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  • Rd. Constantine Wright
    ÀÒ MP S REQUEST, A BOOKSTORE SELLING ROCOR PUBLICATIONS HAS BEEN CLOSED DOWN (Vertograd Inform, Omsk) Omsk City Authorities have closed down a bookstore
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 28, 2000
      �� MP'S REQUEST, A BOOKSTORE SELLING ROCOR PUBLICATIONS HAS BEEN CLOSED
      DOWN

      (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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