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Managing the Chukotka diocese attacked by supporters of the controversial Bishop Diomede

August 19 2008

Supporters of Bishop Diomede, distanced by the decision of the Bishops' Council of Management of Chukotka and Anadyr Diocese, tried to attack the Archbishop Mark of Khabarovsk and Amur. The incident occurred at a time when the temporary manager of the Chukotka diocese Bishop Mark Diomede prevented supporters who tried to remove from the territory of Transfiguration Church a container.

«Представляющаяся независимым журналистом из Москвы директор газеты "Дух христианина" Галина Симонова при содействии запрещенного в священнослужении священника Анадырской епархии иерея Александра Белого применила физическую силу по отношению к временно управляющему Анадырской епархии архиепископу Хабаровскому и Приамурскому Марку», -говорится в сообщении, размещенном на сайте "Orthodoxy in the Far East."

When staff members of diocesan administration Anadyr Diocese tried to clarify on what basis shall export of container, or subordinate bishop of Diomede, nor caused by the driver of the crane had not submitted any documents. Absent as documents proving ownership of the container and its contents, and application for removal and other necessary documents, the report says.

In elucidating the basis of export container G. Simon suddenly attacked the Archbishop Mark, and together with the priest A. White tried to lay it on the ground. The incident took place in front of witnesses, the very scene of the attack was filmed a video camera. In this regard, temporary administrator of Anadyr and Chukotka diocese appealed to the police of the city of Anadyr requested to prosecute the attackers.

Policemen arrived footage had been handed over as evidence of what happened, according to Interfax.

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