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Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding threats to priests in Ukraine


651-25-03-2014

    Russia notes with regret that there are more and more frequent threats to priests in Ukraine. This time some National Socialist Workers’ Party of Ukraine sent a letter containing threats to the representative of the Ukrainian autocephalous Orthodox church (Tcherkassy diocese), hegumen Alexander Shirokov. Ukrainian radicals asked this authoritative priest to literally stop “any pro-Moscow enemy campaigning”. If the priest disregards the threats of the radicals, then cardinal physical and elimination methods will be used against him and his family, as the call of the National Socialist Workers’ Party of Ukraine.

    Internet users can see a copy of the letter from this “party”, on a form with Nazi symbols.

    Such attacks on priests in Ukraine confirm yet again the atmosphere of national and sectarian intolerance, which is currently reigning in Ukraine.

25 March 2014