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Valaam, Russia - Varvara Sergeeva's great-grandfather was among the tens of thousands of clerics, monks, nuns and believers executed by Communist iconoclasts in 1937. Pavel Orleansky had served as a deacon in the revered Orthodox Christian monastery on Valaam, the lake island just south of Finland.

Sergeeva learned about his fate from declassified KGB archives in 1988, when during the Perestroika reforms the USSR celebrated a millennium of Christianity in Russia.

Soon after graduating from high school, Sergeeva decided to get baptised and leave her native St Petersburg for Valaam to help revive the monastery.

"I felt absolute happiness. What was happening was unreal," says the stately, fair-haired 44-year-old at a cafe in St Petersburg. "It's a wonderful place, very pure, very vivid."

But in the past decade, Sergeeva and her son have faced a forced eviction from their Valaam apartment, an arson, confiscation of property, a string of lost trials and debilitating health problems, all as a result of the resurgence of the monastery and the Orthodox faith in Russia, and the Kremlin-backed restitution of religious property.


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Re: AJ: Evictions, trials as Russian Orthodox Church claims property
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2017, 03:43:29 PM »
Russian Orthodox Church is evil. Monks are evil. They only after personal gain at the expense of masses. Why so much evil? We should all convert to Constantinople as soon as possible.


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Re: AJ: Evictions, trials as Russian Orthodox Church claims property
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 04:59:56 PM »
Russian Orthodox Church is evil. Monks are evil. They only after personal gain at the expense of masses. Why so much evil? We should all convert to Constantinople as soon as possible.

LOL Constantinople doesn't do that?
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Re: AJ: Evictions, trials as Russian Orthodox Church claims property
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2017, 08:52:20 PM »
Russian Orthodox Church is evil. Monks are evil. They only after personal gain at the expense of masses. Why so much evil? We should all convert to Constantinople as soon as possible.

LOL Constantinople doesn't do that?

I am curious as to your frame of mind. Are you thinking about the Esphigmenou monastery or something that I might not know about?
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Re: AJ: Evictions, trials as Russian Orthodox Church claims property
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2017, 10:48:29 PM »
Russian Orthodox Church is evil. Monks are evil. They only after personal gain at the expense of masses. Why so much evil? We should all convert to Constantinople as soon as possible.

LOL Constantinople doesn't do that?

I am curious as to your frame of mind. Are you thinking about the Esphigmenou monastery or something that I might not know about?

Constantinople does a lot of things for personal gain. That's all I was saying.
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Re: AJ: Evictions, trials as Russian Orthodox Church claims property
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 11:44:03 AM »
If this is true, it is very sad.
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