The authorities of Kiev forbade advertizing agencies to place on city streets posters with portraits of the patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II, the board member of the international public organization Day of the Christianization of Kievan Rus' Yury Molchanov declared.
Molchanov told that with idea to hang out around the city Alexy's II photos against St. Basil's Cathedral and Kiyevo - Pechersky monastery and the signature Ukraine welcomes the patriarch. 1020 of Kievan Rus' the initiative group of believing inhabitants of Kiev acted.
"Models of posters were dispatched to the Kiev agencies which are engaged in placement of outdoor advertizing. However those suddenly took absolutely unexpected break. After a while representatives of agencies became, hesitating, to report that to them calls arrived, in particular, from mister Rudyk (the deputy head of administration of Kiev) with the rigid requirement by no means not to place these posters", - Molchanov told.
Thus, according to him, in the city hall promised to deprive of agency license which will decide to violate the set condition.
Some small companies managed to hang out absolutely small part of estimated portraits of the Moscow patriarch, however, as Molchanov noted, their number many times concedes to that to "unprecedentedly huge" quantity of portraits of the patriarch Constantinople Varfolomey near the president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko which already managed to appear on the Kiev streets.
"With these posters it is covered from four to five thousand advertizing carriers on all city. As the producer I can tell that the huge budget was allocated for it", - noted a source.
Meanwhile, according to him, today in Kiev there is a significant amount of free advertizing spaces - still, for example, posters of already taken place concerts or boxing fights hang.
As it was reported, the Russian Orthodox Church tries to break celebration 1020 - the anniversaries of the Christianization of Kievan Rus'.
The president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko hopes that celebration 1020-й anniversaries of the Epiphany of Kievan Rus' will promote unifying processes in the Ukrainian Orthodoxy.