Militant Pagan Placed a Bomb in a Church in Vladimir

In Vladimir, a suspect was arrested a in the case of the bombing of Ss Cyril and Methodius church, the police reported that they apprehended a 28-year-old local resident. According to the police, the detainee is an active member of a Neo-Pagan group, a movement that is in conflict with traditional religions, the Department of Counter-Terrorism told Itar-TASS on Friday.

The explosion occurred on 6 December in the church, which is adjacent to the campus of Vladimir State University (VGU). Investigators at the blast site found a leaflet printed by the group “White Storm” containing incitements to national and religious hatred and enmity. According to the records of the investigation, the suspect in the church blast had already written such a letter in September 2009 to one of the entertainment venues in the city of Vladimir. He threatened to carry out a terrorist attack upon a planned concert of Boris Moiseyev. The suspect had placed plastic bags with small amounts of explosives in the envelopes with the letters. Currently, the detainee is under investigation to see if he was involved in the commission of other crimes of an extremist nature.

11 December 2009

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