23 August 2013, 16:20
Nizhny Novgorod priest missing in Jerusalem
Nizhny Novgorod, August 23, Interfax - The Jerusalem police are
searching for a Nizhny Novgorod priest who arrived in Israel with his
family and went missing over the past weekend, the Russian Spiritual
Mission in Jerusalem told Interfax on Friday.
The results of the search are unknown, the mission said.
The Russian spiritual mission reported on its website that Vasily
Varlamov, 47, a priest at the Stroganovskaya Church, went missing on
August 18. "In the morning, Father Vasily went for a walk before
breakfast. He was wearing laymen's clothes and has not been seen since.
Three hours later, a search for him began. All morgues and hospitals
were called, but witnesses' accounts and security videos did not yield
any results," the report says.
The priest arrived in Israel as a pilgrim with his wife and daughter. It
was his first visit to Israel. The priest's relatives reported him
missing to the law enforcement agencies and the Foreign Ministry.
The Nizhny Novgorod diocese reported on its website that Father Vasily
went missing in Jerusalem on August 17. "The clergyman sought medical
assistance one day before. After receiving medical assistance, Father
Vasily returned to the hotel," the report says.
The priest's wife said Father Vasily left the hotel on the morning of
August 17 to take a walk and never returned. The police, the Russian
Embassy, and the Russian spiritual mission in Jerusalem were immediately
notified. A search warrant was issued for the priest, but the search
yielded no results.
The report states that the family of the priest, who remain in
Jerusalem, are being provided with all assistance they need. The Israeli
police report on the search operation on a daily basis.