Ukraine: Two Orthodox Religious Murdered Within Days

Investigations Into Premeditated Murders Continue

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Worry continues to mount in Ukraine as a priest and a nun, both members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, were murdered within days of each other.

In the early hours of July 26th, Father Roman Nikolayev, prior of the Church of the Great Martyr Tatiana in Kiev, was shot twice in the head by unknown assailants.

Fr. Nikolayev was in a coma before he died three days later. Investigators believe the attack was an act of premeditated murder.

On the same morning of Fr. Nikolayev’s death, Sister Alevtina, a nun from the Florivsky Convent in Kiev was found dead in her apartment.

«We know that she went to her city apartment to wash and change before undergoing a surgical operation [there is no hot water in the convent at present]. However, later her nephew found the nun’s body with her hands tied and traces of torture,» a spokesman from the Union of Christian Orthodox Brotherhoods of Ukraine stated.

No new information on the investigation of the 62-year-old nun’s murder has been released by investigators.

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Junno Arocho Esteves

Newark, New Jersey, USA Bachelor of Science degree in Diplomacy and International Relations.

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