Moscow, March 13, Interfax - The Kremlin has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has donated money from his personal funds for the creation of the central icon for the main cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces.
The amount of money was not specified.
"Indeed, Putin has donated his personal money for the icon. I won't give the amount - it's the amount necessary to make the icon," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"It's a personal contribution of the president to the creation of the main church of the Russian Armed Forces," he said.
"The president personally attended the ceremony for laying down the first stone [in the foundation] of that church and he, of course, cannot be indifferent to this icon and the construction process," Peskov said.