Russian Federation Ambassador to Palau Igor Khovaev (left) with State Minister Faustina Rehuher-Marugg (right) (Photo Courtesy of the Russian Embassy in the Philippines): File Photo
Russian Ambassador to Palau Igor Khovaev told Island Times in an interview that a permanent presence of a Russian Orthodox Church in Palau will encourage flow of Russian tourists to the country.
Khovaev, who was in Palau this month for an official visit, that many Russians consider it important to know if there is a Russian Orthodox Church in a country before choosing it as a destination for their holidays.
“So if they know that there is a [Russian Orthodox] church, it will increase the big chances to attract more Russian people,” Khovaev said, adding that a beautiful Russian Orthodox Church could also become one of the places for sightseeing.
Khovaev said that he had conveyed the idea to the State Minister Faustina Rehuher-Maruggwho, according to him, had said she would study the matter.
Just last month, a Russian priest who visited Palau for the first time officiated the first Orthodox Church service at the Penthouse Hotel on February 24.
The Orthodox Church is a Christian church with over 200 million following from different parts of the globe and is one of the oldest churches in the world. Some of its churches are located in the Philippines, Russia, Japan, China, and Taiwan, among others.