Sergey Bychkov's visit to North Port
Russian author visits North Port
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>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
>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.'
>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
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