Cave presumably containing tomb of queen Tamar found

May 2014 Workers of a road brigade in Ingushetia have discovered an ancient cave after a landslide, which may contain either treasures of the capital of Alania or tomb of the Georgian queen Tamar, reported deputy director of E.I. Krupnov’s Archaeological Centre UmalatGadiev to RIA-Novosti. According to preliminary information, during construction of the road to the international ...

MURDERED PRIEST HAILED A MARTYR

IWPR By Yuri Akbashev - 28/5/13 The brutal murder of a Russian priest in his church has sent a fresh wave of terror through the Orthodox community in Kabardino-Balkaria. Since the outbreak of hostilities in Chechnya in September 1999, the Orthodox Church across the North Caucasus has been like a city under siege. Now the killing of Igor Rozin ...

Religious Leaders Back Putin For President

9/2/2012 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took a "vacation day" on February 8 to meet as a presidential candidate with religious leaders at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow, where the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, characterized Putin's time in charge of Russia as a "miracle." The patriarch told Putin religious leaders wanted to ...

Orthodox Diocese of Pyatigorsk and Karachaevo-Cherkessia demands return of Old Churches

04/11/2011 According to RIA Novosti, the Orthodox Diocese of Pyatigorsk and Karachaevo-Cherkessia made a list of 30 objects that belonged to the Orthodox congregation before the October Revolution. The Diocese is preparing historical background and technical documents about those ruined churches return of which is demanded by Christian parish. Altogether up to 150 old churches are ...

Moscow Relies on Russian Orthodox Church to Retain Control over Minds in the North Caucasus

Valery Dzutsev 13/4/2011 On March 22, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decreed redrawing the eparchial boundaries in the North Caucasus. Since the Russian Orthodox Church has been known for close cooperation with the Russian state over the past decade, the move attracted substantial attention from the expert community. A new Vladikavkaz eparchy was established that ...

Patriarch Kirill Moves To Expand His Role In North Caucasus – Analysis

By: Paul Goble 28/3/2011 Just as he has done in so many other spheres of Russian life, Patriarch Kirill last week moved to expand the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the North Caucasus through the use of the two tools at his disposal: the reorganization of the church’s structure there and meeting with senior Russian ...

Church set on fire in Russia’s Muslim Caucasus

By Amie Ferris-Rotman, Reuters 3/01/2011 MOSCOW -- Unidentified attackers set a church ablaze with a grenade in Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus late on Sunday, media reported, in the latest act of violence in a region where Moscow is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency. No one was hurt in the attack on the Russian Orthodox Church, state-run ...

No grounds to talk about religious enmity in North Caucasus despite church fires – Archbishop Feofan

Pyatigorsk, November 2, Interfax - Despite attempts to set Christian churches on fire, there are still no grounds to talk about religious enmity in the North Caucasus, Archbishop Feofan of Stavropol and Vladikavkaz. "I attended a meeting of law enforcement officials and they confirmed it was arson. Not only two Orthodox churches had been set on ...

Arsonists Target 3 Russian Churches; Burn 1 to Ground

By: Aaron J. Leichman 1/11/2010 Three churches in a predominantly Muslim province in Russia were set on fire by arsonists early Monday. One of the buildings, an Orthodox church in the village of Ordzhonikidzevsky, was almost totally destroyed. The other two – an Orthodox church and a Baptist church in the nearby city of Karachaevsk – sustained only ...