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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Bishop refuses to step aside despite orders by Maria Downey Friday, March 7, 2008 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Tensions are mounting for the Russian Orthodox Church in
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      Bishop refuses to step aside despite orders

      by Maria Downey
      Friday, March 7, 2008

      ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Tensions are mounting for the Russian Orthodox
      Church in Alaska.

      The Right Rev. NIKOLAI says he "refuses" to take a leave of absence
      after receiving national orders to step aside as Alaska's Russian
      Orthodox leader.

      The order came down from the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in
      America after Alaska church leaders complained about the bishop's
      leadership.

      The church first asked the bishop to take a temporary leave of
      absence while the investigation was underway but he wouldn't step down.

      Bishop NIKOLAI said Friday that even though he's been ordered to step
      aside he still will not leave.

      The bishop says proper procedures are not being followed by the
      church in its decision.

      He says no one has the authority to remove him since there are no
      charges or no trial.

      Archpriest Eugene Vansuch has been appointed to temporarily run the
      Alaska diocese.

      Contact Maria Downey at mdowney@...
      http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=7985239
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