1. The dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church can be united into Metropolitan Areas.

2. The decisions on the establishment or dissolution of Metropolitan Areas as well as their names and territorial boundaries shall be made by the Holy Synod subject to approval by the Bishops’ Council.

3. The decisions of the Local and Bishops’ Councils and the Holy Synod shall be binding for the Metropolitan Areas.

4. The General Ecclesiastical Court and the court of the Bishops’ Council shall be the courts of final appeal for a Metropolitan Area.

5. The supreme church authority in a Metropolitan Areas shall belong to the Synod of the Metropolitan Area chaired by the head of the Metropolitan Area. The Synod of a Metropolitan Area shall consist of the Diocesan and Vicar Bishops of the Metropolitan Area.

6. The Synod of a Metropolitan Area shall submit to the Holy Synod for consideration and to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia for approved a draft Statute of the Metropolitan Area and, if necessary, a draft internal provision for the Metropolitan Area, and subsequently draft amendments to these documents.

7. The Synod of a Metropolitan Area shall submit to the Holy Synod for consideration and to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia for approval draft Statutes of the Metropolitan Area, parishes, monasteries, theological schools and other canonical units as well as amendments (additions) to them.

8. The Synod of a Metropolitan Area shall act on the basis of canons, the present Statute, the Statute regulating the governance of the Metropolitan Area and/or the internal provision for the Metropolitan Area.

9. The minutes of the Synod of a Metropolitan Area shall be submitted to the Holy Synod and approved by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

10. The bishop heading a Metropolitan Area shall be elected by the Holy Synod and appointed by Patriarchal decree.

11. The bishop heading a Metropolitan Area shall be the Diocesan Bishop of his diocese and direct the governance of the Metropolitan Area on the basis of canons, the present Statute, and the Statute regulating the governance of the Metropolitan Area.

12. The name of the bishop heading a Metropolitan Area shall be mentioned in all the churches of the Metropolitan Area after the name of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

13. The Diocesan and Vicar Bishops of a Metropolitan Area shall be elected and appointed by the Holy Synod.

14. The decision on the establishment or dissolution of member dioceses of a Metropolitan Area and the definition of their territorial boundaries shall be made by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod subject to approval by the Bishops’ Council.

15. The Metropolitan Area receives the Holy Chrism from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

16. In the Russian Orthodox at present there are the following Metropolitan Areas:

·      The Metropolitan Area in the Republic of Kazakhstan;

·      The Metropolitan Area of Central Asia.