Moscow, February 19, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has voiced his condolences to the families of the victims of the shooting incident in Dagestan's Kizlyar on Sunday.
"His Holiness Patriarch Kirill has been deeply shocked by today's bloody events near a church in Kizlyar. He has offered his most sincere condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those who died at the killer's hands and is praying for the repose of their souls," priest Alexander Volkov, the patriarch's press secretary, said on the patriarchal press service's Telegram channel.
The patriarch sees this "monstrous crime" committed on the eve of the Great Lent as a provocation aimed at causing discord between the Orthodox and the Muslims, who have been living in peace in the Caucasus for centuries, he said.
"The Russian Church expresses its deep concern about the incident and insists on the most thorough investigation into this crime," Father Alexander said.