On Wednesday morning, in Kiev, Orthodox Priest Roman Nikolaev died in the 41st year of his life after suffering severe gunshot wounds. The official UPTs/MP website announced, “We’ll announce the site of the funeral and burial of the newly departed murdered Priest Roman Nikolaev later”. The incident involving Fr Roman (pastor of Martyr Tatyana of Rome parish in Obolon Deanery of Kiev) happened during the night of 26 July. Two unknown perps with guns shot him twice in the head. After the attack, they fled, a neighbour found the priest sprawled on the steps of his home and called the cops. They determined that the perps didn’t rob Fr Roman. Fr Roman was comatose before he died.
On Wednesday the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods of the Ukraine told us that Nun Alevtina (of the sisterhood of the Florovsky Monastery of the Holy Ascension) was found murdered in her apartment in Kiev, saying, “We know that she drove to her apartment in the city to wash and change clothes before going to hospital for surgery (the convent no longer has hot water). However, later, her nephew found the nun’s body, with her hands tied and showing signs of torture”. The dead nun was 62-years-old. We were unable to get any official response from any Kiev police or legal source. This is second murder of UPTs/MP clergy in recent days. As reported earlier, 40-year-old Fr Roman Nikolaev died this morning of gunshot wounds to the head.
The MP head apparat expressed its condolences to the sisterhood of the Florovsky Monastery of the Holy Ascension in Kiev after one of its members, Nun Alevtina was found dead with signs of violence. V R Legoida, the head of the MP Synodal Information Department (SINFO), said, “The perpetrators of this horrid crime placed themselves outside of the Ukrainian people, who since ancient times came with reverence before God. In the difficult situation of strife in the Ukraine, both secular clergy and monastics are primarily prayer-warriors who work for a speedy peace and the overcoming of fratricidal divisions. Therefore, it’s particularly bitter when people who made the ministry of peace in the Ukrainian land their life’s work become targets for crooks”.
On Wednesday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias expressed his condolences on the deaths of Priest Roman Nikolaev (pastor of Martyr Tatyana of Rome parish in Obolon Deanery of Kiev) and Nun Alevtina of the Holy Ascension Florovsky Monastery to Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine, saying, “Of particular concern is the fact that these heinous murders of a priest and a nun occurred against a backdrop of continuing seizures of UPTs/MP parishes [by schismatics and Uniates], and of false allegations and threats spread in society [by those schismatics and Uniates] against its priests, monastics, and laity. I hope that the authorities will carry out an objective investigation of the crimes committed and that they’d find the perpetrators and bring them to proper justice. His Holiness the Patriarch prays for the repose of the victims, the strengthening of the UPTs/MP, and that all those who chose a life dedicated to God should find preservation from evil”.
29 July 2015
There are two takeaways from this. Firstly, the utilities in Kiev are in even worse shape than those in the Peoples Republics. If the Monastery has no hot running water, that’s also true of many other residential areas, too. Secondly, civil order is non-existent. Be careful, that means that rumour has replaced fact in all reporting. The Western agencies aren’t reporting the truth in any case, and haven’t, from the very git-go.
It’s a clusterfuck of unimaginable proportions. The USA giggles in maniacal and juvenile glee… with Nuland, Chilly Hilly, Cruz, Rubio, Bush the Very Lesser, Butcher Biden, and McCain all slobbering their approval. It does make one wonder…