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.