Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Alexius II dies – UPDATED

 Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Alexius II dies – <font color=red>UPDATED  </font>
# 05 December 2008 10:44 (UTC +04:00)
Vigilyanskiy didn’t announce causes of the death. Alexius II suffered from hard insult in 2002 and received treatment in Switzerland for a time.

II Alexius – Alexei Mikhailovich Ridiger was born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1929 to the family of religious figure. He graduated from the Leningrad Theological Seminary in 1949 and Leningrad Theological Academy in 1953. He was ordained a priest in 1950 and tonsured a monk in 1961. He was Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod and headed the Tallinn and Estonian Eparchy. He was elected a leader of Russian Orthodox Church on June 10, 1990.

Alexius II was a Doctor of Theology, people’s deputy of USSR, laureate of Russian Federation State Award, member of Russian Education Academy, honorable chairman of the CIS Inter-Religions Council, member of the Council of Coordination with the Religious Associations under the Russian President and was awarded with a number of medals and awards.