In Belarus, the Orthodox priest Fr. Vladislav Bogomolnikov, chairman of the Church of the Epiphany in Minsk, professor of philosophy at the Theological Academy and director of the Museum of Church History of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. He is a member of the diocesan court of the Minsk Diocese. Now Fr. Vladislav is in prison in Okrestina. He will be there for two weeks, “Dveri” reported.
The reason is his protest against the repressions of the Lukashenko regime – in 2020 he held a memorial service in a square in Minsk for Roman Bondarenko, who was killed by the police in 2020, and in 2021 he came out in defense of the political prisoner blogger Igor Losik, convicted fifteen years in prison. After the start of the Russian war against Ukraine, he spoke out repeatedly against the war. Father Vladislav was arrested in his home after the militia broke down the door.
This is another priest arrested by the Belarusian regime in recent months. On July 18, the head of the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, Andrei Vashchuk, was arrested because of a post published on social networks.
“So the regime has consciously chosen lawlessness, it serves evil, and where there is evil, the devil is present. That is why they are thrown off balance when they hear a word calling for repentance,” says a candle. Vyacheslav Borok.
Since 2020, no fewer than thirty priests of various denominations have been subjected to repression – arrests, trials, fines. Most of the priests detained are Roman Catholic. Among the Orthodox, Fr. spent several weeks in detention. Vladimir Drobishevsky, Fr. Michael Maruga, Fr. Sergey Rezanovich.
The crackdown on clerics is only a small part of a wave of repression in Belarus aimed at suppressing even the slightest criticism of Lukashenko’s regime.