KH set on fire in Russia

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  • behemot

    Bottles with Molotov cocktail were thrown into the building for liturgical sermons of Jehovah's Witnesses, located in the city of Labinsk, Krasnodar Territory. The building caught fire; the door and some window frames were knocked out by the blast. Fortunately, there were no human casualties.

    The news item about the arson of the building, committed at night on November 25, was released today by the press service of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. It is reported that on the night of the incident Sergey Vinokurov, a member of a religious community of Jehovah's Witnesses, came into the building and together with a husband of one of the believers could suppress the fire.

    "We - believers - did not hurt and harm anyone. It is a pity that people express their negative feelings in this way," Sergey Vinokurov expressed the feelings of his fellow-believers.

    The militiamen who arrived at the scene of the explosion found remains of four bottles with combustible mixture inside the building. The damage caused to the building made, according to the report circulated by the press service of the Jehovah's Witnesses, over 69,000 roubles.

    The report notes that this is not the Russia's only case of attacks on prayer houses of Jehovah's Witnesses in November 2010. Vandals have also damaged the Kingdom Halls (the name Jehovah's Witnesses call their worship buildings, - note of the editor) in Lipetsk and in the village of Chunskiy, Irkutsk Region. The total material damage from three cases of vandalism exceeds 160,000 roubles.


  • blondie

    Seems like the WTS is not the only target...

    Arsonists Target 3 Russian Churches; Burn 1 to Ground

    Mon, Nov. 01, 2010 Posted: 11:33 PM EDT

    Three churches in a predominantly Muslim province in Russia were set on fire by arsonists early Monday.

    One of the buildings, an Orthodox church in the village of Ordzhonikidzevsky, was almost totally destroyed. The other two – an Orthodox church and a Baptist church in the nearby city of Karachaevsk – sustained only minimal damage after the night guard for one put out the fire and the night guard for the other called fire fighters.

    No injuries were reported.

    "According to preliminary information, all the three arson attacks happened between 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Monday,” Kabardino-Balkaria Interior Ministry spokesman Kazim Baybanov told Moscow-based Interfax.

    Furthermore, all three fires were set when flammable objects were thrown through the churches’ windows.

    Though vandalism of churches is rare in Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus, where Christian communities live among Muslims, general violence has plagued the region.

    In the Karachayevo-Cherkessia province, however, violence has been scarce even though insurgents consider the North Caucasus, including Karachayevo-Cherkessia, to be occupied territory.

    Ismail Berdiev, head of the regional Spiritual Administration for Muslims, believes Monday’s arsons were aimed at destabilizing the mixed Christian and Muslim society.

    But Berdiev believes the attacks will have no such effect.

    “Whatever religion a person believes in, he won’t raise his hand against a temple or a mosque alike, for both of them are houses of God,” he told RIA Novosti, the state news agency.

    Karachayevo-Cherkessia, also referred to as Karachay-Cherkess, is home to about 440,000 people.

    Aaron J. Leichman
    Christian Post Reporter
  • WTWizard

    I bet these church fires are done by people with nothing better to do, people that are militant in other denominations, militant Muslims, and/or people that have been hurt badly by these churches. But I doubt that these church fires were started by atheists (unless done as a prank by people with nothing better to do) or true Devil worshipers (those who simply believe that God is the villain and Satan the would-be savior).

  • Palimpsest

    That's very sad and troubling. No people deserve to have their place of worship destroyed like that.

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