ENGLISH VERSION: Suzdal: First Hierarch of ROAC and Bishop Irinarchus taken to FSB for interrogation
The search that was begun this morning (September 6) in the Synodal Building of ROAC in Suzdal is still underway, reports correspondednt of "Portal-Credo.Ru". In the course of the search, computers and other electronics have been impounded, a protocol filled up, Metropolitan Theodor, The First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church, and Bishop Irenarch were transferred to the Regional Directory of the FSB.
The MONAVISTA Agency has published, with reference to some “reliable sources”, the version of the Law Enforcers with some explanations of what is taking place in Suzdal. According to the Agency, the LE “suspect the ROAC of performing acts of extremist nature”.
“The LE’s attention – reports the Agency - was drawn by certain extremist speeches by certain members of ROAC, aimed at exciting enmity, hate and diffamation towards a certain social group”. Such acts have been perpetrated in public during the religious meetings inside the church building… ROAC followers have been repeatedly reported to perform extremist actions”.
In the Agency’s publication two particular names have been mentioned: that of the Portal-Credo.Ru’s Editor-in-Chief Alexander Soldatov who allegedly produced and posted the movie “Bailiff Piety“, aimed at exciting hate and enmity towards the ROC of the Moscow Patriarchate and towards some federal bodies” and and V.Rev. Andrew (Maklakov), Archbishop of Pavlovsk and Rockland, a US national, also found guilty of extremism”.
The ROAC Synodal Building houses the Synod of the Hierarchs, Suzdal Bishopric Directory, male monastery and the Synodal Church of the Iverskaya Icon. The latter became the factual main church of ROAC after She had been driven out of the 11 churches it owned in Suzdal in the year 2009. The spring of last year saw the dramatic events that took place in precisely this church when the Holy Relics of sts. Euphymy and Eufrosyne of Suzdal were forcefully expropriated.