On November 1, 2023, heads of religious organizations gave birthday greetings to Aleksandr Drozdenko, Governor of Leningrad Oblast. ELCIR Bishop Laptev wished Mr. Drozdenko God’s guidance and help in his demanding service as the region’s head.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:1-4, ESV)