ENGLISH VERSION: On the Feast of the Nativity attacks were carried against a ROAC parish in Votkinsk and a ROCOR(A) parish in Barnaul
Unknown persons broke locks, smashed windows, and opened the window gratings in the ROAC church in Votkinsk in the Udmurt Republic (Russia) on the evening of January 7, 2012, on the Orthodox celebration of the Nativity of Christ. Mitred Archpriest Varlery Eltsov, rector of the parish, reported that the attempt of robbery failed and that police arrived at the scene.
The community in Votkinsk holds services in a space that was converted for use as a church after the police expelled the parish in 1994 from the historic church they had been using, which was then turned over to the Moscow Patriarchate. The ROAC parishioners, not wanting to hand over the church, were beaten.
An arson took place at the Holy Ascension Church in Barnaul (Diocese of Ishim and Siberia, ROCOR(A), under Metropolitan Agafangel), the rector of which is Priest George Titov, on the night of January 5 to 6, 2012. A call reporting the fire was placed at 2:53 am. Firemen arrived at 3:05 am and quickly extinguished the fire. An annex to the church was burned. The evening before, Fr. George Titov and his son left the church at 11:00 pm. Arriving at the church at 6:30 am, they found clear evidence of forced entry into the territory of the church: the fence was destroyed and a trail was visible between the fence and the church. The arson did not prevent the Liturgy from being celebrated in the church.
Priest George Titov had been the rector of the Holy Ascension Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Barnaul; in September 2010 he transferred, along with his parish, to ROCOR(A), after which he was expelled from his church
and equipped a new space for divine services.