Russian Orthodox Church conducts services in Central Asia for 140 years
The celebration is mainly held in Uzbekistan, since it is in the Uzbek capital Tashkent that the Central Asian Metropolitan District of the Russian Orthodox Church was set up in 1872.
The Centre comprises the recently formed Dushanbe Eparchy of six Orthodox parishes in Tajikistan.
Father Sergiy has told the Voice of Russia correspondent about the way the Orthodox believers live in Tajikistan.
He said specifically that the Russian Orthodox Church has parishes in the Tajik cities of Kurgan Tyube, Tursunzade, Khudzhand, Chkalovsk. An eparchy cathedral is due to be built in the capital city Dushanbe.
The priest called attention to the fact that Orthodox believers in Tajikistan live in the almost 100% Islamic environment. But there have been no conflicts on religious grounds in the republic.
Voice of Russia