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On 16 May 2014, at the Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, DECR chairman, met with Mr. Nicholas Kotsiras, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship of the State Government of Victoria (Australia). They were joined in the meeting by archpriest Sergiy Zvonarev, DECR secretary for far abroad countries, and deacon Vasiliy Burdonskiy, a staff member of the DECR secretariat for far abroad countries.

Metropolitan Hilarion informed the guest about the youth work of the Russian Orthodox Church and about the program of teaching the Basics of Orthodox Culture in Russian schools. Mr. Kotsiras told all those present about the state of Victoria and religious education in Australia.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Metropolitan Hilarion wished Mr. Kotsiras every success in his visit to Russia.