On the new banknote with a face value of 1000 rubles. there is no cross depicted on the dome of the building near the Kazan Kremlin, since it does not exist in reality. About it stated Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media of the Moscow Patriarchate Vakhtang Kipshidze in a conversation with the radio station “Moscow Speaks”.
He explained that the banknote does not depict an Orthodox church, but a museum. According to a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, the depiction of Orthodox monuments in a distorted form is “a certain form of some kind of blasphemy.”
“If, in the case of this banknote, we are not talking about a church building, then there is absolutely no problem that it does not have a cross. Why should there be a cross there if it’s not there in life?” he said.
Earlier today Bank of Russia presented updated banknotes in denominations of 1000 and 5000 rubles, from October 16 they will be put into circulation. On a 1000 ruble bill. depicts memorable places in Nizhny Novgorod and the Volga Federal District: the Nikolskaya Tower of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin on the front side and the Syuyumbike Tower on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin on the back.
In addition, on the reverse side of the 1000 ruble banknote. Next to the tower is the Palace Church, which was built in the 17th century. Now the building houses the Museum of the History of Statehood of the Tatar People and the Republic of Tatarstan. On the website of the Kazan Kremlin Museum-Reserve it says, that in 1918 the church was looted, and during the Soviet period it housed a canteen. The temple was restored in 2002, and a UNESCO sign was installed on the dome. It is clarified that it was soon removed because the church was not functioning. Now the temple has a dome without a sign or cross on its top.