"Building people with strong characters and a good upbringing is much more important than book education"
Here is an interesting insight into how Russian society is changing.
St. Basil School, outside of Moscow, is trying to revive the traditions of the Tsarist Imperial Lyceum where famous writers and statesmen such as Alexander Pushkin were educated.
The founder of the school, Konstantin Malofeev, a successful Russian businessman, explains the school's values:
"The Gymnasium's pupils are taught to be good Christians and patriots.
I think if they are taught to be patriots and if they have faith in God, they will do much more for the future of Russia, as opposed to children whose only goal is to achieve good exam result.
Building people with strong characters and a good upbringing is much more important than education and this is what our school is all about”.
Metropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate's "Foreign Minister" leading prayers.