my respect for Patriarch Kirill increased so much after reading this... i am honoured that he called us his brothers in faith
Indeed there is a wonderful and beautiful fraternity between Russians and Copts because they both know suffering and persecution. I experienced this recently among some Russian clergy (even in ROCOR) which made me realize that the "real world" is very different than what is presented often times on internet forums.
Let me share with you a beautiful story from a just a couple of weeks ago.
I was invited along with all my congregation from St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church (Irvine, CA) to attend a local Serbian Church where the Myrrh-Streaming Icon of Hawaii (which belongs to ROCOR) was visiting. This was the second time I went due to the wonderful relationship between me and the local Serbian priest. This time I came with about 125 Copts from my parish after Sunday liturgy.
While we were gathered, Reader Nektarios, the guardian of the icon, related to us Copts the following story with sincere emotion...
When the Holy Theotokos was appearing in Warraq Cairo (Dec. 2009), Reader Nektarios received a phone call from a friend that happened to be visiting Egypt. This friend was among the several thousand people standing outside the Church when the Mother of God appeared. He called Reader Nektarios in great amazement describing the details of how the Holy Virgin looked and how she smiled at the people (he said the videos don't do any justice to what they saw in person). She was appearing while he was on the phone...He asked Reader Nektarios, "what is the icon doing right now?" Reader Nektarios responded that the icon stopped streaming! Then a few moments later, there was great sound from the crowd and Reader Nektarios asked what happened. His friend told him that the Mother of God disappeared. His friend asked a second time what was happening to the icon and Reader Nektarios responded that it began to stream again! A third roar from the crowd came when the Holy Virgin appeared again, this time on the bell tower (first time was on the dome) and the friend asked a third time about the icon and Reader Nektarios indicated that it stopped streaming! For Reader Nektarios, it was clear that the moments when the Mother of God was appearing in Egypt, the icon stopped streaming. He told the story with an obvious great love for the Copts and was certain about how much the Mother of God loves the children of Egypt.
Another great link between the Russians and Copts...I know some will not accept the story or its conclusions, but there it is for you to make what you will of it.