VALAMO, Finland -- Father Akaki, a 110-year-old monk who was the Nordic countries' oldest citizen and had spent most of his life in the service of the orthodox church, died Tuesday of natural causes, his monastery said.
'He did lots of manual work and led a regular lifestyle,' orthodox priest A. Korelin said.
'He didn't have any theological impact, he was just one of the five quiet monks who lived at Valamo.'
Father Akaki was born in Moscow as Andrei Kuznetsov in 1873 and took up the monastic life in 1898 at Petsamo on the Arctic coast.
When Petsamo was seized by the Soviets in the 1939-40 winter war, Akaki fled to Finland, eventually entering the cloisters of new Valamo.
Even as a centenarian, Father Akaki took weekly communion and was so fit that he required little medicine, priests said.