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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Russian priest Ioann Burdin will be tried in court after he preached against the war. He’s accused under the new legislation of “public acts to discredit the Russian army”. Here he’s on a photo in his village Karabanovo: pic.twitter.com/7JlAIOdeIG
— FreeRussiaNL (@russia_nl) March 9, 2022
A Russian Orthodox priest was reportedly arrested for preaching a sermon decrying the invasion of Ukraine.
NEW: The priest’s name also appeared on a petition decrying Russia’s actions, and one of the initiators confirmed to me that it’s the same priest. https://t.co/uU4FSYzJ52
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) March 10, 2022