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Russia: Orthodox priest who supported pro-gay punk band Pussy Riot found stabbed to death

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  1. What a disgusting cess-pit of homophobia Russia and its dictatorship has become. Their actions are akin to those of pre-World War 2 Germany. The International Community MUST act to ostracise these homophobic lunatics before they start persecuting another minority. This sort of behaviour always happens when a country feels emascualted – which Russia clearly is and, potentially a much more sinister and explosive situation could well errupt.

    1. Russia has issues with homophobia. We all know this.

      This story has a very tenuous link to gaynews. It could be argued that this story is xenophobic.

  2. I love you PinkNews but this is one of the things that really annoys me… There is absolutely nothing to say this was in any way a homophobic attack or had anything to do with the priest pro-gay stance but everything about the headline is designed to whip us into a frenzy of thinking it is.

    We are all aware and appalled by what’s going on in Russia and I hope many of us are taking action to write to our MPs or take part in protests to facilitate change but using what is happening in Russia to generate hits on irrelevant news stories just winds me up.

  3. That There Other David 6 Aug 2013, 4:22pm

    This is 1933 all over again. Rampant nationalism and anyone who disagrees being removed from the game. If the world really cannot see how this will play out and act to stop it now there will be far bigger problems to deal with later.

    1. This guy was a priest so the likelihood is that he was a homophobic bigot.

      This story by this dreadful writer does not say this.

      Pink News is stooping to knee-jerk xenophobia and homophobia by continuing to use this terrible writer.

      1. That There Other David 6 Aug 2013, 5:15pm

        My point is that what is happening in Russia is larger than discrimination against LGBT people. Anyone who disagrees with the establishment in any way is being systematically punished, murdered, or imprisoned by kangaroo courts. When even priests, technically part of that establishment, fall victim to the tyranny simply by not toeing the line 100% then it’s time to realise what is going on.

        This is Serbia in the late 80s playing out again. Or Germany in the early 1930s. Russia is run by thugs and lost to the civilised world.

      2. GulliverUK 6 Aug 2013, 5:34pm

        Steve, the article said he “was a well-known critic of the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.“, and as he supported the pro-equal marriage band, how have you inferred that he was likely a homophobe. It doesn’t make sense. You critise PN for implying it was homophobic when they didn’t, and then accuse this priest as being homophobic, when he probably was a pro-equality supporter. Buck up :)

  4. The ‘writer’ of this article really is a talentless hack with zero talent.

    This story really has no tangible connection to gay news.

    And it appears to be xenophobic.

    Sack this useless writer.

    1. I must express my disagreement.
      As far as I am concerned, every story which exposes the Russians as uncivilised neanderthals, which they undoubtedly are, is more than welcome. The world needs to see what kind of filth we are dealing with.

    2. GulliverUK 6 Aug 2013, 5:29pm

      Steve, the article said “The motive for the murder remains unclear.”. I don’t see where you are getting this notion that the article implied it was a homophobic attack.

      Can you explain please.

      And please, if you don’t like the writers here, don’t come here. If you do, and disagree with the article, could you construct a valid argument and provide a constructive input rather than ranting on. You seem to use every post as an opportunity to attack PN writers.

  5. I actually just don’t have the words to describe this anymore. What is going on? I like to think I’m quite intelligent but I just cannot wrap my head around this. At all.

  6. RJ Abada, OFM 7 Aug 2013, 2:52am

    may Fr. Pavel rest in peace

  7. James Savik 7 Aug 2013, 6:11am

    Russia has a big problem and grandstanding politicians are egging it on. Wonder how long it will take them to start in on Jews. If they’ve got any left.

  8. Despite this story’s tenuous links to the LGBT issues in Russia, it’s important to note that there is something extremely serious happening there.

    We’ve seen videos of attacks on LGBT people, with police almost trying to ignore it. Just yesterday I saw a video of a gay couple having to flee their home under police protection.

    There is now a story in the Guardian about “concentration camps” being instituted across Russia for “illegal immigrants”.

    We all know where this is going. How long will it be before Russia is adding to those camps with LGBT people “for their own protection”? How long before intellectuals and journalists and Human Rights workers are being arrested? How long before those camps no longer just for illegal immigrants?

    We need to have a close eye on Russia, it is indeed becoming the next fascist state. We are doomed to repeat history if we do not keep the pressure on and wake people up to what is happening there.

  9. Father Pavel was a thorn in the side of Patriarch Kirill and his local bishop – all Father Pavel did was to preach the Gospel, welcome everyone who came to him in a spirit of openness and love, and refuse to accept the abuses of church order imposed by Kirill in breach of the Church’s own canon law.

    Accounts about the death of Father Pavel differ. It is quite possible that it was all organised from above, and the mentally sick man arrested by police is just a convenient scapegoat. We do know that when an ambulance was summoned to help Father Pavel, it did not come, and he was left to bleed to death. Was that deliberate? This being Russia, we shall never know.

    You do wonder whether this repulsive crime follows the pattern of the murder of dissident journalists like Anna Politovskaya and critics of the system like Sergei Magnitisky.

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