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Metropolitan Iziaslav (Brutskiy) (Belarusian: Ізяслаў (Бруцкі), 22 January 1926 - 26 November 2007) was the primate of the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Ivan Brutski was born in a wealthy farmer’s family in Belavusha (now Stolin Raion in Brest Voblast), West Belarus. After annexation of West Belarus by the Soviet Union in 1939, Brutski’s father was in 1940 exiled to Kazakhstan.

In 1943 the young Ivan Brutski have been sent by the Nazis to Germany as an ostarbeiter. Having avoided repatriation in 1947, Ivan Brutski graduated from a gymnasium in Hannover. He then immigrated to Canada and participated there in The local Belarusian social and life and in the parish life of the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

In 1962, he immigrated to the U.S. and became an active member in different political and religious organizations in Cleveland and Detroit.

As a member of the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and an active member of the community, he was delegated to the Church Council (Sabor) of this jurisdiction which took place in May 1972 in Highland Park, New Jersey.

In 1979, he was ordained to the diaconate and later that same year to the priesthood. He graduatedg from the St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1981. Then, by the hierarchs of the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church he was consecrated to the rank of bishop. Shortly after that, he become archbishop and in 1984, Archbishop Iziaslav was elevated to the rank of metropolitan and elected to be the Primate of the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.be:Ізяслаў (Бруцкі) be-x-old:Ізяслаў (Бруцкі) ru:Изяслав Бруцкий

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