(RFE/RL) — Thousands of mourners gathered at a suburban Moscow church today for funeral services for a Russian Orthodox priest shot dead by a masked gunman last week.
Investigators said Daniil Sysoyev had received death threats for converting Muslims and criticizing Islam. His death is drawing attention to tense relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and other faiths in a country with Europe’s largest Muslim population.
The Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill, who took part in today’s services, praised Sysoyev for having done much to “defend the word of God.”
His Matushka wrote a letter which is posted on Abbot Tryphon’s blog HERE.
Lord have mercy!