Sasha Kudryashov was born in Penza. Because of the nearby drug factory emissions a two year old toddler was constantly ill. His parents quitted their work at the factory and moved to the countryside. When Sasha was 23, he received a draft notice, and passing the medical board he learnt that he has a tumor. He started the treatment, and then took the veil and became a monk.
Today Sasha’s name is father Nektarij. At the age of 30 he took a great schema — the highest degree of renunciation of the world. He keeps to especially strict ascetic rules. Such a man no longer belongs to himself or the world — only to God. The great schema vow is so strict and hard, that only few dare to take it. In XVIII—XIX centuries in Russia there were several hundreds schema monks, in modern Russia — only about 20. Sasha is the youngest of them. And he’s still fighting his disease.