Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Murder in the chapel

A Russian Orthodox priest gunned down in his Moscow church may have been targeted by cult members or Muslim fundamentalists.
Daniil Sysoyev, 34, died in hospital after being shot in the head by a masked gunman in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, near Kantemir-ovskaya metro, on Thursday evening.
A spokesman for the investigators told Rossiya TV: "The main theory is that religious motives are behind the crime."
And that was backed up by a report in Komsomolskaya Pravda claiming that Sysoyev had told reporters he had faced 14 death threats - largely linked to his missionary work in Muslim areas and his efforts to help people trying to leave religious sects.
"They've threatened to cut my head off 14 times," the paper quoted the priest as saying. "The FSB got in touch a year ago to say they had uncovered a murder plot against me."
Sysoyev also told the paper that in the past year, his church had "christened 80 Muslims, among them Tatars, Uzbeks, Chechens and Dagestanis" and that many Orthodox priests feared "revenge" for missionary work among Muslims.

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