Long-term curator of Ukraine in the Russian Orthodox Church resigned

He also joined the Interdepartmental Working Group, created to further coordinate assistance provided to the dioceses of Donbass and adjacent territories in the conflict zone in Ukraine, as an adviser to Patriarch Kirill

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Archpriest Nikolai Balashov

Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, left the post, which he held for more than 13 years. The Synod granted his request, according to the journals of the Synod.

He oversaw relations with other local Orthodox churches and the “Ukrainian issue” in the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), Interfax writes. So, Balashov voiced the official position of the Russian Orthodox Church on Ukraine.

“To satisfy the petition of Archpriest Nikolai Balashov for dismissal from the post of Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, expressing gratitude to him for the work he has done,” — says in magazine No. 87.

He will continue to work in the field of external church relations as an adviser to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Acting Deputy Chairman of the Department Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, Secretary of the Department for External Church Relations for Inter-Orthodox Relations, was appointed.

Through the Department for External Church Relations, the highest church authority exercises its jurisdiction over dioceses, deaneries, parishes, stauropegial and diocesan monasteries, as well as missions, representative offices and farmsteads located outside the CIS and Baltic countries.

Foreign institutions exercise their ministry under “supervisory supervision” Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations.

The heads and responsible employees of institutions abroad are appointed by the Holy Synod on the proposal of the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations.

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Balashov was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (DECR MP ) March 31, 2009 by the determination of the Holy Synod.

Before that, in different years, he was the DECR MP Secretary for Inter-Orthodox Relations, the Acting Secretary of the DECR MP for Inter-Orthodox Relations and Foreign Institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church and an employee of the Department for External Church Relations Moscow Patriarchy.

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