- �� MP'S REQUEST, A BOOKSTORE SELLING ROCOR PUBLICATIONS HAS BEEN CLOSED
(Vertograd Inform, Omsk)
Omsk City Authorities have closed down a bookstore selling Orthodox
literature last March 15. The bookstore owner is
Nikolay Zelenev, parish member of the local Russian Orthodox Church Outside
Russia. This bookstore is wellknown to
all Orthodox believers because it had a wide assortment of Orthodox
literature, carefully chosen by the owner. Mr.
Zenev's bookstore was the only one in Omsk to which everybody had access to
purchase ROCOR's publications. MP's
clergy also used to buy publications and church ware at this store.
The decision to close down the Orthodox bookstore was taken due to pressure
from Metropolitan Theodosius, the local
bishop, who sent a letter to the city administration stating that allegedly
"publications against the Orthodox faith" are
being sold at Nikolay Zelenev's bookstore. Metropolitan Theodosius forced
some 40 members of the clergy of his
diocese to sign this letter.
The city administration told Nikolay Zelenev that they do not intend to
start an argument with Bishop Theodosius and
suggest that he closes down the store voluntarily, without waiting for a
forced seizure, with the "so-called assistance of
the tax authorities, firemen and other "special services."
This was a real tragedy for Nikolay Zelenev. He lost a job he loved, as he
cannot do anything else because of his
health (he had recently been operated on a cancer in his throat).
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