ENGLISH VERSION: "I would be honoured to be in the same Church bosom with people who are under pressure for confessing Orthodoxy". Statement by the Chairman of the Russian United National Alliance (RONA) on his transition to the ROAC
During our life we include, among other things, thoughts and analysis about events that took place in the past and left a significant imprint on our life path.
The years spent in the ROCA [Russian Orthodox Church Abroad] under the omophorion of Metropolitan Agafangel (Pashkovsky), I consider to have given me certain experience and contributed to life development and improvement. However, sometimes considering these or other events of the past years in more detail, we understand the need to return to the origins.
That is why today I would like to officially announce my transition under the omophorionof the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church, of which Theodore (Gineevsky), the Metropolitan of Suzdal and Vladimir, is the First Hierarch.
At the moment, it is precisely this jurisdiction on the territory of Russia that is the stronghold of True Orthodoxy, which is completely opposite to what the Moscow Patriarchate is trying to present under his pretext. Not neglecting those who think differently, but spiritual personal development, following the course laid down by the ROCA hierarchs is characteristic of the ROAC, and what causes persecution from the ROC MP hierarchyin conjunction with the local nomenclature.
And that is why today, for myself, I would consider it an honour to be in the same church bosom with people who are under pressure from the System for their confession of Orthodoxy, remaining firm in spirit, regardless of any trials.
If necessary, I will try to exert maximum effort and available legal knowledge to support the ROAC parishes in today's social and political realities.
I sincerely hope that this step will be perceived correctly by everyone with whom I and our team interact and communicate, regardless of jurisdictional affiliation, and will benefit all of us.
«There was no retreat, the battle continues!»
Chairman of the National Council,
Russian United National Alliance
June 8, 2019