Autumn 2001 (9.3)
Orthodox Church Restoration
On the occasion
to dedicate the newly renovated Orthodox Church by LUKoil: Left
to right: LUKoil's General Director in Azerbaijan Fikrat Aliyev,
His Holiness Alexi II Patriarch of Moscow and Russia, Vahid Alakbarov
President of LUKoil, and Sheikh Allahshukur Pashazade head of
the Board of Moslems of the Caucasus.
On May 25-28, 2001,
Alexi II, His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and the Entire
Russia, visited Azerbaijan. He came at the invitation of President
Heydar Aliyev and Sheikh Allahshukur Pashazade, head of the Board
of Moslems of the Caucasus. It was the first-ever visit of the
Patriarch to the country.
While in Baku, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with
President Aliyev, Murtuz Alasgarov, speaker of Milli Majlis (Parliament),
and Hajibala Abutalibov, mayor of Baku. He was also awarded an
honorary doctorate from Baku State University.
The Patriarch visited the Orthodox Church of the Holy Wives-Peace-Lovers
(in Russian: Khram Svyatikh Jen-Mironosits), which was built
by oil baron Zeynalabdin Taghiyev. Under his order, it has now
been named "Cathedral of Baku-By-Caspian Diocese" of
the Russian Orthodox Church. LUKoil's Charity Fund has sponsored
this major renovation. The company has also helped to restore
one of Azerbaijan's oldest mosques, Bibi-Heybat.
to renovate the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Wives Peace
Lovers in Baku in May 2001.
LUKoil is a member of AIOC (Azerbaijan International Operating
Company), which is developing Azeri, Chirag and the deepwater
portion of Gunashli. The company is also involved in the Yalama,
Shah Daniz and Zigh-Hovsan projects and operates 15 petrol stations.
LUKoil has spent more than $1.7 million on educational, cultural
and public health programs in Azerbaijan.
(9.3) Autumn 2001.
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