Historical background to the document "From the talk of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev with the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II (May 28, 2001)"

On May 28, 2001, Heydar Aliyev met with the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, who was on a visit to Baku. Heydar Aliyev called the visit a significant event for the Orthodox population of Azerbaijan, as well as for the Russia-Azerbaijan relations. In his speech Alexy II thanked the Azerbaijani people, awarded Heydar Aliyev with the first class of the Order of “the Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow” for his attention, aid and support to the Baku and Caspian Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church.

“90 Instants of the Great leader”, Heydar Aliyev Heritage research center, “Sharq-Qarb”, Baku-2013, p.186