Voices from Russia

Monday, 16 January 2012

Exiled Russian Tycoon Urged Patriarch Kirill to Persuade PM Vladimir Putin Not to Run For the Presidency in March… Patriarchal Office Nixes Berezovsky

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Exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky urged Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev to persuade Prime Minister Vladimir Putin not to run for the presidency in March. In a letter published by Ekho Moskvy radio on Monday, the London-based tycoon and outspoken Kremlin critic asked Patriarch Kirill to “try to help Putin gather his wits”. Putin’s widely seen as a favourite to win March’s vote despite growing public discontent and mass demonstrations against election fraud last month. Berezovsky, who was one of the people who helped bring Putin to power in late 1990s, according to his biographer Paul Klebnikov, warned the patriarch, “Protest rallies may lead to thunderous cannonades. If blood’s shed, Putin will be held accountable before the people, before his conscience, and before history. However, you’ll answer before God. It’s in your power today to ensure a peaceful transition of power. Help him hear the voice of the people”.

The patriarchal office said that His Holiness would ignore Berezovsky’s call. Archpriest Vladimir Vigilyansky, the head of the patriarchal press service, told RIA-Novosti, “In his televised speech Patriarch Kirill answered all questions concerning the present situation and he said that he favoured dialogue between the authorities and the opposition, for gradual, not drastic, changes in course. The patriarch has addressed all questions and he isn’t going to respond to Boris Berezovsky’s call”.

In November 2007, a Russian court sentenced Berezovsky to six years in jail in absentia for stealing millions of dollars from the Russian airline Aeroflot in the 1990s. In June 2009, he was sentenced to a further 13 years in absentia for stealing thousands of cars from carmaker AvtoVAZ, also in the 1990s.

16 January 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120116/170783864.html

16 January 2012. ROCOR in the Deep Kimchi Financially…

The crunch HAS come… it’s time to stand up for true unity, or, it’s time to end it all… which one do you want?

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Read this. My informant told me:

They may have to sell the Park Avenue headquarters. Bankruptcy…

THIS is serious. I can’t tell you what to do… that’s up to each one of you, individually. Nevertheless, the ROCOR‘s in the deep kimchi, which means that the OCA, which has always been more unthrifty than its cousin, is in even WORSE shape. There’s only one way out of this mess. The time is NOW for all three Russian Orthodox bodies in the North American diaspora to form united Russian Orthodox Metropolias in the USA, Canada, and Alaska. We must all pull together, close down all unthrifty institutions (such as SVS), and work as one. It’s time to stop lying to ourselves. It’s time for Paffhausen and Kapral to step aside for a new leader sent from the Centre… the former’s incompetent, the latter’s ineffectual. We need to seriously rebuild the ruined edifice… and stop the grandiose caterwauling about Strategic Plans and Mission fantasies. It’s time to lay the cards on the table, kids…

Shall we do it? That’s up to YOU…

BMD

Suzdal Schismatic Valentin Rusantsov Dies in His 73rd Year

Valentin Rusantsov (1939-2011) with Kyle Hatcher of the US Embassy to the RF… this shows, even for the slow learners, that the RPATs is probably a Langley front organisation, and that chances are good that Rusantsov was an asset for the American special services. One wonders if Hatcher fronted cash to this schismatic pig… it’d be just like the stories in the Ukraine linking John Herbst with Denisenko and Pashkovsky (is Hatcher a Langley spook himself? It’s a possibility…). Take a GOOD look at this picture, Orthodox Christians… Paffhausen, Potapov, Lyonyo, and Webster defend the rightwing advocates of such machinations on the part of the US government against our Holy Church… do act accordingly.

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In Moscow, on the morning of 16 January, “Metropolitan” Valentin Rusantsov of Suzdal and Vladimir, the self-proclaimed head of the “Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church” (RPATs), died in the 73rd year of his life. He was due to undergo treatment for diabetes and heart problems. Due to the death of Valentin, “Archbishop” Fyodor Gineyevsky of Otradnensky and the North Caucasus took over the leadership of the RPATs.

“Metropolitan” Valentin (in the world, Anatoly Petrovich Rusantsov), was born in 1939 in Belorechensk (Krasnodar Krai). In 1956, he became a cantor (псаломщик: psalomshchik) in one of the parishes of Krasnoyarsk Krai; the next year he became a novice at Holy Spirit Monastery in Vilnius, where he received monastic tonsure in 1958. In 1960, he became a hierodeacon, and, then, Archbishop Antony Romanovsky of Stavropol and Baku made him a hieromonk. He served in the MP Diocese of Stavropol and Diocese of Vladimir, advancing to the ranks of Igumen and Archimandrite. In 1973, Rusantsov became rector of the Holy Mother of God of Kazan parish, and in 1977, he took over St Constantine parish in Suzdal. In 1970, he graduated from the Faculty of History, Dagestan State University, in 1973, he completed the Moscow Theological Seminary, and he took his final degree in 1979 at the Moscow Theological Academy, where he received a kandidatura in theology. In 1987, he transferred to serve in Pokrov. He did not actually serve there; he obtained a release from his position.

In April 1990, along with his parish in Suzdal, Rusantsov came under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). On 10 February 1991, the ROCOR ordained him Bishop of Suzdal and Vladimir. Because Rusantsov quarrelled with its hierarchy, the ROCOR Holy Synod asked him to retire in July 1993. In March 1994, he created the so-called “Higher Church Administration of the Russian Orthodox Church” (VTsURPTs). In winter 1994, he reconciled with the ROCOR Holy Synod, but, in February 1995, the ROCOR Holy Synod placed him under discipline. Then, in June 1995, he definitively broke with the ROCOR Holy Synod and revived the VTsURPTs, under the authority of “Archbishop” Lazar Zhurbenko. The VTsURPTs then elevated Rusantsov to the rank of “archbishop”. In 1996, he created the “Archpastoral Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church” (ASRPTs). On 19 February 1997, the MP Archpastoral Council deposed Rusantsov from the clergy for perpetrating a schism. In 2001, a decision of “Archpastoral Synod of the RPATs” elevated him to the rank of “Metropolitan”, and recognised him as the “First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church”.

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On Monday morning, in Moscow, in the 73rd year of his life, Valentin Rusantsov, the head of the sect of Suzdal schismatics known as the “Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church” (RPATs), died, according to the website of the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. Rusantsov founded the RPATs in 1994. Previously, he was an MP cleric, then, he went under the ROCOR, which also expelled him. Currently, in Russia, there are several dozen parishes and about 10,000 followers in the RPATs. Rusantsov received widespread notoriety thanks to his scandalous trial on charges of child molestation, following which the court conditionally sentenced him to probation for four years and three months.

16 January 2012

Sedmitza.ru

Interfax-Religion

http://www.sedmitza.ru/news/2732803.html

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=43791

US Presidential Candidates Experience the Power of Faith: Mormon Mitt Romney Faces a Christian Opponent

Rick Santorum’s noxious pandering to his fat-cat paymasters on the backs of the elderly and the poor didn’t bother the “evangelicals” one little bit… can you see why many Catholics, Orthodox, and Mainline Protestants don’t consider them real Christians? 

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Opponents of the nomination of Mitt Romney for the office of US President used virtually the last trump card against the leader of the Republican race… religion. A meeting of 150 leaders of the most influential American evangelical organisations named a single Republican candidate as an alternative to Mormon Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, a former senator and a champion of Christian values. The appearance of a figure bringing together the conservative wing of the Republican Party introduced a new aspect to the race.

Last weekend, influential conservative Republicans convened an emergency meeting of leaders of American evangelical organisations at a ranch near Houston TX because of their profound concern about the strong lead that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon, had taken in the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination race. In early January, he won the Republican caucus (meeting of party activists) in Iowa, and, a week later, won the primary in New Hampshire by a wide margin. This has prompted many to say that these victories mean that the Republican nomination’s in his pocket. The polls predict another success for Mitt Romney in the primary scheduled for next Saturday in South Carolina. If he does win, and outpaces his competition, his opponents will seem to lose their last hope to have someone other than Romney face Barack Obama in the coming election.

In this case, Mitt Romney’s opponents regard the primary in South Carolina as a decisive battle, leaving on the table one last trump card… religion. Given that 60 percent of South Carolina’s population are evangelicals, the organisers of the Texas meeting wanted to send the voters of the state a powerful message from the leading figures of the evangelical movement. The poll taken on the ranch near Houston was in three stages, to name a single candidate for Republican conservatives in the upcoming presidential election. At the end, the result showed that 52-year-old Rick Santorum, a former US Senator from Pennsylvania, received 75 percent of the votes, and former US Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich got 25 percent.

It’s noteworthy that Santorum’s already created a sensation in the current race, as he was behind Mitt Romney in Iowa by only eight votes. However, after this success, he looked very pale in New Hampshire, winning only fifth place. Nevertheless, the conservative wing of the Republican Party has bet on him. The father of seven children, Rick Santorum’s a devout Christian and a known staunch opponent of abortion and gay rights. However, the experts took a very guarded estimate of the last move by Romney’s opponents, believing that they missed the boat. In their opinion, the meeting at the Texas ranch would’ve had a far greater impact if it took place a week-and-a-half earlier… before the caucus in Iowa, when Romney wasn’t so confident. Nevertheless, the evangelical leaders’ proposal revived the almost extinct Republican race, forcing everyone to wait for the outcome of the primaries… at least, the one in South Carolina.

16 January 2012

Sergei Strokan

Komersant

As quoted in Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=print&div=14180

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