Vyacheslav Krasheninnikov, also Slava Krasheninnikov ((Russian): Вячеслав Крашенинников), born March 22, 1982 in Yurga, Kemerovo Region, and died March 17, 1993 in Chebarkul, Russia, was a Russian boy who died from Leukemia at the age of 10, who is popularly regarded as a Wonderworker, having had a gift of prophecy during his life, and who has continued to work miracles after his death, according to local and popular accounts.
Vyacheslav was born March 22, 1982 in Yurga and was baptized in the town of Tayga in the Kemerovo Region. His father Sergey V. Krasheninnikov was a soldier, and his mother Valentina Afanasyevna Krasheninnikov was a housewife, and was born in Bogotol. He had an elder brother, Constantine, who was the first child in the family, and a sister Valentina, also called Slaviana, the second child, who died in hospital.
Since his father was an army officer, the family moved several times to new places of residence. Vyacheslav was almost one year old when his family moved to East Germany, due to his father's military service duty there. In Germany, Vyacheslav had a small accident and fell from a tree, hitting his head, but without any serious consequences.
He was over five years old when his family moved to a new location in the Ural Mountains. The last few years of his life were spent in Chebarkul in the Chelyabinsk Region. Although Vyacheslav did not attend Kindergarten, he went to the local elementary school № 4. During this period Vyacheslav lived with his mother in an apartment in Chebarkul, while his father worked for a time in Shadrinsk, and his older brother Constantine joined the army.
According to his late mother's published memoirs, Vyacheslav was in many respects an unusual child. A statement by the Missionary Eparchy of Chelyabinsk characterized him as:
coming from a pious Orthodox family, having an angelic appearance, being remarkably kind, obedient, intelligent, pious, devout, and besides this, possessing exceptional abilities from early childhood: he prophesied and was able to diagnose and treat various diseases. These abilities were noticed by the local inhabitants in Chebarkul and in Miass, as well by other visitors. His family stated that he was taken twice to the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, where he had lengthy conversations with Elder Nahum and where the gift of Healing was certified as being a gift of "God."
On the other hand, according to Luba Menschikovoy, the director of the elementary school № 4, "Vyacheslav Krasheninnikov was an ordinary boy and an ordinary student. Then suddenly after his death there arose so much noise, hype and rumors about him."
His first teacher Irina Abramovna Ignatieff, said: "I remember Vyacheslav. He was an average student, but was a very good and kind child. Indeed he was surrounded by some kind of aura, and people were saying that he helped others, and was able to recognize people's ailments."
When he was ill with Leukemia he refused to receive blood transfusions, saying that receiving the blood of another person brings the sins of that person as well, and that the transfused blood does not merge with the blood of the patient because it is dead blood.
He died at his home March 17, 1993 at 4:50am from Leukemia, five days short of his 11th birthday. The funeral took place on March 19.
- When his mother asked him "Why do you talk to people mostly about hell?" Vyacheslav responded "in order to help them to avoid from going there; and because they are not yet ready to hear about Heaven."
- He warned people about the coming biochips and microchips which the new world ruler will introduce; they will be attractive global passports for the population, which will look like little grey plastic cards; in order to obtain this card, people will have to subject their right hand and forehead under machines which will mark them with the number (666). This was a warning that under no circumstances should anyone accept this number or mark, because this act will never be forgiven by God.
- He also warned about the coming world war, in which the Chinese would invade Siberia. But due to the use of genetic weapons, the Chinese will be subjected to massive collective mental disorder and will eventually withdraw.
- "The killing of birds is forbidden - the birds are involved in the creation of time"
A small chapel was built over his grave covered with icons, even including an icon of Vyacheslav as a saint. Pilgrims from all over Russia visit the country, as well as monks from Mount Athos. They pray at his chapel, and an akathist was composed in his honor.
Visitors believe that miraculous healings have occured at his grave site. In addition, the rocks, earth and snow from around his grave site are believed to possess miraculous healing properties. His father brings pieces of marble from a quarry near the village of Koelga, and he places them on the gravesite. Vyacheslav had said that marble is a living stone, which drives away unclean spirits. Pilgrims collect pieces of this marble, sometimes pouring water over the marble, and then drinking the water.
Several books were written about this boy, starting with the book "Oh, mama, mama ...", written by Gennady Pavlovich Bystrov (released in 2001-2002), based on his mother's account. Valentina herself wrote "Miracles and the predictions of the boy Slava" and "Sent by God." Lydia Emelyanov wrote two others - "The boy Slava"and "God speaks through His elected representatives". These books relate the unusual qualities and abilities of the boy, his posthumous appearances, and associated miracles.
In 2010 a four-part documentary series was released on DVD called "The Russian Angel directed by Sergei Bogdanov.
In 2011 the second 4-part film was released dealing with the prophecies of Vyacheslav.
Criticism of Church Officials
In 2007 Metropolitan Job (Tyvonyuk) of Chelyabinsk and Zlatoust set up a commission of inquiry into the emergence of this cult.
After the completion of the commission's work, he appealed in a letter to the bishops of the ROC not to admit the veneration of Vyacheslav, referring to him as the fake-saint of Chebarkul. The letter says (translation):
Due to the increasing incidence of pilgrimages of clergy and laity of many dioceses of our Church to the city of Chebarkul to venerate the so-called "youngster Vyacheslav of Chebarkul", by this report we remind everyone that the person is neither canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church, nor locally recognized. The cult of "the young man, Vyacheslav" is self-invented, contains elements of ordinary superstition, blasphemous attacks on the Church's teaching and is permeated by a group of anti-Church-minded individuals.[note 1]
The Commission rejected the possibility of formal canonization for Vyacheslav, mainly due to the fact that many of his statements do not correspond to the faith. The Missionary Diocese of Chelyabinsk also issued a special brochure called "Women's fables", devoted to criticism of the cult of Vyacheslav.
The attitude of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II in regard was to the veneration of Vyacheslav was also negative (translation):
We do understand the grief of the mother who has lost quite a young son. However, we note with bitterness that her next steps were intended to arouse public interest in the deceased child, and the creation of the cult of veneration as a saint, does not correspond to church doctrine and church practice of canonization, and veneration of the saints. The young man is not in need of religious veneration, and they had no grounds for declaring him a saint, but above all he needs the fervent prayers of his mother.[note 2]
In 2010, the Publications Board of the Russian Orthodox Church forbade the distribution through the church network of the books "Oh, mama, mama ..." and "God speaks through His elected representatives...".
Considerations for Veneration
While noting the criticism of Church officials above, on the other hand it is also true that the canonization process of Saints has often taken many decades or centuries. For example, Matrona of Moscow who died in 1952 was canonized in 1999; John of Kronstadt died in 1908 and was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in 1964, and by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1990.
In another case involving the cult of a new saint, that of Russian soldier Yevgeny Rodionov, who was executed in 1996 because he refused to remove his cross, there have widespread calls for his canonization which have so far been refused by the church authorities; however well-known priest Alexander Shargunov has argued that an outbreak of people's love is enough for the truth, and that Yevgeny's grave works miracles, curing the sick and reconciling enemies.
- (Russian) В связи с участившимися случаями паломничеств духовенства и мирян многих епархий нашей Церкви в город Чебаркуль для поклонения так называемому «отроку Вячеславу Чебаркульскому» настоящим сообщаю, что данное лицо не является ни канонизированным Русской Православной Церковью, ни местнопочитаемым святым. Культ поклонения «отроку Вячеславу» является самоизмышленным, содержит в себе элементы заурядного суеверия, кощунственного посягательства на учение Церкви и насаждается достаточно организованной группой антицерковно настроенных лиц.
- (Russian) Нам понятна и близка скорбь матери, потерявшей совсем юного сына. Но, понимая и разделяя эту скорбь, мы с горечью констатируем, что последующие её действия, направленные на возбуждение в обществе интереса к покойному ребёнку и создание культа его почитания как святого, не соответствуют церковному вероучению и церковной практике канонизации и почитания святых. Не в религиозном поклонении нуждается покойный мальчик, легкомысленно объявленный Божиим угодником, а в усердной молитве, прежде всего в молитве о нём матери
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- Pravda.ru. Ten-year-old Russian indigo boy predicted future and cured diseases. Transl. Guerman Grachev. 12.09.2007.
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