False bomb threat called in at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral

Moscow, December 5, 2019

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Moscow’s emergency services were busy investigating an anonymous bomb threat at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Tuesday, reports Interfax-Religion.

A number of bomb-sniffing dogs were brought to the scene, though after scouring the entire premises, nothing was found.

A representative from the Synodal Department for Relations of the Church with Society and the Media told TASS that the called-in threat could have been an attempt to disrupt the celebration of the great feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos Into the Temple, as the threat came in on the eve of the feast.

“I believe that this hooligan action could have been caused by the intention to spoil the feast for believers who gathered to pray on the feast of the Entrance. We thank the law enforcement agencies for the measures taken to ensure the safety of the worshippers,” the representative said.

Such calls come from those who lack respect for others, are in a personal state of crisis, or are driven by a pathological hatred of religions, “but neither real nor perceived threats can be an obstacle to the people professing their faith,” he added.

According to Interfax, there has been a wave of false bomb threats at courts in Moscow and St. Petersburg since November 28. On Tuesday, about 10 district courts in Moscow received threats by email.

A false bomb threat was called in for Christ the Savior Cathedral in November 2017 as well.

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