11 October 2012, 17:38
Initiator of Orthodox militia suggests opening sambo classes in churches
Moscow, October 11, Interfax - Ivan Otrakovsky, the head of the Orthodox
movement Svyataya Rus (Holy Rus), has suggested organizing sambo classes
in churches to prepare believers to defend holy places.
"We propose to open sambo classes in every church," Otrakovsky said in a
statement obtained in Interfax-Religion on Thursday.
Otrakovsky previously initiated the creation of voluntary Orthodox
militia in Moscow and the Moscow region.
Otrakovsky's statement is a response to the media criticism of Hegumen
Sergy (Rybko), father superior of several churches in Moscow, who issued
instructions to parishioners of his church at Lazarevskoye Cemetery on
how to prevent blasphemy.
"Due to the recent attacks on churches and the desecration of Orthodox
holy places, I am asking you to pay attention to suspicious visitors.
Take immediate measures if they have intentions to become rowdy, steal
icons or holy relics, and especially attempt to enter the pulpit or the
altar," the priest said in an announcement posted at the entrance to the
church, according to the Orthodox newspaper Krestovsky Most.
The priest calls on people to loudly call for help, seek the assistance
of security guards, and stop such people. "I give my blessing for the
use of physical force," the hegumen said.