February 2008 = Persecution of the G.O.C. in Russia 

  • We have been informed that government agencies of  “democratic” Russia have not forgotten the old methods of oppressing religious freedom. In the village of Novaya Tolkovka, Penza region of central Russia, the hieromonk, Fr. Stefan Usachev, has endured particularly cruel attacks by Moscow Patriarchate clergy with the collusion of government agencies. After Father Stefan was led before the public prosecutor without any results, the village chairman then ordered the gas cut off to Father Stefan with the explanation that he did not belong to the Moscow Patriarchate, hoping thereby that inclement weather would compel Father Stefan to either submit to the regional patriarchal bishop or die. After all this we have nothing to say other than for Father Stefan to have patience.

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