Telegraph wrote:'We Christians cannot stand idly by': Russia arrests priest over sermon against war in Ukraine
Top clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church has supported Russia's war against Ukraine
A Russian priest has been arrested over a Sunday sermon that condemned the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine, and now faces charges of “discrediting” the Russian army.
The priest’s arrest comes amid an unprecedented crackdown on civil society, enabled by a new law that allows police to jail or fine people who question Vladimir Putin's invasion.
Father Ioann Burdin of the Resurrection Church in Russia’s western Kostroma region was detained shortly after his sermon this weekend, according to the Media Zona website.
Father Ioann “committed a public offence aimed at discrediting the Russian armed forces which are conducting a special military operation” in Ukraine, according to a police report quoted by Media Zona.
He told the parishioners about “Russian troops in Ukraine shelling the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv and killing citizens of Ukraine - brothers and sisters in Christ,” the report said.
He faces a court hearing later this week.
Father Ioann’s parish last week posted a link to an online anti-war petition and a statement condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We, Christians, cannot stand idly by when a brother kills brother, a Christian kills a Christian,” it said.
“Let’s not repeat the crimes of those who hailed Hitler’s deeds on Sept 1, 1939.”
The Russian Orthodox Church, which has close ties to the Kremlin, has in recent days ramped up its rhetoric in support of the war.
Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, claimed that Russia's war in Ukraine had a "metaphysical meaning".
Thousands of people defied the new law at the weekend and rallied against the invasion in dozens of cities across the country. Police arrested more than 5,000 people, according to OVD-Info, a human rights group.
Footage from Sunday’s protests showed police violently manhandling some of the protesters.
Several men displayed serious injuries as they were taken to police stations.
Later, some of them spoke about beatings in custody.
Russia’s Novaya Gazeta on Monday released an audio recording that documented an officer intimidating and beating feminist activist Alexandra Kaluzhskikh, who was detained in Moscow.
One of the men in the recording is heard telling Ms Kaluzhskikh that she must be “enjoying” getting tasered. Another man was heard saying he was expecting a bonus for his work because “Putin is on our side” while the anti-war protesters were the “enemy of the people.”
Ms Kaluzhskikh confirmed the authenticity of the recording. Russian police have not commented on the allegations. Dmitry Muratov - who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his work as editor of Novaya Gazeta, and also serves on the public oversight board of the Russian Interior Ministry - urged authorities to investigate the reports.
The anti-christ is destroying the Orthodox world, killing its brothers and sisters in Christ while imprisoning his own people and priests.
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