Moscow, September 30, Interfax - A school in Syria built with money raised by believers of various religions represented in Russia cost $300,000, Hieromonk Yermogen (Korchukov), executive director of the Interreligious Fund for Assisting the Implementation of Joint Humanitarian Projects, said.
"The school has five stories and its total area is 6,000 square meters," Yermogen said at a press conference in Moscow on Monday.
He denied rumors that Russian taxpayers' money was used to build the school. "These are exclusively voluntary donations from Christians and Muslims, there were no other donations there," he said.
Among those who donated money was Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and considerable amounts were also donated by the Muslims of Udmurtia, Tatarstan, and Bashkortostan, he said.
The school has a large sports area and classes of Russian as a foreign language are planned.
Hieromonk Yermogen said that there were 20,000 schools in Syria before the war, and now their number has decreased by a half.