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Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas church in Shanghai

On June 23, 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of Moscow Patriarchate, who is in China with the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Cyril and at the invitation of China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), conducted a service at St. Nicholas church in Shanghai. At the entrance to the temple, Sunday School pupils presented Metropolitan Hilarion with flowers ; and on behalf of the community, M. Drozdov, President of the Russian Club, welcomed the DECR Chairman.

During the Divine Liturgy, Archpriest Alexy Kiselevich, rector of the Orthodox community, Priest Michael Wang and Archdeacon Evangel Lu, clerics of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church concelebrated with Metropolitan Hilarion. Assisting during the service was Subdeacon Papiy Fu Xiliang, graduate of Archbishop Victor (Svyatin), head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in 1933-1956. There were about a hundred people present at the service — members of a multinational Orthodox community in Shanghai. Most of them partook of Holy Communion. Прочтём до конца?

Mikhail Drozdov

Mikhail Drozdov has lived in China since 1996. He is the head of the Shanghai office of Mars Consulting, member company of the China Window Group, a consulting firm which assists Russian companies investing in China.

In parallel to his business activities, Mikhail is also dedicated to promoting the interests of his fellow Russians in China and the Asia-Pacific region. As such he is the chairman of The World Coordination Committee of Russian Compatriots (www.vksrs.com) and the Chairman of the Russian Club of Shanghai.

Mikhail has dedicated much work to charting the history of Russian immigration in Shanghai, and has also been working to establish a Russian Orthodox community in the city. He is also a leading member of “Polusharie” – a Russian language web-based community focused on Asia.

He is the author of numerous articles on legal issues as well as questions concerning the Russian Diaspora in Shanghai. In addition he is a published poet.

In 2004 he was awarded a medal by the City of St Petersburg in commemoration of 300 year anniversary for his commitment to developing a partnership between the cities of St Petersburg and Shanghai.

Mikhail holds a law degree from the University of Vladivostok, where also he taught. He studied Chinese at Dalian University and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Mikhail speaks Russian and Mandarin. He lives in Shanghai with his wife and three children.

Interview with Oleg Lundstrem

Первый состав оркестра. Харбин, 1934 г.

1936: A Russian band, headed by Oleg Lundstrem, earned its way to fame while playing at the local Paramount Club.

2002: Oleg returns to the restored Paramount — this time as the conductor of the Russian State Indoor Jazz Band.

Oleg Lundstrem’s journey highlights the music history of Russia across the world. His name, to some extent, implies jazz in Russian. However, what is not known that it was in Shanghai, while playing at the Paramount, that Olega first came to be known as a jazz musician.

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