The Sect Leader Andrei Lemeshonok
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Church 2018.12.12 Reach Out to Sect Leader and Charlatan Andrei Lemeshonok at St. Elizabeth Monastery in Minsk.
Andrei Lemeshonok St. Elisabeth Convent Minsk

Sect Leader and Charlatan Andrei Lemeshonok at St. Elizabeth Monastery in Minsk

To His Eminence,
Archpriest Andrei Lemeshonok,
Rector of the Parish of the Church of the Icon of the
Mother of God “Derzhavnaya” in Minsk,
Spiritual Father of the Holy Elisabeth Convent in Minsk
Holy Elisabeth Convent,
6 Vyhotskogo Street,
Minsk, 220053,
Belarus.
Email:
monaster@obitel-minsk.by
sv.elisaveta@gmail.com

From a subject of the Kingdom of Sweden,
Nicolas Cheropoulos,
Sweden, Stockholm, Dansbanevägen 28,
126 31 Hägersten.
Email: xxxx xxxx

Your Eminence,

Allow me to extend my congratulations on your Name Day, wishing you many blessed years and seeking the assistance of your heavenly patron, Saint Apostle Andrew the First.

As a Greek by nationality and an Orthodox believer, I approach you with the hope that your wisdom and extensive experience as a spiritual leader might, if it is God’s will, help resolve a distressing situation involving my beloved daughters, who have brutally been separated from me, their father. I will provide a brief overview of the circumstances preceding my request:

Several years ago, through correspondence, I became acquainted with a Belarusian woman named Lyudmila Trafimovich. Soon after our introduction, she moved to Stockholm and into my apartment. A few years later, God blessed us with two wonderful daughters – Cheropoulou Anthoula Anthie’ (born on June 8, 2012) and Cheropoulou Alexandra (born on April 1, 2015). Their upcoming Name Days are on April 21 and December 15, respectively. For me, my children’s Name Day is a more significant celebration than their birthdays because it is associated with the protector of my children, their Guardian Angel. I wish to have the opportunity to congratulate my children on this day.

The Lord blessed me with children at a relatively late age; I had not entered into marriage earlier and did not have children. The birth of Anthoula Anthie’ and Alexandra became a great joy for me. We lived the life of an average family, and our daughters were baptized in the Orthodox faith. I had no objection to them attending the Russian Church (Lyudmila did not attend Church at all before coming to Sweden, and I was pleased that she found faith in God after immigrating). I particularly insisted that our daughters learn the Greek language, in addition to Russian, attend a Greek kindergarten instead of a Swedish one, and be raised in Orthodox culture.

The girls thrived and grew up healthy, with the elder daughter engaging in ballet and mastering multiple languages. Although they considered Sweden their homeland, having never lived elsewhere, we strived to instill in them a love for Russian and Greek culture.

Lyudmila Trafimovich spent nine years in Sweden, yet it appears she struggled to find fulfillment. She began expressing dissatisfaction with our relationship, finding family responsibilities burdensome. I tried to guide our relationship towards a harmonious shared life, even suggesting seeking assistance from a family psychologist. The most significant event after our initial meeting with Trafimovich was the birth of our children. As responsible parents, we cannot only think about our personal “realizations” and “unmet expectations of life in prosperous Sweden”. We must raise healthy, well-educated, virtuous children, providing them with moral guidance and instilling the right attitude toward future family life.

This philosophy is rooted in my upbringing in a Greek family, where the father assumed the role of the family head, and all members lived with shared interests and moral values. Our daughters were equally attached to their mother and me, growing up obedient, kind, and compassionate. No forewarning indicated the horrific events of April 18, 2017, when, without prior notice, Lyudmila Trafimovich deceived daycare teachers by falsely claiming the children were “sick” and feigned illness at her workplace. She then took our daughters from the daycare during the day and flew to Minsk. Discovering this in the evening upon returning from work, I was unable to locate my family, initiating an anxious search. On April 19, 2017, I contacted the police and informed Lyudmila’s relatives in Belarus, yet all efforts proved futile.

It has been a considerable time since April 18, 2017, and yet I persist in my efforts to reunite with my daughters and play a role in their upbringing and lives. Enduring this trial sent by the Lord is challenging, especially as my daughters love and need me.

Numerous court proceedings have transpired. Initially, a Swedish court deemed the decision to take the children out of the country unlawful, followed by protracted legal battles in Belarus, which did not allow the return of the children to Sweden, given their dual citizenship. Remarkably, even during these trials, both psychologists and judges acknowledged my role as an excellent father to my children. Various social studies and psychological tests conducted by Belarusian specialists indicated that our children gravitate toward me, love me, and desire the presence of both a mother and a father.

However, time continues to pass, and my daughters remain very young. I am not young myself, and I lack the luxury of waiting until they turn 18 to reveal that they have a father in Sweden who couldn’t secure his and their universal right to be together. Moreover, there’s a risk that they might perceive my inaction as a lack of desire to be part of their lives.

Regrettably, only one version of the truth prevails – “Lyudmila Trafimovich’s truth.” She did not hesitate to deceive authorities in Sweden, an act entirely unacceptable to us, as honesty and truthfulness are paramount. To justify her actions, she slandered me in recent court hearings, absurdly claiming that I, an Orthodox Greek, intended to take my little daughters to gay parades (!), even though I never go anywhere other than home and to work and have no interest in such matters!

She claims I am not helping the children now, although I support them and bring them gifts. But for some reason, I am not allowed to see my daughters. All these accusations come from a woman who desperately sought to leave her country for any Western destination, engaged in online correspondence to find a spouse, a woman whom I believed was driven by love, care, and the desire to have and raise our children together. During her nine years in Sweden, she insisted on sending our daughters to Swedish daycare to make them “Swedes” rather than “Greeks,” urging assimilation into the environment and forsaking their other cultural roots.

Why am I addressing this letter to the Holy Elisabeth Convent and specifically to you, Father Andrei Lemeshonok? Because Lyudmila Trafimovich works at the Holy Elisabeth Convent as an interpreter, as consistently presented in court. She participates in work, attends the Liturgy, receives Holy Communion, and confesses to her spiritual father. Yet, she narrates events in her life without understanding or, perhaps, refusing to acknowledge that an Orthodox woman should not separate a father from his children. Does she grasp the gravity of her detestable decision when she abducted our daughters?

Father Andrei, as the monastery’s spiritual father, I have read about your work on the Internet. While I am not a parishioner of the Russian Church, I am an Orthodox Christian, and the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ are universal, applying equally in Belarus and Greece.

I seek very little – I am not requesting a replacement for secular authority or legal disputes.

I kindly request your guidance in counseling your parishioner, Lyudmila Trafimovich and conveying to her the imperative nature of a father’s right to see, raise, and care for his children. It is crucial to clarify that, according to the court decision, this care extends beyond Trafimovich’s expectations of alimony. However, the Swedish court will not enforce the Belarusian decision, as it has already rendered its judgment. I am resolute in my commitment to supporting and being actively involved in my children’s lives, and I am determined to see them.

Regrettably, I cannot communicate with Lyudmila Trafimovich, who seems solely interested in financial support and wishes for me to vanish from my daughters’ lives. Such actions raise questions about how an Orthodox woman can reconcile such behavior with the principles espoused within the monastery, appearing to adhere to different laws and values beyond its walls – contrary to those ordained by God.

I am eager to meet with you and plan to visit Belarus during the Christmas Holidays, around December 22 to December 29, 2018, following my trip to Greece. However, I anticipate that Lyudmila will again obstruct my attempts to see my daughters, likely fabricating another excuse.

I respectfully ask for your attention and the opportunity to spend time with you upon my arrival. While my proficiency in Russian is limited, I am willing to arrange for an interpreter if English is not your preferred language.

I will await your response to this letter with gratitude. I have sought the assistance of a friend to translate my thoughts into Russian and forward them to you.

May the Lord bless and fortify you in your noble pedagogical and spiritual nurturing endeavors for my daughters.

Please include me in your prayers,
Nicholas Cheropoulos

December 13, 2018

The Russian Version:
Церковь 2018.12.12 Обращение к лидеру Секты и Шарлатану Андрею Лемешонок в Свято-Елисаветинском монастыре в Минскею.

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