Buranovskiye Babushki use Eurovision winnings to build church

The Buranovskiye Babushki, as was planned, will send all money won for the second place on the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest for building a church in their native village Buranovo in Udmurtia.

"The building of the church has already started. Then we'll certainly call a priest and consecrate the church," the band administrator Maria Tolstukhina told journalists.

She said that the singers were happy about their success. "Certainly, these are tears of joy. It's happiness," the administrator said.

In his turn, Hegumen Sergy (Rybko), renowned missionary and rector of several Moscow churches, who contacted the Buranovskiye Babushki, congratulated the band on the second place on the Eurovision.

"In fact, you did not compete with anyone, but showed high creative skills and the spiritual strength of Orthodox Christians," Father Sergy said in his letter to the Buranovskiye Babushki, a copy of which was sent to Interfax-Religion.

According to him, the Buranovskiye Babushki showed the world that "it is possible to live modestly and not only for yourself and human 'pleasures', but for the sake of high spiritual goals."


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