Bangkok, March 12, 2013
Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian
Orthodox Church in Thailand and the Rector of St.
Nicolas Church in Bangkok, has baptized a citizen of
Thailand Apinya Pungsangsuwan. Apinya Pungsangsuwan was
born in 1997 in the town of Samut Sakhorn into a family
of a driver and a housewife. She has two sisters; she
is currently living with her family in Bangkok and is
studying in the graduation class of the Thesabanomnoi
school. The girl wishes to continue her study at
university and become a professional translator.
About a year ago, Ms. Apinya independently became
interested in Orthodoxy and started going to the St.
Nicolas Church in Bangkok. She attended catechism courses
at the representative office of the Russian Orthodox
Church in Thailand. On March 3, 2013, she received holy
Baptism with the name Anastasia in honor of holy royal
passion-bearer Grand Princess Anastasia (Romanova).