This month, November 2010, marks ninety years since the departure of the Russian army and emigration from the Crimea. 126 ships received the army, the officers' family, and a part of the civilian population of the Crimean ports—Sevastopol, Yalta, Theodosy, and Kerch. In all, 150,000 people departed from this shore to points around the globe.
In memory of the tragic events in the history of twentieth century Russia, in Sevastopol on November 14, 2010 a special event took place, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Russian emigre departure, organized jointly by the cultural council of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the Armed Forces Ministry of the Russian Federation.
The main event was a pannikhida, served on the Grafsky pier of Sevastopol, after which a wreath was cast upon the sea in memory of those people who were forced to leave their homeland.
At the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and All the Ukraine, the pannikhida on the Grafsky pier was served by Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and the Crimea. Participating in the service were representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, the Patriarchal cultural council, and the Sretensky Monastery Choir.