A plane carrying the shrine with relics of Saint Nicolas has arrived today from Moscow to Saint-Petersburg. The relic was delivered from the Pulkovo-3 Airport to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. The shrine will be located in the Cathedral up to 28 July, then it will be transported back to Italian town of Bari.
All units of the territorial Single State Disaster Management System of Saint-Petersburg are engaged into provision of safety and comfort of pilgrims, who came to bow to relics of Saint Nicolas. It is planned that 254 people and 24 units of equipment provided by the SSDMS, including 30 people and 6 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergencies Ministry will provide safety for the pilgrims.
Considering the large number of people, willing to bow to the shrine, the Saint-Petersburg Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry planned and introduces measures to provide safety of pilgrims in Alexander Nevsky Lavra and its Cathedral and along the queue. The EmergencyResponseCenter, headed by the Vice-Governor of the Saint Petersburg Alexander Govorunov, who is also the Acting Mayor of Saint-Petersburg, was organized in Alexander Nevsky Lavra vicinity. The EmergencyResponseCenter includes representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, law-enforcement and emergency services, including the Head of the Saint-Petersburg Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry. Mobile control center and fire and rescue vehicles were also deployed in this vicinity. Rescuers deployed field kitchens along the pilgrims’ way, as well as tents for volunteers and recreation of pilgrims.
Firefighting teams of the Saint-Petersburg Directorate patrol the Lavra Area. Inspectors also patrol and monitor the fire safety requirements of the Lavra, as well as carry out preventive efforts all over the Lavra. They are rigged with tactical vests, which carry necessary equipment, such as individual breathing apparatuses, basic firefighting equipment, flashlight, first aid kit, etc. This equipment allows for immediate response to fires and urgently provide first aid to the injured.
Mobile information complex was deployed in the area to inform the population.
The shrine carrying the relics of Christian Saints left the Pontifical Basilica in Italian town of Bari for the first time in 930 years. Relics of Saint Nicolas arrived in Russia for the first time in history. Since the 21 May they were located in the Moscow’s The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, where more than 800,000 people bowed to the relic. The relic will be located at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra from 13 to 28 July. On 28 July, the shrine with relic will be returned back to Italy.