine Liturgy served by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. The Holy Fire is also taken to other churches throughout all the dioceses of the Moscow Patriarchate. In addition, it organises the telecasting and radio broadcasting of the liturgy served at the time of the descent of the Holy Fire.

This year, the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem shall arrive at Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Saturday 26 April at approximately 22.30 MDT, just prior to the beginning of the Easter services at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The delegation accompanying the Holy Fire shall consist of the following people:

YAKUNIN Vladimir, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St Andrew the First-called Foundation and Head of the Russian Railways

SAVVA, Bishop of Krasnogorsk, Vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia

SOKOLOV Aleksandr, Minister of Culture and Mass Communications

ORLOVA Svetlana, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council

SLISKA Lyubov, Vice-speaker of the State Duma

DUDKO Vyacheslav, Governor of Tula

TYAGACHEV Leonid, President of the Russian Olympic Committee

RASPUTIN Valentin, author, President of the FAP

SHCHEBLYGIN Sergei, Senator in the upper house of the State Duma

PIOTROVSKY Mikhail, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (in Russian)

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Posted by russian-heritage at 8:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 22 July 2008 8:13 AM
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Saturday, 7 October 2006
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design aims at Russian Compound in the heart of Jerusalem
Topic: Holy Land News
Bezalel Competition

The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is conducting an international architecture competition for the design of its new campus in the center of Jerusalem, and invites architects from around the world to participate.
About Bezalel
Established in 1906 as the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, Bezalel is celebrating its centenary as Israel’s leading academy in its field. Bezalel incorporates both traditional crafts and state-of-the-art technologies throughout its 10 departments: Fine Arts, Architecture, Industrial Design, Visual Communications, Photography, Video, Animation, Ceramic and Glass Design, Jewelry and Fashion, and History and Theory. The Academy is home to 1,765 students and 400 teachers, and is spread over three campuses – Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, the Historic Building of Bezalel in Jerusalem City Center, and the Bezalel Gallery in Tel Aviv.
About the New Campus
The main campus of the Academy on Mount Scopus is distant and isolated from the city center, disconnected from any social or public association. The relocation of the campus to the center of Jerusalem presents not merely a physical move, but a cultural shift through which Bezalel aims to continue to grow as an active and dynamic hub in the city, participating in Jerusalem’s urban life, allowing students and teachers to form unconstrained relationships and to cultivate mutual inspiration with the diverse inhabitants of the city.
About the Site
The vacant building site is approximately 9,182m2 and is in the center of the City of Jerusalem, about 300m from the historic Old City and within the area known as the ‘Russian Compound’. It sits on a small hill located on a prominent North-South ridge, with Northern and Easter views overlooking the city. In 1858, the compound had been sold to the Russian Empire who developed it as a pilgrimage center with hospices, a hospital, the Russian Mission building and the Holy Trinity Cathedral as its centerpiece. With the rise of communist rule in the Soviet Union, the stream of Russian pilgrims to Jerusalem ceased almost entirely. The British Mandate then converted the Compound into one of their military bases in Jerusalem. Following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, most of the buildings in the Compound were sold by the Soviet Union to the Israeli government, who used them as part of the government center. Rehabilitation and preservation of the Compound is part of the scheme for the development of the city center as a business, cultural and public district.
The competition will be conducted in two phases and is open to all architects. The official language of the competition is English.

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