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Sergey Bychkov's visit to North Port

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
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    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2013
      Russian author visits North Port
      >North Port Sun (FL) - Saturday, May 4, 2013
      >Author: ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH ; North Port Community News Editor
      >NORTH PORT -- Palm trees, a historical spa rich with mineral water, and a caring, multicultural
      >community are some ways Sergey Bychkov will describe life in North Port to his readers in
      >Bychkov is a longtime reporter for the Moscow Komsomolets, or MK, a daily newspaper with a
      >circulation of more than 3 million. According to Bychkov, his articles are reprinted and reach
      >more than 6 million readers daily in other parts of Europe, Germany, Spain, Israel and New York.
      >Bychkov, who is visiting North Port, has authored 20 books on philosophy, religion and the
      >Russian chronicles of the unsolved murder of the Rev. Alexander Vladimirovich Men.
      >Bychkov is staying with Mikhail Morgulis , the leader of the Spiritual Diplomacy Foundation in
      >North Port Estates.
      >Morgulis and Bychkov are friends who help orphans and hundreds of homeless children in
      >Russia. Morgulis says he trusts Bychkov to keep him up-to-date on diplomatic issues happening
      >in Ukraine and Moscow and other areas he covers. He came to America for research and the
      >warm temperatures.
      >Bychkov is mystified by the unsolved murder of Men, a Russian Orthodox priest, Biblical scholar,
      >writer and theologian who was 55 when he was killed.
      >'He baptized thousands of people,' Bychkov said of Men, who founded an Orthodox Open
      >University, opened one of the first Sunday schools in Russia and started a charity group at the
      >Russian Children's Hospital. 'We were friends, so I was shaken by the murder in 1991 and still
      >write about it. The reverend was walking from the church to his home (in Semkhoz, Russia) and
      >was murdered by someone with a hatchet on a Sunday morning. He was loved by millions. His
      >influence is still widely respected among Christians.'
      >The death led to the 66-year-old writing several books on the subject.
      >'The police do not give much information so I had to do much of my own research and
      >investigating,' he said. 'Over the years, I've worked with retired police officers who were there in
      >the 1990s and worked the case, a private investigator and other people who are willing to talk to
      >me about the murder to learn who did this to such a good man. I have some idea who did it. I
      >have been threatened too many times to count, but I will not stop writing about it.'
      >Bychkov writes about controversial issues in several countries and knows high-ranking
      >governmental officials doesn't always approve.
      >'In Ukraine there is really more of a democracy for the people,' he said. 'You don't feel like
      >there's oppression from the old days. The current Ukrainian government has really made some
      >good steps with freedom of speech, liberty and religious freedom.
      >'However there is a price attached. The price for a more free society is that they have to fight
      >corruption and micromanagement of their freedom. Our readers are excited to see that we write
      >about their government and the progress that's being made there.'
      >In Moscow things are different.
      >'Some Russians have an anti-American stance,' he said. 'They do not like the government and
      >refer back to history. They are not progressive.'
      >Bychkov says when he returns home, he will be talking about Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa and
      >how its 87-degree, mineral rich waters attract eastern Europeans.
      >'This is a treasure,' he said. 'It is summertime all around. We don't get many beautiful days in
      >Moscow as there is in Florida. It's very nice here.'
      >Email: eallen@...
      >Caption: PHOTO PROVIDED Russian author Sergey Bychkov, left, smiles at the Rev. Alexander
      >Vladimirovich Men in a photo taken in the 1980s. Bychkov spent years investigating the death of
      >Men, who was murdered in 1991 in Russia. PHOTO PROVIDED Russian author Sergey Bychkov,
      >left, smiles at the Rev. Alexander Vladimirovich Men in a photo taken in the 1980s. Bychkov
      >spent years investigating the death of Men, who was murdered in 1991 in Russia. SUN PHOTO
      >BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@... Mikhail Morgulis , left, the president of the
      >Spiritual Diplomacy Foundation in North Port Estates, gives the peace sign while with his friend
      >Sergey Bychkov, a Russian author and reporter, at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa recently.
      >Section: Our Town - B Section
      >Page: 9
      >Record Number: 11474848
      >Copyright (c) 2013, North Port Sun

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