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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Shooter Admits Guilt

00 Resurrection Cathedral. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. 09.02.14


On Monday, investigators said that a gunman who killed two people and wounded six in an Orthodox church in the Russian Far East over the weekend confessed to the crime. Officials say that the man was drunk when he burst into the Cathedral of the Resurrection on Sunday in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin, firing gunshots. A nun and a member of the congregation died at the scene, whilst six other people went to hospital. The shooter is a local man born in 1989; cops arrested him at the scene. He worked as a guard with a private security company. The authorities opened a criminal case on charges of multiple murder, a crime that carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. The suspect is due to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Oblast authorities said that they’d pay 2,000,000 roubles (57,600 USD. 63,650 CAD. 63,800 AUD. 42,150 Euros. 35,050 UK Pounds) in compensation to the families of those killed in the attack, and 1,000,000 roubles (28,800 USD. 31,825 CAD. 31,900 AUD. 21,075 Euros. 17,525 UK Pounds) to those of the injured.

10 February 2014




On 9 February, at about 14.00 local time, a gunman burst into the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, firing wildly. Nun Lyudmila Pryashnikova and parishioner Vladimir Zaporozhets (born 1979) died on the scene. The gunman wounded six other people. According to eyewitnesses, Zaporozhets was near the church. When he heard shots, he ran into the church. Surveillance camera video showed that he forcibly tried to stop the gunman. When the attacker opened fire on his legs, Vladimir went at him again, trying to stop the shooting. The gunman hit Vladimir in four places in the chest and head, killing him on the spot. According to verified testimony, Nun Lyudmila had time to flee the scene, but she stayed behind in the shop, managing to call the parish centre onsite to report the shooting. Law enforcement officials commended Mother Lyudmila’s courage; she refused to cower before the shooter, even at gunpoint. The gunman shot the nun dead at point-blank range.

Since the deaths, they’ve read the Psalms for the repose of the dead in the lower church of the cathedral. On the day of the tragedy, many believers attended the evening service. The gunman shot at several icons:

That evening, diocesan clergy cleaned the upper church, where the tragedy occurred. At 07.45 on Monday, they started the small rite of consecration of a church, then, served Liturgy and Pannikhida for the dead. Immediately after services, Archbishop Tikhon Dorovskikh of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the Kurils went to the hospital to visit the victims, and talked with each of them. At 16.00, there was a ceremony to lay flowers at the Cathedral of the Resurrection in memory of the innocent victims, Nun Lyudmila and the Servant of God Vladimir. Archbishop Tikhon, K M Stroganov, the First Deputy Governor of Sakhalin Oblast, and representatives from Oblast and local authorities attended the event, along with delegations from organisations and national groups, local clergy, and ordinary believers.

10 February 2014


MP official website


Editor’s Note:

Have your priest say Pannikhida for the Nun Lyudmila and the Servant of God Vladimir. Don’t forget to light a candle next Sunday for them… we’re Christians… that’s what we do…



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