... Evening of January 15, 1946 Archbishop Victor arrived in Shanghai by plane from Beijing and announced that he not only acknowledged the Patriarch, but became a Soviet citizen, taking a USSR passport.
Archbishop Victor vainly pleaded, demanded and ordered to submit to Bishop John and to recognize the Patriarch.Eventually, he arrived at the regular weekly meeting of the clergy, which officially announced its move into the Soviet Church, demanded that the priests followed his example, leaving the Bishop's chair John, left the meeting.After the words of Bishop John calling clergy to remain faithful to the Russian Church Abroad, the meeting has issued its proposed resolution: report to the Metropolitan Anastasius of loyalty to foreign clergy to the Synod and ask directions.
From the Synod for a long time there was no answer, and during that time about seven weeks at the Bishop John turned out to tremendous pressure from the Soviet authorities, Archbishop Victor, Metropolitan Nestor of Manchuria, from a large part of the Russian public, filed on Soviet passports, the clergy, who crossed on the other side, and others. Verbally and in writing, in the press, clubs and meetings, the Soviet side was trying to prove that the election of the Patriarch was perfectly legal, for all church rules, and suggested as evidence to show a documentary on the election of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
Bishop John in this film viewing has agreed, in order to personally see and verify the entire process of election, provided that the film will be shown not in the Soviet club, where at the time show all the Soviet pattern, and in the hall of any theater.
To watch the film came to Shanghai, most of the clergy, including those living now in San Francisco Mitred Archpriest Nikolai Kolcheva, Fr. J. Wen et al
Before the movie, and without warning, the orchestra played the Soviet anthem, and Bishop John immediately left the hall. Organizers of view ran for Bishop, and stopping him in the lobby, began to apologize and try to persuade to stay. Bishop John returned to the hall after the national anthem and watching the movie, he announced that we saw in the so-called election of the Patriarch no law has been that the elections were conducted according to the classical Soviet model, which exhibited only one candidate for whom a representative of each, without exception, the diocese equal voting, reading stereotyped phrase, and where there was nothing spiritual, canonical.
This Statement of Bishop John even more embittered bolyshevizanstvovashie circles, and persecution of the Lord and the clergy loyal to him even more effort ...
But now joined zarubezhniki certainly happen at some official events - and faces, and listen to the same music of the Soviet anthem, albeit with other words ...