Russian Orthodox priest stabbed outside church
ICC Note: Russian media are on to something in attributing attacks on church leadership to a decline in moral standards.
3/4/07 Russia (Reuters) A Russian Orthodox priest was stabbed in the neck outside his church in the city of Voronezh on Sunday, Itar-Tass news agency reported.
The attack in the south-western Russian city follows two violent deaths of Russian priests in recent months, which local media ascribed to a decline in moral standards.
The attacker stabbed Father Pyotr several times as he approached a church where he had been due to perform an evening service, Tass quoted local police as saying. The priest was taken to hospital in a serious condition.
In January, thieves killed a priest on the eve of the Russian Orthodox Christmas and stole religious artworks. In December, a priest and his children were burnt alive in their home.