Appeal from Laity of the Russian Orthodox Church

Your Holiness
Patriarch Kirill,


We, laity of the Russian Orthodox Church from different countries, and under her canonical responsibility, appeal to you to bring before the leadership of the Russian Federation our urgent supplication for an immediate end to bloodshed, and that Russian troops should be withdrawn from the territory of Ukraine. 

The Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, which is endowed with the fulness of ecclesial authority, elected you as its primate so that you should represent its flock of many millions. To you, as primate, has been delegated the duty to appeal to the authorities and bring before them the opinion of the people of the church. We expect you to make your voice heard and appeal in person to President Vladimir Putin, the Government and Parliament of the Russian Federation, with a demand to stop this fratricidal war. We expect you, likewise, to speak words of consolation to the Ukrainian people, assuring them that you are doing everything possible to ensure peace. 

The Church is the Body of Christ, and believers are its members. But now the Body is bleeding as Russian soldiers, among whom there are Orthodox Christians, are killing our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, depriving them of a roof over their heads, undermining their health and welfare, forcing them to leave their homes, stealing the future of an entire country. The most vulnerable – children, women and the elderly- are among the victims of the war. We hear their cries for help and cannot remain indifferent, nor be reconciled with the violence which is being meted out to Ukrainians, Russians and representatives of other nationalities who are unified by a common citizenship and love for their homeland, Ukraine. We appeal to you to fulfil your calling as an intercessor before the authorities of Russia, for your flock which is the victim of military action, for the people who are deprived of their homes and livelihoods. 

We also call upon you to send out an epistle to the entire body of the Russian Orthodox Church, and publicly condemn the deeds of those who support bloodshed. Unfortunately, there are among your flock both clergy and laity who rejoice over war. In the history of the Church, war in the cause of defence has been blessed, whereas war as aggression has always been condemned. Today Russia is the aggressor and the people of Ukraine are having to defend themselves. To pray for the victory of Russian arms, as some clergy are advocating, is immoral. 

Great Lent has begun, a time of fervent prayer and repentance which should culminate in the Paschal eucharistic meal. But can both aggressor and victim share in the one Cup? Our Lord Jesus Christ says ‘if you are offering your gift at the altar…first go and be reconciled to you brother; then come and offer your gift’ (Matt. 5:23-24). Reconciliation does not mean forgetting, and it is not possible without active repentance by the one who has sinned against his brother. Prayer for peace is also impossible without repentance. 

As Lent approaches, we appeal to you, Your Holiness, to call upon all believers of the Russian Orthodox Church not only to pray for peace, but to take active steps to restore peace by all possible means: to speak the truth, to expose evil, to seek justice. We hope and believe that our Lord Jesus Christ who said ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ will strengthen you, and that the Spirit of God who works through the prophets, will speak through You to the powerful of this world. 


Arvo Pärt, composer, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn, Estonia 

Nora Pärt, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn, Estonia 

Ksenia Krivocheine, writer, parish of Three Holy Hierarchs, Paris, France  

Nikita Krivocheine, historian, parish of Three Holy Hierarchs, Paris, France 

Daniel Struve, professor, University of Paris,  member of board “Vestnik of the Russian Student Christian Movement”, parish of St Seraphim of Sarov, Paris  

Nadiezhda Kizenko, historian, professor of Russian and East European Hstory at the University of New York, Albany, parish of Holy Veil of Mother of God, Albany, New York, USA  

Jevgenia Danilovich, theologian, parish of Kazan Icon of Mother of God, Münster, Germany  

Anna Nötzel, theologian and religious studies scholar, Tübingen  

Fedor Litvinov, theologian, Munich 

Irina Paert, historian, associate professor, University of Tartu, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn, Estonia 

Immanuel Pärt, pilot, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn, Estonia 

Natalia Munataeva, anthropologist, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn 

Rainer Sarnet, film director, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn  

Aile Tooming, teacher, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn  

Merle Liivak Praks, journalist, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn  

Hannes Praks, designer, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn 

Alevtina Serova, choirmaster, Sillamäe, Estonia  

Ljubov Kisseleva, professor of Slavic studies, University of Tartu, St George parish, Tartu, Estonia   

Fedor Lyudogovsky, linguist and coach, Slovakia  

Maria Smorževskih-Smirnova, director of Narva Museum, parish of Narva Icon of Mother of God, Estonia  

Elizabeth Theokritoff, Independent scholar and lecturer,  parish of St Ephraim the Syrian, Cambridge: Diocese of Sourozh

Devorina Gamalova, musician and teacher, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Dormition of Mother of God, London 

Wendy Paula Nicholson, theologian, church warden, St Silouan, Southampton, United Kingdom 

Esther Banev, university administrator, Parish of St Cuthbert and St Bede (Diocese of Sourozh and Thyarea) Durham, United Kingdom  

Leon Nicholson, social worker, St Silouan parish (Diocese of Sourozh), Southampton, United Kingdom  

Alex Roze, St Silouan parish (Diocese of Sourozh), Southampton, United Kingdom 

Anastasija Jana Roze, parish of St Silouan (Diocese of Sourozh) and St Nicholas (Archdiocese of Thyatira and Great Britain)  

Ina Stein, St Silouan parish, Southampton, United Kingdom  

Elpi Liutaia,  St Silouan parish (Diocese of Sourozh), Southampton, United Kingdom   

Olga Sevastyanova,  parish of St Machar of Aberdeen Worships at University Chaplaincy and the King’s College Chapel

Evgenij Supin, producer, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn, Estonia 

Indrek Sammul, actor, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn, Estonia

Liina Olmaru, actress, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn, Estonia

Marrit Andrejeva, interpreter, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn, Estonia

Carl Eric Simmul, PhD student, Parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Anastassia Šubina, ethnographer, Göttingen

Sofia Jusim, pedagogue, Parish of St Nicholas, Tallinn

Juliannia Bumazhnova, University lecturer, Sorbonne, Paris

Andrei Lunjov, Programmer, St John the Baptish parish, Tallinn

Diana Pfaffenberger, teacher, Willy Brandt Schule, Kassel

Olga Terpugova, translator, Astrakhan, Russia

Ljudmilla Schmidt, doctor, Germany

Kai Kuusing, Tallinna Arts School's teacher, St John the Baptist parish, Tallinn.

Marina Shtainhelfer, church elder, kindergarten director, St Panteleimon's parish, Kassel, Germany 

Aleksandra Dmitrievna Myzdrikova, religious studies, doula, Moscow

Ramy Randlaht, teacher, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Xenia Glebovna Rahr Zabelich, priest's wife, Holy Resurrection parish, Dachau, Germany
 
Mihail Agafonov, political emigre from Russia to Ukraine, social organisation Donbass SOS

Maria Simmul, teacher, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Yulia Nazarenko, Moscow Patriarch parish in Munich and Dachau; University of Munich

Evely Timuska, teacher, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Svetlana Ivaskevich, Doctor, Church of the Annuciation, Borovlyany, Bielorus

Inna Tulchinskaya, musician, Göttingen, Germany

Gary Pfeiffer, Parish of St Silouan the Athonite, Southampton, Diocese of Sourozh, Great Britain

Alexander Brazhnik, Theatre director, Vanemuine Theatre, Cathedral of St Alexander Nevskii, Tallinn

Peter Colman, Gerontologist, Pensioner, Parish of St Silouan the Athonite, Southampton, Diocese of Sourozh, Great Britain

Elizaveta Reitsakas, Analyst, Teacher, Parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Kulli Veerberk, Accountant, Parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Fiorenzo Pedratsini

Evgenii Cherdantsev, Chef, Parish of St Nicholas in Kolli, Tallinn

Martin Cherdantsev, Student, Parish of St Nicholas in Kolli, Tallinn

Rusudan Bregadze, Doctor, Parish of All Saints, Magdeburg

Kurian Irina Genadzeina, Pensioner, Minsk Diocese

Shlegel Iagennia Rygorauna, Pensioner, Minsk Diocese, Church of St Andrei the First-Called

Pletneva Tatiana, Pensioner, Moskva

Ivan Il`in, Theologian, Moskva, Russia

Irina Stepanova, Teacher at Eaton Square School, Parish of the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints, Sourozh diocese, London

Alla Guro, Musical Producer, Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs, Paris

Marina Niimeister, Social Worker, Great Britain

Lyubov Bisson, Researcher, Moscow diocese

Steven Simpson, Security Systems Engineer, Saint Elizabeth Church, Wallesey, ROCOR, Great Britain

Olena Simpson, Environmental Consultant, St Elizabeth Church, Wallesey, ROCOR, Great Britain

Hanna Bos, Parish of St Peter and St Paul, Deventer, Netherlands

Marina Grits, Orthodox Christian, Widow of the Professor of Biblical Studies, Ilia Grits, Jerusalem

Steven Pennings, Professor, Houston, Texas, USA

Aleksandr Sapog, Teacher, Parish of St Sergius of Radonezh, Paldiski, Estonia

Vladimir Kireev, Children's psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Aet Admann, Artist, Teacher, Parish of the Estonian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarch)

Ene Kees, Teacher, Tallinn, Estonia

Iurii Tsurikov, Programmer, Tallinn

Karolin Friberg, Teacher, Parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Zavalova Ekaterina Mikhailovna, Illustrator, Designer, Venice

Iurii Dushko, IT specialist, parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Kristina Kivil, Translator, Parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Bella Kummalagova, Pensioner, Jurmala, Latvia

Dmitrii Shkolnik, Icon painter, San Francisco

Inna Sibul, Teacher, Parish of St John the Baptist (Moscow Patriarchate), Tallinn

Zelikina Anastasia, artist, icon painter

Nikolai Alekseevich Bobrinskii, Lawyer, Church of the Holy Trinity, Troitse-Golenishchev, Moscow

Natalia Mazo, Journalist, Pensioner, Moscow

Zelnitskii Aleksandr, Lecturer StPGU, Parish of St John the Baptist (Chesmenskii church), Russia

Lazar Garkun, Tour Agent, Guide, Berlin, Germany

Ekaterina Garkun Krakhmalova, Director of Tourist Agency, guide, Berlin, Germany

Hele-Mai Poobus, Musician, Parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Lilia Turkina Kolosimo, Secretary of the St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute, Paris, France

Krastu Banev, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Durham, Parish of St Bede and St Cuthbert (Sourozh diocese), Durham, Great Britain

Rimma Avdeeva

Grigorii Bedov, Politologist, Parish of the Holy Trinity in Kokhlovskii pereulok, Moscow

Iakovleva Irina Ivanovna, Accountant, Minsk Diocese, Parishioner of the St Elizabeth Monastery, Minsk

Kaja Lindal, Teacher, Parish of St John the Baptist, Tallinn

Alison Kolosova, church musician and singer, Parish of the Iveron Icon, Alatyr, Chuvashia

Karen Collie, Security Consultant, Parish of St Nicholas, Sourozh diocese, Oxford, Great Britain

Daria Kirianova, Philologist, University of New Haven, USA

Tamara Kirianova, West Haven, USA

Alexander Kirianov, West Haven, USA

Sebastian Prentice, Judge, Parish of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, Oxford, UK

Steven Lacey, Strategist, Researcher, Parish of St Silouan (Sourozh diocese)

Nicholas Sooy, Lecturer, Church of St Gregory the Theologian, ROCOR, (Eastern American diocese)

Natalia Lichtenfeld, Art historian, Moscow

Elena Brazhnyk, Opera singer, Parish of the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn

Oksana Belova-Dalton, Philologist, Parish of St Nicholas, Kopli, Tallinn

Maeve Henry, Writer, Parish of St Nicholas, Sourozh Diocese, Oxford

Eric Janson, Lawyer, Parish of St Nicholas, Sourozh Diocese, Oxford

Tishkova Olga, Icon painter, Parish at the Monastery of St Elizabeth, Minsk, Belarus

Nick Graham, lawyer, St Nicholas the Wonderworker, Oxford, Sourozh Diocese

James Young, musician, parish of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, Oxford. Diocese of Sourozh, UK

Vitalii Tkachuk, historian, Kyiv

Dr. Iannis Carras, Thessaloniki/Moscow

Joanna Willis, creative director, Cornwall UK

Dmitri Tsion, doctor, St John the Baptist parish, Tallinn

Michael Pärt, music producer, Tallinn

Dr Stephen Thomas, lecturer (retired), parish of St Silouan the Athonite, Southampton

Alexander Bliznyuk, Software Developer, Protection of the Holy Virgin Parish, Helsinki, Finland

Olga Novikova, teacher, St John the Baptist parish, Tallinn

Andrew Williams, hospital chaplain, Parish of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, Oxford, UK

Grainne Archer, choir director, Parish of St Nicholas, Sourozh Diocese, Oxford.


Laity who would like to sign the petition can write to the following email address indicating their name, profession, optionally - their parish and diocese. myzamir2022@gmail.com