Vladimir Karlovich Sabler
Vladimir Karlovich Sabler, also known as Vladimir Karlovich Desyatovsky, was the Ober-Procurator of the Apostolic Governing Synod (Holy Synod) of the Church of Russia from 1911 to 1915, the longest serving procurator among the last ten ober procurators who succeeded Constantine Pobedonostsev in 1905.
Vladimir Karlovich was born near Tul'sk on November 13, 1845, the son of Karl Fedorovich Sabler, the chief quartermaster of the Russian Grenadiers, and Stefaniia Vasilevna (nee: Alekseevna). He studied law at Moscow University, graduating in 1872. In 1873, he joined the law offices of the Holy Synod, remaining there until 1905.
Near the Sabler estate, near Kashira, he established a theological seminary for women with a six year course of study, the graduates of which were able to teach the Law of God in the public schools.
Questions of church reform became serious issues for the Church and the Tsarist government as the twentieth century began. These issues included, amongst others, the calling a local council of the Church of Russia and the re-establishment of the patriarchate. These issues developed into differences and difficulties for Vladimir Karlovich with the ultra conservative position of Ober Procurator, Constantine Pobedonostsev. In the end, these issues caused Vladimir Karlovich to submit his resignation from the offices of the Holy Synod in 1905. In 1906, he was made a member of the State Council in St. Petersburg, a position he held until 1911. Then, on May 2, 1911, Vladimir Karlovich was recalled to the Holy Synod, this time as ober procurator, three years after Pobedonostsev's death.
As Ober Procurator, Vladimir Karlovich maintained good relations with the hierarchs and was friends with the clergy and monastics. His working days were busy with a full waiting room each day with monks, abbots, archimandrites, and priests waiting for his services. Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag