Distribution of membership: - Russian Federation: ,, - Ukraine : 30,, - Belarus: 8,, - Moldova: 4,, - Kazakhstan: 5,, - Central Asia: 1,, - Baltic states: 1,, The Russian Orthodox Church is a multi-ethnic local autocephalous church maintaining communion in prayer, faith, sacraments and canon law with other local Orthodox churches. Her jurisdiction extends to people of Orthodox confession living in the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbajian, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Latvia, Lithuania, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Estonia, as well as those Orthodox people who are her voluntary members living in other countries. The Moscow Patriarchate incorporates autonomous and self-governed churches.
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Prior to the establishment of the patriarchate, the Russian church was headed by Metropolitan. Until the middle of the 15th century it belonged to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and had no independent governance. After the fall of Byzantium, Metropolitan of Moscow gained its independence from the Church of the Constantinople Patriarchate. In the Council of Russian bishops, regardless of Constantinople, elected for cathedra the Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop of Ryazan Jonah, marking the beginning of autocephalous status of the Russian Orthodox Church. Both of them agreed with the idea of establishment of the Moscow patriarch's throne. January 23 February 2 , at the Assumption Cathedral of the Kremlin, in Pohvalsky chapel - a traditional place of election of candidates for metropolitan, in the presence of the Patriarch of Constantinople and the Holy Council members, the election of candidates for the patriarchate took place.
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Petersburg apartment of the bishop of Cherepovets and Belozersk. According to the sketchy reports based on anonymous law enforcement sources, the authorities discovered a laboratory for producing illegal drugs there. They claimed that a mysterious year-old identified as "Kain Montanelli" was living in the flat and producing and selling narcotics. The bishop, Flavian, was dismissed from his post by the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church "for health reasons" and sent to an obscure monastery in Vologda, a sprawling region north of Moscow and east of St. Flavian's lawyers denied the accusations against him and said that he'd resigned as bishop of his own accord.
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