ROAC Temples Seized

( On September 3rd, two representatives of the Russian Federal Baliff Service arived in Suzdal(accompanied by two bodyguards) and secretly sealed two ROAC temples. The Tsar Constantine Cathedral and the Assumption Cathedral were sealed, but, still remain intact. The Russian state authorities refused to speak to any representatives of the communites or the local ROAC diocese. The state authorities said they would only speak to lawyers.

Staff of the Russian Federal Baliff Service had previously been in Suzdal on September 1st examing church properties and had agreed that the time limit on the proper paper work might be extended to September 10th. However, the Vladimir branch of the Russian Federal Property Management Agency insisted that the church properties be immediately sealed. Lawyers representing the diocese of Suzdal have made appeals to meet with the federal agents but nothing has come of it so far.