On May 9th, at the Russian Embassy in Beijing and at the Hong Kong Cemetery in Hong Kong, parishioners of Orthodox communities prayed at Panikhidas served in memory of the leaders and soldiers slain during World War II and all those who endured death during the calamities of war.
The Panikhida in Beijing was sung by the choir of the Saint Petersburg Metochion of the Optina Pustyn' Monastery, which arrived in the People's Republic of China with concerts of Russian spiritual music and its abbot, Fr. Rostislav.
The Choir also gave a concert in honor of Victory Day. S.S. Razov, the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Russia to the PRC, also participated in the celebration. In a conversation with the clerics after the concert, the Ambassador noted that he will exert all effort to restore the Holy Dormition temple on the territory of the Russian Embassy (C in accordance with the wishes of the Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the existing understandings between the MP's Department of External Church Relations and Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry.