At least 5,000 Russian citizens to celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Israel
MOSCOW. Jan 4 (Interfax) – Five thousand Russian pilgrims will celebrate Orthodox Christmas in the Holy Land in Israel this year – three times more than in 2007, Yury Minulin, the director general of the Radonezh travel company, has announced.
Radonezh organizes pilgrimage tours in Russia and abroad.
“These figures are based on the assessment of the flights from Moscow to Tel Aviv sold by Russia’s Transaero and Sibir (S7) and Israel’s El Al airlines,” Minulin said in an interview with the Interfax-Tourism portal.
In all, these companies are expected to fly between 12,000 and 15,000 Russian travelers to Israel by January 6, half of them tourists and those who intend to see relative. The other passengers are pilgrims and business people, he said. sd