Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RocorMP priest displays Soviet and Pagan symbols in church

Another outrageous, and public example of the betrayal of ROCA to the MP and its true masters-

Russian original article, found on:http://internetsobor.org

*Machine-English translation:

ROCOR/MP Archpriest Victor Potapov, put into the Washington temple,  Soviet symbols next to the icons (PHOTO)

Author: i-sobor incl. May 19, 2015. Posted in Apostasy (Views: 61)

I can hardly believe it: a star with hammer and sickle, and Colorado ribbons - a symbol of the KGB, Putin and Russian kommunofashizma - have been exposed to the indignation and outrage in the former parishioners of the Church of St. Washington White Guard. John the Baptist at the corner of 17th Street and Sheppard, where I went 20 years! Church, which for years went descendants, children and grandchildren the glorious white generals, shed blood in the fight against the Bolsheviks!

That's what it means to be in JURISDICTION MOSPATRIARHII ROC - demonstrate. I imagine the level of brazen blasphemy in kumirnju Mospatriarhii ROC in Russia!
Maximum the census !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At the bottom in English - one of the indignant comment parishioners Lanochka, which I know well, granddaughter of General Barbovich white.
Lana Keikuatov Rjedkin added 2 new photos.
This symbol Should have never Entered A church I WAS Married in and WHERE I Baptized One of My Sons! I am disgusted. My great grandfather General Barbovitch fought against it! My grandparents left Russia to start a new life in America because of the evil the symbol stands for! I am sickened by this !!!!!

Andrei Bessmertny Anzimirov


+4 # RE: MF ROCA Archpriest Victor Potapov exhibited at the Washington temple Soviet symbols next to the icons (PHOTO) - Metropolitan Agafangel 05/19/2015 13:36
This, until recently, it was impossible to imagine, especially given that the ROCOR fought on the opposite side. The very fact that blasphemy is an indication that comes as part of the Synod of Metropolitan. Hilarion - this is not the ROCOR.

+4 # RE: Potoierey ROCOR MP Victor Potapov exhibited at the Washington temple Soviet symbols next to the icons (PHOTO) - German Archdeacon 19/05/2015 12:55
Only the coffin cure this bezstydnika-hooligans.
What a mockery of the Fathers, of the builders ...
Protodeacon. Herman

+4 # RE: Potoierey ROCOR MP Victor Potapov exhibited at the Washington temple Soviet symbols next to the icons (PHOTO) - Internet Sobor 05/19/2015 12:06
To this end, and held under the patronage of Putin operation "unification" of the ROCA and the MP. Which still need evidence of betrayal?

Photo of the yin-yang symbol:


Sharing to be fair: ROCOR/MP Priest Victor Potapov Defends Himself: 

Victor Potapov's explanation and heated defense of himself, is in reaction to this and similar recent reports and photos:

My Comment: But why should we automatically trust or fully respect what this man claims,  as if Victor Potapov were a sincere or honorable real Orthodox priest?, such!... a betrayer of our old free ROCOR to the captive Moscow, KGB controlled MP... founded uncanonically by Stalin in 1943 as his tool,  AND STILL A POLITICAL TOOL OF THE PUTIN REGIME!... as this very prominent and shameful ROCOR/MP priest? No, we cannot fully trust anything that Victor Potapov has to say, YET, in this particular matter,  I believe what he claims in his own defense,  that he did not know of or order this objectionable display, put under this bouquet of flowers, in his church. It has proven much too embarrassing to him, for him to have ordered this. Fair is fair. But what a small matter is this little incident, to the huge betrayal of which he has been and still is, a big participant in.
Rd. Daniel

From: "St. John DC" <parish@stjohndc.org>
Subject: [Parish] Never Thought I Would Have To Do This
Date: May 19, 2015 at 10:25:45 PM EDT

May 19, 2015
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Christ is Risen!
Certain individuals have posted slanderous statements on Facebook concerning a recent event in our parish, which continue to be circulated on the Internet. See for example: http://www.portal-credo.ru/site/?act=news&id=113744
I respectfully submit the following.  
On May 8th, 2015, on the occasion of the eve of the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Victory over Nazi Germany, we at John’s served a solemn panikhida to commemorate ALL those who were killed “for faith and country” (at least 27 million in the former Soviet Union alone).  Before the service, members of a local Russian women’s association called me to request permission to bring a wreath of flowers as a remembrance, for which I gave my blessing.  Minutes before the beginning of the service, the flowers were brought into the church, along with a poster identifying the organization. 
I did not have a chance to review the poster in the darkened church.  After the panikhida, my astonished Matushka noticed the depiction of a Soviet victory flag the right bottom corner of the poster and it was immediately removed. I certainly understand the reaction of seeing a poster in the corner of which was a depiction of the hammer and sickle. I too was shocked to see it. Some are actually suggesting that I asked for the poster to be brought into our temple and that by serving this panikhida I was somehow glorifying “Stalin’s victory” in WWII.  This is absolutely off the mark and is the antithesis of my family’s experiences, which led to my own lifelong journey to serve the Church and dedicate many years of my life to the defense of Orthodox Christians in the USSR & Eastern Europe.  This is part of the public record.
My grandfather on my father’s side perished in a Stalin prison (Lubianka)  and my grandfather on my mother’s side survived the Solovki concentration camp. My father, who was a POW in a German concentration camp, defected from the Red Army to the Vlasov forces during World War II, escaped Soviet repatriation (twice), and eventually settled in the U.S. with the help of one my own parishioners, Constantine Boldyrev, who was very much involved in √©migr√© anti-Soviet politics (NTS). (Mr. Boldyrev was the head of the displaced persons camp in Germany, where I was born.) Fr. Serge Tchertkoff (Matushka’s father) survived a Soviet-run concentration camp in Romania, which led him to dedicate the remainder of the rest of the 50 years of his earthly life to the priesthood. I still remember the detailed stories of brutal torture that other family members endured (some didn’t survive) at the hands of the Soviet regime (my mother and aunt actually witnessed cannibalism during the period of the famine in the Ukraine that was initiated by Stalin) and I cannot jettison the gruesome visuals that have been burned to memory. 
I bring this up in the spirit of full disclosure of my personal bias against Soviet authority and symbolism. I also bring it up to share in the lasting and complex narrative that lives on within Russian communities abroad. Healing will only come through prayer, such as through the panikhida on May 8th and the panikhida which we will serve on June 1st, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the forced allied repatriation in Lienz, Austria of tens of thousands of Russians, Ukrainians, Byelorussians and other nationalities into the hands of the NKVD (later KGB).
In a homily prior to the May 8th memorial service, I made a point to underscore the fact that it is mindboggling that notwithstanding the terrible sufferings the Russian people had already been suffering before the war (the persecutions, the GULAG, the extermination of the officer corps, etc.), they were able to miraculously rally and defeat a powerful enemy. Victory on May 9th belongs to the people and no one else. I went on to say that there was a spiritual component in all of this, since the Nazis invaded Russia on Sunday, June 22, 1941, the feast of Synaxis of All the Russian Saints.
Unfortunately for the people in the Russian homeland, they had to continue to suffer under the communist regime for many more decades, while we in the free West were able to enjoy the fruits of their and the Allied victory.
To reiterate:  I sincerely regret the incident with the poster and should have been more attentive to its content, but I most certainly do not regret organizing a prayer memorial for all those who selflessly gave up their lives in the struggle against a most hateful ideology bent on world domination.
In closing, if there are any issues or questions that remain unaddressed after reading this note, I invite anyone to contact me directly with any concerns. This would seem a more honest approach to reaching factual conclusions as opposed to the distribution of slanderous and misconstrued information via social media and other Internet outlets.
In Christ,
Fr. Victor Potapov
Rector of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Washington, DC
Cell Phone: 202-288-0392


Potapov further reveals his true loyalties and his self-identity: A Comment from internetsobor.org, about ROCOR/MP priest Victor Potapov-

Thu, May 21, 2015


This comment number 4, by the editor of internetsobor.org, who lives here in America,  under the article about the soviet emblem on that poster under the flower bouquet, in his church, ..which Potapov  heatedly denied putting there, etc....but which has caused an uproar against him, no doubt from people already enraged at his betrayal of the Washington DC ROCOR Cathedral to the MP and his own personal betrayal.
This is a humanly smoothed-out, machine-English translation from the Russian.


+2 # RE: MF ROCA Archpriest Victor Potapov exhibited at the Washington temple Soviet symbols next to the icons (PHOTO) -   Internet Cathedral  05/21/2015 9:58
In the note, published on the official website of ROCOR MP "At St John the Baptist Cathedral in the  US capital , was commemorated the victims of the Second World War,".... [there are some wonderful lines:]
 "It is incomprehensible how, in spite of these losses, we - the Soviet Union - were able to win this war" - so said the rector Father Victor Potapov. "We" is, presumably, the Soviets, among which Victor  Potapov  classifies himself. Well known in Russian America, the priest identified two reasons for the Soviet peoples' win:  "June 22, 1941, on the same Sunday, when the Nazis attacked our country, the church celebrated the Day of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land.  And I'm sure all the saints begged the Lord to protect their earthly homeland.  And all the people in unison rose to defend their country - and this enemy was not prepared for that ", - he said. Etc.

Note found at http://www.synod.com/synod/2015/20150512_washingtondc.html

Who then can doubt that the priest Victor Potapov is part of Sergianism, as he rejoices in the success of...'his Soviet homeland'??


  1. In the 3rd photo, the close-up of the symbols, notice the YIN YANG symbol there to the left.

    This is the pagan (new age) heresy that good and evil are both necessary for life.

    The Christian teaching is that evil is unnecessary. Good does just fine without it. Good does not need evil to exist. But evil needs good to exist. Evil is a parasite on good. The only way evil can exist is if it takes something good and distorts it.


  2. Here are two websites connected with the Soviet and pagan symbols




  3. If the poster had been the first or second time anyone saw Fr. Victor commit some atrocity, then it never would have been in the news.

    People see the poster and automatically assume that Fr. Victor is at it again, because Fr. Victor has EARNED that reputation. No, he is not to be trusted. On the surface we have to accept his excuse for the poster, but we don't have to believe it is really the truth and not just an excuse.

  4. English version of the web page for the RocorMP report on the memorial:

    WASHINGTON DC: May 12, 2015
    Remembering the Victims of World War II at St John the Baptist Cathedral

    Dozens of faithful gathered on Friday May 8, 2015, at St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC. All of them, Russians, Americans, Ukrainians, Kazakhs and representatives of other nationalities honored the memory of those who died during World War II, reports RIA-Novosti.

    “We gathered today to remember those who lay down their lives for the faith, the fatherland and their neighbors and died innocently. It is beyond comprehension how despite such losses we people of the Soviet Union could be victorious in this war,” said Fr Victor Potapov, Rector of the church. The eminent Russian priest, who lives in America, outlined three reasons why the Soviet people won the war.

    “On June 22, 1941, the very Sunday when the Nazis attacked our nation, the church was celebrating the feast day of All Russian Saints. I am certain that all these saints prayed to the Lord to protect their earthly Fatherland. The entire nation in one burst of effort rose up to defend their country, and the enemy was not prepared for this,” he said.

    Father Victor noted that "we remember those in our prayers who fulfilled God's commandment: 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' We must pray that never again may such a war take place."

    The memorial service was very touching. Almost all those who filled the church held candles, and the words of the prayers garnered special importance, as the Paschal singing resounded: “Christ is resurrected from the dead, trampling down death by death.”

    After the service, a reception commemorating Victory Day was held at the parish hall next door. It was both festive and remarkably familial. “All the money gathered for the event will be sent to help veterans of the Great War of the Fatherland. We decided to send this money to the veterans living in the wonderful city of Kineshma on the Volga River,” said father Victor, adding that this city is very important to his parish, since the altar-table contains the relics of Saint Basil of Kineshma.

    Russian ambassador Sergey Kilslyak, addressing those in attendance, called victory day “one of the most greatest of holidays. Listening to the song ‘Do Russians Want War?,’ I posed this question to myself. I understood that the meaning of the word ‘Russians’ is much broader and includes Ukrainians and Belarusian. I refuse to believe that those who now celebrate the memory of Bandera reflect the thoughts and hopes of Ukrainians,” said the ambassador. He noted that our country passed through many tribulations and always emerged the victor."


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