Voices from Russia

Monday, 16 January 2012

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.


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”.


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





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