Plans to translate the Bible into the Chuvash and Altai languages have been aired in Moscow at a meeting between Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexis II and Miller Milloy, regional secretary of the United Bible Societies for Europe and the Middle East, and Alexander Borisov, head of the Russian Bible Society.
Milloy said that he had shared with the patriarch information on a number of projects and their progress in translating and distributing the Holy Scripture in Russia. Projects were considered of spreading the Bible to remote nooks of the country, and prisons, as well as publication of the Holy Writ for the blind.
In addition, the regional secretary presented to His Holiness a copy of a new synodal edition of the Bible and a wall map of 1st century Biblical lands.
Borisov noted that the United Bible Societies are a community of national Bible societies, which translate, publish and disseminate the Holy Scripture.
The Russian Bible Society was set up in 1991, based on the Bible Society of the USSR /instituted in 1990/, although Russia's first Bible society -- the one in St Petersburg -- existed as early as the beginning of the 19th century.
Projects of the UBS are aimed at helping the Russian Orthodox Church in its missionary work.