The monastery in Montana is not big. There is a lot of land but the monastery does not take most of it. The most impressive is the church they are building there because it’s really huge! Who needs it? May be two monks? By the way Rick Basargin is even incapable of reading a Church-Slavonic text. Or may be ten Russian inhabitants of the city of Libby need it? Do you really believe in this? The correct answer is: only four persons have the great interests in it – archbishop Sofrony, priest Parfiri Toran, Rick Basargin and Fred Ovchinnikov. No one knows how they funding the cost of the church. It’s said somehow they assume, ripping people off or trying to take all what they have.
Parfiry Toran, Rick Basargin, & Fred Ovchinnikov had a nice plan for getting much money using property of Isaak Basargin who lived in Oregon. He was Rick’s brother and the owner of a company and had got several plots in Alaska but his health was very bad. These three without anyone’s permission took him to Montana and he became a monk. His monkish name was Isaya. Rick Basargin, was getting paid from the State to take care of Isaak Basargin but Rick didn’t do that work. He kept most of the money and pretended to take care of Isaak but used that money for his own purpose. Isaak Basargin was so sick that he could hardly even hold a spoon to eat, his health become worse and he died on August 16, 2007.
His death meant that money from the state for the Isaak Basargin care must be cut off and Rick decided not to inform authorities about the Isaak Basargin death. There has never been a death certificate issued for the Isaak Basargin death and Rick Basargin is still collecting money from the state on that purposes. That scam granted him good income from the state.
But nothing lasts forever! The state authorities were informed recently about that illegal practice. There is no problem to unmask the Rick Basargin fraud because Fred Ovchinnikov had got permission from Parfiri Toran for video filming of the entire funeral of Isaak Basrgin. They can not deny the video for it does exist and it proves that the funeral of Isaak Basrgin really took place.
After his death a detective story began. Rick Basargin informed that Isaak Basargin all his money ($ 1,000,000.00), 4 lots of land in Alaska and half of the residence of his widow signed over to Rick Basargin and the monastery! But people immediately suspected something wrong because all the property was belonged to the Basargin family for it wasn’t sole proprietorship. So it was impossible for Isaak Basargin to dispose single-handedly of the items involved. And how he could undersign the documents if he could not even hold a pen to sign anything? May be his signature was forged?
Our church needs somebody to stop that dirty business. What could stop it – a trial or justice of Heaven, or may be God by himself will do it? Once He said: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation” ( Math. 23:14). We are the witnesses of the terrible situation when shepherds turned into wolfs and “they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof” (Ez. 22:25). “Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD” (Ez.22:31).