Tu-154 crash victims remembered at memorial service in Washington, D.C.

Natalya Mihailova | 02 January 2017

The St. John Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, D.C., held a memorial service for the victims of the recent Tu-154 plane crash over the Black Sea and the slain Russian ambassador to Turkey on Sunday afternoon.

“We pray for the souls of doctor Yelizaveta Glinka, members of the Alexandrov Ensemble and others, who died in the plane accident above the Black Sea a week ago. We also pray for the Russian Ambassador to Turky, Andrei (Karlov), who was killed slightly more than a week ago,” Archpriest Victor Potapov told the crowd.

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead on Dec. 19 while delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition. According to Turkey’s authorities, the attacker was a former police officer, he was killed on site by security forces. Russia’s foreign ministry called it a terrorist act while the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case designating Karlov’s assassination as an act of international terrorism.

A Tu-154 plane from Russia’s Defense Ministry crashed in the early morning hours of December 25 shortly after taking off from the Black Sea resort of Sochi. There were 92 people on board, including eight crew members and 84 passengers. Among those on the fatal flight was the Executive Director of the Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid) charity fund, Elizaveta Glinka, better known to the Russian public as Dr. Liza, as well as military servicemen and nine reporters from Russia’s Channel One, Zvezda and NTV networks.

Since you are here…

…we do have a small request. More and more people visit Orthodoxy and the World website. However, resources for editorial are scarce. In comparison to some mass media, we do not make paid subscription. It is our deepest belief that preaching Christ for money is wrong.

Having said that, Pravmir provides daily articles from an autonomous news service, weekly wall newspaper for churches, lectorium, photos, videos, hosting and servers. Editors and translators work together towards one goal: to make our four websites possible - Pravmir.ru, Neinvalid.ru, Matrony.ru and Pravmir.com. Therefore our request for help is understandable.

For example, 5 euros a month is it a lot or little? A cup of coffee? It is not that much for a family budget, but it is a significant amount for Pravmir.

If everyone reading Pravmir could donate 5 euros a month, they would contribute greatly to our ability to spread the word of Christ, Orthodoxy, life's purpose, family and society.