Russia Arrests Orthodox Priest For Denouncing War

The BBC reports:

In Russia, activist groups are reporting that a priest who gave an anti-war sermon on Sunday has been arrested and is due to face a court later today. BBC Russia journalist Andrey Zakharov reported that Father Ioann Burdin was detained shortly after he made a sermon to a small congregation in the village of Karabanovo.

He’d preached against the war, described to locals the ongoing shelling and destruction in Ukrainian cities, and also shared anti-war images and a petition on the parish’s website. Police have charged him with ‘discrediting the use of the Armed Forces’ -a criminal offence established by Russia’s state duma just last week.

It’s an unusual example of the Russian government cracking down on a cleric from a faith tradition that has long operated in lockstep with President Vladimir Putin.

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