Rev. ALEXEY VTULOV, Russian Orthodox Church (Podolsk district, Moscow oblast)

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Rev. Alexey Vtulov

Rev. Alexey Yurievich Vtulov (b. 1971), formerly a priest at the Sign of the Blessed Virgin Mary church in the Dubrovitsy village, Podolsk district, Moscow oblast, Russia.

Rev. Vtulov refused to read the Prayer for Holy Rus’ for the ‘victory’ of the Russian army over Ukraine. On 15 December 2023, a meeting of the eparchal Disciplinary Commission took place.

On 17 November 2023, the priest was suspended by decree of the Archbishop of Podolsk and Lyubertsy Aksii (Lobov) for one year without the right to wear a pectoral cross and cassock and teach theology. He was ordered to serve as a psalm reader in the Sergius Holy Martyr church in the Klimovsk microdistrict of the city of Podolsk, Moscow oblast.