Putin visits new Orthodox Church in Paris


PARIS (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited a newly built Russian Orthodox Church near the Seine River in Paris.

The Russian government owns the church, the gold-domed centerpiece of a 100 million euros ($112 million) Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center that includes a school.

Putin shook hands with Bishop Nestor of Chersonese, the representative of the Moscow Patriarch in France. He then kissed an icon and lit a candle.

The Russian president was a champion of building a new Russian church in Paris. Human rights groups opposed the project when it first was approved in 2008.

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