RITUAL KILLING OF ORTHODOX PRIEST
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Orthodox priest murdered
PLEASE DEAR BRETHREN PRAY FOR FR. GRIGORY WHO WAS RITUALY MURDERED BY SATAN
MAY LORD REPAY YOU THOUSANDFOLD FOR YOUR KINDNESS
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM KRASNOYARSK DIOCESE
from Press Service of Department for External Church Relations
23 March 2000
On the occasion of the ritual murder of monastic priest Grigory (secular name
Gennady Mikhailovich Yakovlev).
He was born 3 October 1949 in the city of Bodaibo of Irkutsk province. After
eight years of schooling he finished the Angara technical institute in 1968
and then served in the navy from 1969 to 1972. Then he graduated in history
at Odessa State University in 1978. The same year he received holy baptism
and began attending the church in Barnaul. He became an acolyte in the
church of saints Peter and Paul in the city of Anzhero-Sudzhensk of the
Then from 1981 to 1982 he served a novitiate in the Pokrov church in Tobolsk
and was a psalmist from January 1983 in the Dormition church in Yeniseisk.
On 12 December 1986 he was ordained a deacon and on 13 December of the same
year, a priest. From 5 June 1987 he was rector of the St. Nicholas church in
the village of Listvianka, Irkutsk province. From 1 May 1988 he was personal
secretary of the archbishop of Irkutsk. On 5 May 1994 he was entrusted with
the shipment from Moscow of the casket of St. Innokenty of Irkutsk. He was
in our diocese from January 1995 in the monastery of the Holy
Transfiguration, where he became a monk on 26 March of that year.
He was the rector in the house of prayer in the city of Tura (Evenkia) from 4
November 1997. It was here that he was murdered by Roman Krishnits, a member
of the sect of Krishna Consciousness with whom he was acquainted. Krishnits
declared that he did this "on ordered of the guru of Krishna." The ritual
nature of the murder is indicated by the following: a stabbing with a sharp
dagger in the heart and shoulder, and then beheading with a knife, following
by its procession around the sanctuary in the church and placement on the
We consider that this tragedy is the result of the extensive publicity in the
mass media of all kinds of pseudoreligion, a return to the wild pagan cults
of satanism, and the cultivation of the idea of polytheism of a new form
under the name of Christ which is now being promoted in contradiction to
sober thought and the holy scriptures, which forbids the division of the one
faith given by God into all kinds of inventions of charlatans and religious
May the Lord receive the soul of God's servant, the monastic priest Grigory
Yakovlev into his heavenly dwelling, as a true son of the Orthodox church,
forgiving him all his transgressions through his martyr's death. (tr. by
AFTER RITUAL MURDER OF SIBERIAN PRIEST, CHURCH DENOUNCES RISE OF SECTS
by Andrei Zolotov
MOSCOW, March 24, 2000 (ENI) -- Church authorities in the Russian Orthodox
diocese of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, more than 3000 kilometres east of Moscow,
have condemned the ritualistic murder of a local priest, and blamed his death
on the rise of cults in Russia.
"We see the tragedy as a consequence of extensive advertising of all sorts of
pseudo-religiousness, and the return to the wild pagan cults of satanism and
the cultivation of new types of polytheism," the church declared in a
The statement was issued following reports of the death of 50-year-old
Hieromonk Grigory, the Orthodox priest in charge of a chapel, located in his
house in the Siberian town of Tura.
Police Colonel Ivan Panov, chief of the Evenk District Police Department,
told ENI by telephone that at 3 am on Tuesday, 21 March, a man entered the
priest's house. He then stabbed Hieromonk Grigory (whose lay name was Gennady
Yakovlev) in the chest and neck, then cut off his head with a pocket knife.
The murderer, who later told police his name was Roman Krishnin, carried the
severed head round the altar in the chapel, leaving a circle of blood on the
floor, and then placed it on top of the altar.
Roman was detained later the same day and confessed to the murder, according
to the police.
"He said he had had an order from his god Krishna," Panov said. The case is
now being investigated by the Prosecutor's Office of the district of Evenk,
in the Krasnoyarsk region.
Panov said that the killer's identity could not be officially confirmed, but
police believed he had arrived in Tura 18 months ago from the Tyumen region,
1000 kilometres away, where he grew up in a family of hunters. He had no
Panov added that the priest knew his murderer.
"Father Grigory, the kind soul, may he rest in peace, had taken him in, given
him shelter, [and] he [Roman] lived in his [the priest's] house for a long
time," the police chief said. "They had arguments about faith." Panov said
the murder did not appear to be connected to robbery or any other common
The police chief also suspects that Roman assumed the last name Krishnin in
recognition of the Hindu god Krishna. But Panov said he found it difficult to
believe that Roman was a follower of the Hare Krishna group, which worships
Krishna and has world-wide membership. "I read about this faith, they don't
teach violence. He is more likely to be some sort of satanist."
In Moscow Russian Hare Krishnas have expressed deep concern about press
reports declaring that the murderer belonged to their organisation. They said
they feared these reports could ignite hostility between religious groups.
Sergei Zuyev, chairman of the board of the Centre of Krishna Consciousness
Societies in Russia, issued a statement on 23 March denying that Roman had
ever been a member or employee of the organisation. The statement stressed
that the group's teaching "excludes any violence not only towards men, but
also towards animals".
Zuyev has flown to Krasnoyarsk to investigate the case.
Svetlana Valerieva, a journalist in Tura who was present when police first
questioned Roman, told ENI in a telephone interview that Roman was a strong
young man who did not appear insane. "In my opinion he is a normal man who
expresses himself well," Valerieva said. "He said that he had to purify
himself, and killed Father Grigory for the good of others."
Both Valerieva and Panov said Tura - an impoverished town of about 6000
residents - was in deep shock. Many people stood outside the chapel on 22
March as Orthodox clergy from Krasnoyarsk held a memorial service. The burial
is to be held today, 24 March.
Hieromonk Grigory had set up the local parish, the police chief said. "Now,
with his death, he is turning our town to God."
Deacon Dmitry Streletsky, who works at the Krasnoyarsk diocesan office of the
Russian Orthodox Church, told ENI that Hieromonk Grigory was a "mild,
delicate and benevolent man".
Published by ENI News Service, March 24, 2000
(posted 28 March 2000)