Larisa Yu. Gumerov, M. D., writer, poet, Editor in Chief of the web site www.luchmir.com,
was born in Nizhii Novgorod, Russia, into a family of medical doctors. Besides school in her early life she was very interested in sports, music, and literature and was successful in these fields (e.g. she was a member of the Russian National Fencing Team).
Her mother, Maria Mikhailovna, M. D., pediatrician, worked in regional clinics in Nizhnii Novgorod and Perm. She was also a great mezzo-soprano singer and classical music lover. Maria Mikhailovna provided many efforts to teach her three children in respect to all kind of arts. Now she is retired and lives in Perm with Larisa’s elder sister Tatiana.
Her father, Yurii Ivanovich Kardakov (1921 – 2005), M. D., Ph. D., Sc. D., was a professor of medicine, clinical doctor, world-known scientist (endocrinologist), thyоroid deceases specialist. He was also a great enthusiast of Russian and World literature and culture. For many years he held a position of the Head of Department of Hospital Therapy in Perm and Tyumen State Medical Institutes.
After she graduated from Perm Medical State Institute in 1978, Larisa completed clinical studies at the same institute and worked as a medical doctor in hospitals and conducted scientific research. In 1986 she became the Head of the Scientific Consulting Department and research scientist of the Institute of Cardiology of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences (Siberian Branch,Tyumen).
Dr. Gumerov earned several specializations in EKG testing and functional diagnostics of hearts diseases. She conducted scientific research in immunology, crystallography, clinical medicine, and diagnostic cardiology.
In 1993 due to family circumstances the Gumerov family moved to the United States, where Larisa turned her research efforts to literature studies. She dedicated herself to literature, poetry, and Russian culture. In 2000, she established web site www.luchmir.com.
Dr. Gumerov is the founder of the Ethical Committee «LUCH/RAY», which provides analysis of current world events from positions of Christian Ethics. The site also focuses on the events of political, cultural, and religious life in Russia and outside Russia. Special attention is paid to the Royal Martyrs and to the spiritual revival of Russia.
Since 1993 Larisa and her family belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia (ROCOR). After the schism she remained to stay on the positions of Russian Orthodoxy Abroad. Her family now has a home church of Sts. Mary Magdalene and Royal Martyrs under the patronage of Valentine, Metropolitan of Suzdal and Vladimir (Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church).
Currently she resides with her family in Maryland, USA. Mrs. Gumerov has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Her husband is mathematician, a professor of the University of Maryland, is an internationally recognized scientist for his works in physics, applied mathematics, and computational methods.
Mrs. Gumerov considers, that the major spiritual events in her life were, first, meeting in Boston, USA, with Myrrh Streaming Wondermaking Mother Mary Icon of Iveron (Montreal) in 1995 – 1996, and, second, appearance of the Queen Victoria of England on the Andros Island (Greece) in 2004.
Articles about The Royal Martyrs posted on www.luchmir.com include (not a full list):
1. «The Lily of the Heaven Jerusalem. Biography materials and historical parallels» (2002),
Were author studies the way of life of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth from her birth in Darmstadt to her deed in Alapaevsk. Author attempts to evaluate the unique contribution of St. Elizabeth to the spiritual revival of Russia after communist disaster and to the world ethical progress and history of mankind.
2. «Sun in the Mazurka rhythm» (2005).
A report from the Exhibit on the life of the Russian Royal Family held in New Ark, NJ, USA, which attracted a great public interest.
3. «White Flowers of a Royal Martyr» (2007)
A letter in a big ROCOR sorrow after «the act of union» with Moscow Patriarchy.
4. «KGB and Palestinian Society» (2007).
The paper is dedicated to the contemporary state of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society headed by the Grand Duke Sergey Romanov and after his death by St. Elizabeth.
5. «Who and to Whom Pays to Destroy the Sts. Martha and Mary Convent?» (2008).
This is a paper protesting against Natalia Moliboga, a new supervisor of the Sts. Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow, founded by St. Elizabeth, and an appeal to good will people to save the convent and to protect the main action of her life.
6. «The Most Beautiful Bride of Russia» (2008).
Photo gallery dedicated to St. Elizabeth and Gethsemane.
7. «Moliboga Destroyed the Convent of Grand Duchess Elizabeth» (2009).
This paper states that Moliboga, a supervisor of the Sts. Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow, completely perverted the principles of the convent established by St. Elizabeth, which is a real disaster for Russia, Church, and the entire world.
8. «Five Years since Queen Victoria of England Appearance» (2009).
In the paper the authors describes her impressions after her meeting with a great person of the 19th century, which happened on the Andros island in Greece in 2004. An Akafist (Orthodox Hymn) to St. Elizabeth was written after this event, which full text is provided in the paper.
9. «Desecration of relics of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorvna in Jerusalem» (2009)
Open letter to the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion and LUCH Appeal for boycott the all Moscow Patriarchy activities.
Alec Knight, professor anthropologist of Stanford University, USA, proved the lie in the identification of the Royal Martyrs relics.
The home church of the Gumerovs family in Maryland, USA.