Imperial Putin's visit
Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 28th made a pilgrimage visit to Mount Athos. The formal reason for the visit of the head of state is the beginning of activities for the Millennium of Russian monastic presence on Mount Athos. At the same time as Putin, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill visited Athos. The head of the Russian state and the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church have visited this holy-for-ever-Orthodox-Christian place together for the first time. Athos, the source and center of the Hesychast monastic tradition in the Orthodox world, has a special status. It is the center of the Ecumenical Orthodoxy, which is formally subordinated to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, but is Autonomous.