Tsar-Martyr Nikolas II fanatics in Russia - money and politics
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: November 04, 2017 09:23PM

Keywords:

Temple on the Blood, Sredneuralsk monastery, Father Sergei


[www.independent.co.uk]

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Inside Russia’s secretive cult of Tsar worship: How royalism is thriving 100 years after murder of Nicholas II

Thousands of Russians arrive every year to pay homage at the grisly scene in western Siberia where the Romanov dynasty was wiped out in 1918. But when you scratch beneath the surface of this seemingly benign historical site, things get very strange indeed


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The Sredneuralsk monastery boasts one of the largest followings of any in Russia. Every week, hundreds of pilgrims come here, all seeking the healing guidance of its secretive 62-year-old leader; a priest going by the name of Father Sergei.

In real life, Father Sergei is Nikolai Romanov – he changed his name to match the tsar, of course. He has a colourful past. A former policeman, he has several criminal convictions, and has spent 13 years in a prison colony – the documents say for murder, though his supporters dispute this.

After being released at the end of the 1990s, Father Sergei claims to have traversed the 140km from the Nizhny Tagil colony to Yekaterinburg on foot, wondering deep thoughts about his future.

From there, the biography becomes hazy. Little is known about how Father Sergei got to know church leaders, how he rose so remarkably fast in the hierarchy, or how, in 2002, he came to be the man who built the Ganina Yama complex

What isn’t disputed is his role as confessor to the prominent Russian politician and former Crimean attorney general Natalya Poklonskaya.

Ms Poklonskaya, who married in the monastery, has played a leading role in the radical religious reaction against Matilda. She has also frequently appeared alongside Father Sergei, including when the priest made a televised trip to Crimea in July 2014, three months after the disputed annexation.

Set inside woodlands, the Sredneuralsk monastery is by now a well-developed set of living quarters and temples. There are three active temples – one, naturally with a cellar room in homage to the Romanovs – and a huge, brick temple with golden domes that is currently under construction. There are JCBs, heavy machinery and a fatigued Kamaz army truck at the entrance. A graveyard extends down into the birch forest.

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Russian couple driven off their property, which was then taken by Sergei's
mob for the monastery.

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Fifteen years ago, things were very different. The only residents in the area were farmers Sergei Krekov and his wife Daniya Suleimenova, who set up a small farmstead in 1989, alongside the site of the future monastery. Speaking with The Independent in Moscow, Ms Suleimenova says the family were never rich, and the post-Soviet 1990s were hard. But they produced enough eggs, meat and milk to sell locally and scrape a living.

The farmers’ world changed on 3 June 2002, the day when Father Sergei and future monastery managers arrived on the territory. First, they noticed subtle changes; the locks on the main gates had been switched. By evening, they were under little doubt about the strange future that lay ahead. Washing up after dinner, Ms Sulemeinova looked up from the sink to find two dozen nuns standing in front of her window.

“They stood there, staring at me, with their icons, crossing themselves, reading prayers,” she says. “They circled around the house; devil this, devil that. And then they put a cross outside our toilet.”

The ritual became a daily event, says Ms Suleimenova. She tried to negotiate. Every few weeks, there would be a visit, they would agree to be friends, but the pressure would be ratcheted up again. Soon, the already elderly couple began to experience sporadic problems with electricity and water supply; in 2008, it was cut off completely. Ms Suleimenova says she and her husband have been forced to abandon the property.

“I understand it’s funny, bizarre,” she says. “I’d be laughing too if I didn’t have to live through it.”

The fanatics and their visits have brought business to the neighborhood.

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The Church seems no more ready to accept the weight of the Romanov burial fate. For historian Neuimin, its leaders are too “scared” to entertain a major climbdown. “If they recognise the remains, and hit at the heart of this movement, they will show themselves to be idiots,” he says.

Another complicating factor is the extent to which local business has been supporting the movement. Whether in the Ganina Yama complex, constructed so obviously on a historical untruth, or in support for Father Sergei’s activities in Sredneuralsk, or in the riches of the Temple on the Blood, or in any number of advertising boards declaring the “redemption” of the Romanovs that have been displayed around the city in recent years, it is clear that local businessmen have been a major pillar of support for the tsar worshippers.

What seems less clear is why they are doing it. Perhaps, here, the scale of the movement might offer clues. This year’s nocturnal pilgrimage to Ganina Yama was attended by no less than 25,000. The number of tsar worshippers is likely to be many times more.

Deacon Kurayev suggests that control might also be at the heart of the church’s thinking.

“The church is taking a cynical, manipulative stand,” he says. “The Patriarch wants to be the leader of all Russia’s angry people. He wants to keep them his own.”

You cannot just give yourself the Great Schema......
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: November 04, 2017 09:37PM

Corboy note:

The Independant article describes Father Sergei as having a wife.

In one photograph, Father Sergei appears to be wearing a black garment with white letters and Christian emblems.

[www.google.com]

This garment appears to be the megaloschema - Great Schema.


[www.google.com]

A married person cannot wear the Great Schema. Only monastics can, and only if they are blessed to do so by their superior. Those who wear the Great Schema are monastics who have taken strict vows to live especially intense lives of prayer and fasting. They are 'dead to to the world'.

A monk cannot, on his or her own initiative, obtain and then wear the megaloschemon, just as, in the days of the Imperial Russian regime, a man
could not award himself the Star and Ribbon of the Order of Saint George.

[www.google.com]

"To be inducted as a Knight of the Order of Saint George one had to be had to a senior officer and to have done deeds of conspicuous valor against an external enemy. After meeting these exacting standards, one had to be granted admission"

Only after a married priest officially separates from his wife and takes vows as a monk is he even potentially able to take the great schema.

The megaloschema can be worn only by monastics who have, after many years as monks in a community, been recognized for sanctity and been permitted to take further vows and don the the megaloschema/Great Schema.

It would be informative to know where Sergei first became a monastic, who his abbot was, and for how long he was a monastic before being permitted to become
a "Schemamonk".

[orthodoxwiki.org]

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A schemamonk is a rare step taken in monastic life and is seldom approved by the abbot or bishop.

The schema goes beyond carrying the Cross of Christ. Like our Lord Jesus Christ, he must be willing to surrender his life to totally save people's souls. He must in fact be willing to be nailed to the cross he has been carrying.

The schemamonk is in essence an elder among the monastic community. He is a monk who has aspired to a spiritual level that transcends worldly desires. It is a life of constant prayer. He is a walking icon of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A schemamonk is sought after by religious of all ranks, monastic and lay people for spiritual advice and comfort, as well as other spiritual and religious matters. The schemamonk will again take a new name in Christ to show he has totally given up his worldly life.

If this is indeed correct, Sergei should NOT be wearing the megaloschema.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/06/2020 09:29AM by corboy.

Re: You cannot just give yourself the Great Schema......
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: May 01, 2018 12:37AM

These essays give first person description of one fanatical Russian Christian sect about which there have been many, many damage reports.

These essays require attention and careful reading. Heart rending testimony on how a childhood can be utterly vandalized when parents are cult recruited.

This group taught a cultic interpretation of Russian Christianity which emphasized end times apocalypse, the evil of the outside world, isolating oneself and one's family from those not sharing the doctrine, keeping children segregated from the outside world, hatred of the body, and strenuous fasting. And - endless financial demands by the monks.

(How Elizabeth Ann's parents were recruited. The monks who recruited them were part of the Christ of the Hills Monastery in Blanco, New Mexico. Many damage reports on this group. Several of the monks were sentenced and jailed for sexual abuse.)

[www.pokrov.org] )

25 Years in an Eastern Orthodox Cult Part 2: Introduction to the “True Church” (Elizabeth Ann)

[scottnevinssuicide.wordpress.com]

(How the family were taught by the Blanco monks to live as "Orthodox Christians" preparing for apocalypse)

25 Years in an Eastern Orthodox Cult Part 3: Many Miracles (Elizabeth Ann)

[scottnevinssuicide.wordpress.com]

25 Years in an Eastern Orthodox Cult Part 4: Pulling Away (Elizabeth Ann)

[scottnevinssuicide.wordpress.com]



[community.beliefnet.com]

25 Years in an Eastern Orthodox Cult – How I Left the Cult – Where to Find Help . (Elizabeth Ann)

[scottnevinssuicide.wordpress.com]

A discussion of Elizabeth Ann's expose on a discussion forum.

It shows how brave she was in going public.

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Fr. Sergei Expelled Covid-19 Denialism
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: July 06, 2020 09:05AM

Coronavirus-denying Father Sergiy expelled by Russian Church

BBC 3 July 2020

[www.bbc.com]

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Father Sergiy, whose actual name is Nikolai Romanov, took over Sredneuralsk Convent near Yekaterinburg in the Urals, on 16 June. He posted armed guards there.

The Yekaterinburg Church court found he had broken monastic rules.

Fr Sergiy has condemned the closure of churches in the coronavirus lockdown.

He called the Covid-19 crisis "a pseudo-pandemic" and cursed those who ordered that church services be stopped on health grounds.

There have been complaints of child abuse at the convent under Fr Sergiy's leadership, and the Church court called for a thorough investigation of the allegations by the Russian authorities. The Church is also carrying out its own investigation....
BBC Russian has interviewed several witnesses who stayed at the convent between 2001 and 2020, and who described physical and psychological violence towards children as routine there.

The former residents said children were slapped or beaten for minor misdemeanours. Punishment was meted out for example if a girl took off her headscarf while hauling a sack of potatoes early in the morning, or if a child ran through the woods into town to get some chocolate.

Some of the nuns considered administering beatings to be as routine as tending the horses or working in the refectory, they alleged.

Fr Sergiy has stated that church authorities "will have to storm the monastery" if they want him to leave.

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Who is Father Sergiy?

A former policeman, Fr Sergiy spent 13 years in a prison colony for murder and robbery. He was released in the late 1990s.

Fr Sergiy is seen as the figurehead of the shadowy "tsar worshipper" movement within the Church.

Fr Sergiy has made numerous controversial claims in the past...he has criticised laws against domestic violence and anti-Semitic sermons.

Fr Sergei Royalist Drama Queen Captures Convent
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: July 06, 2020 09:21AM

Coronavirus-Denying Russian Priest Captures Church With Cossack Fighters

Updated: June 17, 2020

[www.themoscowtimes.com]

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A prominent Russian Orthodox priest who was barred from preaching for his anti-coronavirus views has laid siege to a women’s monastery, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday.

Religious authorities barred Father Sergei, the ultraconservative spiritual leader of the Sredneuralsk women’s monastery in central Russia, from public ministry in April for disobeying orders to follow health guidelines. Monasteries across Russia have been beset by Covid-19 cases amid Russia’s outbreak.

Father Sergei chased out the Sredneuralsk monastery’s installed leader and set up a perimeter of Cossack fighters to guard the site, according to Yekaterinburg’s 66.ru.

“Father Sergei literally removed the mother superior from management,” the Yekaterinburg diocese told the outlet.

Rogue Russian Priest Seizes Convent With Cossack Brigade, Sparking Public Showdown With Church

[www.rferl.org]

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Father Sergiy Romanov, the abbot of a nearby men’s monastery who has praised Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and called the coronavirus a Western plot, commenced the standoff with church authorities on June 16 after he took over the Sredneuralsk Women’s Monastery and called on his followers to join him.

Local media reported that a group of Cossacks, members of a paramilitary group with deep historical roots in Russia, surrounded the convent until its abbess and nuns decided to vacate it.....

(Fr Sergei)has publicly challenged authorities of the Russian Orthodox Church at a time when the country’s predominant religious organization is riven with internal conflicts....

Some ultraconservative members of the institution assert that the church leadership and President Vladimir Putin's government are too liberal, and unwittingly in thrall to outside forces seeking to weaken Russia by undermining its spiritual values.

Romanov is a prominent figure among the faithful in and around Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, where some consider him a spiritual leader of the Tsarebozhniki, a breakaway sect of the Orthodox Church whose adherents worship Nicholas II, the last tsar, as a saint who suffered a martyr's death for them, and advocate a return to monarchy. The Russian Orthodox Church canonized the last tsar and his family in 2000, but not as martyrs killed for their faith.

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Among the people who reportedly turned out in support of the rogue cleric’s takeover of the Sredneuralsk convent was former NHL hockey player Pavel Datsyuk. A Yekaterinburg native, the athlete has spoken out in support of Romanov after the priest was banned from service.

“With the father’s blessing, many questions resolve themselves,” Yekaterinburg-based news outlet Ura.ru quoted Datsyuk as saying on June 4. “I’m thankful that God has given me and my family such a spiritual father.”

According to local media reports, Romanov remains holed up in the convent, conducting services for parishioners despite his official suspension. But his support may be slipping. Late on June 17, the regional Cossack leadership issued a statement distancing itself from the abbot and said only “individual members” of its community backed him.

The same day, Romanov recorded a defiant video address in which he refused to leave the women’s monastery and claimed to have the full backing of parishioners and additional support from “33,000 military officers” who fought in Moscow’s wars in Chechnya and Afghanistan.


Religious Court Rules To Strip Rogue Russian Priest Of His Rank

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