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Priest-veteran of World War II attacked in Byelorussia

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7236 07 May 2010, 13:45 Priest-veteran of World War II attacked in Byelorussia Moscow, May 6, Interfax –
    Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2010
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      07 May 2010, 13:45
      Priest-veteran of World War II attacked in Byelorussia

      Moscow, May 6, Interfax – Archpriest Nikolay
      Rundo, 88, Rector of the Church of the Holy
      Virgin's Robe Deposition, was severely attacked
      in Byelorussian town of Miory, the Vitebsk Region.

      At night on May 4, the attacker in a state of
      alcoholic intoxication badly traumatized the
      priest with armature so that he fell unconscious.
      The attack took place near the priest's house,
      the Moscow Patriarchate official website reported.

      Local law-enforcement agencies confirmed that the
      criminal, a man of 39 years old, was detained.
      The Miory Prosecutor's Office incited a criminal
      case on Article 339, part 3 of the Criminal Code
      (hooliganism with the use of weapons or other objects used as weapons.)

      Fr. Nikolay was preliminary diagnosed closed
      craniocerebral injury, brain concussion,
      fractured left ribs and hypothermia as the victim
      was taken to the hospital only at 5 a.m. on May
      4. The trauma resulted in hemopneumothorax -
      accumulation of blood and air in the pleural
      cavity. Fr. Nikolay stays is the reanimation.

      Archpriest Nikolay Rundo was a partisan during
      the Great Patriotic War. After the war, he
      graduated from the Minsk Theological Seminary and
      was ordained a priest. He carried out his
      priestly ministry in Yalta for about 30 years and
      was involved in spreading religious literature
      under threat of deportation. In 1989, Fr. Nikolay
      moved from the Crimea to Miory. Next year, the
      priest built the Church of Deposition of the Holy
      Virgin's Robe, which was the first church here.
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