Thursday, July 28, 2005

Murder of a Russian Orthodox Priest reported:

Moscow region authorities are continuing their investigation related to the brutal torture and murder of Archimandrite Herman, the abbot of the Voznesenskaya Davydova Pustyn monastery, 85 km from the Russian capital. The priest was found dead in his cell in the monastery on July 26.

His body was tied up, and, according to law enforcement officials, it appeared that Father Herman had been tortured before he was murdered. For reasons yet unclear to the investigation, it took fellow monks two hours to notify the authorities after they found the body around 2:20 p.m., the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily newspaper reported on Thursday.

According to the latest police findings, the abbotÂ’s murderers took $200,000 in cash from a safe box in his room. They didn't bother to check his desk drawer, though, missing an additional $5,000 that detectives found later.


It was obviously about money. I wonder if he was a target too, or he just happened to be at the monastery at the time of robbery.



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