Patriarch Kirill urges wealthy Russians not to boast of their riches

Natalya Mihailova | 30 January 2016
Moscow, January 29, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia puts to shame those Russians who love to boast of their riches.

“If those people, who have big money, cared not only for horsepower under their hood and number of floors in their mansions, but for how people around them look at these things, perhaps psychological atmosphere in our society would be better,” the patriarch said on Friday at the 4th Christmas Parliamentary meetings at the Federation Council.

He told that he had just returned from Switzerland and “no one demonstrates their wealth there.”

“Some of our sirs go there and immediately buy a house, and there should be a Maybach or a Rolls Royce near their house, which makes their rich neighbors protest. These rich neighbors often report it and it gives a start for criminal cases against our compatriots,” the patriarch said.

Since you are here…

…we do have a small request. More and more people visit Orthodoxy and the World website. However, resources for editorial are scarce. In comparison to some mass media, we do not make paid subscription. It is our deepest belief that preaching Christ for money is wrong.

Having said that, Pravmir provides daily articles from an autonomous news service, weekly wall newspaper for churches, lectorium, photos, videos, hosting and servers. Editors and translators work together towards one goal: to make our four websites possible -,, and Therefore our request for help is understandable.

For example, 5 euros a month is it a lot or little? A cup of coffee? It is not that much for a family budget, but it is a significant amount for Pravmir.

If everyone reading Pravmir could donate 5 euros a month, they would contribute greatly to our ability to spread the word of Christ, Orthodoxy, life's purpose, family and society.