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Dmitry Medvedev rang the bells

September 18 2009

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Novgorod the Great, in honor of the 1150 anniversary of which, a ceremony - consecrated a new bell belfry of St. Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod.

After the archbishop of Novgorod and Staraya Russa Leo perform the ceremony, Dmitry Medvedev, speaking, noted that "the history of Novgorod the Great - is the story of heroism in Russia, creating their own statehood, development of their own, hitherto unheard of democratic principles."

"Today we are witnessing a revival of the Great Novgorod. This is an important moment in the history of the city and the country's history. In this story have been different periods, as in the history of the Russian Orthodox Church," - said Medvedev.

The president also did not fail to notice that even the nature of "responding to today's mystery - the sun breaks through the rain."

After the ceremony, the head of state three times struck on a new bell. This ringing immediately picked up by all the bells Novgorod Kremlin, RIA Novosti reported.

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