Putin noted the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the unity of society during the civil war

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in potomacfever Putin. Archival photoPutin noted the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the unity of society during the civil war© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

The seeds of unity in the Russian society during the civil war and the Soviet rebellion thanks to the Russian Orthodox Church, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

An excerpt of the documentary «Valaam» was shown in the program «Vesti of the week» on «Russia 1».

Putin, in an interview for the film told about the evacuation of the Valamo monastery of 1939-40, when there was the Soviet-Finnish war. Then Balaam as the object of the Finnish territory was bombed. The President spoke about the case of milovana red army monks of the Valaam monastery.

«When Soviet troops were ready to enter the Islands of the archipelago, for some reason they stayed on the shore and invited the priest from the monastery. One of them went, and suddenly a Soviet officer said to him: «How long will you need to collect and leave?». Thought, asked for a few days, collected all the most precious of all relics, have left and all were taken,» — said Putin, noting that about this case told him at the monastery.

«You know, in this context, what I thought, of course, in these difficult days of the civil war, then rebellion, when he laid these seeds split in Russian society, the seeds of unity always remained with us in the first place because the Russian Orthodox Church. And that the officers then allowed the monks to leave and take all the relics, this is the best evidence that the seeds of unity, unification, they always did not leave us», — concluded the President.