Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II during the Orthodox Christmas celebration, January 2000.
Vladimir Putin kisses an icon inside the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev, April 2000.
Vladimir Putin kisses an Orthodox priest during an Easter service in the Isakyevsky cathedral in St Petersburg, April 2000.
Vladimir Putin offers Pope John Paul II a limited edition book on the Kremlin's restoration during his visit to the Vatican, June 2000.
Vladimir Putin, his wife Lyudmila and Patriarch Alexiy II attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the installation of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch, June 2000.
Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting in Moscow as Patriarch Alexiy II listens, August 2000.
Vladimir Putin awards Patriarch Alexiy II with the state award for substantial contribution into spiritual and moral revival of Russia, January 2001.
Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila cross themselves during Easter service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, April 2001.