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More than 50 Russian Old Believers will return from the USA to Primorye

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Petar Gramatikov
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Governor of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako held a meeting with Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church Cornelius on Tuesday, September 20, the website debri-dv.com reported. The parties discussed the issue of resettlement of compatriots in Primorye, including from unfriendly countries.

Oleg Kozhemyako stressed that Russian President Vladimir Putin supports the return of fellow Old Believers to their historical homeland. This practice makes it possible to revive agriculture and develop rural areas.

“Today, our compatriots are returning to their territories, where their ancestors used to cultivate land, grow crops, and were among the first to develop Primorsky Krai. We create the necessary conditions for them, we provide new lands. Settlers from distant countries arrive in the Krasnoarmeisky district, the Pozharsky municipal district, cultivate fallow lands, and revive agriculture. This is the culture and religion that have been in Russia since ancient times,” the governor said.

Metropolitan Kornily thanked Oleg Kozhemyako for his assistance and assistance in the resettlement of the Old Believers, which continues again after the coronavirus pandemic.

“In the near future, 55 people are returning from the United States. The issue of their visa service is already being worked out. The Old Believers preserve all spiritual traditions, wherever they are. These are really hardworking people who want to work honestly and conscientiously in their native land. Therefore, even more of our compatriots will be returning from Latin America and other countries. Now it is important that our Fatherland flourishes, we are strong, it is necessary to defend our spiritual unity in the current difficult conditions,” the Metropolitan said.

Recall that at the moment 46 families, about 200 Old Believers live in the Primorsky Territory. There are enough fallow lands that need a hard-working owner. Farming is a traditional activity of the Old Believers. And they are already showing the first results in their farms. Agreements have been concluded with them on comprehensive participation in the state program “Development of agriculture and regulation of agricultural products, raw materials and food markets” for 2020-2027.

Photo: Primorsky Territory Governor Oleg Kozhemyako met with Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church Cornelius

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