“President Putin is that man, who for us has a sacred value — quoted Konstantinov, RIA “Novosti”. If for Russia it’s just the President, the leader of the country, the Crimea is a Holy man without exaggeration that came to the rescue in a difficult moment, when depended on him and our destiny.”
Note that in Orthodoxy there is the concept of locally venerated saints: for this deceased should be proclaimed as such by the local Bishop, in the case of the ROC is done with the knowledge of the Patriarch.
For substantiation of necessity of joining of Crimea to Russia, Putin referred to, in particular, that “for Russia, Crimea, ancient Korsun, Chersonesos, Sevastopol have a huge civilizational and sacred significance. The same as Temple mount in Jerusalem for those who profess Islam or Judaism.”
We will add that at the time of the Crimean referendum business structure Konstantinov had Ukrainian banks more than a billion hryvnia.
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