Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia’s far-east – a model of a single-seater fighter jet SU-35.
Kirill was presented with the model after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday.
The article originally stated that it was a fighter jet, which led some to criticize the gift as inappropriate for a religious leader. The original Reuters story was soon corrected, however, to make clear that it was in fact a model.
The Reuters correspondent contextualizes the gift as part of the growing alliance between the Kremlin and the Moscow Patriarchate, though, and the article can be read in full here.
Anastasios Hudson resides in Reston, Virginia, USA. He is the author of Metropolitan Petros of Astoria: A Microcosm of the Old Calendar Movement in America (2014). His website is AnastasiosHudson.com.