Priest attacked in Kiev dies

Natalya Mihailova | 29 July 2015
Moscow, July 29, Interfax - Kiev priest Roman Nikolayev (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate), died of gunshot wounds on Wednesday morning at the age of 40.

“The venue of the funeral service and the burial place of the newly departed priest Roman Nikolayev will be reported later,” the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reported on its website.

The priest, who was prior of the Church of Great Martyr Tatiana in Kiev, was attacked in a residential building on Heroyev Stalinhrada Avenue in Kiev in the early hours of July 26. The attackers fired two shots to his head.

The attackers left after the attack and the priest was found on the staircase by his neighbor, who called the police. The attackers did not rob the priest.

Father Roman was in a coma before he died.

The investigative branch of the district department has entered the information into the unified register of pretrial investigations based on Part 2 of Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (premeditated murder). A pretrial investigation is underway.

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