Moscow, June 26, Interfax - The chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on the Development of Civil Society, Sergey Gavrilov, was elected to the post of president of the General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) on Tuesday.
"Sergey Gavrilov has been elected the president of the General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. His candidacy received unanimous approval," Russian MP and member of the Russian delegation to the assembly Dmitry Sablin told Interfax.
The election was held during the 25th session of the IAO General Assembly in Athens. The president of the IAO General Assembly is elected for two years.
The election took place after former Russian MP Sergey Popov, who has headed the IAO General Assembly for the past 14 years, announced his resignation.
"Sergey Popov, who has headed the IAO General Assembly for 14 years, has done a great deal to promote its authority," Sablin said.
"The election of the new president from Russia will help continue this work, support Orthodoxy and strengthen the role of Russia as a recognized champion of Christian values, which have been replaced by Hollywood ones in the West," he said.
"Having firmly spoken out in defense of Christian and traditional values, our country has given hope to many people in different countries who share these values and also to the persecuted Christians in the Middle East," Sablin said.
"Sergey Gavrilov and I have visited Syria more than once, supporting our persecuted brothers. There is much work for Orthodox parliamentarians to do in the world," he said.