Orthodox priest murdered near Moscow
The widow of the priest says he was murdered after he had admonished people trying to relieve themselves in the entrance of the multi-storey flat building he lived in.
Criminals shot him in his back when he was opening his apartment door. The priest was wearing casual clothes, not a cassock.
One suspect has been detained – 39-year-old Oleg Shekhov, who has already served a prison term for a murder.
The investigation ruled that Shekhov and two his acquaintances were drunk when the crime happened. Shekhov allegedly picked up a shell casing after the shooting and fled from the crime scene.
Just a month ago another Orthodox priest, Father Daniil Sysoyev, was shot dead by a masked man in St. Thomas Church during the conclusion of a service. The choirmaster was also wounded in the shooting.
Sysoyev was well-known for his controversial missionary work with Islamic immigrants. Investigators suspect religious hatred could have been a motive for the killing.