March 16, 2010

Fr. Daniil Sysoyev's Murderer Is Killed

Priest Sysoyev's Murder Solved, Hitman Killed in Makhachkala

Moscow, 16 March 2010, Interfax - The Russian Prosecutor's Office Investigative Committee (POIC) has identified the murderer of Orthodox priest Daniil Sysoyev, who was shot dead at the St. Thomas Church in Moscow in November 2009, the committee spokesman told Interfax.

Some time ago police killed a man, who was under investigation for criminal involvement, at a road patrol post in Makhachkala after the man opened fire, the spokesman said.

He held a passport in the name of Beksultan Karykbekov, as well as an airgun reconverted for 9-millimeter cartridges.

"Investigators received conclusive evidence that it was this pistol that killed Sysoyev," the POIC said.

Fr. Daniil Sysoyev was shot dead on the night of November 19 in the Church of St. Thomas in south Moscow. Earlier he had received numerous threats from Muslim radicals dissatisfied with his rhetoric concerning Islam and his missionary efforts among Muslims.