The clergy of the Makhachkala diocese will provide any assistance in their power to the victims and relatives of those killed in Dagestan

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"Heavy news is coming from Makhachkala and Derbent. Attacks on an Orthodox church and a synagogue. An elderly priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Nikolai Kotelnikov, who served at the altar of God for more than 40 years, was brutally murdered," Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media, acting head of the Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia V.R. Legoyda said in his Telegram channel. 
"His Holiness the Patriarch and the entire Russian Church pray for the repose of Father Nikolai Kotelnikov and the other victims, as well as for the speedy recovery of the wounded," His Holiness's spokesman said. 
V.R. Legoyda added that the clergy of the Makhachkala diocese "will provide the victims and relatives of the victims with prayer and any other assistance that they can
"It is not enough to condemn such actions, it is not enough to say that this is barbarism and fanaticism. Society and the state must do everything to ensure that such terrorist attacks (whatever the motives of the attackers) are excluded. Attacks on priests or places of worship, representatives of whatever religion they belong to, have no justification. Temples and prayer places of any religion should remain a space where peace reigns, where people can turn to God in peace and quiet, without fear of being attacked by anyone," V.R. stressed. Legoyda 
According to media reports, on the evening of June 23, 2024, armed attacks were carried out on Orthodox churches and synagogues in Derbent and Makhachkala, as well as on a traffic police post in Makhachkala. As a result of the terrorist attacks, several policemen and civilians were killed. In Derbent, terrorists brutally murdered Archpriest Nikolai Kotelnikov by cutting his throat. The operation to eliminate and detain terrorists is currently underway.

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