The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed outrage at the arrests and beatings of Orthodox believers in Kosovo during the Christmas holidays.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Moscow Patriarchate said that police must apologize to the head of the female monastery in Gracanica and to Bishop Teodosije for bursting into the monastery without warning on January 7, the day of Orthodox Christmas.
Several people were arrested and taken to a Pristina police station where they were beaten.
The Russian Church condemned the local authorities for scorning the religious traditions of the Serb minority and failing to protect the rights of Orthodox Christians in Kosovo.
Source: Voice of Russia