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Accompanied by the head of the territorial body, Igor Potapenko, Vladyka Varsonofy toured the cells of the regime building of the pre-trial detention center and got acquainted with the conditions of detention of the detainees.

In the temple, located on the territory of SIZO-1, Metropolitan Varsonofy performed the rite of consecration of the church painting. The solemn ceremony was attended by the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Igor Potapenko, his assistant in organizing work with believers, Archpriest Oleg Skomorokh, employees of the pre-trial detention center headed by head Aleksey Tkachenko, and convicts from the institution’s housekeeping unit.

Igor Potapenko presented the rector of the SIZO-1 church, Father Georgy, with a certificate of honor from the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia.

Metropolitan Barsanuphiy addressed the staff of the penitentiary system and convicts with a message in which he urged the Orthodox to remain firm in their faith. He presented the head of SIZO-1, Aleksey Tkachenko, with the silver medal of the Holy Primate Apostle Peter, and diplomas for the employees of the pre-trial detention center.

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