Moscow, St. Petersburg – Russia
(May 3rd -11th 2004)
Wherever we went, we were stepping over ‘’Greek tracks’’. Everything was…Greek.
Highest note, when we met the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Alexius the 3rd.
92 of our members participated.
We must visit our Greeks to remember our History and to feel that we are Greeks, because unfortunately in Greece we have forgotten it.
This was heard by our fellow travelers once again after the events that took place with the distinct Hellenism of Russia.
The mission consisted of 92 personalities from all over Greece leaded by Panousopoulos Stavros, President of the program “Ecumenical Hellenism”, Mantouvalos Petros MP of New Democracy, Archimandrite Gervasios of the Metropolis of Neapolis and Stavropolis and Director of the Primary School of Katerini, Pappas Theophilos Mayor of Syvota Thesprotias. ANT1 TV with the reporter Yannis Pachoulakis and the cameraman Ventouris Dimitris, were with us.
The leader of the mission visited the Consulate General of Greece in Moscow Kontoleontos Iphigeneia, from whom he was warmly welcomed. The leaders of the mission were welcomed not only from the Consulate, but also from Sotidis Konstantinos President of the Association of Greeks in Moscow, Kotsonis Anatolis Head of the House of Ethnics, Zelilof Kosmas Deputy President of the Association of Greeks and Nicolaou Natalia Director of the Hellenic School of the Hellenic Association .
The “Lomonosof” University, where the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature operates, was visited by a delegation of 10 members. There they were greeted and guided by Dim. Yalamas, President and Professor of the University and Professors L. Fonkich, M. Bibikov, Ir. Kovaleva and El. Sartori. The President of the program “Ecumenical Hellenism” offered towards the needs of the University, several two-volume publications of “Macedonia” and “Holy pilgrimages” in Greek and English.
The members of the mission paid tribute to the Divine Liturgy performed by the Patriarch in the Holy Church of Saint George of Moscow, (in the presence of the official representatives of the Russian State and the Mayor of the city) and the President of the Program Mr. St. Panousopoulos honored the Patriarch by offering him the symbol of Ecumenical Hellenism the “Gold Crown”.
In the magnificent city of Grate Peter, we visited the Hellenic School 200, where we were welcomed by the General Counsil of Greece Mr. Lakatzis Ioannis with the headmaster of the school, Polychronidis Eugenios, the President of the National Association of Greeks of St. Petersburg Mr. Apatsidis Har.arHarnx, the President of the Russian-Hellenic Club. Kesidis Jordan, teachers and schoolchildren.
In our turn we distributed to all children Greek flags, school materials and several copies of our collections.
From the feast for the 1st of May that is celebrated with great brilliance
Celebration in Moscow for the 1st of May
Church in Moscow
From our tour at the Kremlin
Orthodox Church in Moscow
Tour of the Kremlin
Member of our mission in Kremlin
The General Consul of Greece in Moscow Kontoleontos Iphigenia with the Leader of the Mission (from left): Stavros Panousopoulos, President of the Program “Ecumenical Hellenism” and Petros Mantouvalos, MP of New Democracy
The President of the Program Stavros Panousopoulos, donates the Collector’s Edition “Macedonia” to the General Consul of Greece in Moscow, Kontoleontos Iphigeneia. In the picture, in the middle from left, the MP of New Democracy Mr. Petros Mantouvalos and the President of the Hellenic Association in Moscow Mr. Sotidis Konstantinos
The MP of New Democracy Petros Mantouvalos with the President of the Hellenic Association in Moscow, Sotidis Konstantinos
The director of the Hellenic School of the Hellenic Association in Moscow Nicholaou Natalia receives the publication “Macedonia” and a Greek flag
Commemorative photo at the entrance of the Consulate General of Greece in Moscow
From our visit to the Novodevici monastery
Monk at the Novodevici Monastery with the leaders of our mission
The children of the 551st School of Moscow presented the event they had prepared specifically for the members of the mission
Children’s event at the 551st School of Moscow, in honor of our mission
The President of the program “Ecumenical Hellenism” Stavros Panousopoulos offered to the school’s Director Elena Nikolayevna the state emblem of Greece
The President of the Program “Ecumenical Hellenism” Stavros Panousopoulos distributed Greek flags to all students of the 551st School of Moscow
The children of Moscow’s 551st School with the Greek flags which were distributed by the “Ecumenical Hellenism”
Children’s event at the 551st School of Moscow, for our mission
The entrance of the 551st School of Moscow
On the right, Dimitrios Yialamas, President and Professor of the “Lomonosof” University, where the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature operates with MP Peter Madouvalos
Visit to the “Lomonosof” University, where the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature operates. The President of the program “Ecumenical Hellenism” offered towards the needs of the University the two-volume publications “Macedonia” and “Holy Pilgrimages” in Greek and English
Entrance of the Holy Church of Saint George of Moscow
Inscription in the Holy Church of St. George of Moscow
The Russian Patriarch Alexius
Picture of the bell tower at St. George’s Church in Moscow
Alexius, the Patriarch of Russia
The members of the mission attended the Divine Liturgy of the Patriarch in the Holy Church of Saint George of Moscow
The President of the Program “Ecumenical Hellenism” Stavros Panousopoulos with the Patriarch of Russia, Alexius
From the left: the MP of New Democracy Petros Mantouvallos, who holds the “Golden Crown” of “Ecumenical Hellenism” for the Patriarch, the President of the Program Stavros Panousopoulos, the Patriarch of Russia Alexius and the Archbishop Gervasios
The President of the Program Stavros Panousopoulos offered the Patriarch the two-volume project “Macedonia”
The President of the Program, St. Panousopoulos offered the Mayor of Moscow Luksof Yuri the two-volume publication “Macedonia”
The President of the Program Stavros Panousopoulos with the General Consul of Greece in St. Petersburg Ioannis Lakatzis (left) offered the two-volume project “Macedonia” at the 200th School in St. Petersburg
Hermitage Museum. A part of its collection is housed in the Winter Palace, which was seat of the Tsar
Hermitage Museum – interior
Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and richest museums
Impressive exhibit at the Hermitage Museum
External view of the gardens of Hermitage
Hermitage, the museum contains over two and a half million artworks of different seasons and countries
Inscription of Ioannis Kapodistrias