Russian Orthodox Church in Central Asia to be divided into 4 dioceses

By Alisher Karimov

Biskek, Kyrgyzstan, August 25, 2011

Orthodox Church in Bishkek. Orthodox Church in Bishkek.
The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has decided to form a Central Asian Metropolitan District containing four independent parts, archpriest Igor Dronov, secretary of the Bishkek diocesan administration of the ROC, told Central Asia Online.

The move is meant to simplify church governance, he said. In each of the four affected countries – Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan – the ROC will form two independent dioceses, one named for the capital and one for the country (such as Tashkent and Uzbek dioceses). The decision did not affect Kazakhstan.

The Holy Synod of the ROC formed the Central Asian unit July 27, according to

The new dioceses will have their own metropolitans, Dronov said.

Central Asia Online

29 августа 2011 г.

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