ENGLISH VERSION: The Border Service of the FSB replied to the request of the First Hierarch of ROAC about the reasons for which Archbishop Andrei (Maklakov) had been deported from the Russian Federation
The letter addressed curtly to "V.A. Gineyevsky" from the Border Service of the FSB of Russia was received by the Office of the Episcopal Synod of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church (ROAC) on November 13, reports Portal-Credo.Ru. The letter dated October 28 is a reply to the request from Theodore (Gineyevsky), Metropolitan of Suzdal and Vladimir, concerning the deportation of Andrei (Maklakov), Archbishop of Pavlovskoye and Rockland, administrator of ROAC parishes outside Russia, from Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport.
As reported earlier, on September 16 Archbishop Andrei who had come to Russia in order to take part in the meeting of the Episcopal Synod of ROAC, conduct services in the temples and provide spiritual guidance to the faithful was forcibly deported from Vnukovo Airport upon arrival to the RF. Prior to the deportation itself he spent almost 24 hours in some prison-like room without being informed of the reasons for the deportation.
The Border Service blatantly omitted the monastic name and title of the First Hierarch of ROAC thus acting contrary to the provisions of the federal laws on the freedom of conscience. The letter confirmed the fact that "M. Maklakov, citizen of the USA" had not been allowed entry to the RF due to the restrictions imposed on his right to enter the country. According to O.V. Stashkov, Deputy Head of the Department of the Border Guard Activities on the International Traffic Routes, who signed the letter, the restriction imposed on the entry of Archbishop Andrei "was necessary in order to ensure the defensive capacity or the security of the state, or the public order, or the protection of the health of the population".