Russian Priest Accused of Discrediting Russian Forces

Matthew 24:6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Russian Priest Arrested for Delivering Sermon Against Ukraine War
  • Father Ioann Burdin of the Resurrection Church in Russia’s western Kostroma region will be tried for anti-war statements in his sermon, and for publishing a link to an anti-war petition on his parish’s website, the BBC’s Russian service reported.
  • Father Ioann has been accused of discrediting Russia’s armed forces. He told parishioners about “Russian troops in Ukraine shelling the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv and killing citizens of Ukraine—brothers and sisters in Christ”
  • His parish reportedly shared a link last week to an anti-war petition, accompanied by a statement
  • “We, Christians, cannot stand idly by when a brother kills brother, a Christian kills a Christian,” the statement said. “Let’s not repeat the crimes of those who hailed Hitler’s deeds on Sept. 1, 1939.”

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