Born on October 7, 1909 in the Tver Province, in the estate of Kamenka (near the Ostashkov and the shores of Lake Seliger). Father - Count Nikolay Alexandrovich was civil servants. Mother - Anastasia Vladimirovna Shakhovskaya (Princess). Alexander had the younger sister Natalia.

Literally shortly before the start of the revolution, Nikolay Alexandrovich was sent for its appointment to Siberia: the whole family followed his father to a new place in Kyzyl. The initial years of the Civil War forced Kiselev Leave to Estonia. Nikolay Alexandrovich was from Derpte (Tartu) and could emigrate already in the independent Baltic Republic. Long and dangerous path almost ended the tragedy on the border with Estonia. Documents and money went away from the father: the police found out all the circumstances and were associated with Petrograd. Ultimately - the family was finally at the home of the Father.
(Ulybysheva 1997)

In Tartu, Alexander Kiselev went to the gymnasium, but unfortunately did not show much interest in his studies and remained for the second year. But it was at this time that his teacher Mikhail Alekseevich Yanon was influenced by his teacher, as well as Natalia Alexandrovna Yanon. In Tallinn, the future father Alexander met the Pskov bishop-refugee Eusevia, which influenced the boy. In school years was fond of the scout movement. Entered the Russian student Christian movement (RSHD) and in the Russian Christian movement of peasant youth. I got acquainted with the members of the RSHD Ivan Lagovsky and Alexander Nikitin in Tallinn. As part of the movement, I often traveled to the Pskovo-Pechersk Monastery. (Kiselev, Zhiznennyy Put 'Protopresvitera Aleksandra Kiseleva B.D.)

Church service

He studied at the Riga Spiritual Seminary (graduated from 1933). Hieromona John (Shakhovskaya), the future bishop of the American Orthodox Church, rendered a great influence on him. They met in Tallinn through the Yanson family, in which Shakhovsky dinner. Father John convinced Alexander Nikolayevich Kiseleva not to go to study at the Parisian theological institute, but to handusy and serve in Estonia.
I was ordained in San Dyakon, later - Ierie Metropolitan Alexander (Paulus) of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church. (Kiselev, Zhiznennyy Put 'Protopresvitera Aleksandra Kiseleva B.D.)

In 1933, Kiselev became the abbot of the Narva Serf Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God. In the same year, I picked up Kallist Ivanovna Koleder (also known as Galina Kiselev).
His spouse was born in 1911 in St. Petersburg and held his childhood in Pechorah. With a change in the state borders of Callist, Kelder was in Estonia and entered the medical faculty of the University of Tartu, but it could not finish it. In 1927, he became an active participant in the Russian student Christian movement. (Ulybysheva 1997)

Kiselev was the responsible editor and the publisher of the religious-cultural newspaper of the Russian Christian movement of the peasant youth "The Way of Life" (Petsery (Pechers), Estonia) (1935-1940), and also in 1934 he became the editor of an apoistical sheet "Missionary notes" .

Back in 1935, Father Alexander was elected representative with the Church Organization of the Russian Student Christian Movement in Estonia and sent to the Council of Movement to France.

In 1936, approved by the Chairman of the Missionary Society "Orthodox Missionary".
(Kiselev, Zhiznennyy Put 'Protopresvitera Aleksandra Kiseleva B.D.)

In Estonia, the father of Alexander and Galina Kiselev, Alexey's son appeared. (MIL'MAN 2001)

Acquaintance with the future Patriarch Alekia II

From December 1, 1938, he was translated into Tallinn by the abbot of the Coppel Nikolaev Church. It is by this time to get acquainted with Diacon Mikhail Ridiger and his son Alexei, who in 1990 will be the Patriarch of All Russia. Alexey Ridiger was then the altar in the temple, the abbot of which was Kiselev.
In an interview with the newspaper Izvestia, Patriarch Alexy II told:

"I was familiar with the father Alexander from the young age when the boy helped him in worship. Then his fate was not easy. At the end of the war, he left Estonia. Neither I, nor my parents heard anything about him. And once, when, being already a bishop, I found myself in a business trip to America, I suddenly called Alexander's father and invited me to church (trips to the USA mainly occurred in the 90s, but the Bishopan San Alexy was born from 1961 From the same time, he worked at OVD, so it's more likely to talk about a trip from 1978 to 1986). The meeting was very touching. They embraced, they kissed ... for some time onbelli. And then plunged into the tummy for each common memories: I am about childhood, he is about his homeland. Since then, communication has not been interrupted. Father Alexander has long published the magazine "Russian Revival" in New York, dreamed of reviving Russia, contributed to him, passionately wanted to return to his homeland. A few years ago it happened. He continued his pastoral party designer in the Don Monastery, and recently we held it in the last way in the last way. " SERDYUKOV 2002)

In 1940, repression against servants of the Church and members of religious organizations began with the arrival of Soviet power to Estonia.

"We were not going to leave my wife, but everything decided the case. Once I was going to the service in the temple and I met the company of adolescents who hurried to some kind of sports contest. Seeing me, they began to mock and scream - "pop!". Returning, I told my wife: "We are creating a crime - in a few years our own children will behave the same way. We must save them from this nightmare. "

The question, of course, stood not only in saving himself and his children. With the arrival in Estonia of the Red Army, that is, the Soviet power, the persecution of the church and believers in the Soviet Union, which "Ponaster" knew about the reality of our lives. Imrested, links, persecution began immediately. It was possible to stick his head before inevitable, it was not naive to believe that you would not be a victim (I had to go to my father to go to Germany, and he said: "Well, who will arrest me, to whom I, the old man, need it." He was arrested When our steamer sailing to Germany still stood in the Revel port!), Or, realizing that under the press of the Soviet authority, it is impossible to fight her, to look for this opportunity out of the territory occupied by it.

But how? We simply did not know, but finally remembered the commission that took all the Baltic Germans to Germany. When we came running there, they saw that the Commission had already completed its work. The last steamer, however, still stood at the pier. We have no documents that we were not Germans. Yes, we were not German. My wife once worked as a doctor on a Volga, where many German settlements. So she brought with her father's letters. Agree that this is too small proof that she is a German.

One Political Commission from the commission of these letters in his hands and said: "We all happened from Adam," and put his stamp - skip! A few days later we sat on this steamer and floated to Germany. " (Kiselev, Zhiznennyy Put 'Protopresvitera Aleksandra Kiseleva B.D.)

Moving to Germany and Cooperation with Roa

In 1941, Kiselev had left for Germany. They established a connection with Archimandrite John (Shakhovsky), who took the family in the Saint Vladimir Cathedral in Berlin.
Alexander Kiselev's father was appointed a priest to the Berlin Svyato-Vladimir parish with reprehensive Sergius, Bishop Prague.
The main activity of the father of Alexander and the Russian arrival at that time is the help of Soviet prisoners of war in camps and the so-called "Ostarabayrs" (hiring to work in Germany).
(Kiselev, Oblik Generala Vlasova (Zapiski Voyennogo Svyashchennika) 1976, 62-63)
He served in the Berlin Cathedral together with the outstanding shepherd by the father of Adrian Rymarenko and the Father George Benigsen.
(Kornilov 2015)

In February-March 1942, he was temporarily acting by the rector of the Holy Nikolaev parish in Brussels, as well as a highly intended seraphim, was appointed by his representative and authorized for Russian Orthodox parishes in Belgium, who were in the jurisdiction of Eminence Sergius, Bishop Prague.

Until May 6, 1944, Kiselev served in the Resurrection Cathedral of Berlin. Although it was appointed by the abbot of the St. Nicholas Church in Oslo in April, but the father of Alexander did not let the German authorities at the new service place. (Kiselev, Oblik Generala Vlasova (Zapiski Voyennogo Svyashchennika) 1976, 62-63)

At that time, ROA was organized (Russian Liberation Army) General Andrei Andreevich Vlasov, in whose activities Father Alexander Kiselev, as a priest, took part.
Kiselev was also elected by the Vice-Chairman of the People's Help Society at Conre (Committee for the Release of Peoples of Russia) to provide social assistance (families of ROA ranks). (Kornilov 2015)

Acquaintance with Vlasov took place at the end of September-October 1944:
"I was invited to baptize the baby, the father of which was one of the prominent officers just yet starting the Vlasovsky business ... During the christening, I was struck by the fact that the godfather - the gene [Eral] could independently read the symbol of faith ... He spoke with deep respect About the church, but the churches of past times. Unsigned to the church of the last pre-revolutionary decades for the fact that she more lived by the spiritual wealth of his past, which multiplied him in the present. "To live the church by the fact that" our ancestors Rome saved ", it is impossible, Batyushka," he said. His belief that religion can neither prohibit nor impose that "she, like water, will find a way for himself," it seemed to me just what was needed for the spiritual recovery of Russia. Everything that I heard this evening from the Genla [Erala] Vlasov answered my feelings. I went with the christening Vlasser. I think that I, to some extent, was sympathetic to him, for he urged me to work in general and more often to go. So began a strip of my active participation in the Vlasovsky movement and a number of meetings with the gene [Yeral] Vlasov "(Kiselev, Oblik Generala Vlasova (Zapiski Voyennogo Svyashchennika) 1976, 68-69).

After that, the spiritual ocker of the highest ranks of ROA began. Resolution Metropolitan Seraphim about. Alexander Kiselev is appointed by the protopressiveness of the Vlasov military connections. (K. Aleksandrov 2004, 15)

He was instructed by Metropolitan Seraphim and Metropolitan Anastasii to utter a welcoming word on the person of the Orthodox Church.

For a long time it was believed that the Father Alexander was the confessor of General Vlasov, but Kiselev himself later rejected.

Father Tikhon (Shevkunov) in an interview with Izvestia said: "I had a lot to communicate with a person who usually refers, proving Orthodoxy Vlasov. This is a protopressive Alexander Kiselev. In the hardest years of war, he could have helped our captive in German camps. He met with Vlasov, even writing a book about him. Being an absolutely truthful person, Alexander's father, despite the great desire to present Vlasov in the best light, yet, as a result, is limited to the following statement: "I am far from the desire to escape the appearance of General Vlasov or any of his surroundings. If it is impossible to attribute deep church from them to many of them, it is impossible to deny that in most cases it was people who are benevolently belong to the church. " That's all. Somehow, in 1993, I asked Father Alexander Kiseleva, whom some called the confessor of Roa, about the most important thing, what is the criterion of whether a person does he feel Orthodox or not: "Father Alexander, tell me, has been confessed, sacred?".
Father Alexander replied sadly and briefly: "I don't know anything about it."
The same he witnessed the grandson of the father of Alexander Kiselev, the priest Peter Cold. Only on the same question, Alexander's father answered him more clearly and definitely: "No, the Vlasov did not confess and did not fit." A man who had all the opportunity to start the sacraments of the Orthodox Church, but did not deliver it, I would be afraid to call the Orthodox Christian. " (Izvestiya 2009)

By the end of the war, Alexander's father was transferred to the campaign church in the 1st officer school in Munzingen in Bavaria. (Kiselev, Zhiznennyy Put 'Protopresvitera Aleksandra Kiseleva B.D.)

Post-war activities and emigration in the USA

At the end of the war, Kiselev and his family moved to Munich. Around on August 27, 1945, Father Alexander founded the Society "Mercy Samaryan", which made a lot in terms of helping Russian refugees. Over time, the organization except the house temple in the name of Rev. Seraphim Sarovsky, created a gymnasium, a medical laboratory, Sisters Sisters of Mercy, Publisher, Social Assistance Department. In 1995, the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary in New York ( 1995).

On July 28, 1946, Father Alexander Kiselev was erected in San Archpriest.

On June 2, 1949, Kiselev was emigrated to the United States at the invitation of the Bishop of John Brooklynsky (Shakhovsky). Alexander Father became a personal secretary of the bishop and in October for the appointment of Metropolitan Ferofil took the place of the rector of the Holy Trinity Astorian Church in New York.

Alexander Kiselev in New York organized the Holy Seraphim Foundation (1950), which was collecting and preserving the Russian cultural heritage, as well as the religious and educational education of student youth. In the organization of the Foundation, Father Alexander helped Valentina Pavlovna Vasson (pediatrician emigrated from Russia). It all started with small educational meetings at the apartment of Kiselev, a little later - in the house of Lopukhin in the city of Nayak and in the premises of Father Alexei Ionov in Siclife. In 1951, with the receipt of his place near Broadway, the Foundation organized courses of the Law of God, Russian, Literature and History for Youth. In addition, his orchestra was created.
In 1953, the Foundation acquired the estate "Accord" to create a summer camp for the pupils of the organization. Help "St. Serafimovsky Fund" Princes of Obolensky, Valentina Vasson, Spouse Sergievsky. With the help of Sergievsky, a separate house of the Foundation with the Temple was built in 1965.
At the Foundation, the Orthodox Radio was created, the publishing house "The Way of Life". The publisher has released books and the Father Alexandra himself, and many classics of "Russian emigration": B.K. Zaitseva, E. Klimova, I.S. Shmeleva (Y. Aleksandrov 2005, 251).

In 1977, Protopresviter Kiselev organized at its foundation the congresses of the Orthodox Russian public.
Alexander Father became the founder and editor-in-chief of the Russian Revival magazine (since 1978). From that time, Kiselev also was involved in the preparation of the celebration of the Millennium of the Baptism of Russia.

Return to Russia and the last years of life

After the commissioning of the GCCP in August 1991, Father Alexander and Mother Galina decide to return to Russia. This very much contributed to the patriarch of All Russia Alexy II - an old friend and actually a student of the father Alexander. Kiselev switched to the patronage of the Moscow Patriarchate, which caused an ambiguous reaction in the church circles of abroad. (Kornilov 2015)

In 1992, following his parents, the son of Father Alexander Alexey Kiselev came to Russia and immediately went to the war in Transnistria. Alexey was the retired brigades of the US Army, a veteran of war in Vietnam, studied philosophy in Columbia University. Before that, he had more than once in Russia and in 1988 he met Alexei II. Subsequently, a friendship with General Alexander Sweded and left Krasnoyarsk (MIL'MAN 2001).

Protopresswiter Alexander Kiselev, together with his wife Galina (died in 1997) felt in the Don Monastery with the permission of the Patriarch of All Russia, Alexey II.
I died on October 2, 2001 (according to other information, on October 3, 2001) in the Don Monastery in Moscow. Buried in the cemetery of the Don Monastery. (Protoiyerey Kozlov 2001)

Protopresviter Alexander Kiselev (1909-2001)

Protopresviter Alexander Kiselev
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