Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

ROCOR Established Mission in Pakistan


An Orthodox mission under the ROCOR is in operation in Pakistan. Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral of New York and Eastern America, the First Hierarch of the ROCOR, wrote in a statement on its official website, “Now, the ROCOR has a viable mission in Pakistan, with 175 members. This community is growing rapidly and attracting the attention of those interested in and looking for the Christian faith in Pakistan”. According to Vladyki Hilarion, believers pray in the open air or in any available space. The Mission needs to build a church; it already owns the land necessary for it, saying in an appeal, “We hope to build a church and an orphanage in the town of Sargodha”. Metropolitan Hilarion urged believers to support their project, saying, “By the grace of God, this would be the first Russian Orthodox church in the Indian subcontinent, which will serve as a stronghold of Orthodox spirituality, and a beacon to believers, as well as a refuge for many poor Pakistani children. Since construction will take place in Pakistan, the cost is low. We ask for your assistance in this project”.

16 July 2012




Friday, 13 July 2012

13 July 2012. Rumour Mill Working Overtime… HH NOT Coming to the USA This Autumn


Of course, JP’s fall has unleashed the rumour mill. Here’s something from Monomakhos:

I believe that Patriarch Kirill’s scheduled to be in the USA in the fall {not so: editor}, and I’ve heard that unity is on his mind… the Moscow patriarchal parishes, ROCOR, and the OCA joining together… they may even pick up a few ACROD parishes along the way. The first step is a leadership change at the top… Jonah out, Hilarion in. Justinian as the rector of the 97th St cathedral as the representation church in the USA, the Baker Mansion goes, and the historic 2nd St cathedral is the NYC cathedral… ROCOR loses a cathedral and the OCA loses a metropolitan. Now, why did the OCA, all of a sudden, create a plethora of archbishops? Posturing, all posturing. the question becomes, “What’s next?” There have already been a slew of concelebrations and invitations… almost as though it’s, “Get your acts together before I get there or I’ll ensure that you do”. Bottom-line… stop focusing on Jonah… he made some mistakes and got caught. The question to focus on is what’s next… perhaps, autonomous Russian jurisdictions for the USA, of Canada, and South/Central America…  three autonomous church groups of similar national character, with consistent policies, consistent liturgies… each parish gets to choose their calendar, for the time being, at least. The milk is spilled, stop crying over it… the question is what the future will bring, and we must consider all three groups in this.



Firstly, “rjklancko” has the “feel” of initials, rather than a phoney username. “R J Klancko” has a “Pittsburghpo-nashemu quality to it, doesn’t it? That in itself means that this poster is more serious than the usual Monomakhos bloviator. Its pure speculation, but it’s pretty good, to speak frankly. For instance, the Synod HQ on Park Avenue is going to remain MP property as a spiritual and cultural centre… the present “cathedral” there will keep on, downgraded to chapel status (which is what it truly is, in any case). There’s no rumour of any move by HH towards a North American visit in the autumn. Such would require visas and preparations, and such aren’t in evidence. It’s not even in the rumour mill pipeline at the Centre. However, our present interlocutor may not have Centre contacts; so, give them a break. It’s logical… and it’s a much more grounded submission than the usual konvertsy blather that you hear on the internet. There’s no mention of the London Conference in October… perhaps, that’s what our interlocutor confused it with.

Now, if we speak of the London Conference, it’s going to be a meeting of Russian bishops from all over the world (outside of the CIS countries). London’s the venue as it’s a central location with good airline connections all over. Many (if not most) of the bishops are coming from Western Europe, and London allows them to use high-speed trains to get there (Western Europe is far ahead of the USA in rail technology). There are contradictory reports out there on whether HH is going to be present, but I’d say that it’s a good bet. The good word “out there” is that the ROCOR and MP dioceses abroad will merge under the ROCOR’s legal framework (legal incorporation’s a much more important thing than most realise). Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral will retain First Hierarch status of the ROCOR-at-large (all reports that I’ve heard indicate that he’s going to retain Australian residence). A new man will become Metropolitan of the North American District. St Nick’s on East 97th on the Upper East Side (it’s three loud farts from the Guggenheim, and a leisurely 15-minute stroll from the Met) is going to remain a podvorie of the Patriarch, Park Avenue’s becoming a spiritual/cultural centre (and residence of the Metropolitan), and the Cathedral in the Lower East Side on 2nd Street will be the cathedra of the Diocese of New York (if the OCA falls apart, as it very well might). There’s no news on Jordanville; although one of my contacts said scornfully, “It’s become nothing but a minor Ukrainian skete”. Do note that no bishop for Jordanville was named after Laurus Škurla‘s death… a first since 1948.

JP’s removal had nothing directly to do with this. It’s becoming clearer that the coup (for such it was) was an attempt on the part of the First Families to remove someone that they felt was a danger to their notions of “autocephaly”. Publicly, so far, we’ve seen that Lyonyo, Tosi, Jillions, and the Synod are involved. No one else has stepped forward. It may well be that this was a bad attempt at a Bennigsen moment. I’d say, “If you wish to strangle the tsar, you’d best do it right, or, it’ll come back to haunt you”. The hutsky-klutsky way in which events unfolded… there’s still no “narrative” from the putschists a week after the event… points to something ginned up on the fly and on the sly. We don’t even know the details of the meeting between Jillions and Fathausen. No one will say whether someone else was present or not. My guess (for guess it is) is that Jillions had Potapov at his side. Kish took Gan through the OCA Chancery at the same time… so, it’s not inconceivable. That’s probably what disarmed JP… JP considered Potapov a friend, but Potapov was nothing of the sort (do recall Potapov’s recent vituperative attack on one of his relatives on the main ROCOR website… that’s the evidence for his nasty personality). Don’t forget, Potapov’s related to the Rodzianko clan through marriage, and he’s ALWAYS been the “fixer” and facilitator in OCA/ROCOR relations, even during the Church War.

The present brouhaha is the Last Hurrah of the First Families apparat. With the most desperate tenacity, they’re trying to hold on to their Grand Fenwickian titles and fiefs. For instance, Lebedeff’s been silent… this is the same way that he acted after the August Events in ’91. He was silent for two weeks, and only opened his yap when he was sure of the Jordanville line… just like he made a 180 in his attitude after Laurus changed policy at the turn of the millennium. It’s NOT going to work. HH has a candidate for the white hat here, and it’s nobody “local”. Indeed, the plotters may have made HH’s work easier, paradoxically enough, as nobody but First Family members, HOOMie cultists, and clueless konvertsy believe in the OCA anymore, because of the events of the past ten years. Do recall that Herman was at St Nick’s in Wilkes-Barre PA when Yustinian was there, and Yustinian was seen berating Hermie in public. The Centre’s going to “clean house”, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the HOOMies and some of the konvertsy clomp off and form a vagante “rump OCA” (shades of Alex Riggle)… with Peterson or JP as “Metropolitan?” It’s a possibility…

Watch the London Conference closely… that’s the real deal. Of course, the coup could collapse before then. There’s no groundswell of support for the putschists… and the Centre’s ignoring the coup. There’s no news of the “resignation” on patriarchia.ru or Interfax-religion.ru… pravoslavie.ru (both sides of the site) has no new information… that’s not good news for the putschists. It’s as if it “didn’t happen”. That’s not what the putschists or JP need. There are no news items, but there is this on patriarchia.ru in its section on the OCA (click here to access it in Russian):

On 9 July 2012, a decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops appointed the most-senior member of the Holy Synod, His Eminence Nathaniel Popp, Archbishop of Detroit, the ruling bishop of the OCA Romanian Archdiocese, as Locum Tenens of the OCA. It named Bishop Michael Dahulich of New York and New Jersey as the Administrator {that’s in the Russian original: editor} of the OCA.

Note well that there’s no mention of “resignation”. However, to repeat what a contact told me, “If he survives, so be it; if he doesn’t, so be it. We’re not getting involved. You know the old saying, ‘If you don’t touch it, it won’t stink’”. There IS change afoot. That’s why the First Families moved. I don’t think that the Centre orchestrated it, but trust me, HH is going take full advantage of the opening that he’s been given. The OCA is dead… the only question is, “When will the coroner write up the death certificate?” I wonder what that’ll do to Sir Ray’s lawsuit against Fr Mike? That would be a pretty titbit to present to a judge and jury, wouldn’t it? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 13 July 2012

Albany NY

Saturday, 28 April 2012

28 April 2012. Update on Hilarion Kapral’s Whereabouts… Why the Fifth Anniversary Celebration was Postponed


One of my kitchen cabinet was wondering where Hilarion Kapral was at the moment. Another one of my contacts piped up:

Metropolitan Hilarion went to Australia for a total knee replacement, as his care would be excellent, and it’d be free. Remember that Vladyki Hilarion, no matter what charges one wishes to lay at his feet, is indeed a true monk and has very little money, income, or worldly goods. I know him and I know thus to be true. Anyhow, Vladyki Hilarion decided to have his surgery whilst on a pastoral visitation to Australia. When it was time to come back to NYC, Uncle Sam pointed out his visa had expired and refused to expedite his case so he could be back for the celebrations of reunification. The celebrations for reconciliation will now be held in NYC, Nyack, and Garfield on 11-14 October; 14 October being Nyack’s “Altar Feast”.

Reflect on this, in the “free” USA, Vladyki would be thrown into debt to have his operation. That wouldn’t only be true of him, it’s true of all of us, due to the opposition of moneygrubbing Republican extremists to single-payer healthcare (which exists in the rest of the civilised world)… you see, their corporate sponsors would lose money! Oh, the humanity! Is this still more anti-Russian persecution from the US State Department? Where are the “powerful” neocon clergy in our Church now? If nothing else, this episode shows the contempt in which the US Hard Right views our Church (along with their “Department of Homeland Security“… rather Orwellian name, no?). Potapov didn’t stir himself… oh, he’ll claim otherwise… it’s abundantly clear that the pleasing of his Hard Right extremist pals in Langley and the Washington Times was more important than the presence of Metropolitan Hilarion for the Anniversary celebrations. The Centre noticed all this… make no mistake on that. They KNOW how’s naughty and who’s nice…

Thank Uncle Sugar for the delay… and do notice that Victor Potapov (who was/is a high Langley operative through his BBG links) did nothing to right the situation. By the way… Potapov’s a known CIA asset… the KGB/SVR has known that since the ’80s… I’m letting no cats out of any bags. He’s not as important as he thinks he is… he’s nothing but a typical First Family apparatchik (a bit smoother and more unctuous than most, to be sure, which fools the superficial and shallow sorts amongst us).

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 28 April 2012

Albany NY

Thursday, 26 April 2012

26 April 2012. The Wires are HOT Today… Some More Buzz on the Church Front…


Some more intel came in through the grapevine (LOVE them raisins! You can learn a lot listenin’ to a fruit…):

Is ROCOR‘s Hilarion still in Australia? I heard that the Fifth Anniversary MP/ROCOR Reunion Dixie Fry’s been “postponed for a later date”.

Take it or leave it… it’s up to you. It’s what out there…


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