I can't understand this, if ROCOR is in communion with Moscow, then certainly Russia can help them out. Church buildings do not pay taxes, but it probably does need some major repairs. I believe I've been into it, and if I recall correctly it is quite impressive. I don't know for sure, but it was probably purchased by the Tsar before the revolution. Zenovia this is the ROCOR so I really doubt there is a connection with the last tsar buying a building used by a church that was only founded AFTER the revolution.
But the I think the solution is to move everything to Jordanville.
By the way the original press story was from Interfax in Russia. Can someone please find an American source?
I still don't understand it. I know that there is a Russian Church in Manhattan that was built by the Tsar and I know it was attended by the Russian nobility living in NYC. Did ROCOR take it over since it was the Russian Church outside of Russia? Are you sure that the building wasn't also bought by the Tsar? To be honest, I can't imagine ROCOR ever having enough money to purchase a building as impressive as that in Manhattan.
It's probably still under the MP, or no longer a Church. After the Soviets took over Russia (please excuse any errors), ROCOR formed and around 1930, separated itself from the MP. Separately, at the Fourth All-American Sobor, in 1924 or 1925, what eventually became the OCA, declared itself temporarily self-governing. Only near the end of WWII did ROCOR establish itself in America, when Yugoslavia forced it out. There were, however, still parishes in America under the MP, and when the OCA was granted the tomos of autocephaly by the Moscow, the MP parishes were given a choice of whether or not to go under the OCA, and consequently the MP still has some parishes in the United States.
I believe that's mostly accurate, and if someone with a better understanding of the history notices any notable omissions, or comes across any error, please correct it.