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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

RIA-Novosti Infographic: Russian Terrorist Threat Levels

Filed under: politics,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Click on this URL to go to a 3-D reconstruction of the series of events:


16 January 2011




Reactions to Domodedovo: Mufti Ravil Thinks the Perps will “Burn in Hell”… Patriarch Kirill Thinks the Attack was a “Feral Distortion of Human Nature”

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias (1946- ) serving liturgy at St Tatiana Chapel at MGU in Moscow. Incidentally, this snap points up one of Piggy Iggy Burdikoff’s lies… he said that open “peek-a-boo” iconostases are the norm in Russia. This photo shows otherwise, indeed, multi-level iconostases are common in larger churches. Whenever you hear ANYTHING from an OCA Renovationist, QUESTION IT. They’re not averse to lying in the service of their wretched cause. Caveat auditor.


Mufti Ravil Gainutdin, head of the Council of Muftis of Russia, said that, after they die, the “burning fires of hell” await the perps who carried out the terrorist attack at Domodedovo Airport. “They killed innocent people, doctors are fighting for the lives of the injured in hospital right now. The tragedy at Domodedovo should leave no one indifferent”, the official website of the Council of Muftis quoted Mufti Ravil as saying. He gave his condolences to the bereaved families and relatives; he grieved for the dead, and prayed for the recovery of the injured. “We remind the perpetrators of this terrorist act, both those who planned it and those who carried it out, of God’s warning in the Koran, Whosoever intentionally brings death, will end in burning hell (4:94). Well-deserved punishment from Allah will befall not only the criminals who carried out this atrocity, but it falls on anyone who deals out death and works iniquity!” Mufti Ravil reminded us.


Without faith in God, mankind is doomed to kill itself…

On Tuesday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias offered prayers for the victims of the terrorist attack at Domodedovo Airport. This morning, in the chapel of MGU, His Holiness served liturgy and a molieben to mark the holyday of St Tatiana, the heavenly patroness of students. “Recently, right here, next to the university church, horrific events on Manezh Square took place and, suddenly, all of society started to speak about the problems involved… but what happened yesterday at Domodedovo was a terrible grimace of sin, it was a feral distortion of human nature!” Vladyki Kirill said after the services. He noted that the killing of innocent people was “something that people always condemned, even in times of war. Today, it’s become a form of protest; it shows how bestial some people have become”. According to the patriarch, today, the question facing faith is the question of “whether or not we shall be a single human family or not, because mankind cannot exist outside of God’s law. The more we accumulate scientific and technical prowess, the more that we consolidate our powers, the more terrible will be the test that will challenge the very existence of mankind”, His Holiness said. During the Patriarchal liturgy, he inserted a special prayer for the repose of all “the innocent victims of the terrorist attack”. The chapel was filled to capacity, about 800 people were there, amongst them were many students, as well as MGU rector Viktor Sadovnichy.

25 January 2011




Believers and Domodedovo…

Rav Lazar appalled by this tragedy…

The explosion at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, which killed over 30 people and injured about 130 more, shook Rav Berel Lazar, the Chief Rabbi of Russia. “I’m appalled by this incident”, he told our Interfax-Religion correspondent. “The Jewish community is shaken by what happened” and has already sent a representative to the airport, where he established a centre to help the victims of the terrorist attack. “We’ll start by finding out what assistance is required, and we’ll certainly help the families of those killed and injured”, Rav Lazar said.


Mufti Mukhammedgali Khuzin, the head of the Executive Committee of the Russian Association of Islamic Concord (All-Russian Muftiate) called for tougher penalties for terrorists, after hearing the news of the attack at Domodedovo Airport. “We’ll always demand the toughest penalties for terrorists who hurt innocent people, for they try to sow discord amongst our multiethnic and multi-religious Russian society, which lives in peace and harmony”, Mufti Mukhammedgali told our Interfax-Religion correspondent on Monday evening. In his view, the tolerant traditions of Russian society “caused anger in this pack of vile jackals, so, they tried to bite the heels of our strong and healthy society. Nevertheless, all that they got was rotten leftovers! Yes, probably, they’re intoxicated by the smell of blood, they whine with pleasure; they imagine themselves to be heroes, but what real heroes bark from outside the gate?” He went on to express the hope, “One day, we’ll finally destroy the dirty and smelly rat holes where these beasts hide, then, we’ll never have to mourn the innocent victims from a coward’s attack ever again”. On behalf of all Russian Muslims, Mufti Mukhammedgali expressed his sincere and deep condolences to the people killed and injured by the explosion and to the relatives of the victims. “We share with them their grief in their loss, and we pray that the Almighty shall send them courage and hope, so that they could face the uncertainties of the future”, he said.



The Church called on taxi drivers not to profit by someone else’s misfortune…

Vladimir Legoida, the head of the MP Information Department, said that Orthodox representatives went to Domodedovo Airport to assist those affected by today’s terrorist attack and those who lost loved ones in it. “At this moment, staff members of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service have already left for the airport. These people are specially trained to work in emergencies, they’re ready to offer effectual assistance in situations like this”, he told our Interfax-Religion correspondent on Monday evening. In addition, “The Church prays for all those who suffered in this terrible attack, for all their friends and for all their relatives. At this point, we want people to know that they’re not alone, that they have someone to turn to for support”, he said.

Vladimir Romanovich also expressed his exasperation at the attempt of taxi drivers to cash in on someone else’s misfortune. According to information received from Domodedovo, some of them dramatically increased prices for their services. “I think this is unacceptable, because, in such situations, the normal human reaction is to attempt to help those who are in trouble, rather than to make a fast buck on someone else’s misery. Nothing good ever comes of that”, he said. Speaking about the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, he said that, once again, we had to deal with a manifestation of “the dark side of human nature, which ended in an unprecedented crime”, resulting in the loss of many lives. “What happened was a crime not only against the people, but also before God, and whatever the fate of the criminals involved, no matter what earthly punishment they suffer or not, we can already say that they personally inflicted terrible wounds of their souls”, Vladimir Romanovich said.


Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov of Krutitsky and Kolomna, who, as the Patriarchal Vicar for the Diocese of Moscow, has jurisdiction over Orthodox parishes in Moscow Oblast, sent condolences to Moscow Oblast Governor Boris Gromov, in connection with the terrorist attack at Domodedovo. “I express to you, and to the families and friends of those killed in terrorist attack at Domodedovo Airport, my deepest condolences. I offer up fervent prayers for the repose of the souls of those killed, and a speedy recovery for the injured”, according to a telegram received on Monday night by Interfax- Religion. In addition, the Metropolitan instructed Archpriest Aleksandr Vasiliev, the Dean of the Domodedovo District, to offer up prayers for forty days in the local cathedral and in all the other local churches for the repose of the dead and the recovery of the injured.


An Orthodox priest accompanied by two sisters of mercy went to one of the hospitals where some of the victims of the terrorist attack at Domodedovo are hospitalised. “They went to provide psychological support to the Central District Hospital in the town of Domodedovo, were many of the victims in the terrorist attack were taken”, Vasili Rulinsky, a spokesman for the MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service, told our Interfax-Religion correspondent on Monday evening. He told us that anyone who wishes to confess and receive communion would be able to do so. In addition, he added that Orthodox priests with special training from the Ministry for Emergency Situations would visit victims in hospital today and tomorrow. As previously reported, on Monday night, at Domodedovo Airport, a blast killed at least 24 people and injured more than 50 others, according to the SKP RF. Unofficial information seems to point to this being a suicide bombing.



Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias called for society to unite as a proper response to the attack at Domodedovo Airport. “The attack was directed against ordinary civilians, the explosion was at an airport where people go on business and holiday trips. This was a crime of aggression, there’s no excuse for it”, an official patriarchal statement said, published on Monday evening on the official MP website. His Holiness noted that, now, all people need to “unite in the fight against such brutal attacks, as they claim the lives of many innocent people. We should use all the available powers of the state and society to ensure the protection of our citizens”, the statement said. Vladyki Kirill called the attack “a heinous crime”, pointing up that human life is “a gift from God… an assault on innocents is a crime not only against people, but also against the Creator. Those who commit such a crime, put themselves outside not only of man’s law, but of God’s law, as well”, he emphasised. Patriarch Cyril shall pray for the repose of the dead, “for the comfort of their loved ones, and for the speedy healing of the injured”.


Archpriest Aleksandr Vasiliev, Dean of Domodedovo District, and Archpriest Oleg Shmitov, the rector of the chapel, served a Pannikhida for the victims of the terrorist attack at Domodedovo Airport at the airport chapel, which is dedicated to the Holy Archangel Michael. The majority of the victims and their relatives are no longer at the airport, however, “all the same, prayer should ascend here”, Fr Aleksandr told our Interfax-Religion correspondent before serving the Pannikhida. For his part, Fr Oleg said that the relatives of those killed and injured came to the chapel before the Pannikhida, “in order to pray privately”. As reported, Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov of Krutitsky and Kolomna, who oversees the parishes in Moscow Oblast, asked Fr Aleksandr to offer prayers for forty days in all the parishes of Domodedovo District for the repose of the dead and the recovery of the injured.

24 January 2011









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