Far-right groups threaten Kiev Region priest with reprisals

Moscow, August 15, 2014


Members of far-right groups disrupted a religious service being conducted by Priest Vladimir Navozenko at the Church of the Holy Intercession in the village of Chervonaya Motovilovka outside of Kiev.

A video posted on YouTube shows several dozen people entering the church holding Ukrainian flags and symbols of the far-right party Svoboda (Freedom) and the Radical Party led by Ukrainian MP Oleg Lyashko.

They insulted Father Vladimir, accused him of "supporting the terrorists" and Russia and threatened to punish him for that. The nationalists gave him one week to leave the village.

One of the women who came together with the nationalists threw red paint at the priest, yelling "the blood of my brothers is on your hands".



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