Vladimir Putin signed the Decree on celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Karelians’ Christianization

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the Decree on celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Karelians’ christianization in 2027. The document was published on the official legal information portal.

The reliability of the date was confirmed by the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Laurentian Chronicle of the Vladimir-Suzdalian Land informs that, in 1227, the Pereyaslavl-Zalesky prince Jaroslav Vsevolodovich, the father of the legendary warlord and government leader Alexander Nevsky, “christened a lot of Korels”. These longtime events provided a solid foundation for the spiritual development of the Karelian people and made them an integral part of the Russian State and the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Head of State decided to accept the offer of the Government of Russia to celebrate the event at the federal level. The main celebrations will take place in the territory of the Republic of Karelia. New spiritual and educational centres will be established in the republic, the cultural heritage sites related to the spread of Orthodoxy in Karelia will be renewed and a number of publishing projects will be carried out; as well as several educational activities will be held within the celebration of the Karelians’ christianization.

The Chronicle fragment is in the photo.

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